Five more countries banned in PH

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DAVAO CITY —The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced the implementation of the expansion of the travel restrictions to include 5 more countries starting 12:01 PM of Wednesday, January 13.

In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente shared that they received an order from Malacanang that foreign passengers coming from Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Oman, and the People’s Republic of China shall not be allowed to enter the country.

In view of the expanded travel restrictions, foreigners coming from or have been to the five countries within 14 days from their arrival in the Philippines shall be excluded.

“Filipinos will still be allowed entry, subject to a strict 14-day facility-based quarantine, to be implemented by the airport’s one stop shop,” said Morente.

The added restrictions bring the total number of restricted countries to 33.Earlier, the government imposed a travel ban on travelers from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, Hong Kong SAR, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, and the United States.

Later included were Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, and Austria.

“The travel restriction for aliens arriving from these countries will last until January 15, unless otherwise extended or expanded by Malacanang or the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases,” said Morente.-Newsline

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