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Philippines partially lifts ban on Filipino tourists bound for South Korea

Christian Fernsby |
The Philippine government eased restrictions on Filipino tourists traveling to South Korea.

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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters today that only North Gyeongsang Province, including Daegu City and Cheongdo County, are included in the travel ban.

Before leaving the Philippines, Filipinos visiting other areas in South Korea will be made to sign a declaration stating they know and understand the risks involved in traveling to the country. A health advisory pamphlet will also be given to them upon departure.

"The IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) has resolved to partially lift travel restrictions to South Korea as their government has implemented stringent infection control measures to contain the spread of COVID-19," Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.

"South Korea has also reported a low case fatality rate of only 0.5%, and the successful containment of local transmission to only certain areas."

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