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DFA Warns Foreigners vs Falling Prey to ‘Travel Exemption’ Scams

PASAY CITY, 15 January 2021 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warns the public against unscrupulous individual/s or group/s that are issuing fake DFA travel exemption letters or otherwise offering travel exemption services to foreign nationals who wish to enter the Philippines.


These individuals or groups reportedly charge foreign nationals exorbitant fees for such fraudulent travel documents and services.


The DFA does not collect any ‘travel exemption’ fee or charge whatsoever from foreign nationals permitted to enter the country in accordance with the protocols, directives, and exemptions laid down by the IATF and the Office of the President.


The public is therefore advised to be vigilant and wary of such illegal services or fake documents.


The Department of Foreign Affairs is appealing to the public to report anyone involved in such fraudulent activity, including illegal passport facilitation to foreign nationals, to the DFA, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine National Police (PNP). END

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