By: Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Seoul

The Philippine Embassy in Seoul wishes to reiterate to the Filipino public that in accordance with the Act on the Prevention of Contagious Animal Disease, and pursuant to the advisories from various South Korean government agencies, carrying animal/livestock products to South Korea is restricted and must be reported/declared at the quarantine office of the port of entry. Those who fail to report/declare carrying restricted animal/livestock products at airports and seaports will be fined up to \10,000,000.00, and those who fail to pay the fine will be prohibited from entering South Korea.

It came to the attention of the Philippine Embassy that an entry ban of five (5) years was handed down to a traveler who came to South Korea last 21 October 2019, as a result of failing to pay the fine amounting to \5,000,000.00 for bringing in pork sausages at the airport. This shows how stringent the South Korean authorities are with regard to the enforcement of the regulation.

All Filipinos entering South Korea as visitors, workers, or residents are reminded and advised to refrain from bringing restricted items in their hand-carry or checked-in luggage. All hand-carry and checked-in luggage of passengers are subjected to security screening at the airport terminals. END