Foreign residents urged: Secure reentry permits

The Bureau of Immigration at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday advised foreign residents in the country who plan to spend the Chinese New Year abroad to process their reentry permits at any BI office prior to their departure.

BI Port Operations Division chief Atty. Carlos Capulong said the advice follows the expected surge in travelers lining up to secure reentry permits at the immigration counters at the departure area of the three NAIA terminals.

Capulong said that a significant number of travelers will be Chinese residents in the country who are flying out to spend the Chinese New Year abroad, adding that it will result in a buildup of passengers at the airport, which could be avoided if they secured their permits beforehand.

Under immigration laws, foreign nationals who are registered with the BI and hold valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas are required to secure exit and reentry permits every time they leave the country. This includes permanent residents, foreign students, and workers holding valid ACR I-cards.

The BI official also said departing foreign residents have the option of securing these permits at the airport or at any of BI’s offices nationwide. Securing the permits beforehand decreases the processing time for foreign residents, giving passengers more time before their flight.

He added that the BI also has a 24/7 one-stop shop located at NAIA Terminal 3, where departing passengers can secure their permits prior to departure.

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