BI records entry of 2K foreigners after reopening tourism, sees 12K arrivals by month-end

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 02/11/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) recorded over 8,000 arrivals — about 30 percent of which are foreigners — on the first day of eased restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign travelers. “Marami-rami po yung dumating…

Korean accused of distributing porn materials nabbed in Cebu

Morexette Marie B. Erram 11/11/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Enforcers here arrested last November 1, 2021 a Korean fugitive accused of distributing pornographic materials. The Bureau of Immigration (BI), in a press release dated November 10, identified the suspect as Jung Yonggu, 38. Jung…

Number of arrivals to PH decrease by 70% amid pandemic — BI

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 09/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The number of inbound travelers decreased by almost 70 percent amid the pandemic due to several travel restrictions, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Saturday. “Mababa po ngayon ang number of travelers natin. Nakita…

DOJ approves IRR for scheme allowing BI to receive passenger info in advance

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 02/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) allowing the Bureau of Immigration to receive advanced information on flight passengers. Under the advanced passenger information system (APIS), the Bureau…

2 Koreans in Cebu arrested for working without valid visa, overstaying

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 01/21/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Two Koreans were arrested in Cebu for working without a proper visa, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Thursday. BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. said 41-year old Kang Jiwon and 45-year old…

Mass exit of foreign nationals to impact tourism — BI

Inquirer.net 11/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Mass departures of foreigners due to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue until the end of the year and will have a major impact on the state of the country’s tourism, the Bureau of Immigration…

BI prevents Cebu entry of 2 South Koreans with ‘fake’ documents

Morexette Marie B. Erram 08/23/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) advised all ports of entry in the country to be on alert for foreigners claiming to have Filipino spouses and relatives. Commissioner Jaime Morente issued his directive after…

Cebu City Council urges authorities on top of 2019 nCoV situation to furnish them info, details

Morexette Marie B. Erram 02/10/2020

  CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Council has urged government agencies tasked to monitor and handle the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation to furnish them with data on the patients and travelers who arrived in…

BI: Around 300 Chinese nationals in PH to be repatriated

Krissy Aguilar 02/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Around 300 Chinese nationals who were refused entry to the Philippines and want to go back to their homeland are set to be repatriated by the Chinese government, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said…

BI suspends issuance of visas upon arrival to Chinese nationals

Katrina Hallare 01/28/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday suspended the issuance of visas upon arrival (VUA) to Chinese nationals in the wake of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCov threat. In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime…

Labella calls coordination meeting to address novel coronavirus

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 01/28/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City currently has two cases of suspected 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) being monitored in two of its major hospitals. This is the third suspected case of Wuhan coronavirus in Cebu City since January…

BI suspends travel agency for giving Chinese nationals with fake visas on arrival

Consuelo Marquez 01/21/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has suspended the accreditation of a travel agency for allegedly giving Chinese nationals fake visas on arrival. In a statement on Tuesday, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said they have…

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