MANILA: The Philippines and Oman have lifted the temporary travel and OFW deployment ban following a mutual agreement between the two governments, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
It can be recalled that earlier this month, the Philippine government implemented the OFW deployment arising from the Sultanate’s entry ban for Filipino travellers.
The Oman government agreed to clear its travel restrictions for inbound Filipinos following a remote meeting between DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Oman Ambassador Munther Mahfoodh Salem Al-Mantheri.
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Administrator Bernard Olalia said on July 20 that the Omani government had clarified about not blocking the entry of OFWs and Filipino travelers into Oman, while also signing an agreement on the lifting of the travel ban last Monday.
Meanwhile, the mutual agreement does not cover the lifting of travel ban on all inbound passengers, including thousands of stranded OFWs, from Oman.
The Gulf country is one of the countries still under the travel ban list of the Philippines which will be in effect until July 30.