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Seoul orders deportation of 7 foreigners for breaching self-isolation rules

All News 17:58 April 19, 2020

SEOUL, April 19 (Yonhap) -- Last week, South Korea ordered the deportation of seven foreigners who went outside despite being under self-isolation, the justice ministry said Sunday.

The ministry said it ordered three Vietnamese students in the southwestern city of Gunsan to leave the country on Friday. They were found to have left their home without their mobile phones.

The government's self-isolation app uses GPS tracking in mobile phones to monitor people in self-isolation.

Another student, a Malaysian national, was also told to leave the country on the same day. Despite being under self-isolation, the student went outside three times without carrying a mobile phone.

An immigration officer who guides international arrivals showing virus symptoms disinfects her booth at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on April 8, 2020. (Yonhap)

The ministry said it issued them an order to leave the country, rather than forcing them to leave, considering unstable flight schedules.

This means the students will have to leave the country immediately once flight schedule issues are resolved. Until then, they will remain under the custody of the immigration office.

Last week, the government also deported three Vietnamese nationals for breaking quarantine guidelines.

They include a married couple who were found in the southeastern city of Gimhae after leaving their registered address in Seoul, and a crew member who went out fishing.

The government has ordered the deportation of eight people since it imposed a mandatory self-isolation on all international arrivals. Separately, 29 were denied entry for refusing to go into self-isolation upon their arrival here.

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