THE Philippines extended its ban on tourists from more than 30 countries and territories for fear of the influx and the subsequent spike in coronavirus cases.
Report in The National, the ban applies to countries where a “more contagious variant” of COVID-19 has been detected. In fact, restrictions also apply to Filipinos who wish to return to their country.
Accprding to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the ban on flights had been extended from 19 countries and territories to 31 January.
“Countries that are prohibited from visiting the Philippines include India, the United States, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom,” he said.
Harry explained that previously, Filipinos were allowed to return to their country, even though they came from the banned country on condition that they remain in quarantine for 14 days in a government-appointed isolation facility. Exceptions will now be imposed on a case-by-case basis by the country’s coronavirus task force. [antaranews]