DFA suspends issuing visas to foreigners arriving from China

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 02 2020 09:43 PM | Updated as of Feb 03 2020 03:25 AM

The visa suspension covers foreigners directly coming from China and the aforementioned regions, and those who have been to China within 14 days before going to the Philippines, the DFA said in a statement. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA—The Department of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said it will temporarily halt issuing visas to travelers from China and its special administrative regions, such as Hong Kong and Macau.

The announcement is a response to the novel coronavirus threat that has stoked worries internationally.

The visa suspension covers foreigners directly coming from China and the aforementioned regions, and those who have been to China within 14 days before going to the Philippines, the DFA said in a statement.

The DFA added that foreign nationals with visa-free privileges but who have traveled to China within 14 days or are coming to the Philippines directly from China are subject to the government-imposed travel ban.

President Rodrigo Duterte has temporarily prohibited the entry of all foreigners from China, while Filipino citizens and holders of a permanent resident visa issued by the government coming from China will undergo a 14-day quarantine upon their arrival in the country, Sen. Bong Go told radio DZMM.

Several airlines have also either canceled or limited their flights to and from China.