Philippines – Frequently Asked Questions
S-PaSS stands for Safe, Swift & Smart Passage. It is a travel management system developed by DOST (Department of Science and Technology) in region 4 of the Philippines. In times of a pandemic, the Philippine Government Office created this page to help local travelers (specially Locally Stranded Individuals). It is a system to facilitate local travel in view of the varying levels of restrictions imposed by local governments in coping with the crisis. Check out the FAQs below!
S-PaSS Website: www.s-pass.ph
1. What is an S-PaSS?
S-PaSS is an online travel management system institutionalized by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases through Resolution No. 101. It is intended as a one-stop communication and coordination platform for travelers and Local Government Units (LGUs).
It improves coordination between the traveler and LGUs by providing a common and unified platform for communicating travel policies and requirements set by the Provincial LGUs, Highly Urbanized Cities (HUCS) and independent Component Cities (ICCs). It also facilitates the application process of necessary travel permits needed before travel if such are required depending on the travel policy of the destination LGU.
2. Who needs to use S-PaSS?
Only those who intend to travel need to use S-PaSS. Travelers can check the travel policy and requirements of their destination LGU. They can also use S- PaSS in applying online for travel documents depending on the travel policy of the LGU.
3. What do you need to have an S-PaSS account and how do you use It?
A user needs to have an Internet-capable device such as a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. The user needs to go to s-pass.ph in order to register and use the system. It is recommended that Google Chrome be used as a browser for a better user experience. The mobile app version of S-PaSS is not yet available.
A personal mobile number is also needed for registration. An email address is optional because this is only needed in case of password resetting.
4. What do you do if you do not have access to the internet?
For travelers with no access to the internet or who do not know how to use the internet, it is suggested that they request assistance from their family members, friends, or their LGU representatives to use S-PaSS.
5. What travel permits should you apply for?
If the traveler is going to an LGU with ‘Unrestricted travel policy, there is no need to register and use S-PaSS since no travel documents are required. If the traveler is going to an LGU with a ‘Restricted’ travel policy, an application for a Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) is required.
If the traveler is going to an LGU with an ‘Unrestricted’ travel policy but passing through areas with strict travel protocols, it is recommended that a Travel Pass-Through Permit (TPP) be generated to be presented to the appropriate authorities when requested.
6. How do you know the travel policy and requirements of LGUs?
Users need to go to s-pass.ph where they can immediately see the travel policy, either ‘Restricted’ or ‘Unrestricted’, of the LGU they are planning to visit. They can also get the detailed information on the travel requirements of the LGU particularly if they have a ‘Restrict’ travel policy.
7. Are all LGUs using S-PaSS?
Currently, not all LGUs are using S-Pass. If the LGU is not using S-PaSS, the traveler cannot apply for a Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) to this LGU particularly if it has a ‘Restricted’ travel policy. The traveler is advised to contact directly the LGU to coordinate his or her travel. If the LGU has an ‘Unrestricted’ travel policy, there is no need for travelers to use S-PaSS.
8. Who approves the Travel Coordination Permit (TCP)? How long is the approval process?
The destination LGU approves the application for a Travel Coordination Permit. The approval process is dependent on the completeness of the documents submitted to the LGU and its own processing time. Travelers need to follow up with the LGU on the status of their applications. S-Pass has no control over the approval process but assists by notifying LGUs of pending applications.
9. Who approves the Travel Pass-Thru Permit (TPP)?
The Travel Pass-Thru Permit does not need any approval. It is a document that is automatically generated by s-PaSS.
10. Do you need TCP or TPP for all members of the family when traveling together?
Yes. the TCP or TPP is issued individually.
11. Are you exempted from having a TCP or TPP if you are an Authorized Person Outside of Residence (APOR)?
Only Authorized Person Outside of Residence (APOR) from government agencies are exempted from TCP or TPP. As per IATF Resolution 101, APOR from government agencies need to show their Travel Order, ID, and travel itinerary when traveling.
12. What type of document are the TCP and TPP?
The TCP and TPP are digital documents that are sent to your S-PaSS account. These can be stored in your mobile phone for showing to authorities during the inspection. These documents can also be printed in paper and carried physically during the travel.
13. Who checks the TCP and TPP?
The destination LGU will be the one to check your Travel Coordination Permit (TCP) upon your arrival to their locality. The Travel Pass-Thru Permit (TPP) may be checked by designated authorities when passing through LGUs with strict travel protocols. The TCP or TPP might also be checked at airports and seaports. Although there are no standard and harmonized policies on this yet.
14. How is TCP or TPP checked?
The TCP or TPP, whether in digital or printed form, can be checked by authorities by scanning the QR codes in said documents. It should be noted that a unique QR code is generated every time a TCP or TPP is issued to a traveler.
15. Is S-PaSS a contact tracing app?
No. S-PaSS is a travel management system used to coordinate your travel to your destination LGU even before you leave your residence or locality. In your community and upon arrival at the destination LGU, travelers are encouraged to use StaySafe, the contact tracing application mandated by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
NOTE: We are not the IATF nor any LGU Office. We only provide the information and are not connected to any LGU.
If you have any further questions, you may get in touch with your local government office in charge or use the S-PaSS contact page.