According to a report from PhilStar, Port Operations Divisions chief Grifton Medina said that the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines has informed the bureau of the new travel ban policy on January 3.
According to Mr. Medina, immigration officers have been instructed to disallow Filipinos bound for Jeju to depart “unless the passenger was issued a visa by the Korean embassy.”
The suspension of visa-free privileges applies to other countries as well.
In a Facebook post, the Jeju Tourism Organization wrote: “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.”
As of February 6, there have been no recorded cases of coronavirus infections on the island.
In November 2019, the Korean Embassy in the Philippines issued a visa announcement stating that there are three ways to enter the country visa-free. One of the options is through Jeju Island where individuals have a maximum stay of 30 days as long as they used a direct international flight or a ship to the island.
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