The travel ban was initially announced in February, amid rapidly rising cases of coronavirus disease or COVID-19. Only Filipinos who live, work, or study in South Korea were exempted from the travel ban.
Under the partially lifted travel ban approved by the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF), tourists may visit South Korea except for North Gyeongsang Province, where most of the confirmed COVID-19 cases are concentrated.
Filipino travelers to South Korea are required to sign a health declaration form that states they know and understand the health risks they face on their trip. They will also receive a pamphlet with health-related information and reminders.
South Korea currently has the highest number of infected patients, following China. As of March 3, the country has more than 4,800 confirmed cases and 29 deaths.