The Philippines has lifted the ban on travelers from Taiwan, which was put in place last week as part of the country’s bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals traveling from Taiwan will be able to enter the Philippines just as they could before the ban was put in place.
  • The ban remains in effect for travelers from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Foreign nationals who have been in these areas in the 14-day period before traveling to the Philippines will not be able to enter the country.
  • The ban does not apply to Filipino nationals or permanent residents who have been to China, Hong Kong, or Macau. These individuals will, however, be subject to quarantine upon their return to the Philippines.

Background: The Philippines imposed an entry ban this month that covered travelers from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. It was initially unclear whether this ban applied to travelers from Taiwan as well. The Bureau of Immigration said last week that it would apply to Taiwan, but officials reversed this decision within a matter of days.

Analysis & Comments: The change is welcome news for foreign nationals who reside or have spent time in Taiwan and are planning to travel to the Philippines. The ban remains in effect, however, for mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau. The response to the coronavirus is evolving rapidly, and Deloitte will alert clients to additional changes or restrictions as information becomes available.

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