Philippines: No more arrival stickers for Filipinos from UAE, other countries using airport e-gates starting April 1

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No more arrival stickers for Filipinos starting April

UAE-based Filipinos and other Filipino travelers arriving at Philippine airports from international destinations will no longer be given arrival stickers starting in April.

According to the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the new policy for Filipino travelers will be enforced starting on April 1.

“Consistent with the Bureau’s mandate to deliver effective and efficient immigration service, all are hereby informed of the discontinuance of arrival stickers for Filipino passengers processed through e-gates at all international ports of entry effective April 1, 2024,” BI announced on Thursday (March 21).

According to the bureau, Filipinos will still receive their arrival confirmation through their email address, and they may also opt for an arrival border stamp upon request.

“The Bureau of immigration Arrival Border Stamp may be affixed onto the Philippine Passport by the Immigration Officer assigned at e-gates upon request,” according to BI.

The bureau advised passengers to register their email address and other details in the eTravel system at least 72 hours before they travel to the Philippines.

The eTravel system was enforced in April last year as an online travel declaration system for passengers arriving or departing from Philippine airports or seaports. It replaces paper-based departure cards that travelers are required to fill in with their travel details.

Registration in etravel.gov.ph is free of cost and must be done within 72 hours prior to the travel. Those who fail to register will be assisted by officers upon arrival in the Philippines. ICA/Expat Media

ALSO READ: How to register on eTravel system


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