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Seoul recommends people not to travel overseas until April 23 Updated: 2020-03-24 10:04:11 KST


For one month until April 23rd, people in South Korea are recommended to postpone or cancel any overseas trips.
On Monday, Seoul's Foreign Affairs Ministry issued a Special Travel Advisory on all countries and territories across the globe.
Citizens should "cancel or delay travel and pay special attention to personal safety if abroad."
For those who're already traveling, the government recommends practicing social distancing.
This advisory will be automatically lifted on April 23rd unless Seoul extends it.

The measure comes as a number of countries are restricting entry to travelers from South Koreaand an increasing number of cases coming in from abroad.
Moreover, the government says it's becoming more and more difficult for South Korean citizens to return home as flights are being cancelled and countries are shutting their borders.
To help citizens return to the country, the government is asking for airlines to put on more flights but if that doesn't work, will send chartered planes.
Seoul brought 80 people back from Iran last week, and plans to send two chartered planes to Italy next week to evacuate some 650 people.
200 people are expected to return to South Korea from Peru later this week with the government's help.

The special travel advisory does not have legal binding power on travel agencies to offer refunds, but can do so at their own discretion.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.
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