Filipinos departing the Philippines are covered by departure formalities pursuant to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Memorandum Circular No. 036 dated 15 June 2015 or the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) Revised Guidelines on Departure Formalities for International-Bound Passengers.

For a copy of Memorandum Circular No. 036 of 2015, please visit:

Filipino departing but not possessing the necessary documents may need to go through the secondary inspection of the Travel Control and Enforcement Unit (TCEU) of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

BI is the primary enforcement arm of the Philippine government on the entry and exit of Philippine nationals. It has the sole and sovereign prerogative regarding the entry into, stay in, and exit of all foreign citizens into the Philippines.  The final evaluation of who enters (especially foreign nationals) and who leaves (all nationals) rests with them. Compliance as to their requirement is strongly advised.


Affidavit of Support (AOS):

BI may require the presentation of an (original) Affidavit of Support (AOS) from the inviting party in Switzerland or Liechtenstein for presentation to them at the port of exit in the Philippines.

A template may be downloaded from:

The signed AOS must be submitted to the Embassy for its Notarization. Please view the requirements for its processing under the Notarial Services page. Note that Affidavit/s executed by residents of the Cantons of Geneva and Vaud must be submitted to the Philippine Consulate General in Geneva. Their contact details are as follows:

The Philippine Consulate General in Geneva

Address: Allee David-Morse 14, 1202 Geneva
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Tel. No.: +41 (02) 22 716 1930
Mobile No.: +41 (0) 79 136 9114