40 percent of world’s countries restricting entry of people traveling from S. Korea
한국인 입국제한 연일 확대…전 세계 40%가 ‘노 코리안’
More and more countries are restricting entry from South Korea due to fears over the coronavirus.
Seoul’s foreign ministry is working to reduce the inconvenience caused to Koreans traveling overseas.
Our Hong Yoo reports.
At least 80 countries, or regions within countries, are restricting the entry of people coming from South Korea.
That is more than 40 percent of UN member states who have restricted entry, either through stronger quarantine measures or outright entry bans.
36 countries have imposed an entry ban, with Turkey joining the group on Sunday.
Vietnam, one of South Korea’s major New Southern Policy partner states, has stopped visa-free entry for Koreans, and imposed a total entry ban for South Koreans that have departed from, or transferred in, Daegu or Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.
Koreans with visas who are coming from a different region have to self-quarantine for two weeks.
This decision comes right after Seoul’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Vietnamese counterpart discussed the issue over the phone.
Seoul’s Foreign Ministry has also lodged a complaint over Vietnam’s unannounced ban on Korean flights landing in that country.
An Asiana Airlines flight was turned back while en route to Hanoi on Saturday after authorities there refused to let the plane land.
The ministry summoned the Vietnamese ambassador to Seoul to complain about the inconvenience caused.
And 44 other countries,along with some parts of China, have strengthened their entrance screening procedures.
Kazakhstan and Nigeria are the latest to up their screenings.
Nigeria is conducting a self-quarantine for foreigners coming in from South Korea, China, Italy, Iran and Japan.
In response to the growing number of countries restricting the entry of people traveling from South Korea, the Foreign Ministry is reassuring countries by informing them transparently about the government measures to combat COVID-19.
For instance, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha spoke with her counterpart from Canada on Monday, to assure Canada that South Korea is doing its utmost to contain the spread.
Canada has so far not imposed restrictions on travelers from South Korea.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.
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