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Philippine governemnt raised travel ban to South Korea due to COVID-19, with exceptions

The Philippines imposed a travel ban on tourist-favorite South Korea as a protective measure against the spread of COVID-19, MalacaƱang confirmed on Feb 26.

Filipinos who are workers, students, and permanent residents are however allowed to travel to the East Asian nation provided that they sign a written declaration signifying their knowledge of the “risks” of traveling in South Korea.

The temporary travel restriction is bound to affect tourism numbers since South Korea remains the country’s top source market with a total of 1.98 million arrivals in 2019.

South Korea reported 169 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday (Feb 26), pushing the total tally to 1,146, Korea Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) said.

Meanwhile, the government's temporary travel ban on mainland China and its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macao remains in effect.

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