The Jakarta Post
South Korea has deported an Indonesian man for violating the mandatory two-week COVID-19 self-quarantine, the second Indonesian citizen to be deported from the country for the same offense since the pandemic.
South Korean English daily newspaper The Korea Times reported on Tuesday that an Indonesian man in his 20s was being held at the Daegu police station and that the country’s immigration office would soon decide on the next step.
When the COVID-19 pandemic reached South Korea, Seoul made self-isolation mandatory for international arrivals to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The South Korean justice ministry has so far deported more than 60 foreigners for the same offense.
According to the police, the Indonesian arrived at Incheon International Airport from Indonesia on May 30. He cleared immigration on the promise that he would stay at a state-designated quarantine facility in Gimpo – a city in Gyeonggi province – for two weeks, but instead took a taxi heading for Daegu, his destination, The Korea Times reported.
Although the man had fled from the taxi, the police managed to arrest him in northern Daegu.
The Indonesian Foreign Ministry and the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul said that the man had already been deported from South Korea.
“The man – an Indonesian migrant worker – was deported on May 31,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
He was not the first Indonesian citizen to be deported for breaking South Korea’s quarantine regulation. In early April, a 40-year-old Indonesian man was deported after violating the same rule.
He was deported after he was found to have falsely reported his local address and left the registered self-isolation venue, reported The Korea Herald.
South Korea imposed a 14-day self-isolation requirement on international arrivals on April 1. Violators can face a year in prison or a 10 million won (US$8,343) fine ― or deportation.