The Bureau of Immigration (BI) no longer requires Filipinos returning to the Philippines from abroad to fill out and submit arrival cards to officers operating the BI counters at the airports.
BI port operations chief Carlos Capulong said that since the country recorded a sharp decline in the number of Covid-19 cases, the BI decided to waive the requirement.
“This move is part of BI’s efforts to ease its travel requirements for arriving Filipinos and facilitate their fast and hassle-free entry into their own country,” Capulong said, based on the report by Manilla Bulletin.
He added that BI Commissioner Jaime Morente approved the new policy of exempting arriving Filipinos from submitting embarkation cards.
The purpose of submitting the embarkation cards by arriving Filipinos was to aid the government in its contact tracing efforts at the height of the pandemic, Capulong explained.
Earlier, the BI projected that for the month of April, there would be around 14,000 total arrivals or more.
Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said that the number of international tourist arrivals had reached over 200,000 since the Philippines reopened its borders last February.
Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat stated that as of April 7, the total number of tourist arrivals in the country is now at 202,700.