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I've seen it mentioned that you can pay extra on entry to get the full 60 days without having to go to immigration at a later date?

Who do I ask?  The guy who stamps my passport?  Has anyone done it and knows how it works?

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at mactan you go to the small office to the right of the immigration booths, do not go to the booths

ask there for the 30 to 59 day extension, I do not remember how many peso you have to pay

as it changed not too long ago

at manila I do not know where the office is

it is 59 days  not 60

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Agree with what Woolf says on this.  I've done it few times.. Pretty straight forward.  It'll take 30 to 45 minutes .. but avoids the first visit to BI office.  For me, I consider it well worth it.

 

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FlyingMoose - many folks consider it simpler to get the extension on arrival (there is likely less supporting paperwork). However, there is a Philippines Consulate General office in New York. If it's not too distant from you, you can get a 59 day 9a Visa there. Cost - according to the NY CG website is US$30 - which "might" be cheaper than the peso charge at the airport. The CG websites (the Toronto one is "different") are not always well organized and sometimes their information is not updated properly. In Toronto, it takes me two trips - one to hand them my application, supporting docs, passport and payment and the second, a week or so later, to pick up my passport. It might be possible to do it faster but I have never tried/needed to.

I do this in Toronto for the first 59 days of my trips.  This is the last one I got stuck in my passport. I usually make sure to put a paper clip in my passport at the page this is stuck to in order to ensure the Immigration Office sees it. And I check the entry stamp  (usually placed on the page opposite the stuck in visa) to make sure it's not stamped for 30 days before I leave the desk. 

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I usually arrive in Manila (over the years I have arrived in Terminals 1, 2 and 3) and I have never seen where to detour to get the 29 day extension on arrival. However, that could be because I am half asleep after travelling for about 24 hours, have the visa already and forget to look! I'll try to remember to look more closely next time (Dec) when I will be arriving at T2.

 

 

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28 minutes ago, Paddy said:

I do this in Toronto for the first 59 days of my trips.  This is the last one I got stuck in my passport. I usually make sure to put a paper clip in my passport at the page this is stuck to in order to ensure the Immigration Office sees it. And I check the entry stamp  (usually placed on the page opposite the stuck in visa) to make sure it's not stamped for 30 days before I leave the desk. 

Do you still need an exit ticket with that plan?  If so is it the airline or Immigration Officer who asks for it?

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Just now, A_Simple_Man said:

Do you still need an exit ticket with that plan?  If so is it the airline or Immigration Officer who asks for it?

An onward ticket is a condition of the 9a Visa - so yes.

I supply a copy of my (typically return) ticket with the supporting documentation for the visa application. The return date is usually beyond 59 days from entry.

I have never had to show the ticket while dealing with an Immigration Officer but they do usually ask when I plan to leave. The Immigration Officer will remind me to make sure I extend my visa before the 59 days are up.

Once, the Toronto CG actually put a slip of paper in my passport with a similar reminder. 

I usually travel CX on a return ticket. They have never queried the return date/length of visa. Next time I have a return ticket with PAL but my trip is actually a bit shorter than 59 days, so no problem.

 

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2 hours ago, A_Simple_Man said:

Do you still need an exit ticket with that plan?  If so is it the airline or Immigration Officer who asks for it?

As a tourist you ALWAYS need a return or onward ticket, if you do not have one you will NOT be allowed to board the plane to Philippines

Only very few time will immigration ask to see the ticket, I have been asked only once if I had one, did not have to show

It has taken me just about 15 minutes to the extension at arrival

you do not have to line up for the immigration booths, and I been taken to an empty booth

for the stamp, so it is quicker than lining up

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I would like to hear from any one who has managed to arrange the extension on arrival at the airport since express lane fees have been removed. 

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On 9/25/2017 at 1:11 PM, Kreole said:

UPDATE

I just got through immigration without a hitch.  I want to thank all who contributed to this post even if it has wandered off course.  I found most of your comments very productive and overall it has been a good learning experience.  I especially want to thank Woolf for his suggestion to go to the immigration office on the right of the lineup for the exit booths.  I did just that and they were very helpful.  I got a 59 day visa for P2500 ($50 USD).  I was very relieved that the asshole agent who precipitated this situation did not enter any negative information about our meeting.  Also, since I did not have enough pesos to pay for the visa, I asked if they would accept USD, and they said it was fine.  I gave the supervisor $60 USD and he then went to the exchange to bring back the change, but I told him to keep the change ($10 USD).  He thanked me.  I did not consider that a bribe, since my visa had already been formalized.  It was was just my way of thanking him.  

Before I left the office I asked the supervisor and the other agent in charge if I would be considered a "senior" in the Philippines and eligible to use the priority lane.  They both laughed and said, "Of course!"  So that should settle the issue as to what is their policy in relation to foreign seniors.  As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this incident was the only time in my 8 years here that I had any negative experience with Filipinos, especially government agents, who, for the most part have been very helpful and easy going.  In fact, on 3 different occasions I have written commendations for how professional and courteous some particular agents had treated me.  One such agent in Dumaguete gave me a 2nd 6 month visa without me even asking.  Of course I did not pass that specific information onto her superiors in my letter of commendation.

@Jim Sibbick

looks like it is about 2500 php

it was 2700 before

hmmmm took a while to find that post

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7 hours ago, Woolf said:

@Jim Sibbick

looks like it is about 2500 php

it was 2700 before

hmmmm took a while to find that post

Thankyou!

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