Starting Tuesday, the Philippines has suspended the visa on arrival facility for Chinese travellers for the Coronavirus scare. The Coronavirus infection has been reported to have killed 106 and infected more than 4,500 since it was discovered in China in December last year.
There have been no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the Philippines so far. The Coronavirus outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China. Confirmed cases of the Coronavirus infection has been reported in Singapore, Japan, the US, Thailand, Nepal, Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam.
Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration in Philippines, Jaime Morente, says that the Govt. is taking proactive measures to prevent the entry of the Coronavirus. However, there is no ban on Chinese nationals from entering the Philippines.
Mr Morente also said that there was no date has been set yet for the visa on arrival facility to resume. Meanwhile, Chinese nationals may travel to the Philippines by obtaining a prior visa at the nearest Embassy or Consulate.
It has been reported that health authorities in the Philippines are monitoring 11 cases which are suspected to be due to Coronavirus.
The Philippines has been offering the visa on arrival facility to China since 2017 in a bid to boost tourism. Eligible applicants included tour groups, businessmen, investors, athletes and delegates to international conventions.
More than 7.5 million tourists visited the Philippines last year. Chinese nationals accounted for 22% of all the tourists to the Philippines. China ranks as the second-largest source country for international visitors to the Philippines.
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