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Aliens affected by new year flight cancellations given grace period, need not worry about overstay

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IN view of the flight cancellations last January 1 which affected both domestic and international passengers, Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco issued an advisory giving a grace period to all foreign nationals affected by the flight cancellations on said day.

In the said advisory, Tansingco stated: “All foreign nationals whose flight were cancelled or delayed after the Air Traffic Management Center (AMTC) of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippine (CAAP) encountered technical issues that affected flight to and from the Philippines on January 1 are given a grace period on the validity of their authorized stay and their Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) until January 12, 2023.”

Those whose visas and ECCs expired during the period are given a grace period extension in order to allow them to rebook their flights without added immigration penalties.

“Considering what happened to many foreign nationals who were unable to leave during their scheduled flights, we issued this advisory to assist them in rescheduling, without having to worry about overstaying,” said Tansingco.

“This extension is given in the spirit of the hospitality of Filipino people. Those who were affected did not mean to overstay their visas, hence appropriate considerations are given to them,” he added. Foreign nationals are only required to present their confirmed ticket showing their cancelled flight from January 1 or onwards and/or their boarding pass.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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