Philippines stops issuing visas to all foreigners

Men wearing protective mask buying food as people rush before the Munoz market closes for it's morning business as they cut their operations to four hours a day as part the enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Metro Manila, Philippines on Thursday (March 19). - AP

MANILA: The Philippines temporarily suspended issuing visas to all foreigners to the country as part of efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in the country, the foreign minister said.

"Starting today, all our embassies and consulates will temporarily suspend visa issuance to all foreign nationals as well as the visa-free entry privileges of all foreign nationals," Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said.

"Moreover, all previously issued Philippine visas to foreign nationals are deemed cancelled," he said in a tweet, adding that visas issued to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals are still valid. - dpa/Asian News Network
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