Everything About the Travel Advisory to Daegu & Cheongdo of South Korea


Lest you’re not aware, South Korea’s upping its disease alert level to its highest after 556 confirmed cases and 4 deaths were reported in the country.

The President has also urged officials not to hesitate from taking “unprecedented powerful measures” to contain the outbreak.

Most of the cases are from Daegu and Cheongdo, both of which might be linked to a church that’s been accused of being a cult.

And here in Singapore, we’re feeling the effects as MOH has come out with a new public health travel advisory to the country.

Avoid Non-Essential Travel to Daegu and Cheongdo & Exercise Caution When in South Korea

If you’re going to crash land on South Korea, then take note: the Ministry of Health is discouraging all non-essential travel to Daegu and Cheongdo.

And if you die-die need to be there, you’d be treated as a suspect case if you’ve pneumonia or severe respiratory infection with breathlessness within 14 days before onset of symptoms. In other words, it’s almost like you’ve just come back from China without the 14-day LOA or SHN lah.

While this is only for the city and county, MOH also reminds the public to continue to exercise caution when travelling to the rest of South Korea.


Also, don’t be shocked if officers look at you with their killer eyes if you just come back from the Land of the Kimchi: on top of the regular checks, officers will be keeping a lookout for people with respiratory symptoms at the aerobridges for flights coming from South Korea and at immigration checks. Travellers with recent travel history to Daegu and Cheongdo will be asked to identify themselves.

In other words, if can, just defer your trip lah.

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Daegu and Cheongdo are not on lockdown, but over in Daegu, it’s become a ghost town as people are advised to stay home.

daegu ghost town
Image: Twitter (@IEofgroup)

If you really need to travel to the affected areas, you are advised to regularly check MOH’s website for updates.


And when you’re there, please stay vigilant, monitor developments and heed the advice of the local authorities.

Because “unprecedented powerful measures” are coming, remember?

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