Frequent flier privilege: DOJ says looser scrutiny for Pinoys with travel history

Frequent jet-setters don’t have to bring various documents apart from their passport to hurdle inspection at the immigration counter, an official from the Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

“Kung may previous travel history at makikita naman natin na walang red flags, the Filipino is able to respond properly to the Immigration officer at the level of primary inspection dapat wala nang secondary inspection, dapat wala ng further documents,” Justice Undersecretary Nicholas Ty told CNN Philippines’ The Source.

The Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking recently released a longer list of documentary requirements for Filipinos traveling abroad.

Among the requirements which have caught the attention of the public and some politikos were the presentation of birth or marriage certificates proving the relationship of the traveler and a relative based abroad if the latter would sponsor the trip.

In some cases, the presentation of proof of employment is necessary.

Despite the assurance of looser scrutiny, Ty suggested that frequent travelers still carry the paperwork with them to be doubly sure.

“Kung praning ka, just to be safe, you can bring (the documents) just to reassure yourself. You don’t have to bring all the documents, maybe just a certificate of employment,” Ty said.