A Bureau of Immigration (BI) official on Monday assured senators that the issuance of visas upon arrival (VUA) remains suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Deputy Commissioner Tobias Javier, the VUA policy was suspended in January 2020 and the suspension is still being enforced currently.
Javier said this in response to Sen. Maria Josefa Imelda Marcos’ question during a Senate hearing on the proposed 2021 national budget.
Marcos wanted to clarify the matter amid reports that sex trafficking is still happening despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions the government has imposed to slow down the transmission of the coronavirus.
The issue regarding VUAs cropped up during the Senate Committee on Women, Children and Gender Equality’s investigation into the