After partialy lifting the travel ban on South Korea, the Philippines has also held off on imposing restrictions to Japan, Iran, Italy, and Singapore for now amid the coronavirus outbreak.
According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, the following countries are only currently under medium risk, and therefore won't require a travel ban just yet. “Matapos mabigyan ng health risk assessment results ng ating TWG [technical working group] ng DOH, ang ating naging pasya ay hindi natin sila isasama sa travel ban," Duque announced.
Secretary Duque also noted that the criteria for declaring travel bans include the "presence of local transmission, volume or number of cases, volume of travelers, and the capacity of the government in our country to respond."
“So depende talaga sa situation. At marami tayong mga criteria na ginagamit para maging maliwanag at may objective basis ng ating travel ban recommendation to the IATF,” he continued.
As of writing, Japan has reportedly reached 1001 infected cases and 12 deaths, including passengers and crew members who had embarked from the Diamond cruise ship. Meanwhile, Italy is facing 2502 cases and 79 deaths, Iran has 2336 cases and 77 deaths, and Singapore has 110 cases after confirming yet another patient from a group of infected nationals who had come from the Wizlearn Technologies in Science Park.
The country has so far imposed strict travel bans on mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and the North Gyeongsang province in South Korea, except for the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), permanent residents, and students in the said province.
Take note, however, that while you can still freely fly to Japan this season, don't expect to participate in one of their world famous cherry blossom festivals in Tokyo and Osaka. After a mandate from the Japanese government, several sporting and cultural events around the country have either been postponed or cancelled. This includes the temporary closing of other major Japanese attractions such as various national museums in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Gyusu, the Ghibli Museum, Hello Kitty Land Tokyo and Harmonyland, and the Tokyo Disney Resort.