- The government of the Philippines will resume immigration measures, including the collection of biometric data, that had been suspended since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The government of the Philippines will resume pre-pandemic immigration measures for foreign nationals entering the country. These measures include collecting biometric data of foreign nationals and the issuance of Special Security Registration Number (SSRN) requirements for foreign nationals entering the country under the Alien Registration Program (ARP). The government will also resume issuing emigration clearance certificates (ECCs). A foreign national must undergo biometric capturing within 72 hours of arrival to acquire an ECC.
What are the Changes?
The government of the Philippines will resume pre-pandemic immigration requirements, including the collection of biometric data, the need to register for an SSRN, and the necessity to obtain an ECC. These measures will apply to all foreign nationals entering the country with a visa and foreign nationals currently in the Philippines who need to renew a visa. These measures had previously been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of exposure.
Continue to check the government of the Philippines website for the latest updates and information.
Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The Bureau of Immigration, Republic of the Philippines