CAB: Taiwan included in temporary travel ban

Aviation Updates Philippines – On Monday, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) clarified that under the One China Policy, the agency decided to include Taiwan in the temporary travel ban mandated by Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last week.
NCOV OUTBREAK FORCES FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS. The aviation industry and the tourism sectors are significantly impacted by huge losses due to the scare brought by the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.
According to a document released by the aviation regulator, the travel ban equates to a mountainous list of canceled flights for China and its special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau since February 2, 2020, because of the most recent 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak originating in China.

The executive order compasses the entry ban to all guests (regardless of nationality) arriving or transiting in the Philippines who traveled from China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan within 14-days from arrival. However, Filipino citizens and holders of Philippine-issued Permanent Residence Visas are an except but are subject to quarantine.

Yesterday, Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Philippines AirAsia announced the cancellation of their flights to Taipei effective immediately in response to the expanded directive from the CAB.

On the other hand, PAL has announced that the airline management decided to extend the flight cancellations to Chinese destinations until March 28, 2020. Cebu Pacific says it will not operate flights to Taiwan until further notice while other trips resume in the first week of April.

Affected passengers may opt to avail of refund and rebooking services from respective airlines within the ticket validity period. Cebu Pacific and Philippines AirAsia guests may also avail of the services as mentioned earlier and may even have their ticket value stored in a travel fund.

The Philippine government mandated the cancellation of flights to China to control the spread of the lethal virus in the interest of safety. As of writing, there have been 43,114 confirmed cases of the 2019-nCoV and 1,018 official fatalities worldwide.