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Where Are You Now? Tracking You In The Philippines.

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Location Location, Location

Where are you now? It is the implicit question asked by immigration authorities throughout the world when you visit their jurisdiction.
As a visitor, your part of the deal is that you will keep them informed of your whereabouts. This makes it easier, should you need to be contacted. Remember the card you completed on arrival, it requires an address for contact purposes.
But let’s be realistic that’s not a task that is easy to comply with. Especially when you are doing a whirlwind tour of the Philippines. A night here, two there and three on an unnamed island.

The Informal Response

Rather than respond to where are you now with frequent address changes, we found that the best way to meet this requirement in these circumstances is to recruit the assistance of:

  • A friend, not a “girlfriend”, as they will probably be with you, or it may not work out, who has a permanent address. Give them your mobile number and ask them to call you straight away, if they receive any mail, for you, from the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Buy them some nice pasalubong (Gift) when you return from your trip.
  • Use the address of a hotel you stayed at, or plan to stay at before you leave, ask if it is possible to give their address as a contact for (BI), and if someone can ring you if any mail arrives. Tip the receptionist a few hundred pesos if they say yes, and double it when you get back if they do as you ask.

Those arrangements work well for short periods of time but once you become a long-term visitor, the requirement for an up to date address becomes more formal.

After the first 59 Days

The ACR card becomes the vehicle for doing this. It is a requirement of holding an ACR Card that you will keep your personal records up to date this includes your current address.
If these details are not accurate you must replace your card with one containing the correct information. The cost is the peso equivalent of USD20 plus 500php Express Lane Fee
You may still use the methods outlined above if you are constantly travelling, but information is now available to any Immigration Officer or other authorised persons directly from your card and inaccuracy could have consequences.

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