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Dress Code Policy At Government Offices

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Dress Code Policy

I hear a lot of negative chatter about the Bureau of Immigration dress code policy. Well folks be aware that most government departments have a similar code, which is enforced be it somewhat unevenly.

Let’s call a spade a spade, they truly do walk among us talking as if there is no dress code policy in other countries when visiting Govt. Departments.

Here is the dress code policy for visiting immigration in Indonesia, and another for visiting the Senate and House of Commons in Canada and finally one for Barbados Treasury Department

Secondly that it inconveniences visitors who have to buy clothing just to visit BI.

The dress code policy was amended and became more relaxed in 2013. It was acknowledged that most visitors to the Bureau of Immigration Offices were tourists on holiday, and did not have ready access, to the clothing previously required.
The policy is now meant to be strictly enforced. Your experience may be different as many offices especially smaller ones may not have Muslim staff or be aware. That does not mean that your current experience will apply the next time you visit that office or another.
Adhering to the code is not only complying with a directive but showing respect for the religious beliefs of Muslim Filipinos.

If you are attending an official meeting or hearing office attire is required.


The policy may be waived in an emergency. You must explain such an emergency to the guards at the gate who will decide.

Key Points Of The Policy

  • No bare feet.
  • No hats, motorcycle helmets. Only head coverings with recognised religious significance allowed.
  • No brief shorts, no track pants.
  • Sleeved shirts for men.
  • Shoulder straps “3 fingers” wide for women.
  • No bare midriff.
  • Underwear not showing
  • Clothing must be in good repair
  • Interestingly there is no requirement that women wear a bra!

    Source Material

    Below you will find the official memorandum and a separate illustration of the BI code for men and women

    Here is a reference to the dress code for attending the DFA.
    To ensure entry to countries with strict dress codes, all applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture.
    Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothing, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited.

    Want to visit the Malacanang Palace Museum here is the dress code.
    Visitors to the Museum are advised to adhere to a smart casual dress code. No wearing of shorts, sleeveless tops and slippers.

    Want to visit the Philippines Air Force Museum.
    Those who want to see the Balangiga bells should observe the dress code at the Philippine Air Force Museum where the bells are on display before transport to Samar.
    The defense department yesterday advised visitors not to wear sando (undershirt) and slippers.

    Want to conduct business at the Professional Regulation Commission.
    Go here for their dress code.

    When you visit the LTO.
    The applicant must be “clean, neat and presentable.”

    The wearing of sando (sleeveless t-shirt), sports shorts, and slippers during photo-taking and examinations is not allowed.

    Those are just a few of the many.

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