Hong Kong Bans Travelers from South Korea Over Coronavirus Fears
Hong Kong has announced a ban on travelers from South Korea who are not Hong Kong residents. The new ban comes after the worsening coronavirus outbreak in the country.
“From 6am on Tuesday, non-Hong Kong residents travelling from Korea and those who have been to the country in the past 14 days will be barred from entering Hong Kong,” Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-Chiu said at a press briefing on Monday night as per SCMP.
Those passengers that fly in before the ban goes into effect will undergo a health assessment if they have been in South Korea’s most infected areas. People with visible Covid-19 symptoms will be sent to quarantine camp, while others would be placed under medical surveillance.
A total of six countries have already placed entry bans on South Koreans. That includes Jordan, Israel, Bahrain, Kiribati, Samoa and American Samoa. Israel has also issued a strong recommendation for its nationals in South Korea to return home.