Toneam Outoftown Blog Center (Outoftownblog.com) – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday (Oct. 21) welcomed the introduction of the eARRIVAL CARD by the national government as a means to provide a more convenient and stress-free experience for Filipino and foreign tourists arriving in the Philippines.
According to Tourism Minister Christina Garcia Frasco, the introduction of the eARRIVAL CARD replaces the existing One Health Pass (OHP) entry requirement for travelers, which is in line with part of the goals of the Marcos government , namely easing the remaining strict entry rules in the country to attract more tourists. tourists and promote the recovery of the country’s tourism industry.
The eARRIVAL CARD stemmed from the DOT’s proposal to cancel the OHP, especially amid a flood of complaints from incoming travelers from the Philippines, and to improve on this, benchmarking of ASEAN’s more convenient arrival protocols such as Singapore. OHP has now lifted the requirement following DOT coordination and discussions with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases Management (IATF-EID), the Department of Health (DOH), the Bureau of Quarantine (BoQ) and other member agencies of the IATF.
Before adopting the new eARRIVAL CARD, travelers had to register for OHP a few days before travel and complete an electronic health declaration (eHDC) checklist on the day of departure.
HOW TO GET THE eARRIVAL CARD
Compared to previous OHP systems, the eARRIVAL CARD also removes unnecessary fields of information, making the passenger check-in process easier and faster. For example, tourism-related fields have been substantially halved, from 20 in OHP to less than 10 in eARRIVAL CARD now. Fields such as traveler occupation and education are also removed.
After providing their travel details, personal information, health declaration and vaccination details on the eARRIVAL CARD website www.onehealthpass.com.ph, travelers will receive a unique QR code.
Passengers must then take a screenshot of the QR code on their mobile or computer device and submit it to the Bureau of Quarantine (BoQ) officer at the destination airport in the Philippines.
Additionally, travelers do not need to download and install a mobile app to register as the eARRIVAL CARD is a browser-based system.
If a traveler is unable to complete the eARRIVAL CARD, BoQ will send airport staff to assist the traveler with the check-in. As an important step in the national government’s transition to a paperless system, the eARRIVAL CARD will eventually eliminate the need for travelers to fill out a physical arrival card upon arrival in the Philippines.
In addition to providing a shorter and easier registration process for incoming travelers, DOT also lobbied to make the eARRIVAL CARD aesthetically appealing by incorporating Philippine scenery and neutral colors into the design. To improve accessibility and ease of use for travelers, the eARRIVAL CARD registration page also uses segmented fields instead of a single long web page.
Minister Frasco stated that DOT and DICT will continue to improve the eARRIVAL CARD as these agencies work to make travel into the country easier by consolidating the information requirements of agencies including DOH, BI and BoQ into a single unified body Convenient database.
“We at DOT look forward to continuing this synergistic approach to improving the overall travel experience by working closely with our partner country government agencies under the direction of President Marcos. Digitize and liberalize entry protocols, provide better and stress-free service for travelers, minimize inconvenience to travelers, and communicate that the Philippines is open and ready to receive travelers,” said Secretary Frasco.