Filipinos going to Hong Kong for work or study fears the possibility that the travel ban will get extended for another month.
Major airlines recently announced that their flights to Hong Kong will be resumed from Feb. 29 to March 28. But then, according to Consul General Raly Tejada, they were not able to hear any confirmation regarding the extension of the travel ban which was imposed since Feb. 2.
Furthermore, Tejada alongside the Department of Foreign Affairs is in support of the lifting of the travel ban as this is vital for Filipino residents and migrant workers in Hong Kong.
Cathay Pacific, Philippines Airlines and Cebu Pacific were unified in extending canceled flights to China, Hong Kong, Macau and even in Taiwan.
The immigration officials in the Philippines said that Taiwan was supposed to be included in the previous travel ban as the city-state “is part of greater China”. The ban was protested by Taiwan but after conflicting statements from the government officials from the Philippines, the decision was then kept in place.
As of the present time, the Philippines is the only country that stops its nationals from leaving the country due to the fear of Novel Coronavirus.
Labor sectors in Hong Kong couldn’t agree to the travel ban imposed by the government.
“Mas maraming maapektuhang OFWs , residents and their families, at lalong mabibingit sa peligro ang trabaho ng mgamigrante, new and old, kahit pa nga matatagal na sa amo,” says Unifil chairperson Dolores Balladares.