At least 4,500 tourist are currently stranded in the country due to the travel ban implemented in the country as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.
These tourists also face the possibility of finding no accommodation as hotels can only accept prior bookings before the Luzon-wide lockdown was implemented.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has met with European Union (EU) Chargé d’ Affaires Thomas Wiersing to discuss the impact of the travel ban to different European nationals currently in the country. These include citizens from EU countries, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Wiersing relayed to Locsin the dilemma the stranded tourists are currently facing especially when it comes to their temporary lodging or place to stay.
As a response, Locsin assured Wiersing the Philippines will increase the number of domestic transport to service tourists bound for international airports.
Locsin also guaranteed that foreign tourists will be granted a shelter if no flight is available.