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President Duterte expands coverage of travel ban to China, Hong Kong and Macau


President Rodrigo Duterte has expanded the temporary travel ban amid the threat of the coronavirus or 2019-nCOV which now include foreign travellers to and from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau.


Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea announced from MalacaƱang that the temporary ban now covers the following:

- The entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and foreigners holding permanent resident visas issued by the Philippine government, directly coming from China and its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau

- The entry of any person, regardless of nationality, except Filipino citizens and holders of permanent resident visa issued by the Philippine government, who within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, has been to China and its SARs

- Temporary ban on Filipinos from travelling to China and its special administrative regions


"All flights coming from China will temporarily not be allowed to land in Philippine territory, and Chinese nationals who have somehow slipped in from the mainland will be either repatriated immediately or quarantined for at least two weeks" Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.

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