Navigating the New Departure Card at Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Ever been puzzled staring at the myriad of boxes on an immigration form? With recent changes at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), it’s essential to understand how to correctly fill out these forms to ensure a smooth travel experience.

A New Look for International Travelers

Around two months ago, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) unveiled new travel cards – both arrival and departure – specifically designed for international travelers journeying via NAIA. Their main goals? To bolster the tracking of foreign visitors and guarantee the safety of Filipinos taking off from NAIA. Familiarize yourself with the AIRPORT DEPARTURE GUIDE to get a grasp of this revamped process.

Breaking Down the Form

On this new departure card, you’ll be asked to provide:

  • Full Name
  • Nationality
  • Passport Number
  • Contact Number
  • Flight/Voyage Number
  • Purpose of Trip
  • Occupation
  • Port of Exit/Destination
  • Address (both in the Philippines and abroad)

How to Properly Fill Out the Form

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Boarding Pass & Passport: Reference your boarding pass for flight details and date of arrival. Your passport number, as mentioned on your passport, should be used for the ‘passport number’ field.
  2. Address Abroad: Mention the hotel you’re staying at. If you’re lodging with relatives or trying out a homestay, ensure you provide the full and correct address.
  3. Personal ID Number: You can insert details like your SSS, TIN, PRC, or driver’s license number here.
  4. Flight/Voyage Number: This is your flight number which is on your boarding pass.
  5. Port of Exit: Denote the city you’re flying from.
  6. Purpose of Trip: If you’re traveling for leisure activities such as sightseeing, shopping, or even soul-searching, select the PLEASURE/VACATION option.

Lastly, don’t forget to sign the form!

💡 PRO TIP: Always use a black pen. Ensure you write legibly and avoid tearing, folding, or crumpling the form.

Once you’ve filled everything out, join the immigration line. Furnish the departure card and all other necessary travel documents to the immigration officer, then patiently wait for that coveted passport stamp.

Onboard Tips

While onboard, cabin attendants will distribute the disembarkation card for your destination country. For those traveling to Hong Kong, see our example of the ARRIVAL CARD FOR HONG KONG and check out the AIRPORT ARRIVAL GUIDE.

Share Your Thoughts

What’s your opinion on the Philippines’ new immigration forms? Any questions or insights? Drop a comment below or shoot me a message. Let’s navigate these skies together!