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On Friday, October 21, 2022, the Department of Tourism (DOT) officially welcomed the national government’s initiation of the new replacement for the One Health Travel Pass QR Code, the eARRIVAL CARD system. It was created to give Filipino and foreign travelers a more convenient and stress-free experience when arriving in the Philippines. Find out more about the eARRIVAL CARD and how to acquire one below.
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DOT introduces eARRIVAL CARD System
Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco has said that the inception of the eARRIVAL CARD carries out part of the Marcos administration’s goal to ease the country’s remaining tight entry protocols to attract more travelers and uplift the Philippines’ tourism recovery.
Moreover, the eARRIVAL CARD comes from DOT’s proposal to eliminate the use of OHP due to several complaints from inbound travelers to the Philippines. This is also to enhance similar convenient arrival protocols in the ASEAN, like in Singapore.
Furthermore, the OHP requirement has now been lifted following the DOT’s integration and discussions with the Department of Health (DOH), Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Bureau of Quarantine (BoQ), and other IATF agency members.
Before implementing the new eARRIVAL CARD, travelers must sign up for the OHP a few earlier before their travel and complete the electronic Health Declaration Checklist (eHDC) on their departure.
However, the eARRIVAL CARD removes all irrelevant fields of information, which permits effortless and quicker completion of the traveler registration process.
There are typically 20 items under the OHP system, but with the eARRIVAL CARD system, it was cut in half, left with 10 items only. Click this link to get started, and here’s what you need to do in order to get an eARRIVAL CARD.
How to acquire an eARRIVAL CARD
The first step is to visit https://onehealthpass.com.ph/.
Select “Filipino National” if you’re a Philippine Passport holder. And press “Foreign National” if you’re a Non-Philippine Passport holder.
The next step is to read the Data Privacy Act and Affidavit of Undertaking. Then, check the box below and click the “Continue” button to proceed with your registration.
The third step is providing your flight information. Fill in the following information:
- date of departure
- date of arrival
- airport of the seaport of arrival
- enter whether you’re a passenger or crew of the flight
- vaccination for COVID-19, and
- the country where you’re from
Click the “Continue” button to proceed with the next step.
After providing your flight information, the second to last step is to provide your personal information.
Give all the information required. Then make sure to double-check before clicking “Continue” to proceed to the final step of your registration process.
Finally! The last step to getting your eARRIVAL CARD is to provide vaccination information. This includes the list of places you last visited, and a history of exposure to COVID-19.
After providing all the necessary information, click the “Submit” button, and you’re good to go!
In addition, if a traveler is unable to complete their registration, there are BoQ staff stationed at the airports to assist them. Moreover, the new eARRIVAL CARD will someday remove the requirement for travelers to fill up physical arrival cards.
The eARRIVAL CARD will continuously improve the travel experience in the country by rationalizing the required information of agencies, including the DOH, BI, and BoQ, into one unified database. – WhatALife!/Pam