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Philippines lifts travel ban to mainland China except Hubei

03/16/2020| 3:20:45 PM|

OFWs on the first-time deployment to mainland China, students, dependents of OFWs and tourists are excluded from the lifting of the travel ban.

The Philippines has lifted the travel ban to mainland China except for Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the lifting of the ban was adopted in a March 12, 2020 resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases (IATF).

Not all are covered by the lifting of the travel ban, however, the DFA said. Those covered are:

· Returning OFWs who are able to present valid visas and/or work permits, overseas employment certificate, notarized and other relevant documents pertaining to their current employment in mainland China as may be required by immigration authorities;

· Filipinos with permanent resident visas; and

· Filipino government officials traveling to mainland China on official duty

The DFA said the following are excluded from the lifting of travel ban:

· OFWs on the first-time deployment to mainland China

· Students

· Dependents of OFWs

· Tourists

The coronavirus disease outbreak in China had prompted the Philippine government on February 2 to impose a travel ban on mainland China and its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau.

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