MANILA: The Philippine government will ban all travelers from Indonesia from July 16 to 31 to curb the spread of the highly infectious variant of the Delta coronavirus, President Harry Roque spokesman said on July 14.
“President Rodrigo Duterte has approved travel restrictions for all travelers from Indonesia or those who have traveled to Indonesia in the two weeks prior to their arrival in the Philippines,” Roque said in a statement. This action is being taken to prevent the spread and community transmission of COVID-19 variants in the Philippines, ”Roque added.
The inclusion of Indonesia brings the list of countries banned by the Philippines to eight. Travelers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Oman and the United Arab Emirates are also not allowed to enter the country until July 31. The Philippines detected the Delta variant in samples taken from 19 returning Filipinos. No community transmission has been documented to date. According to the Philippine Ministry of Health, the country now has 1,485,457 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including 26,232 deaths.