HK Government issues Red Outbound Travel Alert on South Korea

Hong Kong – In view of the health risks arising from the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in South Korea, on February 24, the Hong Kong Government issued a Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) on the country.

Red OTA

The Food and Health Bureau advises residents planning to travel to South Korea to adjust travel plans and avoid non-essential travel. A Government spokesman said,

In view of the persistent and rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Korea and the close contacts between Hong Kong and Korea, the Government has decided to issue the Red OTA on Korea based on public health considerations. Red OTA urges the public planning to travel to Korea to adjust travel plans and avoid non-essential travel.

Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu

In addition, the Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu announced a new policy of prohibiting passengers from South Korea, including those who have travelled to South Korea in the past 14 days, from entering Hong Kong starting from 6 am on February 25.

Until then, the Hong Kong-China borders remain open, despite the local population’s vocal demands to have it closed. Hong Kong SAR Government carries out a discriminative treatment—— open borders with Chinese mainland but ban entry of passengers from South Korea.

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