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Warning - Don't risk having no onward ticket when coming to the Philippines

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Woolf

 

 

I know a lot of countries have similar rules, but most countries don't allow tourists to stay for up to 16 months at a time. 

 

Philippines allow up to 36 months now

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David_LivinginTalisay

I have been told no ongoing ticket no fly for years. When asking why the response was, 'Because they fine us'. They don't like single tickets unless you are returning to your country of origin or one you are allowed to reside in. It's an 'old'rule.

 

When Salome (Sha-Sha) booked a CebuPacificAir ticket CEB-HKG, it was only a one way ticket because she had a China C2 Visa so was only 'In-Transit in Hong Kong.

 

A China C2 Visa is up to 180 days, but the Chinese Consulate only granted 30 Days validity!   The Chinese Consulate informed her that it could be extended by her husband  in China or in Hong Kong.

 

But when she flew, Immigration @ Mactan Airport 'offloaded' her off the flight, as she did not have a Return Ticket.

 

So when has a Native of ANY Country, needed a RETURN TICKET?

 

As a 13A Visa Permanent Resident, I do not need a Return Ticket, to the Philippines, so why should my wife, a Filippine Passport Holder, need a Return Ticket?

 

So she lost me the cost of that Single Flight, and the TIEZA - Travel Tax Payment - PHP1,620 Pesos,  TERMINAL FEE of 750 Pilipino Pesos.

 

Booked a new Return Ticket  and she had to pay TIEZA Travel Tax Payment - PHP1,620 Pesos, &  TERMINAL FEE of 750 Pilipino Pesos, over again!

 

But get this, they did NOT ask to see her Return Ticket (HKG-CEB), when she landed @ Hong Kong, and neither did China Immigration, when we crossed the Border @ Futian Checkpoint together 

 

When I inquired @ PSB Entry & Exit  (Public Security Burea), in Changsha, they said I needed to get an additional letter from my University to endorse the request to extend her C2 Visa.   Because the University was closed for the Summer Break, that was not an option.  

 

If we had to travel to Hong Kong to get a New Visa, it hardly seemed worth the cost of additional Train Tickets and cancelling her return Flight and booking a new on e.  So Salome traveled back on the Return Ticket (that Immigration in Mactan had insisted upon for her).

 

 

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Monsoon
So when has a Native of ANY Country, needed a RETURN TICKET?

 

Filipinos have always needed a return ticket back to the Philippines. Unless they have a permanent residency in another country or second citizenship. 

 

It has been one of my long time gripes about how Filipinos allow the government to impede on their personal liberties. 

 

The best solution is to get your Filipino spouse a second citizenship if at all possible and free them from the binds the Philippines loves to have on its people. 

 

Incidentally, I believe Filipinos who hold an APEC BTC card are exempt from the return ticket requirement. 

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John B

   I have been asked to show a onward ticket by Immigration at both Manila and Mactan in the past.   More than one time.    Get a cheap "eticket" or one to Hong Kong, etc and throw it away.   Consider it part of the cost/hassell of visiting/living in the philippines.   A little money equals zero problems.   Done before hand you do not need a return ticket to your home country, only an onward bound out of the philippines

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Johnny S

Philippines allow up to 36 months now

To my knowledge there are few if any Asian countries who offer tourists a visa for more than 12 months. Prior to me finally residing here a few years ago I traveled to the Philippines many times and was never asked if I had an outward ticket. Of course I always had one on hand if asked. 

 

Again I traveled out and back into the Philippines late 2016 and was not asked if I have an outward ticket. I usually fly either Philippine Airlines or Singapore airlines.... I think the airlines presume most travelers do have an outward ticket so don't ask. Anyway why take the risk by not buying one....

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TheWhiteKnight

To my knowledge there are few if any Asian countries who offer tourists a visa for more than 12 months. Prior to me finally residing here a few years ago I traveled to the Philippines many times and was never asked if I had an outward ticket. Of course I always had one on hand if asked. 

 

Again I traveled out and back into the Philippines late 2016 and was not asked if I have an outward ticket. I usually fly either Philippine Airlines or Singapore airlines.... I think the airlines presume most travelers do have an outward ticket so don't ask. Anyway why take the risk by not buying one....

 

I'm asked every time at the check in counter. In PH they never ask me, they even get annoyed when I hand in extra papers to the immigration officer. The airlines care the most because it's them that face the 10K US fine for bringing someone without a return ticket. Perhaps the airline didn't bother asking you because your onward ticket was booked on that same itinerary.

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Woolf
To my knowledge there are few if any Asian countries who offer tourists a visa for more than 12 months.

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In the philippines you can extend your tourist visa/stay-permit  up to a total of 36 months

it was 16 months a before

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KennyF

 

 

Again I traveled out and back into the Philippines late 2016 and was not asked if I have an outward ticket. I usually fly either Philippine Airlines or Singapore airlines.... I think the airlines presume most travelers do have an outward ticket so don't ask. Anyway why take the risk by not buying one....

 

Strange. I, and all my friends have ALWAYS been asked for a onward ticket by the airline on departure.

 

KonC

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Johnny S

Strange. I, and all my friends have ALWAYS been asked for a onward ticket by the airline on departure.

It's true,never been asked in 20 years. In the early days I traveled here sometimes twice a year. Maybe I have an honest face... :ROFLMAO:

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KennyF

It's true,never been asked in 20 years. In the early days I traveled here sometimes twice a year. Maybe I have an honest face... :ROFLMAO:

 

Wait, you were visiting?

Did you perchance have a return ticket?

 

KonC

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miles-high

The best solution is to get your Filipino spouse a second citizenship if at all possible and free them from the binds the Philippines loves to have on its people.

Not many countries accept those brown Filipino passports without visa, not even all ASEAN countries allow Filipinos visa free. Therefore, if your are married, it is a moral obligation to get your wife a better, widely accepted passport... :D

 

Incidentally, I believe Filipinos who hold an APEC BTC card are exempt from the return ticket requirement.

Not many "ordinary" Filipinos could get ABTC:

 

• Applicant with business travel frequency of at least three times a year within APEC at the time of application;

• Applicant has not been convicted of criminal offense;

• Company must be a PHILEXPORT member of good standing; and

• Company and/or applicant must not be included in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) watch list.

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Johnny S

Wait, you were visiting?

Did you perchance have a return ticket?

 

KonC

No not always, I would usually come and go as I felt. At times I would extend my visa and book my return fare online. It was possible to purchase an "open" ticket but usually I scored a cheap return ticket at later date to suit.

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