South Korea extends travel ban in six countries, including Somalia

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South Korea extends travel ban in six countries, including Somalia

SEOUL – South Korea will extend the travel ban to six countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Somalia, by six months, due to protracted security risks, the Foreign Ministry said here.

The ban was due to expire on January 31, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

It will be extended to Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Afghanistan and the southern region of the Philippine archipelago – the Zamboanga peninsula, Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi – said the ministry.

The designated regions are exposed to constant risks of terrorist attacks and political instability which are likely to persist for a considerable period of time, he added.

Travel to Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan has been banned since 2007.

Seoul imposed the ban on Yemen in 2011, Libya in 2014, and the Philippine Islands in 2015.

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