All Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), whether new hires or Balik-Manggagawa are required to secure either an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) or an OEC Exemption which shall serve as an exit clearance and as exemption from payment of travel tax and airport terminal fee.

Workers-on-Leave or Balik Manggagawa may secure their OECs either at the POLO before leaving Japan or at the POEA and other authorized offices before departure from the Philippines.


  1. Original latest Employment Contract (with English translation, if applicable) to be verified by POLO
  1. For those working for Companies:
  • Company Registration (Tokibo Tohon) with English Translation (certified and signed by the Translator)

        For those working for an Individual Employer:

  • Copy of Employer’s passport & Residence ID Card
  • Employer’s Certificate of Employment issued by his/her employer
  1. Copy of the documents submitted by the employer at the Immigration Office
  2. Copy of the photopage of passport (original to be presented)
  3. Copy of the Residence ID Card (original to be presented)
  4. An amount of not more than JPY300 for OEC fee.


  • Employment Certificate or Release Letter from the previous employer.
  • Sworn Statement stating the circumstances regarding the deployment.

How to avail OEC Exemption

LOG IN at www.bmonline.ph or www.poea.gov.ph

  1. For New Users, register in the system using personal email account and click the SIGN ME UP BUTTON. Open email account to click the confirmation link.
  2. For Users/Registered, log-in as ALREADY REGISTERED. Enter last issued OEC number. If no record found, set an online appointment and go to preferred POEA office.
  3. If record is found, update (a)Personal Data, (b)Contract Particulars, and (c)Beneficiaries, as needed.
  4. Click Acquire OEC or Exemption for online assessment. Enter flight date and confirm if returning to the same employer and jobsite.
  5. If returning to the same employer and jobsite, the system will display a confirmation message indicating that worker is exempted from OEC and payment of processing fee.
  6. On the day of departure, the worker shall observe the following:
    • Proceed directly to the Airline counter for check in.
    • Proceed to Immigration Counter to present passport which valid at least six (6) months from the date of departure, valid work visa/permit indicating existing employer and jobsite.
    • In case work visa does not indicate name of employer, workers may present any of the following:

For company hired: valid employment contract, current employment certificate, valid employment ID, recent payslip.

For domestic workers: valid Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) verified employment contract may be presented.


Travel Tax and Terminal Fee Exemption

The Balik Manggagawa (BM) worker may present the original and photocopy of any proof of overseas employment to the airline counter for Travel Tax Exemption and to Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) counter for Terminal Fee Exemption.

  1. Valid work visa/work permit;
  2. Valid employment contract;
  3. Current employment certificate;
  4. Valid company ID; and;
  5. Recent pay slip

BM worker is advised to present to the MIAA counter the Airline Ticket Invoice with code Ll International for terminal fee exemption.