MANILA, Philippines — The government-imposed travel ban by Filipinos to Taiwan has already been lifted as agreed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease a Palace official said.
In a statement Friday, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo confirmed the decision was influenced by the assessment of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF).
Lifting of the travel ban imposed upon Taiwan was effective immediately.
“Accordingly, travel may now be made by any national to Taiwan from the Philippines and vice versa,” Panelo said.
Unlike the Philippines, Taiwan has zero incidence of the virus.
Since last week, the Philippine government imposed the travel restrictions imposed against Taiwan due to the COVID-19 scare.
As such, President Duterte decided to temporarily impose a ban on travel to Taiwan, a move that did not sit well on the latter saying it doesn’t honor the “One-China Policy” insinuation by some quarters.
Wuhan in the province of Hubei, China is the epicenter of the dreaded novel coronavirus which was given a new name COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.
Panelo said lifting of travel restrictions for Taiwan has been “agreed by the members of the IATF by reason of the strict measures they are undertaking, as well as the protocols they are implementing to address the COVID-19.” (IAMIGO/sovereignph.com)