Philippines removes Taiwan from COVID-19 travel ban list

The Philippine government has lifted the travel ban on Taiwan this Friday based on the recommendation of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III and the task force assigned to tackle the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat in the country.

“The Palace confirms that the (task force) has resolved to lift the travel restrictions imposed upon Taiwan, effective immediately. Accordingly, travel may now be made by any national to Taiwan from the Philippines and vice versa,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo announced.

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

The task force is currently assessing other areas that the government has put restrictions to, including Macau.

“Meanwhile, the (task force) will likewise evaluate other jurisdictions, including Macau, for the possible lifting of the imposed travel ban after their submission of the protocols being observed by their government which prevent potential carriers of the said virus from entering and deporting their territory and enable others to determine the recent travel history of any traveler exiting their borders.”

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECOP) on Friday praised the decision of the Philippine government to lift the temporary travel ban imposed on Taiwan amid the COVID-19 scare.

TECOP said that the Taiwanese government has taken measures needed to contain the spread of the virus, saying the government will continue working with different countries to fight COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus.

“The Republic of China (Taiwan) attaches great importance to its long-standing relationship with the Republic of the Philippines. We are determined to strengthen our bilateral ties and promote our people-to-people connectivity,” TECOP said in a statement.

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