PHILIPPINES: eTravel System Requirement

April 14, 2023

With effect from 15 April 2023, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will start requiring all inbound and outbound travelers, regardless if they arrive by air or sea, to complete a declaration form through the eTravel system (

The eTravel system was previously utilized for the COVID declaration of inbound travelers. The authorities have now expanded its purpose in a move to discontinue the usage of paper-based arrival or departure cards. There will be a 15-day grace period where the authorities will remain to accept paper-based forms. However, from 1 May 2023, the authorities will only accept online departure and arrival forms from the eTravel system and will no longer accept paper-based forms.

All inbound travelers are now required to complete the online arrival card via the eTravel system within 72 hours of the scheduled arrival time in the Philippines and all outbound travelers are required to complete the online departure form within 72 hours but not later than 3 hours from the scheduled departure time from the Philippines.

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This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.