Malacañang on Thursday said six more countries were included in the Philippines’ travel ban over the threat of the new and more infectious coronavirus strain.

The six countries were Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan and Brazil.

The ban on the six countries will start on the midnight of Jan. 8 until Jan. 15.

Foreign passengers coming from or who have been to the said countries within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, arriving before midnight of Jan. 8 will be allowed to enter the Philippines.

However, they will be required to undergo a facility-based 14-day quarantine even if they obtain a negative RT-PCR test result.

Filipino citizens coming from the US will be allowed to enter the Philippines throughout the duration of the ban but will be subject to an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period, even if they obtain a negative RT-PCR test result.

The Philippines’ travel ban also covers the following countries:

US
UK
Denmark
Ireland
Japan
Australia
Israel
The Netherlands
Hong Kong, SAR
Switzerland
France
Germany
Iceland
Italy
Lebanon
Singapore
Sweden
South Korea
South Africa
Canada
Spain

The Philippines has recorded 482,083Covid-19 cases as of Jan. 7. John Ezekiel J. Hirro