A basic rule of travelling abroad: Make sure you have all your international travel requirements locked and loaded. After all, the last thing you want is to find yourself stuck at the airport and looking at an airplane taking off without you, right? So, it’s always best to be updated on the international travel process and requirements before embarking on your next trip.
The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) recently approved a revised list of departure guidelines for Filipinos flying off to an international destination. Keep in mind that the revised guidelines will be implemented starting 3 Sep 2023. (Don’t worry; there are no yearbooks on the list.)
A checklist of international travel requirements
The newly revised IACAT guidelines include your basic travel requirements: passport valid for at least six months from the date of departure; boarding pass; visa, if required; and a confirmed return or roundtrip ticket.
In addition to this, immigration officers may also ask self-funded travellers to present the following documents:
- Hotel bookings or accommodations
- Proof of financial capacity or source of income
- Proof of employment
If a relative within the first civil degree is sponsoring your trip, you’ll have to prepare an original birth certificate or marriage certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Other requirements include copies of the following:
- Valid passport of your sponsor
- Work visa or permit of your sponsor
- Overseas Employment Certificate for OFW sponsors
For sponsors who fall under relatives up to the fourth civil degree, you must present the following required documents:
- An original notarized affidavit of support and guarantee
- An original PSA-issued birth or marriage certificate that shows the relationship between you and your sponsor
On the other hand, travellers with non-relative sponsors must present a notarized original affidavit of support and guarantee. Immigration officers may also ask for documents that establish the relationship between you and your sponsor.
Now that you’re updated with the revised international travel requirements for Filipinos, it’s time to book that flight! Need ideas for your next out-of-the-country destination? Check out our list of underrated visa-free destinations for your upcoming holiday abroad.
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