Piso Fare friends, please be advised of the Philippines’ temporary travel ban for visitors from China and its Special Administrative Regions.
In a move to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte issued a temporary travel ban prohibiting travelers from Wuhan and the entire Hubie province in China to enter the country on January 31, 2020.
After the 2nd case of nCov in the Philippines died on February 1, the temporary travel ban was extended to visitors from any place in China and its Administrative Regions: Macao and Hong Kong on February 2, 2020.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the nCoV epidemic a “public health emergency of international concern”.
Who are covered by the temporary travel ban?
All foreign nationals are not allowed to enter the Philippines and shall be turned back.
The temporary travel ban covers travelers of any nationality who had been to any part of China, Hong Kong and Macao within 14 days before arriving in the Philippines.
The travel ban is for visitors coming to the Philippines directly or indirectly from China according to CAB Director.
Filipinos are also prohibited in traveling to China, Hong Kong and Macao throughout the temporary travel ban duration.
Filipinos and Permanent Resident Visa Holders Exempted from Travel Ban.
Filipino citizens and holders of permanent resident visa issued by the government of the Philippines are exempted from the travel ban. They can enter the Philippines should they wish to but have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Civil Aeronautics Board Directive to Airlines
In line with President Duterte’s temporary travel ban decree, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) direct all airlines/ carriers operating to and from the Philippines to fully and immediately comply with the travel ban directive.
The CAB further advised airline companies to strictly observe and comply with orders and guidance from other concerned government agencies in relation with the implementation of the travel ban.
Affected Passengers, What to Do
For passengers affected by the travel ban or whose flights have been cancelled as airlines implemented the temporary trip prohibition to/ from China, you may contact the airline company where you have purchased your ticket regarding flight schedules, rebooking and other options.
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