3/6, 1:48 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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S. Korea to reciprocate Japan's travel restrictions

South Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young said on Friday his country will suspend the visa-free entry program for Japanese citizens after Tokyo decided unilaterally yesterday to impose restrictions on South Koreans entering Japan over coronavirus concerns.

"It is difficult to accept the fact that Japan, which has shown opaque, passive quarantine moves, has unilaterally taken stronger entry restrictions against our citizens," Cho noted. Japanese measures stipulate that travelers from South Korea will be able to enter Japan only via two airports in Tokyo and Osaka and would immediately be put in quarantine. The visa-free regime was also unilaterally suspended.

Seoul's response will also include voiding all visas issued since Monday to holders of the Japanese passport, advising against going to Japan and additional measures for those traveling to South Korea via Japan. Limiting entry to just a few airports is also being considered.

South Korea is only behind China in the number of coronavirus cases, reporting 6,593, while Japan stands much lower on the list of the countries affected, with 381 confirmed cases.

Breaking the News / NI