June 15, 2024

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No more frills for arriving travelers with eTravel, says BI

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco sees that the country’s e-Travel platform would allow faster and easier processing for arriving passengers.

The system, which was launched on December 5, is an initiative of a sub-technical working
group of the IATF, chaired by the BI.

Partner agencies are the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Justice (DOJ).
“The system will consolidate all data collection processes at the ports,” said Tansingco.

“Instead of having to fill out several forms for different agencies, all will be consolidated into one
platform to streamline entry procedures,” he added.

The use of the platform will replace the arrival cards, which were previously submitted upon arrival to the BI. Effective December 5, the BI will no longer require the submission of the paper-based arrival cards for arriving passengers.

Information from the platform will also replace the BOQ’s One Health Pass, and the BOC’s
arrival form. Registration on the eTravel is free.

Tansingco sees that the project is a major achievement to ensure interoperable systems among government agencies.

“We are happy and proud to be part of this achievement. This is a product of working together with different government agencies, with the aim of improving our services for the public,” said Tansingco.