More than 2,700 foreigners have been barred from getting into the Philippines throughout the first half of this year, in line with figures launched by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at this time (Wednesday, July 26).
The BI says 2,717 foreign nationals had been turned away between January and June, up practically 40 per cent on the 1,948 visitors barred over the identical interval final year.
Of this quantity, the bulk had been Chinese, with 11,594 turned away.
Other incessantly barred nationalities had been Indians, with 127 refused entry, Koreans, 117, Americans, 106, Vietnamese, 101, and Indonesians, 43.
Nearly all the visitors had been barred on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), whereas the remaining 296 had been refused entry on the airports together with Cebu, Davao, Clark, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Puerto Princesa, together with the Zamboanga City seaport.
Most of the excluded foreigners had been deemed to be “public charges”, which means they couldn’t show the monetary means to assist their go to.
Others had been refused on the evaluation of immigration officers that their presence within the nation “is inimical to the national interest or a threat to public health and safety”.
BI port operations division chief Marc Red Mariñas stated: “That is why among those we have turned away are registered and convicted [email protected] offenders, fugitives from justice, suspected terrorists, previously deported aliens and those who are in our blacklist of undesirable aliens.”
Mr Mariñas added that the listing additionally included visitors who didn’t have the mandatory entry visas or who weren’t correctly documented to enter the nation.
In all, the BI processed extra than three.6 million foreigners over the six-month interval.