PERSONNEL of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) urged foreign residents in the country who plan to spend Chinese New Year abroad to pay their reentry fees in any of the Bureau’s offices before proceeding to the airport.
The appeal was made by BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina following the expected annual surge in volume of travelers lining up to pay their reentry fees at the Immigration cashiers in departure areas of the three NAIA terminals.
‘We are expecting a surge of Chinese residents in the Philippines who wish to spend the Chinese New Year abroad.
“It may result in heavy congestion of our airports, which could be avoided if they process and pay their fees before heading to the airport,”Medina said.
The Philippines is host to tens of thousands of Chinese immigrants and non-immigrants. In 2018 alone, a total of 1.3 million Chinese citizens were recorded to have entered the country.
Medina said they expect a 10-15% increase in departures during the Chinese New Year.
“Last year we saw a 14% increase in departures, this year the increase might be more or less the same,” he added.
Immigration policies require foreign nationals who are registered holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas to pay exit and re-entry permits every time they leave the country.
Foreign nationals must present official receipts of their reentry permit fees before they are cleared for departure, otherwise they are directed to first pay their fees to BI cashiers at the airport.
“We expect that the surge could congest our Immigration cashiers, hence we are appealing to registered aliens to pre-pay their fees to avoid the congestion,” he said.
Medina pointed out that reentry fees can be paid at the BI main office in Manila or Immigration field, satellite and extension offices nationwide.