Task Force Imposes Temporary Travel Ban to Korea
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) has issued a resolution on the temporary travel ban to South Korea due to the increasing cases of the corona virus disease or COVID-19.
According to the resolution, the task force imposed a temporary travel ban on Filipinos traveling to South Korea. The travel ban also covered foreigners coming from North Gyeongsang province as well as Daegu City and Cheongdo County.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III mentioned in a press briefing last February 26 that they will be applying the same policy with Korea, in consistent to China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases led by DOH resolved to impose travel restrictions for…
Meanwhile, Filipinos and their foreign spouse, children, Permanent Resident Visa holders, and holders of 9(e) Diplomat Visas were exempted from the travel ban.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III added “Only permanent residents of South Korea, Filipinos leaving for study, and overseas Filipino workers returning for work will be allowed provided that they sign a written declaration acknowledging the risks involved, which will be complemented with a health advisory pamphlet.”
Representatives from Department of Justice, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism, Department of Information and Communications Technology, and Department of Transportation signed the said resolution.
South Korea has the largest number of COVID-19 cases outside China with more than 1, 170 cases with 11 deaths. Most cases came from the “special care zones” Daegu City and Chaengdo County.
Source: Philippine News Agency website