Bureau of Immigration Allows Passengers To and From Taiwan Following Lifting of Travel Ban
IMMIGRATION – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is now implementing the lifting of Taiwan travel ban.
Amid the global fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, several countries implemented travel bans. Most of these travel restriction covered travellers to and from mainland China.
The COVID-19 was first recorded in China – in the city of Wuhan in Hubei province. Allegedly, the disease came from bats served as a bat soup in the market. It is characterized by fever, shortness of breath, and cough.
The novel coronavirus is having an outbreak in China now. More than 60,00 people are infected and over 1,000 died. Wuhan is now under a mandatory lock-down.
In the Philippines, three (3) cases of coronavirus were recorded and the first COVID-19 death case outside China was recorded in the country. To prevent the spread of the disease, the government implemented a travel ban.
The ban covered not only China but as well as its neighboring countries. Recently, the Philippine government lifted the Taiwan travel ban.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, following the lifting of the Taiwan travel ban, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is now implementing the order in all airports. According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, all the personnel were already instructed about its implementation.
According to Morente, it was on Friday when they received an order from the Office of the President about it. Based on the report, it followed the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) resolution.
The BI Commissioner stressed that they have to implement it right away. Now, travelers to and from Taiwan are allowed to leave or enter the country.