Virus Outbreak: Philippines removes Taiwan from ban

WORK IN PROGRESS: While many countries have lifted their travel bans on Taiwanese, the foreign ministry said talks were ongoing with Italy, Bangladesh and Mongolia

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 15, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

The Philippine government yesterday decided to remove Taiwan from a temporary travel ban, its second

President Tsai Ing-wen, second right, yesterday speaks to reporters during a visit to Tainan accompanied by Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corp chairman Ting Yen-che, left, and Democratic Progressive Party legislators Lin Yi-chin, second left, and Kuo Kuo-wen, right.
Photo: CNA

reversal this month amid an outbreak of COVID-19 in China and the shadow of Beijing’s influence.

“The [Philippine presidential] palace confirms that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease has resolved to lift the travel restrictions imposed upon Taiwan, effective immediately,” Philippine presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement relayed by the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei.

The decision has been agreed “by reason of the strict measures they [Taiwanese officials] are undertaking, as well as the protocols they are implementing to address the COVID-19 [outbreak],” he said after a Philippine Cabinet meeting yesterday afternoon.

The task force would also evaluate lifting the travel ban on Macau, he said, adding that any resolution of travel restrictions in connection with COVID-19 would be regularly reviewed.    [FULL  STORY]

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