S Korea imposes fresh visa ban on Bangladeshis

Diplomatic Correspondent

17 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

South Korea has suspended visas for Bangladeshi citizens as there has been an upswing in Covid-19 cases among the Bangladesh nationals visiting the southern half of the Korean Peninsula recently.

The Bangladesh Embassy in Seoul in a press statement confirmed this on Friday – the day when the ban came into effect.

“This is to inform with deep sorrow that the South Korean government has imposed a ban on visas of Bangladesh citizens due to increase of Covid-19 positive cases among Bangladesh citizens arriving in Korea. This ban is made effective from April 16, 2021,” said the Bangladesh Embassy in Seoul.

Earlier on April 5, the Embassy of Republic of Korea in Bangladesh cautioned about the visa suspension like in June 2020 if protective and precautionary measures are not taken before, during and after entering Korea.

The embassy also drew the attention that there are continuous Covid-19 positive cases among the Bangladesh nationals arriving  in Korea since February 2021 during the process of entering Korea , despite having the ‘Covid-19 Negative Certificate’.

Such cases have increased significantly since the end of March 2021, which causes serious concern to the Korean authorities, reads the Embassy notice.

“We strongly advise to avoid contacts with others for 2 weeks before entering Korea and apply strict personal quarantine measures,” the Korean Embassy had advised.