Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Norman Tansingco advised Chinese residents in the country who plan to spend Chinese New Year abroad to process their reentry fees in any of the BI’s offices prior to departure.
Tansingco said the advise is being made due to the expected surge in the volume of travelers lining up to secure their reentry fees at the immigration cashiers of the departure area of the three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
It was learned that a significant number of Chinese residents in the country are flying out to spend the Chinese New Year abroad, thus resulting in build-up of passengers at the airport.
Tansingco said this can be avoided if the said residents secured their permits before going to the airport, although the BI also has a 24/7 one-stop-shop located at the NAIA terminal 3, wherein departing passengers can secure their permits prior to departure.
BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval explained that under immigration laws, foreign nationals who are registered with the BI, holding valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas are required to secure exit and re-entry permits every time they leave the country. This includes permanent residents, foreign students, and workers holding valid ACR I-cards.
According to Sandoval, departing residents have an option to secure said permits at the airports or at any of BI’s offices nationwide, adding that securing the permits beforehand decreases processing time for residents, giving passengers more time to relax before their flight.