MANILA- The Philippines has declared a state of public health emergency over the COVID-19 threat after authorities confirmed local transmission of the disease.
The development prompted some governments to impose travel restrictions on the Philippines as a precautionary measure against the spread of the virus.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, here are countries whose restrictions for inbound travel include the Philippines:
Saudi Arabia barred entry to Umrah visa holders, and tourist visa holders from countries judged to pose a "particularly high risk" of spreading the virus, including the Philippines.
DFA Assistant Secretary Ed Meñez said Filipinos who hold visas for employment, work visit, business visit, and family visit are still allowed entry into Saudi Arabia.
Kuwait has suspended flights between the Gulf state and 7 countries, including the Philippines for a week beginning on March 6, 2020.
Travelers from virus-stricken countries, including the Philippines, within the past 14 days will be denied entry to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. The restriction is subject to a weekly review.
Doha-bound passengers who traveled to virus-infected countries in the last 14 days starting on March 9, 2020 are barred entry into Qatar.
ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
The Palestinian Authority temporarily banned the entry of all tourists into the West Bank, including Bethlehem and Jericho.
The Israeli government also decided to restrict all travel to Bethlehem from Israel.
Visa on arrival facility for all tourists is suspended effective March 7, 2020.
All cruise ships entering Fijian waters will be required to dock at ports in Suva or Lautoka, where all passengers on board would be subject to medical and travel history checks.
Marine vessels carrying passengers from virus-stricken countries within the last 14 days will not be allowed to enter Seychelles waters.
The Philippines meanwhile has an ongoing travel ban on China and its territories--Hong Kong, and Macau--and travelers from the South Korean province of North Gyeongsang.