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
Date: Feb 15, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter
The Philippine government yesterday decided to remove Taiwan from a temporary travel ban, its secondreversal 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]