The government will continue to keep the country’s borders closed to travelers coming from India and six other countries as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the entry restrictions on passengers coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, and Oman have been extended until the end of June.
“The President approved the extension of travel restrictions imposed upon India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, and Oman starting June 16 to June 30, 2021,” Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement Monday night, June 14.
This is the second time the government extended the travel restrictions on these seven countries to safeguard against the spread of the deadly coronavirus variant first detected in India.
The government first imposed the travel restrictions on India from April 29 to May 14. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka were later added to the travel ban list from May 7 to May 14. The travel restrictions were later extended until the end of the month.
The government also halted the entry of travelers coming from Oman and the United Arab Emirates from May 15 to May 31. An exception has been given if passengers are part of the government’s repatriation efforts.
These travel restrictions were extended from June 1 to 15, 2021.