Authorities impose entry and exit restrictions at New Clark City, Philippines, as of Feb. 10, due to quarantine of evacuated citizens.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 10 Feb 2020 06:53 GMT and is scheduled to expire 23 Feb 2020 16:00 GMT.

  • Incident: Entry and exit restrictions
  • Location(s): New Clark City, Tarlac Province (map)
  • Time Frame: Through end of February
  • Impact: Heightened security, transport and business disruptions; possible health screenings, shipping delays, protests

Summary
Authorities have imposed entry and exit restrictions at New Clark City, Tarlac Province, due to the quarantine of evacuated citizens from Hubei Province, China, amid 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) concerns. While officials have not announced when they will lift the measures, they will likely remain through at least Feb. 23 due to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for evacuees; evacuated Filipinos arrived at the Athletes' Village in the city Feb. 9.

Heightened security is likely in New Clark City; measures may include security checkpoints. Authorities may also conduct random health screenings in some areas. Security measures will probably prompt localized transport and business disruptions and could result in shipping delays. Residents could also stage demonstrations due to concerns over the use of New Clark City as a quarantine venue.

New Clark City is around 18 km (11 miles) north of Clark Freeport Zone.

Advice
Defer travel to New Clark City and its surrounding areas until authorities issue an all-clear. Allow additional time to reach destinations near the city. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Heed all official advisories and remain nonconfrontational if stopped by authorities. Shipping disruptions may occur; consider delaying or rerouting shipments. Avoid any demonstrations due to the potential for clashes.