BI: No charges for eTravel registration

BI: No charges for eTravel registration

Feb 15, 2024, 2:39 AM
OpinYon News Team

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The Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned the traveling public against scammers who operate websites that charge and collect fees as purported payments for registering in the government’s electronic travel declaration system known as eTravel.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco stressed that registration in the eTravel platform is free of charge.

The BI official also urged travelers to visit the eTravel’s official website ( ) to register for eTravel.

Tansingco issued the warning following reports of passengers at the airports who claim they have already registered in the eTravel platform and “paid” the supposed fees that were charged to them.

Amounts allegedly collected from the passengers amount to between P3,000 to P5,000, when converted to peso as the fees charged by the scammers are usually in US dollars.

BI officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have reported instances of many passengers who were surprised when informed that they have to register in the eTravel as the digital QR code they presented could not be accessed in the system.

“It is only when they encounter our officers at the airport that these passengers would realize they have been duped by these fraudsters and scammers in the internet,” Tansingco said.

The eTravel was launched earlier this year, and serves as the single data collection platform for arriving and departing passengers. It establishes an integrated border control, health surveillance, and economic data analysis.

It is a joint project of the agency with the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Privacy Commission (NPC).

Travelers can report fraudulent websites or entities which require any form of online payment to the BI’s cybercrime investigation and coordinating center (CICC) via its website at , Tansingco said.

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