Sabah Restricts Tourist Entry from South Korea

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KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has imposed travel restrictions on all foreign tourists with recent travel history to South Korea.

State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong said, although Sabah had not recorded any cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), the government has decided to expand travel restrictions from all state entrances effective March 1 as a precautionary measure.

According to him, all tourists with a 14-day travel history from South Korea were not allowed to enter Sabah. However, all flights from South Korea to Sabah carrying Malaysian passengers are allowed to enter the country.

“South Koreans and foreign tourists arriving on non-direct flights from South Korea are allowed.

“All flights from Sabah to South Korea are allowed,” he said in a statement today.

Safar added that all passengers traveling through South Korea would not be allowed to enter Sabah and South Korean nationals in Sabah are also advised to return to their home country before their visas expire.

The state secretary pointed out that if their visas have expired, they would be allowed to extend the visa for anothe seven days.

The ban was in view of 17 deaths caused by the Covid-19 outbreak in South Korea with 2,931 people infected.

Yesterday, the Sarawak government also issued a ban on all foreign tourists with recent travel history to South Korea.