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On 10/29/2017 at 7:49 AM, Paddy said:

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.

 

 

I used to promote the 9A and while it is a still a cost savings for Americans and Canadians (Other countries embassies charge more) there's not much difference between the 9A and the arrival extension since the ELFs went away.  Rather than making 2 trips to get it you can do it by mail so you have $30 plus 2 trips or r/t mail vice less than $50 on arrival.  So maybe $36 for mail or $48 on arrival saving $12.  But then what if you get the 9A and change your flight plans to arrive outside the 90 day validity period and you lose the 9A cost?

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On 10/28/2017 at 9:09 AM, FlyingMoose said:

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?

I did it once in Manila; for me the extra 30 days wasn't worth the headache. Maybe if I'd had a 57 day stay planned but if you live there, you're going to BI sooner or later anyway. I was tired in the airport and extending that an extra 45 minutes just wasn't worth it to me, YMMV. 

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at least in cebu now you have to go to immigration for extension and come back 3, 4 or 5 days later to pickup your passport, no more same day service

well you dont pay express lane fee either

 

I have waited no more than 15 minutes at mactan for the extension

and you do not have to stand in line for the booths

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9 hours ago, SkyMan said:

But then what if you get the 9A and change your flight plans to arrive outside the 90 day validity period and you lose the 9A cost?

The visa validity starts on 6 Feb. Actual arrival was 16 Feb meaning I actually left Canada on the 15th. I get the visa quite late in my preparation process. If my plans change sufficiently to warrant a change of flight beyond 5 May - I've got bigger problems than CAD$45 wasted on a 9A :)

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2 minutes ago, Paddy said:

The visa validity starts on 6 Feb. Actual arrival was 16 Feb meaning I actually left Canada on the 15th. I get the visa quite late in my preparation process. If my plans change sufficiently to warrant a change of flight beyond 5 May - I've got bigger problems than CAD$45 wasted on a 9A :)

You're experienced with it so it may be worth it to you to save the $12(US) or whatever.  For a newb it wouldn't be worth the hassle to explain it to them unless the ELFs came back.  OTOH a frequent visitor to the Phils (at least 3 visits a year) would do well to get the 1yr multi-entry visa.

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I am sure that getting the extension at the airport on arrival is the simplest way to do it - if one knows where to go. In my case, I have to go off island to get to a BI office (which takes a minimum of all day), so missing the "right" place on arrival and ending up with 30 days would be a pain - especially if I want something like 46 days and am not planning to do a post 59 day extension.

Next time I come in (NAIA T2) I'll look more closely (but I expect I'll still have the 9A in my passport).

 

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I did it & I agree with Kreoles advice. It actually took-- maybe 30 minutes-- the whole planeload got thru immigration before I was finished, but like the man said-- it saves you from going in to get an extension later-

Regards to all- thanks to advice here I'm a happy passenger

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I pick up my passport and 9A this coming Thursday afternoon. CAD$40.50 (plus $4 for parking :))

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I did it as NAIA in the early hours of new years day this year.  I just asked a member of staff before the booths, it took a while because I didn't have any peso.  I was escorted through immigration and customs to a currency exchange booth, changed some money, escorted back and got the 59 days.  I cant remember the cost but under P3k.  I had plenty of time before my flight to Cebu (24 hours but that's another horror story), and it was better than doing it at J mall.

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