Philippines bars entry to foreigners with recent travel to China, as of Feb. 3, to prevent spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 02 Feb 2020 22:55 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Start Time/Date: Feb. 3
  • Impact: Cross-border travel and entry restrictions, possible business, transport disruptions

Summary
Filipino authorities will prevent foreign travelers who within the previous 14 days had transited or left mainland China and any of its territories including Hong Kong and Macau from entering the Philippines beginning Feb. 3. Travel from the Philippines to China and any of its territories will also be proscribed until further notice. The ban comes amid the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated in China's Wuhan City in Hubei Province. Filipino citizens and permanent residents with recent travels to China will be quarantined for two weeks. The purpose of the travel restrictions is to prevent the spread of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the virus a global health emergency.

Advice
Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to the Philippines. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.