BI: Tourists are now required to show Financial Capability to Travel

Recently, 40 suspected illegal workers disguised as tourists were offloaded in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). This triggers the Bureau of Immigration to implement a new measure to prevent human trafficking.

The new procedure was formulated with the assistance of  Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT). The government has identified that OFWs  disguising as tourist uses Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong as transit points for their final destination.

So from now on before you travel, make sure you have documents to prove financial capability to travel, proof of work and financial support from benefactors.

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UPDATE: No Need for Financial Documents on getting out of the country, except when he or she “appears to have a different reason other than what he has declared before an immigration official.

Mison has issued a statement, wherein he emphasized that “Filipinos who wish to travel abroad either as tourists or overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are NOT required to show proof of financial capacity before they are allowed to leave.” He pointed out that “the right to travel is enshrined in the Constitution and enjoyed by every Filipino.”

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