Published on : Monday, September 13, 2021
The Philippines will lift the travel ban for all inbound travellers from India and nine other countries.
The lift will start from Monday despite the rising COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the inter-agency COVID-19 task force to lift the current travel restrictions in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Roque said in a statement that international travellers coming from the above-mentioned countries should comply with the COVID protocols.
However, foreign tourists are still banned from entering the country.
But, holders of special visas such as diplomats and foreign spouses of Filipino citizens are exempted from this rule.
The local transmission of the Delta variant has spread to communities in the Philippines.
The country has detected 1,789 Delta cases, including 33 deaths.
The World Health Organization confirmed the community transmission of the Delta variant, saying it is now the dominant COVID-19 strain spreading in the Philippines.
In April, the Philippines imposed a ban on India and later expanded to include the nine other countries with Delta cases.
The Philippines is now struggling with soaring COVID-19 infections.
The Southeast Asian country has reported a total of 2,040,568 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday, including 33,873 deaths.