The Jakarta Post
Yeongsil Trail in Hallasan National Park stretches toward the horizon on Jeju island in the winter. (Shutterstock/Pichit Tongma)
Amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, now officially known as COVID-19, the policy that allows Indonesians to visit Jeju Island in South Korea without a visa is no longer applicable.
"Due to the Corona virus, on Feb. 4 a change of regulation was made by the South Korean Ministry of Justice. Jeju Island does not enforce visa-free for foreign nationals, including Indonesia," read the announcement posted on Korea Visa Application Center (KVAC) website.
Following the new policy, "tourists who want to visit Jeju Island are expected to apply for a Korean visa at KVAC."
As of Wednesday, there was no information about when the visa-free policy would be reestablished on the popular Korean island known for its beach resorts and volcanic landscape of craters and hollow lava tubes.
Korea Tourism Organization media and public relations officer Irma Maulida recently told kompas.com that many Indonesians chose to travel to Jeju Island because of its visa-free entry and that such travel was eased by the availability of flights from Indonesia to Jeju Island via Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur. (kes)
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