Statement from the Canadian Embassy on North Korea

Posted by on Apr 13, 2013 in Canada, Korea, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Many of you have written or messaged me regarding the situation in North Korea. I appreciate all your concern. Last night the Canadian embassy in Seoul issued this statement.  It looks like Indy and I are okay for a while yet, or at least until the North gets Windows 8 Up and running! If you missed that headline…The New Yorker. 🙂


Dear Canadian, you are receiving this email because you are registered with the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) service. Please share the following important information with other Canadian citizens in your area and encourage them to register with the Embassy of Canada in Seoul.
The Government of Canada’s travel advice for the Republic of Korea (ROK) remains “Exercise normal security precautions”.  The Government of Canada’s travel advice for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to advise against all travel due to the uncertain security situation.  On March 11, 2013, North Korea issued a statement declaring that the Korean Armistice Agreement is invalid. While past threats made by the North to nullify this agreement have gone unfulfilled, further provocative action could occur. Despite recent statements issued by the North Korean government, we continue to advise that there is no immediate threat to Canadians in South Korea. However, as tensions could escalate with little warning, Canadians should be vigilant, monitor developments and follow the advice of local authorities.

The Canadian Embassy to Korea in Seoul is closely monitoring the situation and will advise the Canadian community in Korea of developments as required.  As the situation evolves, we recommend that you consult the Travel Reports for North and South Korea available at: and, for up-to-date information. You can also subscribe to travel updates at

We encourage you to invite other Canadians in your region to register with the Registration of Canadians abroad service at . This service allows us to contact registered Canadians during emergencies and disseminate important information, including points of contact and safety and security advice. Registrants should also update their personal information (address or telephone number) with the Embassy ([email protected])

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Please ensure that your travel documents, including your passport, are valid.

To help you and your family prepare for emergencies, we encourage you to consult the Embassy Web page on Emergency Planning: Information on government evacuations can be found at:

There is no resident Canadian government office in North Korea. You can obtain consular assistance and further information from the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang at Munsudong, Daehak Street, Taedonggang District, Pyongyang, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Telephone 850 (2) 381-7908, 381-7904, or 381-7485 Fax 850 (2) 381-7663; Email: [email protected]

The Embassy of Canada in Seoul, South Korea, has consular responsibility for North Korea, but is limited in its ability to provide consular services. Canadian citizens requiring emergency consular assistance can contact the Embassy of Canada in Seoul at 21 Jeongdong-gil (Jeong-dong), Jung-gu, Seoul (100-120), Republic of Korea.  Tel: 82-2-3783-6000; Email: [email protected].

For emergency assistance after hours, you may communicate with the Emergency Watch and Response Centre (EWRC) in Ottawa by calling the Embassy of Canada in Seoul at 001-800-2326-6831, 002-800-2326-6831, or 008-800-2326-6831. You may also reach the EWRC directly by dialing 613-996-8885 (collect call where available) or by email at [email protected].

Embassy of Canada to Korea

Halifax’s Public Gardens (taken by me)

Halifax Public Gardens


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  1. Good to know. My friend just cut short her trip in Seoul because of all the news. I guess she could have stayed.

    • We all have to make our own decisions when it comes to something like this. However, I really do wish the American media would cut down on the hysteria.

  2. Thanks for the update, Nancie! Although I’m not in Korea at the moment, it’s good to know so I can pass along the message. Luckily I haven’t had to evacuate a country due to any threats.

  3. Firstly, I’m glad you’re safe. I’ve never been in a country during the threat of war; however, I’ve been in a small handful of cities during riots / attacks (just blogged about one recently). It’s scary stuff. In my experience, be suspicious when locals start hiding/vanishing.

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