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DFA Warns Against 'Travel Exemption Fee' Scam

Beware of scammers.
by Arianne Merez
Nov 11, 2020
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday warned the public against a new scam that collects a supposed "travel exemption fee" for the entry of foreign nationals to the Philippines.

No fees are collected by the DFA for the entry of foreign nationals, it said in an advisory. Entry restrictions however remain in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it said. 

"The DFA does not collect a 'Travel Exemption Fee' or any kind of fee whatsoever for the purpose of allowing foreign nationals to enter the country," it said.

Foreign nationals are advised to check with the Bureau of Immigration for guidelines on travel to the Philippines.

Earlier this month, the Philippines allowed foreign nationals with investor visas, visas issued by the Department of Justice, the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority to enter the country.

They are required to have a valid visa at the time of entry and must have a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility.

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