In light of the coronavirus, is a holiday in Korea and Japan a good idea?

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I booked a holiday to Korea and Japan last year. Thinking this would be a great idea and the flights were a decent price. Interestingly I was thinking about a stop over in Hong Kong for a week but it was getting expensive so decided against that.

Of course with the political tensions in Hong Kong with China last year, I was thinking that was lucky. But then the coronavirus suddenly made the holiday plans a lot less appealing.

I’m looking on the brightside of it all, ignoring the media hype engine. But the notion of a pandemic does make think its likely a bad time to go away on a flight, let alone to two super crowded places?

Everything is refundable except the flights; like many others I’m waiting watching the Foreign office site for South Korea and Japan to see if the advice changes and the airline will offer a refund?

I do think things will be ok but the risk of getting caught up in something which is developing fast doesn’t seem like a great holiday, especially if having to self quarantine in a hotel room for a week!. Add the potential health risk to myself, partner, family, friends and the general public.

Right now if the airline refunds the flight, then Korea and Japan can wait I think? What would you do?

Author: Ianforrester

Senior firestarter at BBC R&D, emergent technology expert and serial social geek event organiser.

3 thoughts on “In light of the coronavirus, is a holiday in Korea and Japan a good idea?

  1. Given that you are a healthy, young fit person with no pre-existing condition that would mean you would probably be one of the “just a cold if you got it” people, the main risk you face is being unable to access medical help for one of those holiday accidents**.

    But, of course it might be like “2point4 Children” season 3, episodes 6.

    ** I broke my leg visiting Turkey once, totally sober just got my foot stuck in a missing pavement tile.

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