Effect Of Temporary South Korean Tourist Ban In Kota Kinbalu Because Of Covid-19 Virus – Malaysian goverments Banned South Korean Tourists From Entering The Country Temporarily – Its official. Starting from 1st March 2020, South Korean tourists are not allowed to enter any part of Malaysia for holiday, for vacation, for social visit also for business.
South Korea nationals have been temporarily barred from visiting Malaysia following a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases.
The temporary ban also involves those transiting through Malaysia, for example from one state to another, or from one city in Malaysia to another city in Malaysia, such as from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu.
The impact on us is huge. All our incoming bookings made earlier by our South Korean customers have been cancelled, since so many flights schedules from South Korea to Kota Kinabalu has been cancelled too, due to Covid-19 virus that spreaded widely without control in major cities in South Korea.
South Korean tourists gave so many contribution to Kota Kinabalu economy.
From our own experience, most South Korean tourists come to Kota Kinabalu for holiday during the whole month of August, then from November to January on next year.
We started to receive so many incoming bookings from South Korea during that time period.
During month of January 2020 alone, we receive about 20-40 incoming bookings from South Korean tourists who interested in doing Discover Scuba Diving In Kota Kinabalu, Leisure Dive In Kota Kinabalu, also Advanced Open Water Course In Kota Kinabalu.
On August 2019, we receive so many booking for Discover Scuba Diving from South Korean tourists, as they love doing scuba diving without license for fun and for leisure with their family.
Since the ban started, we havent see any South Korean tourists in Jesselton Point jetty. The jetty used to be highly crowded by South Korean tourists.
Most South Koreans love sandby beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving, taking pictures in the beach and good massage. Massage is their preferred activity on final day of their holiday before going to the airport for return flight back to South Korea.
Previously, we used to see massages centers in Warisan Square and Oceanus Shopping Mall highly crowded by South Korean tourists. But now, all are nearly empty since they are not allowed to enter Kota Kinabalu becuase of the ban.
Most South Korean tourists love to walk around Sinsuran Night Market (buying manggo drinks and coconut drinks), enjoying food servings and beautful sunset view in KK Waterfront and then doing several hours shopping in Center Point Sabah.
Some South Korean entreupreneurs already established scuba diving centers catered for Koreans, Korean restaurants, Korean massage shops and Korean groceries shop in Kota Kinabalu city.
Now, most shops run by Koreans for Korean tourist are seen nearly empty without no customers at all, since they are highly focused on South Korean tourists who come to Kota Kinabalu for holiday.
We really hope things are getting better soon. Chinese toursts and South Korean tourists contributes so much to Kota Kinabalu city’s economy, especially for tourism companies and scuba diving centers.