Korea Steps Up Travel Warning for Sinai Peninsula

The Foreign Ministry on Monday issued a special travel warning for the Sinai Peninsula on Monday after a bus carrying Korean tourists fell victim to a suicide bombing there.

It compels Koreans already there to leave the area immediately and others to cancel planned visits.

The ministry has a four-level alert system. The highest level is in force for Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Fukushima in Japan, Pakistan and South Sudan are covered by the second highest level, while low-level alerts have been issued for Nepal and part of Thailand, Greece, India, Spain and the border area between North Korea and China.

Those failing to comply with the highest-level alert face a fine of up to W3 million (US$1=W1,062) or up to one year in prison, but the other three levels are not legally binding.

A special travel warning has the same effects as the highest-level advisory.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 18, 2014 12:30 KST