• Pilots, crew to undergo immigration procedures

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    FOREIGN and local pilots and other airline crew of international flights are now required to undergo mandatory immigration procedures upon their arrival and departure. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has implemented a stricter procedure on all arriving and departing international passengers, including commercial airline flight crew, as part of the bureau’s efforts to strengthen border security operations. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente on Wednesday said the new policy is consistent with existing international standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). An immigration officer may deny the admission or defer the departure of airline crew, if warranted, such as when they are on a blacklist, watch list or hold departure list of the bureau. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, BI spokeswoman, said despite the new policy, the six-month rule on passport validity and visa requirements for foreigners does not apply to foreign airline crew.

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