(Manila, Philippines) The Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) has issued new Immigration travel cards at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The forms were released July 1 and this aim to improve the monitoring of foreign travelers. One of the goals is also to ensure the safe departure of Filipinos leaving the country according to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.
The Bureau of Immigration chief added that the new travel cards are also part of the continuing efforts of the department to improve their services to the traveling public.
The new Immigration travel cards are now distributed to various airlines and they are expected to distribute it to the Philippine bound passengers.
The newly-printed travel cards are also now available at the immigration arrival and departure areas of all three terminals of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The new travel cards require each passenger to write their full name, nationality, passport number, contact number, flight/voyage number, the purpose of the trip, occupation, port of exit/destination, and their address here and abroad.
Travelers are also required to sign and declare that the information written on the card is true, correct and complete.
Submission of arrival and departure cards are also being implemented in various immigration departments all over the world. This procedure is integral in documenting passengers for border management and compiling passenger statistics.
Immigration Travel Cards are considered as a legal document used to gather data from travelers which are not provided in their passports and provide an additional record of a person’s entry and departure to and from a particular country.
These cards are surrendered by each passenger to the primary immigration inspector upon his arrival or before his departure.
The Philippine Bureau of Immigration is optimistic that they will soon finish the distribution of the new cards to different international airports and seaports throughout the country such as Mactan, Clark, Kalibo, Davao, and Zamboanga.
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