Leaving Philippines

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12 May: Foreigners Need Exit Clearance before Leaving Philippines

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) requires foreigners to secure an Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) before departing the Philippines. There are two types of clearances available to various visa holders, depending on the nature of the foreign national’s stay in the Philippines. Recent stringent enforcement is intended to increase foreigner accountability before the foreigners leave the country.