Tansingco E-VISA MOM AND BABY–Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco (right) welcomes the two first e-visa holders at NAIA.

BI chief welcomes 1st ever e-visa holders

September 2, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 94 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Saturday welcomed the first holder of the Philippine electronic visa (e-visa).

The e-visa system is an initiative of the national government to attract more foreign visitors to the country post-pandemic. The DFA earlier announced that the soft launch of the system was conducted in Shanghai, China.

The first e-visa holder was a mother and daughter, who arrived on board a China Eastern flight from Shanghai, China.

The BI shared that the DFA had a series of meetings with the bureau who ensured that the e-visa is integrated in the BI’s e-travel system, as part of the BI’s efforts to streamline its procedures and expedite the process through less paper-based documents.

BI Commissioner Norman Tansingco and DFA Office of the Consular Affairs (OCA) Assistant Secretary Henry Bensurto Jr. personally welcomed the mother and daughter upon arrival at the NAIA.

Also in attendance were DFA Deputy Assistant Secretary Christian de Jesus, Director Leilani Feliciano and Assistant Director Antonio Emmanuel Miranda together with officials of the BI.

The BI said that they are expecting an increase in the number of passengers during the ‘ber’ months, following the re-opening of the country’s borders and the massive promotional campaigns of the Department of Tourism.