Immigration bureau main office reopens for business

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that it has reopened its main office in Intramuros, Manila to resume services to the transacting public on Monday.

The BI reopened its main building for business a week after it was closed for disinfection following a report that one of its employees contracted novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente earlier said that new protocols will be implemented in the bureau to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In an advisory issued last week, Morente said that individuals with confirmed online appointments are advised to check their new schedule and other related announcements by accessing the bureau’s website.

All persons intending to transact at the BI main office will now be required to register and obtain their schedule via the bureau’s newly-launched online appointment system.

The entry of walk-in applicants is strictly prohibited in order to limit the number of people and achieve physical distancing inside the building, the BI said.

Morente also directed immigration employees, especially those assigned at the main office, to get tested for COVID-19 at any government accredited facility duly licensed to conduct coronavirus test.

Staffers who are yet to undergo tests have been advised to work from home.

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