For your passport to get stamped by the immigration officer, you need to submit your immigration form aka departure card together with your passport (and other required travel documents). What information do you need to write on the departure card?
About two months ago, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has issued new travel cards (arrival and departure cards) for international travellers arriving at and departing from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The BI aims to improve the monitoring of foreign visitors as well as to ensure the safety of Filipinos departing NAIA. [READ: AIRPORT DEPARTURE GUIDE]
In the new cards, passengers are asked to write their full name, nationality, passport number, contact number, flight/voyage number, the purpose of the trip, occupation, port of exit/destination, and their address here and abroad.
How do you fill out the form?
Look at this boarding pass for example.
Using the information about your flight and date of arrival indicated on your boarding pass, the passport number on your passport and other personal information fill out the departure card.
The travel document number is your passport number.
The address abroad is the address of your hotel or in my case, I only put the name of the hotel. If you are staying at a relative’s house or a homestay, make sure you indicate the correct address.
The new departure card also has a box for Personal ID number. You can put your SSS or TIN or PRC or driver’s license number here.
The flight or voyage number is your flight number, you can see it on your boarding pass. The port of exit is the city where you are departing from.
If your purpose of travel is sightseeing/ shopping/ soul searching/ dating, tick the PLEASURE/ VACATION box.
After everything is duly filled out, remember to affix your signature.
- PRO TIP: Use Black Pen, Write legibly, Do not tear/ fold/ crumple the form
Once you’re done, proceed to the immigration queue. Present the departure card together with all required travel documents to the immigration officer and wait to get your passport stamped.
ON THE PLANE, THE CABIN ATTENDANT WILL GIVE YOU THE DISEMBARKATION CARD FOR THE COUNTRY YOU’RE VISITING. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE FOR THE ARRIVAL CARD FOR HONG KONG. CLICK HERE FOR THE AIRPORT ARRIVAL GUIDE.