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Covid-19 new variant: Philippines to relax ban on visitors

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks under decorative umbrellas in Taguig, Philippines. — AP
A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks under decorative umbrellas in Taguig, Philippines. — AP

Manila - The move covers foreigners including those holding work visas and spouses of Filipinos



By Reuters

Published: Fri 29 Jan 2021, 9:39 AM

Last updated: Fri 29 Jan 2021, 9:54 AM

The Philippines will relax travel curbs on foreigners from more than 30 countries that have detected cases of the British variant of the coronavirus starting from next month, the presidential spokesman said on Friday.

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The move covers foreigners previously allowed to enter the Philippines, including those holding work visas and spouses of Filipinos, Harry Roque said in a statement, adding that tourists would remain banned.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte last year barred foreigners coming or transiting from countries with confirmed cases of the British coronavirus variant.

The list, which includes the US, China, Japan and Australia, has expanded to more than 30 countries, and the ban is due to be in effect until the end of January.

The Philippines this week confirmed domestic transmission of the British variant, which has infected 17 so far, including a dozen in a mountainous northern province.


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