Philippines lifts travel ban to mainland China except Hubei
03/16/2020|3:20:45 PM|GMA News

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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