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Heads Up: Novel Coronavirus Travel Ban Now Includes Taiwan

Major airlines have canceled all Philippines-Taiwan flights until further notice.

Taiwan is now included in the travel ban imposed by the Philippines as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus threat. Department of Health spokesperson Eric Domingo said yesterday, February 10, that the ban was implemented late last week, according to CNN Philippines.

According to the spokesperson, the World Health Organization considered Taiwan as a territory of China. The Philippines imposed a travel ban on China and its territories, starting with Wuhan City, where the virus originated from, and the rest of the Hubei Province last month. The travel ban was extended to include the rest of mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong on February 2. 

The travel ban applies to foreign travelers visiting the Philippines and not to Filipino citizens. Permanent Resident Visa holders of the Philippines will also be allowed to enter the country if they come directly from Taiwan or have been there for 14 days before arrival, according to GMA News.

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Following the announcement, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have canceled all Philippines-Taiwan flights. Passengers are advised to check the airline websites to refund, rebook, or reroute their flights. 

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