Philippines suspends visa issuance until January 15

Philippine embassies have suspended the processing and issuance of visas during the travel ban that will last until January 15.

The temporary suspension of visa is enforced by the Philippine government as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus strain, which has recently been detected.

All visa applications will only be processed after the lifting of the travel suspension on January 15, unless further extended.

The Department of Foreign Affairs advised foreign nationals and Filipino citizens intending to come to the Philippines to reconsider their travel plans for a later date amid the precautionary measures enforced by the government to prevent the entry and spread of the new COVID-19 strain.

The DFA referred to the Malacañang announcement about the extension of the temporary entry ban on flights and foreign passengers coming from the UK and 19 other countries that have reported incidence of the new coronavirus strain.

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