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South Korea rescinds Japan visa waivers in retaliation

Seoul blasts Tokyo for 'opaque' coronavirus response before tit-for-tat restrictions

Passengers seen at a Korean Air check-in counter at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. (Photo by Kei Higuchi) 

SEOUL -- South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Friday it will halt its 90-day tourism visa waivers for Japanese travelers starting Monday, among other measures, hitting back at Tokyo for imposing entry restrictions on South Koreans amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The package of measures is roughly equivalent to those announced Thursday by Tokyo, aside from the Japanese side requiring a two-week quarantine for visitors from China and South Korea.

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