More countries are saying no to people traveling from South Korea and are asking their own citizens not to go to South Korea … to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
On Monday local time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its alert for travel to South Korea to level three, the highest level.
In a notice on the C-D-C's website, the center urged American travelers to "avoid all non-essential travel to South Korea,"…due to widespread community transmission.
With the latest announcement, Korea becomes the only country other than China to receive the C-D-C's highest warning level due to COVID-19.
And as of Tuesday afternoon, …17 other countries, including the UK, Brunei, Kazakhstan, Macao, Singapore and Thailand …imposed restrictions on those entering from South Korea, …such as placing passengers in quarantine or conducting health checks.
These countries have also advised their citizens to avoid traveling to South Korea.
Local provinces in China are also announcing restrictions.
Chinese authorities in Weihai city in Shandong Province have quarantined all passengers who arrived from South Korea on Tuesday
Shenyang city in Liaoning Province and Yanbian in Jilin Province have also vowed to quarantine passengers from Korea who show symptoms or who have had contact with a confirmed patient.
Meanwhile, other countries are announcing a total entry ban.
The Hong Kong government announced that non-Hong Kong residents traveling from South Korea will not be allowed to enter its territory at the current time.
"We will no longer permit entry to non-Hong Kong residents arriving from Korea, including those who have visited Korea during the last fourteen days. This is in order to support the efforts of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to prevent the outbreak."
At least six more countries have followed suit, including Bahrain, Jordan and Israel - who are all prohibiting entry to foreign nationals who have been in South Korea within the past two weeks.
Due to this, some 400 Koreans who visited Israel on Saturday returned home on Tuesday through two chartered planes.
Authorities say 400 others are also set to return in the coming days.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.