South Korea Restricts Visas, Flights from Pakistan amidst coronavirus pandemic

It has been announced by South Korea that there will be strict visa and entry restrictions on the travelers coming from Pakistan and Bangladesh. This ban will be effective from today, 23rd June. Amidst the rising number of coronavirus cases in South Korea with the new wave, this step has been taken.

It is believed by the leadership of the country that the new cases have come up because of the imported cases from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Health Minister Park Neung-hoo in a press briefing said, “The new cases are imported cases from the countries that have recently experienced widespread infections. A rise in imported cases places a burden on our quarantine and treatment capabilities.”

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Thus, under the new restrictions it has been decided by South Korea that it will not issue visa to Pakistanis and Bengalis unless it is for diplomatic and urgent business purposes.

Furthermore, it has been decided by South Korea to temporarily halt non-scheduled flights from Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Also, the non-professional employment (E-9) visa holders from both Pakistan and Bangladesh have to prove that they have a place to stay for a mandatory two-week self-quarantine in South Korea before arrival. If they fail to do so, they will not be allowed to enter the country under newly set restrictions.

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