NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BOI) reminded Filipinos flying out of Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airpoirt (NAIA) of needed travel documents that include three birth certificates, one of the traveler, another of his or her grandparent (dead or alive) and a third of the person abroad who invited the said traveler.
It took a harrowing experience of one Julie Ann Dela Cruz (a.k.a. Julianne Dee) for BOI to issue the reminder. She recounted the NAIA incident on her Facebook page.
Ms. Dee was supposed to board Cebu-Pacific Flight 5J803 from Manila to Singapore on June 17 but was held for nearly an-hour-and-a-half at the Immigration office supposedly for a ‘brief’ interview. She consequently missed her flight. Worse, when she tried to re-book her flight, Cebu-Pacific wanted to charge her an extra P9,000.
During the interview with Immigration, Ms. Dee was supposedly asked to prove that the person who invited her to visit Singapore was her relative. She was also asked to produce the birth certificate of her dead grandfather to prove her identity.
So, if you’re Filipino and plan to travel to a foreign destination as a tourist, remember to bring the three birth certificates required by BOI. To prevent other problems at your airport departure, you might as well bring a family photo album to prove your real identity.