Philippine Bureau of Immigration Removes 6 Month Passport Expiration Requirement

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I was updating the visa section of my latest version of The Philippines Expat Advisor when I ran across this press release: Philippine Bureau of Immigration Removes 6 Month Passport Expiration Requirement

The BI removed the six-month passport validity requirement for tourists coming into the Philippines to allow foreign nationals more freedom and flexibility as to their travel.

“We have observed that some foreign nationals come to the Philippines at the spur of the moment, or for certain urgent reasons, and they no longer have the time to process for extension of their passport validity. This is the reason why we recommended the removal of this requirement.” said BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison.

Prior to this, you would have been denied entry into the Philippines if your passport was due to expire in six month. I comment the Bureau of Immigration for this positive step in welcoming more foreigners into the Philippines.

This press release came out last month. It seems Mison has now been replaced by a new BI Commissioner on January 6, Ronaldo Geron.


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And yes, it’s that time of year again. All of us aliens out there have until March 3, 2016 to report in person to our local BI office for our annual report.

The parent or legal guardian of an alien who is less than fourteen (14) years of age shall have the duty of reporting for such alien. Failure to comply shall result in imposition of administrative fine and/or imprisonment, at the option of the Commissioner of Immigration.

An alien may be exempt from personal appearance, provided, the alien (i) personally appeared in the AR 2014/2015 with an accomplished AR form; (ii) payment of P500 express lane for non-appearance; (iii) presentment of a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with valid government-issued ID of legal representative; (iv) presentment of a valid passport; and (v) undertaking to fulfill obligations(in case of aliens with CA 613 and/or RA 562 related liabilities).

The reportee shall present: (i) original ACR I-card and (ii) confirmation number issued via AR 2016 online system (for aliens who failed to accomplish AR 2014 form and AR 2015 online form).

FC 728 90 - Philippine Bureau of Immigration Removes 6 Month Passport Expiration Requirement

AR application forms and guidelines in the conduct of AR 2016, list of participating BI offices, AR 2016 online encoding system and all other information regarding AR 2016 shall be found in the BI website and posted in all BI offices.  All aliens are encouraged to report and remit payments at the AR 2016 BI designated offices.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

6 thoughts on “Philippine Bureau of Immigration Removes 6 Month Passport Expiration Requirement

  1. Dave,
    Like your new design of this site. Looks sharp. Did my annual report on the 4th. Was in and out in less than 10 minutes. All i needed was my receipt from last year and my I Card.

    1. Thanks, Papa Duck. Decided I needed a change. I haven’t gone to our local BI in Iloilo yet, will stop by there next time we go to Iloilo. Hoping my visit will go as smooth as yours. I’m going to dig up my receipt from last year now and have it ready thanks to your comment. Take care.

  2. Hi Dave, went to do my annual report in taytay rizal which is quicker than going to
    Manila, usually go in and out of the door in ten minutes, was told my I card has just
    Run out its 5 years old you have to go to Manila to start the process all over again
    Once your card is 5 years old, in Manila for 4 hours then I was told after I’d payed
    For everything including the annual report to come back in 10 days to pick up my
    New i card and that includes the so called express fee another 500 hundred pesos,
    I said what about the people who live in the province she said they have to go to
    Manila as well you’d better check that out Dave, Derek in pasig.
    By the way site looks really good.

    1. Thanks for the info, Derek. Yeah, the so-called “Express Fee” is just another way for BI to jack up their fees. My ACR expires this May. Our local BI in Iloilo is issuing ACRs now though they didn’t years ago when I went to Manila for my 13a Permanent Visa.

      I have an expat friend in Guimaras who just obtained his ACR from the Iloilo office so when I go in to do my annual report I’ll apply for the new ACR though it does not expire until this May. I was told conflicting information by BI employees in Manila before. As one employee there told me: “If you talk to five different people here, you’ll get five different answers.” I will keep you posted. Take care.

      That said, not ALL local BI offices can issue ACR cards, per the Immigration website. Best to check with the local office that serves your particular region.

  3. Hi Dave,
    Is the annual report for letting them know how many we are here?
    I get my visa renewed every two months and asked them about renewing
    mine for this year and they told me I only had to do it only one time
    and than never agin?

    1. Hi, Bob, good to hear from you.

      Basically, the Annual Report, in my opinion, is to keep tabs on us.

      If you are renewing every two months, I assume you have a Tourist Visa. What were you told you only have to do one time and never again? The Annual Report? Because the Annual Report is just that, all registered aliens shall, within the first sixty (60) days of every academic year, check in and report in person to the Bureau of Immigration.

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