LIST: Countries with coronavirus travel restrictions affecting Philippines

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 09 2020 01:00 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2020 03:23 PM

LIST: Countries with coronavirus travel restrictions affecting Philippines 1
Wearing face masks, Filipino travelers say goodbye to their loved ones at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on February 14, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

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

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

Kuwait has suspended flights between the Gulf state and 7 countries, including the Philippines for a week beginning on March 6, 2020.

COOK ISLANDS

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.

QATAR

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.

NEPAL

Visa on arrival facility for all tourists is suspended effective March 7, 2020.

FIJI

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.

SEYCHELLES

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.