Statement in response to the inclusion of Taiwan in the temporary travel ban imposed by the Philippines

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines expresses its grave concern about the travel ban, in which Taiwan was wrongly included, issued by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on February 10, 2020.

The Republic of China (Taiwan) is a sovereign and independent state. Taiwan issues its own passport and visas and has exclusive jurisdiction over its people and territory. In fact, Taiwan is not, nor has it ever been, part of the PRC. Taiwan has taken all measures needed to contain the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

It is a factual error for the World Health Organization (WHO) to regard Taiwan as a part of PRC. The Philippines should not be misled by WHO’s wrong information on Taiwan.

No other countries in Asia, except the Philippines, have issued travel ban on Taiwan. We urge the Philippine government to immediately correct its decision on Taiwan and remove Taiwan from the travel ban.

 

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines

Makati, February 11, 2020