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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) will strictly implement the travel ban to South Korea as part of measures to stop the spread of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete assured on Thursday (Feb. 27).

Perete, who has supervision over the BI, gave his word after Malacanang on Wednesday (Feb. 26) announced the government’s decision to impose a temporary travel ban to the East Asian country.

“The Bureau of Immigration will strictly enforce the ban in accordance with the recommendation of the inter-agency task force. The leadership of the Bureau has likewise been directed to closely monitor its enforcement by immigration officers,” said Perete.

The Palace acted based on the recommendations Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) which included the Department of Justice (DOJ) among its members.

“The recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force is a travel ban from North Gyeonsang Province,” he sauid.

“Travel to South Korea meanwhile will be prohibited, subject to certain exceptions (travel by OFWs, students and permanent residents will be allowed),” he added.

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