Travel ban to China remains in full effect

THE travel ban to South Korea had been lifted partially on Tuesday afternoon but the travel ban in China remains in full effect. 

This was announcd by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which said that the lifting is in compliance with an order from Malacanang, as recommended by a resolution from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). 

BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval explained that in the said resolution, outbound travel restrictions to South Korea imposed on Filipinos are partially lifted, except for those traveling to North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu and Cheongdo.

‘This means that Filipino tourists may now travel to Korea, except to the areas of concern, provided “that they execute a declaration signifying their knowledge and understanding of the risks involved,” amidst the COVID-19 outbreak,’ Sandoval said.

Another development is that dependents of Filipinos who are permanent resident visa holders in South Korea, Hong Kong, and Macau shall be allowed to travel to said jurisdictions. This move by the IATF-EID is to ensure that families remain intact during the outbreak.