Ten more countries ban Korean travelersTen more countries have banned the entry of people from Korea over coronavirus concerns, raising the total number of countries and territories imposing such entry or quarantine restrictions to 150, even though Seoul has seen a marked drop in new infections.
Eighty-five countries and territories were set to impose or were already imposing an entry ban on people from Korea, up from 75 the previous day, the Foreign Ministry’s chart showed Tuesday. Canada was the latest in the list with its plan to bring into force an entry ban on Wednesday. A few other countries, like Russia, Chile, Georgia and Paraguay, toughened their measures for people from Korea, as opposed to having imposed stricter quarantine procedures. Many of the new countries, like Suriname, now belong to this category, having declared national border closures and the banning of any arrivals by foreigners to stem the spread of Covid-19. Lithuania, Bulgaria, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire also joined the list.
Some exceptions apply to diplomats and those with long-stay visas, residential permits or other essential reasons. Azerbaijan was added to the list of 17 countries and territories, imposing stricter quarantine procedures for travelers from Korea and several other virus-hit nations.