MANILA (UPDATED) — The Philippine government will implement a new online registration platform for incoming travelers from Dec. 2, Friday, around a month after using the eArrival card, the Palace said.
The eArrival card was implemented in October.
The government is integrating “quarantine and immigration arrival requirements” for passengers, the Office of the Press Secretary said in its Facebook page late Thursday.
Based on its announcement, passengers visiting www.onehealthpass.com.ph will be redirected to the new eTravel domain.
The eTravel platform will host the electronic version of the paper Arrival Card that travelers must submit upon arrival in the Philippines for immigration clearance.
On Dec. 5, the old domain of the One Health Pass will no longer be accessible to the public. The Bureau of Immigration will also discontinue using the paper Arrival Card on the same day, the OPS added.
The One Health Pass website was the previous domain of the first electronic health declaration for travelers. It also hosted the recently implemented eArrival card.
'IT'S THE SAME'
In a press briefing, Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the eArrival Card and eTravel is the same.
"Actually, it's the same. Nung nage-evolve 'yung pag-uusap, 'yung nag-IATF kami, ang rekomendasyon, from One Health Pass to eArrival Card, tapos ngayon kasi nabuo na nila 'yung sistema, at nag-transition na tayo dito sa final version, it's now the eTravel," she said.
Vergeire said the eTravel would provide convenience to inbound travelers.
"Therefore, mas mae-encourage ang mga pasahero o mga travelers na pumasok dito sa ating bansa," she said.