South Korea to halt visa waivers, existing visas for Japan

South Korean army soldiers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus on a street in Seoul on March 6, 2020. (AP)

South Korea said on Friday it will halt visa waivers for Japan in response to travel restrictions imposed by Tokyo, as coronavirus containment measures ignited a diplomatic row between the two Asian nations.

“From March 9, the visa waivers for Japan and the validity of existing visas will be suspended,” Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young said in a media briefing.

The measures come a day after Japan barred entry to visitors from highly affected areas in South Korea, and ordered two weeks in quarantine for others.

South Korea’s reciprocal measures also include raising a travel advisory for Japan and imposing special entry procedures for foreigners arriving from Japan.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:02 - GMT 07:02