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Philippines lifts Taiwan travel ban

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By Prince Golez

The travel ban on Taiwan has been lifted, Malacañang announced Friday.

This, after the Taiwanese government called for the lifting of the temporary ban imposed by the Philippines to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) has decided to lift the ban on the entry of visitors coming from Taiwan, said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

“Accordingly, travel may now be made by any national to Taiwan from the Philippines and vice versa,” he added.

Panelo said the lifting of travel restrictions for Taiwan has been agreed by the IATF due to the country’s “strict” measures for coronavirus prevention.

“The IATF will likewise evaluate other jurisdictions, including Macau, for the possible lifting of the imposed travel ban after their submission of the protocols being observed by their government which prevent potential carriers of the said virus from entering and deporting their territory and enable others to determine the recent travel history of any traveler exiting their borders,” he added.

The travel ban imposed on Taiwan was upon the recommendation of the World Health Organization.

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