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Measures taken by ROK to stop further inflow of Novel Coronavirus

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Embassy of India

Seoul

Subject: Measures taken by ROK to stop further inflow of Novel Coronavirus

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Government of Republic of Korea has issued the following advisory to foreign nationals to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

The Government of Republic of Korea has decided to take the following special measures, effective at 00:00 hours on February 4, 2020. This extraordinary measure is taken on an urgent basis in an effort to stop further inflow of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as the World Health Organization declared on January 30, 2020, the global spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus as Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and the number of confirmed cases increases rapidly in Korea.

(1) The Government will suspend the entry into Korea of all foreign nationals who have been in Hubei Province in China over the past 14 days prior to their attempted entry into Korea, regardless of whether they arrive in Korea directly from China or via a third country.
- Any foreign national who declares that she/he has been to Hubei Province during the said period, or she/he who is in possession of a passport issued in Hubei Province will not be admitted into Korea, unless proper evidence that she/he has been elsewhere during the same period is presented.
- Any visa issued by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Wuhan is temporarily considered to be nullified unless the holder proves her/his absence in Hubei Province during the said period.

(2) The Government will put in place special admission procedures for all foreign nationals, and for that matter all Koreans as well, entering Korea directly from China or via a third country.
- Their admissions will be processed in a separate arrival hall specifically designated for this purpose. They will be admitted only after presenting certain information, particularly on the place where they will stay and a valid telephone number through which they can be reached in Korea.
(3) The Government will suspend the current policy of providing visa-free entry for foreign nationals into Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.

(4) Examination of visa applications made by foreign nationals residing in China will be tightened. Additional documentation such as a Health Condition Report from the applicant may be required.

The above- mentioned special measures will remain in place only on a temporary basis until further notice.

The following services are available to foreign nationals residing in Korea:

(1) The Korea Immigration Service (KIS) of the Republic of Korea runs an Immigration Contact Center hotline (1345), in collaboration with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Call Center, to provide counselling and interpretation in 20 languages, including English and Chinese, to foreign nationals regarding Novel Coronavirus.

(2) The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.go.kr/cdc_eng/)and the Ministry of Health and Welfare (www.mohw.go.kr/eng/) provide updated information in English on Novel Coronavirus, including the number of the confirmed cases.”

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