Local authorities restrict tourist entry to Atok, Benguet Province, and Tinglayan, Kalinga Province, in the Philippines as of Feb. 7.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 07 Feb 2020 05:11 GMT and is scheduled to expire 14 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Entry restrictions
  • Location(s): Atok and Tinglayan (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Heightened security, transport and business disruptions; possible health screenings, shipping delays

Summary
Local authorities have restricted tourist entry into Atok, Benguet Province, and Tinglayan, Kalinga Province, due to 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) concerns. It is unclear whether the measures apply to Philippine nationals. Officials have also temporarily ceased tourism-related activities. Authorities have not announced when they will lift the restrictions.

Heightened security is highly likely; security personnel intend to erect checkpoints in the cities to monitor travel. Officials 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.

Atok is around 25 km (15 miles) northeast of Baguio City. Tinglayan is approximately 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Tuguegarao City.

Advice
Defer travel to Atok, Tinglayan, and their surrounding areas until authorities issue an all-clear. Allow additional time to reach destinations nearby the cities. 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.