Visitors from Taiwan and Filipinos heading there are covered by an expanded travel ban amid the risk posed by the novel coronavirus, the Bureau of Immigration said last February 10.
In a statement released late Monday night, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the bureau has confirmed with Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra that tourists from Taiwan are banned from entering the country. Filipinos will also be not allowed to board flights for Taiwan.
The Health department on Monday announced that Taiwan is included in the travel ban. It cited that the World Health Organization includes Taiwan under China.
The Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare said there are 16 confirmed coronavirus cases there. Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said that Taiwan is already asking for reconsideration of the travel ban. Taiwan saw 454,575 Filipino visitors in 2019.