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 It seems Mison has now been replaced by a new BI Commissioner on January 6, Ronaldo Geron.
NOTICE TO ALL REGISTERED ALIENS RE: ANNUAL REPORT (AR) 2016
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).
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 www.immigration.gov.ph and posted in all BI offices. All aliens are encouraged to report and remit payments at the AR 2016 BI designated offices.