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Philippine government announces new travel requirement for expats, tourists

Following many complaints from expats flying home, the Philippine government announced on Tuesday that it has officially replaced its online travel database, One Health Pass, with a new electronic arrival card.

The new travel document, known as the eArrival Card, promises an easier, more streamlined process with fewer details, according to the Philippines’ Department of Health.

The previous One Health Pass required travelers to register online and fill out a form three days before their flight to receive a number. Then, one day before boarding, they had to complete a digital health declaration checklist to receive a QR code.

This process was tedious and inconvenient for Filipinos flying home, especially since the pass verification created long lines at the airport.

“Now, to ease the restriction brought about by One Health Pass, we created the eArrival Card. Only a few details would be needed and it won’t be asking for too many requirements,” said Maria Rosario Vergeire, officer-in-charge of the Department of Health.

Travelers who are unable to obtain their eArrival Card will be assisted upon arrival at the airport. According to the official, there will be a special lane where they can upload their information and receive their card. BKM/ Expat Media


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