TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR FILIPINOS

July 12, 2018

FILIPINOS TRAVELING ABROAD NEED TO PRESENT FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

 

- Valid passport - at least 6 months

- Valid original visa for port entry (when required)

- For tourists, a return ticket

 

SOME RESTRICTIONS ON THE RIGHT TO TRAVEL OF FILIPINOS:

 

I. MINORITY

 

- For the travel of unaccompanied minors, a Travel Clearance must be issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and presented to the Immigration Officer prior to Departure.

 

A Travel clearance is required and shall be secured from the DSWD by the following Filipino citizens:

 

1. A minor traveling alone to a foreign country;

2. A minor traveling to a foreign country accompanied by a person other than his/her parents.

3. A minor who is subject of ongoing custody battle between parents will not be issued a travel clearance unless a Court Order is issued to allow the child to travel abroad with either one of his/her parents or authorized guardian.

 

II. CIRCULAR NO. 3997

 

- A Hold Departure Order (HDO) issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC)

 

III. CIRCULAR NO. 18

 

- A Watch List Order issued by the Secretary of Justice in cases pending Preliminary Investigation or Motion for Reconsideration/Pending Review before the Department of Justice (DOJ) including application for "Not the Same Person" (NSTP)

 

IV. CONTRACT WORKERS

 

- For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW'S), before departure, he/she must present a POEA Overseas Employment Certification at the concerned immigration counter. Otherwise, they shall not be cleared for departure.

 

V. FILIPINO EMIGRANTS

 

- They are required to register with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO).

- They are to attend in the Pre-Departue Orientation Seminar (PDOS) to prepare them for settlement overseas.

- The children or emigrants aged 12 years old and below are exempt from attending the PDOS but must be registered even by proxy.

 

In these seminars, various topics are discussed such as:

 

- Travel regulations

- Immigration procedures

- Cultural differences

- Settlement concerns

- Employment and social security concerns and

- Rights ad obligations of Filipino migrants

 

VI. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS

 

The following persons are required to secure a travel authority to tarvel abroad from the Office of the President:

 

a. Members of the Cabinet and officials of equivalent rank

b. Heads of the Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOC'S) and the Government Financing Institutions (GFI'S) under or attached to the Office f the President for authority to travel abroad.

c. Heads of agencies under or attached to the Office of the Presidents.

 

VII. DUAL CITIZENSHIP

 

- Proof of Philippine Citizenship

- Only the following shall be considered as substantial proof of Philippine citizenship.

 

ARRIVAL AND STAY

 

1. Filipinos with dual or multiple citizenship shall present upon arrival in any port in the Philippines.

2. Filipinos with dual or multiple citizenship who represents a foreign passport, may be admitted for an indefinite period of stay.

 

DEPARTURE

 

- Filipinos with dual or multiple citizenship, who presented a foreign passport at the time of their admission into the Philippines may be cleared for departure without need of surrendering a certificate, permit or proof of payment or impossible immigration fees

 

- Filipino that doesn't have Philippine passport, an Emigration Clearance Certification (ECC) fee of PHP 710.00 shall be charged for using foreign passport upon departure.

 

BALIKBAYAN PRIVILEGE

 

- This privilege may be availed by foreign family members provided that they travel together every time they enter the country.

 

 

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