South Korea issues travel alert for Bohol

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 17 2017 10:14 PM

MANILA- The Foreign Ministry of South Korea has issued a "temporary, special travel advisory" for Bohol, citing "public insecurity" which could continue for some time in the area.

In a post on its website, the Foreign Ministry said the advisory is equivalent to the travel-alert level of “Red Alert" (Travel Restricted) which urges for the cancellation or postponement of plans to visit Bohol.

The advisory will be effective from April 13 till 23.

"Judging that public insecurity could continue for some time on the Island of Bohol, the venue of the ASEAN summit from April 18 till 22, the Foreign Ministry has made the move to protect nationals of the Republic of Korea there," the advisory read.

At least 9 people were killed when police and soldiers clashed with 10 suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group on the resort island of Bohol last Tuesday.

The South Foreign Ministry added that it will continue to monitor the area and consider whether the special travel advisory should remain in place.

Several countries have also warned their citizens about traveling to the Philippines amid threats of terrorism and kidnapping.