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BI: More than 1,300 foreigners denied entry in 2021

January 26, 2022 - Wednesday 4:01 PM by GDM

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The Bureau of Immigration on Wednesday said more than 1,300 foreign nationals were denied entry to the country in 2021.

BI Port Operations Division chief Carlos Capulong reported to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente that they refused the entry of 1,320 foreign nationals last year.

Chinese nationals topped the list of excluded aliens, Capulong said with 450 of them barred entry. This was followed by 261 Vietnamese, 159 Americans, 33 British and 24 Israelis.

Of the 1,320, the bureau barred the entry of 676 for not having the means to support their stay in the country and whose purposes of stay were doubtful.

BI also excluded 501 foreign nationals for being improperly documented by 69 were part of the bureau’s blacklist. 

The bureau however noted that the number of excluded number of aliens in 2021 is lower than the over 3,000 foreigners intercepted in the previous year. 

Capulong explained that the decline in numbers was expected due to travel restrictions enforced in the entire year that also resulted in lower number of arriving passengers. 

Morente, for his part, vowed that the bureau will continue to strictly guard the nation’s borders. He said: “Despite the woes of the pandemic, our officers in the frontlines shall continue to ensure that only those eligible foreigners are allowed entry in the country.”