Filipinos planning to explore South Korea might have to unpack their luggage for now as the government enforced Wednesday a temporary ban on Filipino tourists going there.
Malacañang said the interim travel restriction was imposed as a protective measure against COVID-19, cases of which spiked quite rapidly in South Korea in the past few days.
But Filipinos residing in South Korea and those who study and work there are exempted from the ban, provided that they sign a declaration signifying their knowledge of the risks of traveling to that country.
Travelers from South Korea’s North Gyeongsang province are also banned from entering the country. The partial travel ban may further take a toll on the country’s tourism sector given that South Korea is among the top tourist markets of the Philippines.
South Korea is the country’s top tourist market with 1.98 million arrivals in 2019.