DFA warns foreigners against ‘travel exemption’ scams

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021   •   227

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warns the public against unscrupulous individuals or groups that are issuing fake DFA travel exemption letters or offering travel exemption services to foreign nationals who wish to enter the Philippines.

These individuals or groups reportedly charge foreign nationals exorbitant fees for such fraudulent travel documents and services.

The DFA emphasized that it does not collect any ‘travel exemption’ fee or charge whatsoever from foreign nationals permitted to enter the country in accordance with the protocols, directives, and exemptions laid down by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Office of the President.

“The public is therefore advised to be vigilant and wary of such illegal services or fake documents,” the agency said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is appealing to the public to report anyone involved in such fraudulent activities, including illegal passport facilitation to foreign nationals, to the DFA, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine National Police (PNP). 

DFA advises passport applicants in Paniqui, Tarlac to check emails for rescheduled appointments

Marje Pelayo   •   February 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Consular Office in Paniqui, Tarlac announced that due to some technical issues experienced by the DFA’s Passport Online System, the office conducted adjustments which affected appointments already lodged in the system.

The DFA explained that the glitch caused oversubscribing in the Consular Office Paniqui’s 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM appointment slots.

As a result, the Department has rescheduled the appointments of most of these applicants in the same CO. 

Affected applicants may check their emails for the new appointment allotted by the agency.

Affected applicants are requested to bring a printout of the email along with the application form, e-receipt and other documentary requirements during their new scheduled date.

The Department may also accommodate some of these affected applicants in other Consular Offices next week by emailing the nearest Consular Office listed in the DFA Consular Offices directory with the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Original appointment schedule in CO Paniqui
  • Preferred date and time of new appointment

The Department apologizes for the inconvenience this may have caused, and assures the public that the DFA-OCA is continuously working to further improve the delivery of its services to the public. END

Affected applicants who require urgent passport service may contact DFA OCA at the following contact details:

  • 0977-353-3942 (Globe)
  • 0961-567-9324 (Smart)
  • 0961-084-4185 (Smart)

DFA logs 25 new cases of COVID-19 among overseas Filipinos

Marje Pelayo   •   February 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 25 new cases of COVID-19 infection were reported among overseas Filipinos on Wednesday, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

This brings the total number of infected Filipino nationals outside the country to 14,041.

The DFA also reported 10 new recoveries among those infected, raising the recovery tally to 8,964.

However, two Filipinos recently succumbed to COVID-19, bringing the death toll among Filipinos abroad to 954.

The DFA, together with its Foreign Service Posts, assured that it remains fully committed to monitoring and assisting our nationals abroad amid the pandemic.

53 new COVID-19 cases logged among Filipino nationals abroad

Marje Pelayo   •   February 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 53 new cases of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection among overseas Filipinos as of Tuesday (February 2).

Also, 35 new recoveries in Asia and the Pacific and Europe.

This means to date, the number of COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad is at 14,016 and the number of recoveries is at 8,954.

No new fatality was reported, keeping the number of COVID-19 deaths among overseas Filipinos at 952 .

Meanwhile, the DFA said a total of 8,954 Filipinos are still undergoing treatment in different health facilities across the globe.

The Middle East and Africa remains to be the region with the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, recoveries, under treatment, and fatalities among Filipino nationals, the DFA said.

On the other hand, the Americas continue to record the least numbers in all categories compared to other geographic regions, except in the total number of deaths wherein Asia and the Pacific ranks lowest with a total of only 21.

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