S. Korea Stops Visa-Free Entry To Jeju Island Due To Coronavirus
If you are heading to Jeju Island in South Korea sometime soon, get a valid visa.
The South Korean government has suspended its visa-free entry policy to curb the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
Filipinos bound for Jeju will also not be allowed to depart the Philippines by immigration authorities unless they hold a valid visa issued by the Korean embassy.
Besides the Philippines, another 61 nations are also included in the withdrawal of the visa-free status effective immediately.
The Jeju Tourism Organization has posted the following announcement:
“In an effort to help stem the spread of novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea has suspended visa-free entry to Jeju Special Self-Governing Province beginning Feb. 4. This temporary measure is aimed at stopping any new coronavirus infections in the province and mainland, by strengthening entry procedures. This includes the screening of new visas.”
News reports cite 23 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Korea, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
Prior to the suspension, Philippine passport holders could enter Jeju Island without a visa through direct flights and ships.