No need to print plane tickets for trips abroad

Did you buy your ticket online? If you’re wondering whether you could use the electronic copy at the international airport, the answer is yes.

This, as the Justice department on Wednesday announced that printed copies of tickets are no longer needed at airports’ immigration desks.

Filipinos traveling abroad, who are required to present return tickets, may show electronic copies using gadgets such as phones or tablets.

Foreign travelers may also show tickets for return or onward flights using mobile devices at the country's various points of entry.

The policy spelled out in Operations Order No. SBM-2013-003 is seen to “improve access to basic government services,” the Justice department said.

“We shall continue to work with all stakeholders to inject common sense and process logic into our systems,” Justice Secretary Leila De Lima added.

Prior to the new rule immigration desks required travelers to present hard copies of their tickets, along with their passports and visas, when applicable.

Under the law, Filipinos traveling as tourists abroad should present return tickets while foreigners should show onward or return tickets.

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