New Departure Rules for Ofws, Filipino Travelers to Take Effect Starting September 3

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Philippines: New Departure Rules for Ofws, Filipino Travelers to Take Effect Starting September 3

Update on August 31, 2023: Philippine suspends revised departure rules for OFWs, Filipino travelers

 

Starting on September 3, Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and international-bound Filipino travelers will need to provide additional documents as part of new rules for international Filipino travelers.

The new guidelines apply to self-funded Filipino travelers heading to another country, travelers sponsored by relatives and non-relatives, and OFWs.

OFWs will need to prepare an OFW clearance issued by the Department of Migrant Workers, along with supporting documents such as their work permit and employment contract.

Self-funded travelers should be ready with additional documents, such as proof of accommodation, proof of employment, and proof of their financial capacity or source of income.

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Meanwhile, travelers being sponsored by relatives and others will also need to secure birth or marriage certificates that show the relationship between the passenger and sponsor, along with supporting documents and a notarized affidavit of support and guarantee.

For travelers sponsored by a non-relative or a juridical entity such as a company, they must also show a notarized affidavit of support and guarantee, as well as a document showing the relationship between the passenger and sponsor.

According to the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), the revised departure rules are aimed at combatting human trafficking.

“It is of paramount importance to emphasize that the Revised Guidelines have been formulated not to encroach upon the fundamental right to travel, but to serve as a protective bulwark shielding our fellow citizens from the dire perils of human trafficking,” according to IACAT. ICA/Expat Media

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