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WHO slams Japan and S. Korea's tit-for-tat travel curbs; Flight routes to be closed temporarily |

WHO slams Japan and S. Korea's tit-for-tat travel curbs; Flight routes to be closed temporarily



“싸우지 말 것” WHO가 한일 양국에 전한 당부

As Japan and South Korea tighten restrictions on travelers,…airlines connecting the two countries have suspended routes and cancelled flights.
However, the World Health Organization has criticized the curbs and called on all countries to cooperate to tackle the virus.
Our Choi Jeongyoon reports.
The World Health Organization has sharply criticized the South Korea-Japan ‘tit-for-tat’ travel restrictions,…and stressed that fighting the epidemic requires countries working together.
The U.N. agency slammed Seoul and Tokyo saying travel bans “should be carefully considered, driven by public health evidence, and short-term.”
“They’re saving lives, and I think we should focus on that and not necessarily on political spat on travel restrictions. It’s very, very important that people understand that these types of restrictions are not helping.”
Starting Monday, Japan will quarantine all arrivals from China and South Korea for two weeks.
Tokyo is also nullifying short-term visas issued in those two countries until the end of March, and will not issue new visas, barring human rights reasons or other exceptions.
In response, the South Korean foreign ministry is suspending tourism visa waivers for Japanese travelers starting Monday.
Visas already issued will no longer be valid, and Japanese visitors will also have to go through a special entry procedure to enter the country.
As both countries are limiting the number of airports where flights can land,…it’s affecting the aviation industry.
Starting Sunday, Japanese airlines ANA Holdings and JAL will suspend routes departing from China and South Korea to Tokyo Haneda airport.
South Korea’s two largest carriers, Asiana Airlines and Korean Air, will also cancel flights to and from Japan starting Monday.
Asiana Airlines has cut all eight routes, making it the first time in 30 years for the carrier to stop all routes since its first service to Japan in 1990.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.

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