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

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Woolf

As a matter of interest, How many on a tourist Visa have been asked to show a return ticket ?

I for one, have never ever been asked to show it, Guess I must have an honest face :yahoo:

 

 

I have once in about 5 times arriving

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Hy H

 

 

As a matter of interest, How many on a tourist Visa have been asked to show a return ticket ?

 

Most guys come to visit only so having return flight purchased in first place avoids issues. I booked only one way and was asked for onward ticket in Sydney last Oct.  Without proof they would not let me board the plane.  Cebu Pacifik.  

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towboat72

When I flew out of SFO this last trip on Cathy pacific I had a bit of trouble at check in.had one way tickit in on Cathy pacific into Phil but my out of country ticket was AirAsia to Malaysia.girl at counter insisted I could not use that because it was diff airline and was 6 months down the road.

Finally got her to understand all I needed was a ticket out of country,she finally gave in after I ask for her boss

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Vulle Vuojas

If you fly all the way from across the world for a 1000USD ticket, why discuss a throw away ticket costing 100USD?

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ozzee2

Travelling from Melbourne (aust) via singapore airlines to Cebu..they ask you if have a return or ongoing ticket. As i travel on a ongoing ticket, without either, you will not be allowed on the flight, as Airlines are fined heavily if they let you on board. Plus it is not worth the risk at the other end if you don't have either ticket.

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Salty Dog

You just never know.

 

I flew in from the USA a few years ago and had purchased a cheap throwaway ticket.

 

The airlines never asked me anything about it though.

 

Nor did immigration upon arrival.

 

However there were three guys from my flight who were being held in the immigration office for not having an onward ticket. I assumed they were asked by immigration if they had one.

 

Maybe they didn't ask me because I had been there several times before. Who knows.

 

At that time they were allowing the guys they were holding to buy a ticket.

 

I would never take a chance by not having one. It's not like they cost that much.

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ozzee2

I do come over on a 59 day visa, and then extend it for the whole year that i am there :)

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JSL-USMC

In Oct I flew from Tampa, FL to Cebu via Dallas/Ft Worth and Narita. At both of those airports I was asked for my return ticket from the Ph but not in TPA. In DFW I was stopped on the boarding ramp just a few feet from the aircraft. The airlines must have some kind of liability because they are careful about that.

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Jack_be_nimble

 

 

As a matter of interest, How many on a tourist Visa have been asked to show a return ticket ?

 

1 of 2 trips, so 50% of the time I've been asked for onward ticket.

 

But now, I have a 13a.  I wonder though,  with a 13a, if traveling alone would airline ticket counters give me a hassle. I don't plan on future travel alone, but was just curious.  I'm guessing many wouldn't know what a 13a means and would need convincing.

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Heeere's Johnny

Two personal experiences with ongoing tickets – not typical, but stuff like this does happen. Several years ago, I was flying into Cebu from LA. Before leaving here I had purchased an ongoing on Cebu Pacific through a totally reputable travel agency in Dumaguete. I had the ticket and receipt for payment. The female immigration officer looked at the ticket, and said it was not valid. She had a guard escort me to the Cebu Pacific office. There I was told it was completely valid, but, at my insistence, they reissued the ticket with their letterhead, after which the officer allowed me to enter the country. Just last October I was returning from Austria through Bangkok with an ongoing I had purchased on line. It was the cheapest ticket I could find, and happened to be for the morning after my arrival in Manila. No problem – until the PAL flight from Bangkok had to return to Bangkok about an hour into the flight - mechanical problem, so it seemed. We were put up in a hotel, and the next day when I checked in for my Manila flight the PAL agent said they couldn’t board me because my ongoing had already gone on. After much hassle, I told the agent to book me an ongoing to anywhere, and I’d straighten it out when I got to Manila. They relented and let me on board, and fortunately the immigration officer in Manila was not concerned. Morals of the story: you may never be asked for an ongoing, but be prepared just in case; try to avoid female immigration officers; or, as I’m doing, get an SRRV and never have to deal with that particular issue again.

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Fred M

Travelling from Melbourne (aust) via singapore airlines to Cebu..they ask you if have a return or ongoing ticket. As i travel on a ongoing ticket, without either, you will not be allowed on the flight, as Airlines are fined heavily if they let you on board. Plus it is not worth the risk at the other end if you don't have either ticket.

Australian check in desks will always ask about an onward ticket. However I have travelled to Manila from Australia many times without an onward ticket but once they see previous Balikbayan stamps in my passport they let me board. Not within the rules I know.

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JamesMusslewhite

I have been asked and times I have not, but I always have a throwaway ticket. I have to do the visa run in March and I have purchased my round-trip tickets to Hong Kong earlier this month and I will purchase my throwaway next month. I do not see the logic of risking the hassle and unnecessary expense incurred by the man mentioned in the OP merely to try to save $80. For my throwaway I am thinking of Guam and plan on scheduling it for sometime much later next year so I can purchase Guam round-trips and my return flight so my wife and I can take a 3-5 day vacation to Guam. Cebu Pacific has now starting offering 'SuperSaver' fares to Guam.

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tonny

FROM BUREAU IMMIGRATION WEB SITE

 

 

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) official website is managed by the Management Information System Division (MISD).
All contents belong to the public domain unless otherwise stated.

 

11. Who are exempt from the return ticket requirement?       

    Philippine passport holders;
    Former Filipinos and their dependents (immediate family members);
    Permanent residents and holders of other special visa categories   requiring temporary residents (with valid ACR I-Cards);     
        Passports of recognized foreign-government officials;
        Visa under CA 613, Sec. 9, except Sec.  9(a), and 47(a)(2)  where visa validity extends beyond passport expiration date, provided, an embassy or consulate is maintained in the Philippines; and
        Those admitted by the Commissioner on humanitarian grounds.

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Woolf

In Oct I flew from Tampa, FL to Cebu via Dallas/Ft Worth and Narita. At both of those airports I was asked for my return ticket from the Ph but not in TPA. In DFW I was stopped on the boarding ramp just a few feet from the aircraft. The airlines must have some kind of liability because they are careful about that.

 

If you read post #1  in this thread, you would know that the airline is fined 50,000 PHP if they bring you into Philippines without you having a return or onward ticket

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