Philippine Airlines on Thursday said flights to and from South Korea began operating under new flight guidelines to aid in preventing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. All travelers, irrespective of nationality, who’ve been to North Gyeongsang in Daegu, are prohibited from entering the nation, the flag carrier stated. Filipinos traveling to Korea as tourists have been covered under the travel ban while OFWs or are permanent inhabitants are exempted provided that they show evidence of identification, the airline said. The travel ban applies to passengers who’ve been in North Gyeongsang Province, including Daegu City, PAL explained.
Malacañang on Wednesday barred Filipino tourists from travel to Korea following the Increase In COVID-19 cases from the East Asian nation. South Korea reports some 334 new coronavirus cases, postpones military exercise with US troops. Passengers transiting through Korea are also exempted, it stated. Daegu City is the church which was at the center of the outbreak is situated, the Korea CDC and Prevention said in a statement. There are at least 1,595 COVID-19 cases in South Korea as of February 27, 2020, it stated. Philippine Airlines flies 21 times a week between Manila and South Korea, 14 weekly flights between Manila and Incheon, and 7 per week Manila – Busan flights.