BI men on alert for SEA Games

November 22, 2019

Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel have been placed on heightened alert as it braces itself for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) and the holiday rush.

The BI said it is expecting up to three percent increase in arrivals and departures this holiday season.

Certain that there will be more tourists and balikbayans who will be flying in this Christmas the BI said now that the SEA Games will be held in the country, the BI is projecting an added 8,000 delegates including athletes, media, technical officials, volunteers, fans, and audiences.

BI records show that in December 2018 alone, more than 1.5M passengers arrived in the country, while more than 1.2M departed.

Meanwhile, BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina shared that they are again enforcing the ‘No Leave, No Absences’ policy during the SEA Games and holiday rush.

“Our men have been instructed not to go on leave during the peak season to maximize our manpower,” he said.

Medina likewise reminded travelers to “arrive early, at least three hours before your flight,” and appealed to travelers to bear with build ups.

The appeal came after a video of long lines at the Mactan Cebu International Airport made rounds on social media.

-“It was an isolated incident.  Sudden buildups sometimes happen especially when there are delayed flights that arrive simultaneously, as in the case of the viral video,” he explained.  “
and the upcoming Yuletide season,” said Medina.