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BI sees continued hike in no. of arriving passengers

March 21, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 234 views

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) expects the number of arriving passengers to continuously increase this summer season.

According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, they project that the total average daily arrivals will reach 12,000 or more for all international airports nationwide.

“During the first week of the implementation of the loosened travel restrictions, we saw a rise from around 6,000 arrivals to around 8,000 arrivals per day,” said Morente. “These figures, which are a mix of Filipinos and foreign arrivals, rose steadily through the weeks,” he added.

Morente shared that two weeks following the approval of the national government to allow the entry of fully vaccinated foreign nationals from visa-free countries, they saw the number of arrivals rise to more than 9,000 per day.

“Now after a month, we’re seeing more than 10,000 arrivals per day,” said Morente. “This figure could reach 12,000 or more during the summer season when many foreign nationals flock our tourist destinations to enjoy the tropical weather,” he shared.

BI Port Operations Division Chief Atty. Carlos Capulong said they are ready to service the higher number of travelers arriving in the country.

“Our men are on full force, and we have deployed 100% of our airport personnel to conduct document inspection for arriving passengers. The e-gates are also fully operational, which would greatly lessen the processing time,” Capulong stated. “We are confident that we will be able to provide immigration services to a higher number of arriving passengers in the next few months,” he added.

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