The Bureau of Immigration (BI) warned of an increasing number of scammers targeting travelers this summer vacation, particularly Filipinos returning from abroad.

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The BI reported that there are operating fraudulent websites charging for eTravel registration.

Immigration Commissioner Norman Tansingco reminded the public that eTravel registration is free of charge.

He urged travelers to register only through the official government website at

"We advise the traveling public to be cautious and register exclusively on the official government website, or through the eGovPH application. The eTravel registration process is absolutely free of charge," Tansingco said.

Encounters with fake websites or individuals asking for payment for eTravel registration can be reported to the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) or via hotline 1326.

It was discovered that some returning Filipino travelers were duped by fake eTravel websites charging from ₱3,000 to ₱5,000 for the said registration.

Meanwhile, eTravel Kiosks are now available at major international airports.

eTravel is a data collection platform for inbound and outbound passengers, contributing to border control, health surveillance, and economic data analysis.

(Photo by Vera Victoria)