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BI eyes Advanced Passenger Information System

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is coming out with an Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) to facilitate the exclusion of unwanted foreign visitors.

BI Commissioner Seigfred Mison said Friday that immigration authorities from countries where the passengers originated will be required to transmit the names and personal circumstances of  passengers boarding airliners and ships bound for the Philippines. Those with derogatory records can be easily segragated and immediately sent out on the next available flight, Mison said.

The APIS is part of a bigger program being prepared by the government for next year’s two big events: the arrival of Pope Francis in January and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in November.

He said this was also in line with his policy of “good guys in, bad guys out.”

Mison said APIS is not a new program as it has been practice for years in the United States and other western countries. He added that the BI has already submitted to Malacanang a proposed executive order on APIS for review and approval.

“As soon as the measure is approved we will bid it to  interested parties the APIS scan data base which will receive and accept the information sent by the BI foreign counterparts,” said Mison.