May 20, 2024

S. Korea issues special travel advisory for Israel

South Korea has issued a special travel advisory for Israel and urged South Korean nationals to leave via a third country, if possible, amid security concerns in the wake of the Hamas militant group’s rocket attack, the Foreign Ministry said.

The advisory issued on Sunday calls for Korean citizens to cancel or postpone their trips to Israel and to leave the country if they are already there, unless for urgent matters, a news agency quoted the ministry.

A special advisory is issued by the government in cases of urgent security risks to travelers and can be maintained for up to 90 days.

The ministry said there has been no reported harm to South Korean nationals in Israel.

A total of 570 South Koreans are estimated to be living or staying in Israel, in addition to some 360 travelling in the country.

Flag carrier Korean Air Co., which runs flights connecting Seoul and Tel Aviv three times a week, cancelled a flight that was scheduled to depart for the Israeli capital on Monday.

The company said it plans to operate a flight departing from Ben Gurion International Airport 15 hours later than the normal schedule, upon checking local airport safety circumstances, to assist people returning to South Korea.

Flight schedules for Wednesday and onward have not been confirmed.

A Transport Ministry official said the ministry will closely cooperate with the foreign ministry and Korean Air to assure the safe return of South Korean nationals.

The Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, launched rocket attacks on central and southern areas of Israel during a major Jewish holiday on October 7 and Israel staged retaliatory air strikes against it, leaving more than 1,100 people dead on both the sides.

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   The advisory issued on Sunday calls for Korean citizens to cancel or postpone their trips to Israel and to leave the country if they are already there, unless for urgent matters, a news agency quoted the ministry.
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