DFA advise—postpone trips to Holy Land due to COVID-19


The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has advised Filipinos planning to make pilgrimage tours to the Holy Land to postpone their trips due to restrictions imposed by the Palestinian Authority amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

In a public advisory issued on Friday afternoon, the DFA said the Palestinian Authority imposed  a temporary ban on the entry of all tourists into the West Bank, including Bethlehem and Jericho, famous Christian pilgrimage sites.

The DFA also said that the Israeli government has decided to restrict all travels to Bethlehem from Israel.

“Prospective travelers are therefore advised to coordinate with their tour operators to avoid any inconvenience,” the advisory added.

In its Circular No. 27,  the State of Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said all incoming flights to and from Kuwait International Airport are temporarily suspended for the following countries —Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt.  

The suspension of flights from the said countries began on March 6 and will last for one week.

“All arrivals in the State of Kuwait from any nationality who have valid residency or previous entry visa, as well as those from other airports who were present in the countries mentioned above during the past two weeks, are prohibited,” the circular read.  

Citizens of Kuwait, meanwhile, coming from the said countries,  are allowed to enter “provided that the necessary quarantine procedures are applied to them.”  

As the number of COVID-19 infections surpassed 100,000 across the world as of Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that every country should make containing the epidemic its top priority.

Meanwhile, Malacañang on Saturday asked the public to be calm, rely on verified information, and be assured that the Department of Health (DOH) is doing its job amid the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The DOH said Philippines’ confirmed COVID-19 infections was at five, including the Chinese national who died in the country earlier./Stacy Ang


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