US travellers might be banned from getting into the Philippines from Sunday

The island nation of the Philippines will ban U.S. travelers from entering the country, or those with a travel history of people who have visited the U.S. will be banned after a new strain of coronavirus is discovered in Florida.

This new travel ban will run until January 15 and will apply to those who were in the US within 14 days of arriving in the Philippines, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said.

This new measure expands the list of countries the island nation has banned, which originally covered passengers from 19 countries and territories, that has been going on since midnight on December 29, 2020.

In the US, Florida officials have discovered the new strain of coronavirus, which has spiked in the UK, South Africa and many other countries. This makes Florida the third known state to discover the tribe.

The spokesman for the Office of President in the Philippines has thus decided to add the USA to the list of flight bans.

US passengers are allowed to enter the country until January 3rd. However, they must be quarantined for 14 days after entry, even if they originally tested negative.

The restriction does not apply to Filipinos entering the country from the United States. However, they must be quarantined in a government facility for 14 days.

To date, there have been no isolated cases of the new coronavirus strain.

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