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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Embassy Advisory: Philippines Will No Longer Accept Non-Machine Readable Passports and Travel Documents by 2017

 ADVISORY FROM PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN RIYADH:
Philippines Will No Longer Accept 
Non-MachineReadable Passports and 

Travel Documents by 2017
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(Riyadh, 7 August 2016) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia informs the Filipino community and all concerned applicants for Philippine visa that, in view of the 24 November 2015 deadline set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the phasing-out of non-machine readable passports/travel documents, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) shall no longer allow the entry of foreign nationals holding non-machine readable travel documents in all its international airports and seaports by the 1st quarter of 2017.
In this connection, the Philippine Embassy will no longer accept said non-machine readable passports/travel documents for all visa applicants effective 1 October 2016.
This directive will be applied to all types of passports, including ordinary, official, diplomatic and/or service documents, except for temporary travel documents designed for emergency situations as per ICAO guidelines and subject to the approval of concerned Philippine authorities.
(END ADVISORY)
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"All Philippine passports are now integrated with chips that contain the data of the holder. These new passports are called ePassports. The ePassport is a global standard in travel documents, and as a member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Philippines is required to adhere to their standards.



The chip embedded in the ePassport contains data essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. It contains data on the personal information found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip. This technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at a close distance, such as the scanners used in immigration counters."
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