Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced on Tuesday that it is collaborating with US authorities to fully restore its US Visa Waiver Program (VWP) agreement.
PAL announced on Tuesday that they are currently unable to accommodate non-immigrant travelers entering the US through the visa program due to the expiration of their arrangement.
“We are currently collaborating with the United States government to fully renew our Visa Waiver Program agreement,” stated Cielo C. Villaluna, spokesperson for Philippine Airlines, in a message sent through Viber.
PAL has stated that the recent change will not have an impact on the majority of its passengers, specifically Filipino individuals with valid US visas and US citizens. These individuals are still able to travel on PAL flights to the US.
She stated that we are addressing the situation by offering choices to travelers through the Visa Waiver Program. Our goal is to resolve this problem.
The company has promised to help travelers on the Visa Waiver Program who are going to the US through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
PAL has guaranteed that impacted clients will receive alternative flights. Some of the choices they provide include transferring to a different airline, receiving travel credits, or obtaining a refund.
The United States Visa Waiver Program permits citizens or nationals of select countries to visit the US for purposes of tourism or business for a maximum of three months without needing to obtain a visa.
According to the US Customs and Border Protection website, carriers must have a current agreement with the agency in order to help with the arrival of passengers under the program.
The document stated that a person who transports non-immigrant visitors must be a signatory, and that these agreements expire every seven years.