By J. Jala | 09:08 PM January 26, 2020
Chinese tourists passed the thermal screening vs novel coronavirus at the Bohol-Panglao International Airport last Friday, January 24, 2020. Photo courtesy: Helen Castaรฑo

The Philippine government is now denying visa-on-arrival applications from tourists originating from Wuhan, China amid risks posed by the coronavirus.

The decision to deny VUA for tourists from Wuhan came after the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) suspended all direct flights from the city to the Philippines, BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said yesterday.

The BI launched the visa-upon-arrival scheme in 2017 to attract more tourists and investors from China.

Before the flight suspension, the BI recorded 1,122 tourist arrivals and 901 departures on board Pan Pacific Airlines and 637 and 750 arrivals and departures, respectively on Royal Air from Dec. 1 to 31.

A total of 2,164 arrivals and 1,741 departures on Pan Pacific Airlines and 848 arrivals and 567 departures on Royal Air were recorded from Jan. 1 to 24.

In Bohol, Chinese tourists top the arrivals.

Last Friday, at least 172 Chinese tourists from Chengdu, China arrived at the Bohol-Panglao International Airport.

The province was alarmed when two Chinese nationals who were in Bohol as tourists were suspected of having coronavirus after they manifested symptoms.

However, the Department of Health (DOH)-Regional Office said, as of now, Central Visayas still has no confirmed case of the 2019 nCoV.

By Bohol Island News

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