Philippines to relax ban on foreign travellers from February 1

MANILA (BERNAMA) – The Philippines will relax its ban on travellers, starting next month, from over 30 countries and regions that confirmed cases of more transmissible COVID-19 variants, reported Xinhua news agency, quoting presidential spokesman Harry Roque yesterday.

The ban on foreign travellers from 36 countries and regions, including Britain, China and the United States, ends on January 31.

“The restriction remains until January 31 and would lapse after the aforesaid date,” Roque said. The government clarified that foreign nationals not allowed entry to the Philippines as stated by previous orders, including those holding tourist visas, are still prohibited to enter the country.

Roque reiterated that travellers allowed entry still need to complete the 14-day quarantine.

On the same day, Roque announced that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte retained the general community quarantine for the capital city of Manila until the end of February to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

Aside from Manila, Roque said Duterte also placed a number of provinces across the country under the same restrictions. Many provinces in other parts of the country are put under more relaxed restrictions, he added.

The Philippines has been put under varying degrees of lockdowns since mid-March last year. The Philippines tallied 519,575 coronavirus infections, including 10,552 deaths.