BI partially lifts travel ban to South Korea

Marje Pelayo

PASAY, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the partial lifting of the travel ban to South Korea on Tuesday afternoon (March 02).

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, said lifting is in compliance with an order from Malacañang based on a resolution from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Tuesday.

The resolution states that outbound travel restrictions to South Korea imposed on Filipinos are partially lifted with exception, however, for those traveling to North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu and Cheongdo.

This meant that Filipinos tourists may now travel to Korea, except to the areas of concern, provided “that they execute a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved,” amidst the Covid-2019 outbreak.

“Another development is that dependents of Filipinos who are permanent resident visa holders in South Korea, Hong Kong, and Macau shall be allowed to travel to said jurisdictions,” shared Morente.

According to him, this move by the IATF-EID is to ensure that families remain intact during the outbreak.

Meanwhile, the travel ban in China remains in full effect.

Morente again appealed to the public to bear with the recently-implemented travel bans.

“This is the best course of action that the IATF-EID sees best to prevent the further spread of the disease, and we are duty-bound to implement it for the protection of all our kababayan,” he concluded.

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