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POLO Dubai to suspend ‘guaranteed entry’ policy for walk-in Filipinos with confirmed flights

 

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Dubai (POLO Dubai) has announced it is suspending its policy of “guaranteed entry” for walk-in Filipinos with confirmed flights.

The new policy will take effect starting on Monday (June 13) “until further notice”, according to POLO Dubai in a new advisory.

According to the agency, the new measure is “in view of home isolation and quarantine protocols imposed on frontliners who were infected with Covid-19”.

POLO Dubai temporarily closed its office on Thursday and Friday (June 9-10) after its staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Starting June 13, only those with online appointments will be allowed entry into POLO Dubai, the agency announced. The agency, however, will continue to allow entry to authorized representatives.

Those who secured an online appointment for June 9 or 10 can go to POLO Dubai at any date of their choice beginning June 13. There is no need to secure a new appointment, according to POLO Dubai.

“In case of no appointment but with confirmed emergency flight back to the Philippines, OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) representatives may come on their behalf,” according to POLO Dubai.

Authorized representatives of Filipinos vacationing in the Philippines can visit POLO Dubai three days before the OFW’s OEC appointment or five days before their return flight to the UAE, whichever comes earlier.

Walk-in clients with a confirmed flight schedule for June 10, 11, 12 or 13 can send their authorized representative for contract verification at POLO Dubai starting on June 13.

There is no need to secure an online appointment, but the representative must bring the authorization letter, with copy of his or her valid ID, a copy of the OFW’s flight ticket and the complete set of requirements for contract verification.

Alternatively, Filipinos who do not yet have contract verified by POLO may apply for Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) in the Philippines, according to POLO Dubai.

They can submit a valid working visa and other proof of employment upon signing an undertaking stating the submission of verified employment contract, which will be submitted to POEA upon the OFWs return to the country of work.

As Expatmedia.net first reported, POLO Dubai implemented a No Appointment, No Entry policy beginning on May 4. Emergency cases, including those with confirmed flights, were exempted from the policy and could come to the office a day ahead of their scheduled flight to avail of contract verification services or OEC services. However, beginning on June 13, the guaranteed entry for those with scheduled flights will be temporarily suspended until further notice. ICA/Expat Media

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