PH TRAVEL BAN ON 32 COUNTRIES, EXTENDS UNTIL JANUARY 31
In an effort to curb the entry of the B117 variant of the virus causing COVID-19,
the Philippine government is extending travel restrictions on 32 countries until January 31.
So far, the United Arab Emirates, where the Philippines’ first case of the new variant traveled from prior to testing positive for COVID-19, is not in the list.
Several countries facing travel restrictions until January 31
●China, including Hong Kong
The said restrictions only mean that non-Filipino travelers coming from the countries listed above will not be allowed to enter the Philippines. However, Filipinos will be allowed to enter but must undergo a strict 14-day quarantine, regardless of a negative swab test result.
The two-week extension of restrictions was announced on the day initial travel restrictions were set to expire and two days after the health department confirmed that the more transmissible variant has entered the country.
The Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases said it may issue guidelines on exemptions to entry restrictions but did not say when these guidelines would be released