Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned the entry of Filipino to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the kingdom, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
The ban also covers Umrah visa holders and tourist visa holders “from countries judged to pose a particularly high risk of spreading the virus,” the DFA said.
DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez said, “It is to be noted, however, that Filipinos who hold visas for employment, work visit, business visit and family visit are still allowed entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”.
Meñez added that the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah are monitoring the situation and are coordinating with concerned Saudi government agencies.
Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Health Department informed the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Hong Kong that another Filipino has tested positive for Covid-19.
“She is in isolation and undergoing tests in the hospital. The Consulate General just spoke to her and ascertained that she is healthy and presently not exhibiting any symptoms. She asked that her identity be kept secret,” it added.
“She is the third Filipino to have tested positive in Hong Kong. The other two have recovered but still remain in hospital for further tests,” the PCG said on its Facebook page.