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article imageSpanish filmmaker from Beijing banned from entering North Korea

By Anne Sewell     Oct 28, 2014 in World
Pyongyang - A Spanish cinematographer and documentary film director, based in Beijing, has been banned entry into North Korea on business Monday, due to Ebola fears. Pyongyang apparently considers Spain to be a risk country.
Spanish by birth, Marc Martínez Sarrado is employed by the Dutch NOS public broadcaster and is currently based in Beijing. Sarrado has not been in his home country of Spain since visiting Barcelona in July this year, well before the country saw its first case of Ebola.
On Friday last week, Pyongyang announced that due to the risk of Ebola, the country was closing its borders to foreign tourists.
Sarrado was set to visit North Korea with six other journalists on a trip organized by Tjia, a company based in Rotterdam that does business with North Korea. Sarrado tweeted:
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Despite Sarrado not having been in Spain for several months, it seems his Spanish passport is the main problem.
His most recent tweet reads:
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Tjia said in their statement Sarrado had received an entry visa for the business trip but the situation had now changed. In a letter they wrote to Sarrado, they said he does not now have permission to enter the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea).
Hospitalized on October 6, Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse who was the first person to contract the virus outside of Africa, has now been cleared of the virus. She contracted Ebola while treating two Spanish missionaries infected with the virus in Sierra Leone. Those people close to her who have been under quarantine in Madrid have now received the all clear and have been able to leave the hospital.
Almost 5,000 people in West Africa have died from the virus and some countries are now banning flights from the countries affected by the virus.
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