THE Bureau of Immigration yesterday announced it will waive overstaying fees on foreigners affected by the closure of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on January 12, the day Taal Volcano erupted.
Several flights have been cancelled, as aircrafts were unable to depart Sunday evening until the following day, due to heavy ashfall and volcanic debris in the airspace and runways.
Classes in all levels and work in government in affected areas of Calabarzon, National Capital Region (NCR), and Region 3 have also been been suspended on January 13.
“This was a natural disaster that nobody wanted to experience.
“Hence to ease the burden of our tourists whose flights were cancelled during the closure, we are waiving the overstaying fee for those affected,” said BI Commissioner Jaime Morente.
Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina, clarified that only those who overstayed because their flights were supposed to depart during the two-day closure will be exempt from paying overstaying fines.
He added that to be exempted from the charges, aliens must present at least one of the following to airport officers: boarding pass within the affected period, outbound ticket dated January 12 or 13, 2020, or cancelled immigration departure stamp bearing the same date.
However, he clarified that those whose visas have long expired are not exempt from penalties.