Philippine travel ban covers transit passengers: BI

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 03 2020 05:48 PM

A woman wears a face mask at the Manila airport as fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus rise. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Passengers who will transit through China and its territories are covered by the Philippines' temporary travel ban on the whole of Beijing and its special administrative regions, the Bureau of Immigration clarified Monday.

This after the Philippines announced Sunday a temporary travel ban on all foreigners coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau as Manila recorded its first coronavirus-related death.

"Even transiting passengers [are covered]. Basta bumaba po ng Hong Kong, nag-layover, mag-transit, they will still not be allowed to enter the Philippines," Bureau of Immigration Spokesperson Dana Sandoval told reporters in Malacañang.

Doctors and health officials who are flying in to help control the spread of the virus in the Philippines will meanwhile be allowed entry, Sandoval said.

The virus outbreak has prompted several airlines to cancel their flights to and from China as fears of the disease spread.

Manila's temporary travel ban covers all foreigners arriving from China, Hong Kong, and Macau, including those who visited these areas within 14 days.

Filipino citizens and those who hold a permanent resident visa issued by the Philippine government, however, are allowed to enter the country provided that they undergo a 14-day quarantine.