Foreigners warned vs fake entry documents

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned foreigners against submitting fake entry exemption documents to its different ports of entry or risk being deported.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning as some classes of foreigners may be allowed to enter the country upon presentation of entry exemption documents secured from Philippine posts abroad.

Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution 98 revised the travel restrictions for inbound foreigners. It allows the entry of foreigners with valid 9(g) working visas, 9(f) student visas, Special Visa for Employment Generation (SVEG), and Special Investors Residence Visa (SIRV) under Executive Order 63, issued on or prior to March 20, 2020.

“Unscrupulous individuals may attempt to falsify such documents,” said Morente. “We are warning you not to as we will be able to easily verify the authenticity of such papers.”

The BI had released a similar warning after intercepting a foreign seafarer attempting to enter the country using a falsified document.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday released an advisory warning the public against scams related to the issuance of entry exemption documents for foreigners.

The DFA likewise encouraged the public to report such incidents to them for their action.

“Do not use falsified documents to enter the country,” said Morente. “You may visit our website, or send a message in our Facebook page should you need information about current travel restrictions,” he added.