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Malacañang: Travel may now continue by any national to Taiwan from Philippines and vice versa

The Philippine government on Friday decided to lift its travel ban against Taiwan. The country has withdrawn its imposed travel ban with Taiwan amid confusion caused by the World Health Organization's inclusion of Taiwan as a part of China.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the decision was made following the meeting of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) on Friday.

“Accordingly, travel may now be made by any national to Taiwan from the Philippines and vice versa,” Panelo said.

“The lifting of travel restrictions for Taiwan has been agreed by the members of the IATF by reason of the strict measures they are undertaking, as well as the protocols they are implementing to address the COVID-19.”

“The Office of the President likewise stresses that any resolution relative to travel restrictions in connection with the COVID-19 shall be subjected to regular review by the IATF,” he said.

Malacañang insists that the safety of the Filipino people, not politics, was the reason for the temporary travel ban.


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