BI orders no stamping of Chinese passports


Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Bureau of Immigration on Tuesday ordered its personnel nationwide to stop stamping the passports of nationals from the People’s Republic of China.

In a memorandum, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. instead directed immigration officers to place their stamps on the back page of a Chinese national’s visa application form.

David’s order was issued based on the Foreign Service Circular No. 211-12 issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as part of the Philippines ’ protest against China ’s “excessive claim” over the entire South China Sea.

David said the visa application form should be attached to the passport of the holder upon his arrival in a Philippine port of entry and whenever he transacts in any of the Immigration field offices.

“In view of the DFA circular and pursuant to the Philippine immigration act, immigration personnel shall refrain from placing any immigration stamps on the PROC passports,” David said.

David said the directive applies to all immigration stamps, including arrival, departure, conversion, downgrading, and extension stamps.

However, he clarified that the directive does not apply to diplomatic, official and service passports of PROC officials.

In case of an arriving or departing PROC national holding a passport issued prior to the DFA circular, David said, the passenger shall be referred to an immigration supervisor who shall have the passport page bearing the visa photocopied. The stamp shall be placed on the photocopied page which shall be attached to the passport.

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  • Your_King

    First, our problems with China is not getting better and just getting worst. Second, the BI is another department that’s had no improvement and also getting worst during the Aquino Admin. 3 more years of this…oh no!

    • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

      to Your_King,

      You have BOGUS contentions. When Commissioner David took over the bureau it was a mess, a big mess. Puro corrupt ang mga andyan kahit na simple lang na clerk ang galing mangurakot at sa canteen ang mga transactions.

      At kahit marami pa ring masasamang damo diyan, medyo nalilinis ni Com. David at ni PNoy.

      Noong panahon no Rufus Rodriguez at Al Fernandez, garapal ang mga tao diyan. Ngayon lang tumino konti.

      Sana kagaya din ni PNoy at Commissioner David ang susunod na mamalakad ng gobyerno natin.

      Mabuhay ka PNoy!!!

      • Roberto

         Totoo yan! Meron akong na-withness minsan sa international airport, isang tsinay, sinasabihan ng illegal daw at hinahanapan ng birth certificate, samantalang yung tsinay ang galing mag-tagalog halos wala kang marinig na punto, KINUKUWARTAHAN SIYA!!!! kaya iyan ang ugaling pinoy sa gobyerno mahilig sa lagay at kurako, KAILAN KAYA MAPAPAGALING ANG SAKIT NA ITO!

      • marionics

        baka kasi native born chinese tapos di inasikaso ang exit clearance niya, it happens

      • newname

        Napanahon na siguro na paaalisin na unti unti ang mga intsik sa Pinas kahit marunong pang managalog kailangan nang makauwi na sila mas kailangan na sila sa China…At tingnan nyo naman ang mga immigration may dugong intsik yan kaya wag na kayong magtaka kung makapasok o makalabas ang mga hindi inaasahang mga tao….lalu nat Chinese….kadugo lang nila yan..Kailangan na palitan lahat ang nasa BI puro reklamo sila sa presidente na kailangan mataas ang sweldo na puro pinapatakas ang mga delikadong tao…di na maaasahan..

      • MrJoseRizal

        Nagpapatawa ka ba? Super corrupt pa rin diyan sa immigration! Tumambay ka diyan kahit 1 araw lang at makikita mo kagad. Pag uwian na, tignan mo mga sasakyan ng mga empleyado dyan.

      • Your_King

        Its been 3 years and the BI is still a mess. Part of the problem is that the Commissioner, Aquino, and you are too busy pointing the finger, making excuses, and blaming FPGMA instead of doing something about the BI to fix it.

  • Night

    good move

  • Ghost

    A wise move. But actually it was the Vietnamese who first refused to stamp Chinese passports. I concede that Vietnam has much bigger balls than us pinoys when it comes to resisting foreign intervention/pressure. I bet a typical vietnamese has much bigger balls than most Pinoys who, at the slightest provocation, insist that we go beg for American support.


    • Korean_woman

      It is the same thing putting the visa it on a separate paper, We are still giving the chop and acknowledging their claim,  we will then live in our own fantasy world, china know we are cowards with small balls, like india we can put our own  map on the visa, then we send our forces out their to stop them boarding our ships, they will be better employed than attacking and killing our own citizens

  • WeAry_Bat

    It should still be stamped…with the Jollibees logo.

  • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    stamp should say:


  • Jon

    What’s the point?
    The government, through Trillanes, has indicated to China that “it really doesn’t care about these islands anyway”.
    Left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing? 

  • BatangSingapore

    gumawa ng stamp na naglalarawan ng west PH sea at salitang WELCOME TO THE PHILS. at itatak sa lahat ng pahina ng pasaporte ng mga intsik.

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