In response to the growing spread of the Zika virus, South Korea has developed preventative measures and issued updated Zika virus Prevention and Quarantine Guidelines. The Korea Ministry of Health and Welfare declared Zika virus as a legal infectious disease on the 29th of January, 2016.
The Club’s Correspondent in South Korea has advised the Club that strengthened quarantine inspection requirements at Korean port are currently in force for vessels arriving from 42 Countries and territories identified as infected by Zika virus.
Applies to vessels arriving at Korea calling from countries and territories identified to be infected (including transit): Cape Verde, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Martinique, Mexico, Barbados, Venezuela, Brazil, Haiti, Ecuador, El Salvador, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto to Rico, French Guiana, Guadeloupe Island, (the Republic of) Nicaragua, (the Republic of) Honduras, (the Kingdom of) Tonga, American Samoa, Samoa, Republic of Suriname, and Thailand.
Points to note:
To date, there are no reported cases of Zika virus infection in Korea. However, as the strengthening of quarantine inspections at Korean ports is on going, it is recommended that Members contact their local agents for more updated information prior to arriving in Korea in order to avoid any delays.
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