MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines expanded its suspension of visa issuance to cover all foreigners coming from China, Hong Kong, and Macau, amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday, February 2, that the suspension now includes foreigners who:
"Foreign nationals with visa-free entry privileges to the Philippines, falling under abovementioned categories, are likewise covered by the temporary travel ban imposed by the Philippine government," the DFA added.
The latest announcement comes after President Rodrigo Duterte also expanded the Philippines' ban on travelers to cover any person coming directly from China, Hong Kong, and Macau.
The Bureau of Immigration also earlier announced the temporary suspension of the visa upon arrival mechanism for Chinese tourists and businessmen.
Philippine health authorities confirmed on Sunday the second case of novel coronavirus in the country – the first death due to 2019-nCoV outside China. (READ: Coronavirus: What we know about first death outside China)