Arriving in the PH: How to Use the New eTravel Declaration System
Inbound passengers must register at least 72 hours prior to arrival.
by Ina Louise Manto | December 07, 2022
With the holidays right around the corner and travel returning to normal, more families are bound to reunite this Christmas season. More Pinoys are finally returning home from abroad after years-long of travel delays due to erratic travel restrictions and families might have travel plans to go abroad for a long-awaited vacation. To improve mobility and traveler experience, the Department of Tourism launched the new eTravel system on December 5 to replace old arrival requirements such as the One Health Pass and paper Arrival Card. Here’s everything you need to know about it:
What is the new eTravel System?
If you have relatives or friends who arrived in the Philippines from abroad, you’ve probably heard of the One Health Pass as a requirement to enter the country. In response to IATF’s derivate, the government has launched the new eTravel System to replace One Health Pass, and integrate other arrival requirements.
Basically, the new eTravel System serves as a free Health Declaration and Contact Tracing platform for both Foreign and Filipino travelers arriving in the Philippines. No more falling in line and filling out forms upon arrival.
Beginning December 5, the Bureau of Immigration will no longer require the paper arrival card as well.
How does it work?
All inbound Filipino and Foreign travelers, including infants and children, must register to eTravel individually at least 72 hours prior to their flight to the Philippines. Registration also serves as a requirement prior to flight boarding. Here’s how to register:
- Visit the eTravel website. Remember, the system is FREE and will not require you to make any payments when registering.
- Fill out your Personal Profile, which will ask for information such as your passport number and occupation.
- Provide your Address Information.
- Fill out the Health Declaration, which includes details of your COVID-19 vaccines.
- Recheck your information Summary and submit it.
You will receive a QR Code
After submitting all requirements, a QR Code will be generated. Take a screenshot of the code before exiting the website as it will be scanned before boarding and upon arrival in the Philippines.
Note: Remember that you cannot use the same code twice. For your next travel, you need to register and generate a new QR Code.
For more information about the new eTravel System, visit the FAQ page on the official website.
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