To all our Filipino friends in Dubai who are wondering how to get an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) to have a tax exemption from travelling, here is your complete guide on applying and renewing.

Why do we need an OEC?

It’s a requirement under POEA’s rules and regulations to guarantee that all OFWs are documented and protected under the law of our country.
It’ll also exempt you in paying ₱1, 620.00 for travel tax and a terminal fee of P 550 in the Philippine airport.

Who are required to get an OEC?

1. To all OFWs who are returning from vacation to the same employer and/or principal and jobsite
2. To all OFWs with existing employment visa and/or work permit
3. OFWs who have an existing record in the database of POEA
4. And for those OFWs who have previously issued OEC/E-Receipt under the same employer/principal
And worry no more because you can process your OEC in four ways.

SEE ALSO: 20+ Most Asked Questions About OEC Exemption

How to renew Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) online?

1. Before flying back, make sure that you have already created an account online. Visit and sign up as a new user.
2. After filling out all the details and uploading your ID Photo that will be shown in your copy of OEC, you should enter your expected flight schedule. Make sure that you’re flying out within the 60 days validity period of your OEC.
3. If you’re still returning to your employer, just click yes in the confirmation page. Choose Set Appointment if you’re not. Choose your mode of payment and after a while you will receive an email with instructions. Remember that you should pay at least 1-2 days before your trip.


The requirements are as follows;

Please make sure to bring an original and extra copies of each.

Passport Should be valid for 6 months from date of departure
Valid Work Visa/ Work Permit It could be an any equivalent document
Proof that you’re returning to the same Employer Employment Contract, Certificate of Employment, Company ID, and Pay slip

How to renew Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) through Philippines Embassy in Dubai?

1. You should fill out the Member Registration Form (MRF) and line up for payment. They will ask for the information of your departure and arrival upon payment.

Pay 10 Dirhams Receipt of PAG-IBIG
Pay 10 Dirhams OEC

2. Just wait for your name to be called and for your OEC to be processed.

Address, contact info of Philippine Overseas Labor Office

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office or POLO is located at Al Quasis 3, Dubai, UAE. For communications, you can reach the Philippine Embassy in Dubai through sending an e-mail to or You can also call (+632) 7221144 or (+632) 7221155.

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