Hong Kong – In view of the health risks arising from the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in South Korea, on February 24, the Hong Kong Government issued a Red Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) on the country.
The Food and Health Bureau advises residents planning to travel to South Korea to adjust travel plans and avoid non-essential travel. A Government spokesman said,
In addition, the Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu announced a new policy of prohibiting passengers from South Korea, including those who have travelled to South Korea in the past 14 days, from entering Hong Kong starting from 6 am on February 25.
Until then, the Hong Kong-China borders remain open, despite the local population’s vocal demands to have it closed. Hong Kong SAR Government carries out a discriminative treatment—— open borders with Chinese mainland but ban entry of passengers from South Korea.