Traveling outside the Philippines for the first time? You might be very excited but I bet you’re a little anxious, too! There might be a lot of questions brewing in your head right now so here’s a little something to shed light on some of the things you need to know before your trip. (These tips are for Filipino travelers only.)
Every country has its own Immigration rules. Some require visas from Filipino visitors, others don’t. Some have stricter rules, others don’t. It is important that you know these rules and requirements before your flight.
But here are some frequently asked questions that I thought I could answer. Again, I’m only relying on personal experience and some knowledge that I gained in my years of working in the airline industry. Some of these might already be outdated but I’ll try my best to keep them current.
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What are the processes at the airport?
The usual process is this:
- Pay the Travel Tax. IDEALLY, the travel tax and departure fee are already included when you book your ticket, so please check your ticket. But there are times when it isn’t the case. If not sure, check-in first. The check-in agent will tell you if you still need to settle the tax. At NAIA Terminal 3, the travel tax counters should be on your far right when you’re facing the check-in counters. It’s P1,620 per person.
- Check in! Present the Departure Card together with the Travel Tax receipt, printed ticket and passport to the check-in agent. The Agent will give you your boarding pass.
- Fill out a copy of Immigration Form (aka Departure Card). You will get it at the Check-in Counter. Note that you will need to indicate your address abroad (address of the hotel or the friend you’re visiting).
- Proceed to the Immigration Booths. They will be asking questions like: How long will you be staying abroad? What are you going to do there? What’s your occupation? Where will you stay? The key is to convince them that you’re going there to tour and not to find work. When they’re satisfied, they will put a stamp on your passport.
- Final security check. Remove all gadgets and metal items (including belts and coins) from your body. Remove your shoes only when instructed.
That’s about it. It’s a long process and it involves a lot of queueing so make sure you’re at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight.
How early should I be at the airport?
At least 2 hours before your scheduled departure.
I personally like showing up at the airport 3-4 hours earlier just in case something untoward happens. I once lost my old passport and visa at the airport on two different occasions (yeah, I was careless, haha), but good thing I had enough time to search. Also, I like staying at airports. Hehe.
Update: In peak season like the weeks before and after Christmas, it’s best to arrive at least 4 hours before your flight.
What are the things that I should bring to the airport?
I always have a checklist of items I MUST NOT forget.
Here are the most important items.
- Passport – Duh.
- Visa – When applicable
- Return Flight Ticket – Make sure you print out the tickets. When I fly domestic, I usually just show the check-in agent the tickets on my phone. They accept it. But for international flights, you will be showing your tickets too many times (check-in counter, travel tax counter, departure fee counter, immigration, etc) that it would be impractical and ridiculously annoying to whip out your phone every step of the way. A printed ticket will make it a lot easier for you and the people who will check it. Besides, a piece of paper does not need to be charged.
- Company ID – Immigration Officers sometimes ask for a company ID as a proof that you would return to the Philippines and would not seek employment opportunities in your destination country.
- Address and contact number abroad – If you’re traveling as a tourist, get the hotel’s exact address and contact number. If you’re visiting a friend or relative and you’re staying with them, get their exact address and contact number. You will need it when filling out immigration forms.
- DSWD Clearance – Only when traveling with a minor who is not your child and the parents are not joining the trip.
Here are other things that you can bring for good measure.
- Hotel reservation – If you’re traveling as a tourist.
- Invitation letter – If you’re visiting a friend or relative and staying with them.
- Photocopy of the Passport and Visa – Just in case you lose your documents, it would be easier for you to get a replacement if you have a copy. When you’re already in your destination and you’re going out, leave the photocopy in the hotel room if you’re bringing the original with you.
- Travel Itinerary – Make a clear plan of what you want to do and write them down. In case the Immigration Officers pick you for a random check, a printed itinerary will help convince them that you will really go to your destination to tour and nothing else.
- Address and contact number of the Philippine Embassy in your destination country – Just in case something happens.
- A Pen – Yes, the humble pen is important. You will be accomplishing forms.
I usually carry an envelope where I put all these together (except the photocopies and money).
In addition, I have a paper where I write the hotel address, contact number, my passport number, passport expiry date, and flight number. This way, when I’m accomplishing forms, I don’t need to fish out my passport and other documents. I just have one reference page.
What are the usual questions that the Immigration Officers ask?
The questions vary from officer to officer. If you’re lucky, the officer will just throw a couple of questions at you and you’re through. But often, here are the questions:
- Where are you going?
- When will you return to the Philippines?
- What will you do there?
- Whom are you traveling with?
- What is your occupation here in the Philippines?
The key is to answer confidently, consistently, and truthfully.
Sometimes, they will ask follow up questions. Sometimes, you will be subjected to a secondary inspection, which I will explain below.
What is offloading?
Offloading is the act of pulling a passenger who is already boarded out of an aircraft.
Technically speaking, the Bureau of Immigration does not have an offloading policy. They do not get a boarded passenger out of a plane on a regular basis. What they do is they screen passengers and decide if they will allow them to board the plane or not. This process happens before boarding, not after, so this is not really offloading.
However, here in the Philippines, “offloading” has been used as an umbrella term for blocking someone from leaving the country, even if the passenger has not yet boarded. If an Immigration Officer rejects you at the inspection, many Filipinos refer to it as “offloading.” Hence, for the purpose of this article, let’s just use that Filipinized definition of the term.
What can I do to make sure I won’t be offloaded by the Immigration?
The Bureau of Immigration has been implementing stricter rules lately. According to the bureau, every day around 40 people are offloaded at NAIA Terminal 1 alone. Three to four in every 50 of these offloaded passengers actually have legitimate reasons to go abroad. You don’t want to be one of them.
If you want to make sure you won’t be offloaded, you need to follow the guidelines released to Immigration Officers by the bureau. A 2012 memorandum enumerates what the officers must require from departing passengers:
- Visa (if applicable)
- Filled out departure card
- Roundtrip ticket
They usually also ask for your company ID. Then, if they deem necessary, you will be assessed based on the following criteria:
- Educational attainment
- Financial capability to travel
What does the last item mean? Well, in a nutshell, tourists with no steady source of income in the Philippines and no benefactors who appear to have a different reason for traveling other than for leisure are more likely to be offloaded. So if in case you are subjected to a secondary inspection, you would want to have the following with you:
- If you’re an employee, Certificate of Employment (best if it indicates your salary and how long you have been with the company)
- If you’re self-employed, a copy of your Business Registration Certificate
- If you’re a freelancer, you should still have an ITR. If your clients pay it for you, you may ask for a copy from the client. You may also ask your client to produce a document that would certify that they have hired you and the details of the project/contract.
- If you’re tax-exempt, you should still have an ITR. Since 2018, workers earning below P250,000 a year (P21,000 a month) are exempted from paying income taxes. But that doesn’t mean it exempts you from having an ITR. If you’re an employee, you can still get a copy of your ITR from your employer even if you’re tax-exempt.
I always have a copy of both my ITR and a “Certificate of Employment” from my clients to be safe.
For more info about this, check out: How to Avoid Getting Offloaded
Should I present all these documents at the Immigration booth?
No. Again, most of the time, the Officer will only ask for the following:
- Passport (with visa, if applicable)
- Accomplished departure card
- Round-trip ticket
- Company ID
Don’t present other documents when they don’t ask for them. All the other documents are more like safety nets IN CASE you need to prove you’re employed.
Just answer their questions confidently.
Do I need to have a hotel reservation before my flight?
It is BEST to always book accommodations first before your flight. You will be required to indicate the address of your hotel on your departure and arrival cards, and Immigration officers on both sides sometimes ask for hotel documents. Even when I’m backpacking across more than one country, I usually make sure I have booked accommodations on at least my first night in the next country I’m visiting. Again, you could go there without prior reservations but if you want to avoid the hassle of getting asked too many questions and the stress that comes with it, better book in advance.
I’m invited by a relative or a friend, do I need an invitation letter?
In theory, yes, so if you could produce one, go ahead. The Immigration Officers DON’T ALWAYS ask for this, so many invited travelers are still able to make it through without it. However, they might just ask for it if they deem necessary.
The safest thing to do is to produce an Affidavit of Support or Guarantee, notarized at the Philippine Embassy. When officers ask for “invitation letter,” this is actually the document they refer to because it’s formal, legal, binding, and hard to fake.
Anyway, you will be asked to indicate your “address abroad” when filling out forms so make sure you have that. To be on the safe side, be sure you have your friend’s contact number, too.
Is there a show money? How much do I need to have for them to let me through?
I have never been asked to show money, but I know people who have been. I have been asked many times how much money I have with me, though, but never to show it.
My pocket money depends on the destination country. Some are more expensive than others. For example, the cost of living in Singapore is definitely higher than in Thailand. In countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, I usually bring USD400 for a 4-day trip, USD500 for a week-long trip. But that’s way more than I actually spend. In cheaper countries like Cambodia and Thailand, I allot USD50 per day. Again, that has a big allowance.
I also bring a credit card, just in case.
Where should I exchange currencies? Is it best to exchange in the Philippines before the trip?
It depends on the country I’m visiting. In countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, where the PH peso is not widely accepted in banks/money changers, I usually exchange my pesos with US dollars here in the Philippines before the trip.
In countries like Singapore and Hong Kong where the PHP is widely accepted, I exchange directly when I’m already there. At the airport, I usually exchange a small amount, just enough to get me to my hotel. But when the airport rate isn’t that bad or the difference is very little, I exchange more. Sometimes, what you lose in the conversion might even be smaller than the money you’re gonna spend to get to a better money changer.
Based on experience, however, the best way to acquire foreign currencies is still through ATM withdrawal. Some banks collect transaction fees, some don’t. So if you’re setting up a travel account, choose your bank wisely.
Further reading: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Traveling
Should I bring an ID?
Your passport is a valid ID. But Immigration Officers in the Philippines have started to ask for company ID to validate the occupation you indicated on your departure card.
I’m a freelancer so I don’t have a company ID. What is a good alternative?
When I was a freelancer, I didn’t have a company ID either. I would usually tell them that I was a consultant. I always had a copy of an Employment Certificate (which I got from my clients) and a copy of my ITR handy. I never had any problems with it ever.
If you’re a registered professional or sole proprietor, bring a copy of business registration documents to be safe.
Here’s the format I followed when I asked my clients to provide some sort of certification that I was working for them.Sample Certificate Employment PDF
I’m a fresh graduate but I’m currently unemployed. What can I do?
Find a sponsor who is an a family member. Prepare an authenticated Affidavit of Support and Guarantee indicating the relationship within the 4th civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, together with the supporting documents.
According to a friend who is an Immigration Officer, in addition, you must also provide proof that the sponsor can support the trip. This may be the sponsor’s ITR or bank documents.
You’re most likely going to be asked by the Immigration Officer why you’re traveling. If it is a graduation treat, you can say so. If you have a document to prove you just graduated, that can help too.
However, note that having the above papers does not guarantee anything but it can help.
I’m unemployed and I don’t have funds. What are the requirements?
Prove that you have a sponsor, preferably an immediate family member.
People who can’t financially support the trip themselves must have the following documents with them upon going through Immigration:
- Authenticated affidavit of support indicating the relationship within the 4th civil degree of consanguinity or affinity, together with the supporting documents.
- An affidavit of undertaking/ guaranty
In addition, you will also be asked to provide proof that your sponsor can financially support this trip. This may be ITR or bank statements.
However, having these documents does not guarantee you’ll be allowed to leave. They will still assess based on many other factors like purpose of travel, companion, and probability of returning. But the above documents can help build your case.
I’m traveling with my foreigner boyfriend / girlfriend / friend. What are the requirements?
According to the same memorandum, travelers without financial capacity to travel escorted or accompanied by a foreigner who is not related will be subject to secondary inspection.
There is a qualifier there: without financial capacity to travel. I’m guessing if you can prove you’re employed and you have the funds, you will still be allowed to exit the country. Hence, company ID, ITR, and Certificate of Employment or Business Registration documents can be a big help.
But if you don’t have those, there’s a chance they will be stricter on you.
My trip is sponsored by my foreigner boyfriend / girlfriend / friend. What are the requirements?
This is one of the most usual questions we get: What are the requirements if I’m going to meet a foreign boyfriend or girlfriend abroad?
If you’re paying for your trip, it’s easier. Many choose to just declare they’re visiting a friend or just traveling as a tourist. (Not that I approve of it.) You can present proof of employment like company ID, ITR, COE or business registration documents.
If your trip is sponsored by a foreigner, it becomes tricky because it shows you don’t have the financial capacity to afford this trip and you are very vulnerable to risky situations like human trafficking. In this case, you’re most likely to undergo secondary inspection. They’re just trying to protect you.
According to a friend who is an Immigration Officer, an Affidavit of Support/Guarantee/Undertaking can help. IDEALLY, the party supporting the traveler must be a RELATIVE within the 4th civil degree of consanguinity or affinity. But he said that SOMETIMES, they accept an Affidavit of Support from non-relative if everything else looks good. The keyword there is SOMETIMES. Not always. It’s on a case-by-case basis, so don’t count on it.
In addition, it is best that the traveler show proof of relationship with the foreign sponsor. This can be photos together. You might also be asked how long you have known each other and how you met.
If you plan on getting married abroad, make sure you have the necessary docs. According to the memorandum, partners and spouses of foreign nationals intending to depart to meet and/or marry their fiance without the CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate are subject to secondary inspection. You might also want to look at other requirements which may vary per destination country. I’m not familiar with the process so contact the proper agency for this.
I’m meeting my boyfriend / girlfriend abroad for the first time. What are the requirements?
If you’re a first-time traveler, you have no physical proof of relationship AND you’re meeting the foreign sponsor for the first time, you are most certainly going to be offloaded. If you’ve met the sponsor online, they will have a hard time trusting that you’ll be fine abroad. You must have a strong existing relationship with your sponsor for them to let you through. In their eyes, online communication, no matter how long it has been going on, is just not a strong enough proof of relationship.
What is the weight limit for carry-on baggage (hand-carry)?
Depends on the airline so it’s best to call them. Most low cost carriers place it at 7kg. Lately, many have been really strict about it. JetStar and AirAsia, for example, would insist that you don’t exceed it, so make sure you stay below the limit.
Most legacy airlines don’t count laptops and cameras in their 7kg allowance. Most low cost carriers do.
Where should I store my power bank (mobile charger)?
Bring it with you onboard. NEVER store it in your checked in baggage. I made that mistake once in Tokyo, and I was asked to remove it minutes before the flight.
What should I wear?
Depends on your destination. Consider the weather both in your origin and destination. If it’s sunny in Manila and you’re flying to Korea in January, you might want to also bring a jacket onboard. Actually, I always bring a jacket onboard. I just find airplane cabins way too cold. Haha.
But in general, here are some tips:
- Wear shoes that are easy to remove because you might be removing them during the final security check. Slip-ons are great.
- Don’t wear a belt during check in, you’ll be asked to remove it too. Place it in your bag and just put it on once you’re through.
- Don’t wear a watch during check in. Just put it on after the final security check.
Well, that’s all I can think of now. I’ll be adding more to this when I encounter other questions so keep them coming. Again, these are just my personal preferences based on experience. For more accurate and detailed answers, always check with your carrier for airline-related concerns and the embassy of the country you’re visiting for immigration requirements and policies.
Posted: 2013 • 3 • 16
You’re blog is really a must read for travelers locally or going abroad. Keep it up you’re providing great service to us , god bless
How can i convince immigration offices , to bring my fiancee wirh me to my country ? Give an advise what i can do.
Hi po good day. Kailangan papo ba i present ang BC ng momy ko at BC ko sa immigration, kung visitor po ako ng tita ko sa japan?
Thanks Serafin! I’ll continue writing tips and guides! :)
Hi, are you both Filipinos?
Hi po, I am an insurance agent and I have my company ID and certificate of registration. Does it consider me as self employed? Other than that, will I be asked for other supporting documents coming from the company?
Hello you help me. Im planning to travel in Thailand with my bf foreigner this coming September and he Will for everything. im unemployed now so im worried to get offloaded because im not gonna pay my travel. This is my first time to travel abroad.
Hello Jenny tomboc.
Naka punta ka ba sa Thailand? Is the io let you pass in Thailand. What the io question at you.
hi mam planning to go to thailand but last month kaka exit ko lang ng dubai? working here din sa pinas hindi po kaya ako ma oofload?
Hi The Poor Traveler! i searched a lot of information about this.You’re blog is the best one that i read! thank you so much!
Hello po! It’s my first time travelling abroad and they told me to bring my Student ID and School Registration Form. I am a student but the problem is I’m not currently enrolled this semester. What are the requirements that I need to bring with me?
Hi can i ask kung ano po yung mga itinanong sayo sa immig ng aalis ka as a tourist kahit na student ka at kung anong mga requirements ang hiningi sayo ?
Hi. Yosh.wer planning for vietnam this aug.2018 as a group of 8 relatives..ano po ang required? Na d kami ma offload.thnk u
Pabasa na lang po nito: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2014/03/offloaded-philippine-immigration-rules-requirements-airport/
Ask ko lang if I stay more than 30 days in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia do I need tourist visa. Its not my first time to travel but my fisrt and second someone sponsor me in my travel to HK and Thailand. Do you any idea what else I need to present in my case
Malaysia is only visa-free for up to 30 days. If longer, you need to get proper visa.
Hi there! Thanks for this very informative post. I’d like to ask of it’s necessary to have medical exam certificates if you’re going out as a tourist? And also, how much money should I bring for a two-week trip around South East Asia? I’m looking at $600 since Im not a big spender and all hotels have been booked already. Do you think it’s enough? Thanks in advance :)
Hi Vi! Yes, I think that’s enough. Just don’t drink too much, haha. Beer is not as cheap as what we have here in PH.
If you’re SEAsia-bound, there’s no need for medical certificates. :)
Thank you! I don’t drink anyways. hehe
yup same question here, me and my cousin are going to travel to Thailand by october and we want to start at Clark airport.. are the Immigration Officers there are strict? and is there a chance for us to offload? It’s gonna infuriating if it happen,, please tell Thanks .me what to say and do at the Immigration..
Hi Jigz, there’s always that chance since most airlines today overbook. You might want to check in early or use web check-in to secure seats. As for the immigration, just follow the tips above and you’ll be fine as long as you’re not doing anything illegal.
Hello po, my trip is near na this aug 21 which I availed as piso fair promo last year bound for vietnam but will also cross boarders thru cambodia and thailand. Sept. 5 po yund date ng return ticket. Currently my source of income is my online job with a net salary of 23k/month. Allowable po ba yun as employment proof? I booked the ticket nung nagwowork pa ako as a guidance counselor (but only one semester).
My documents are:
Bank Statement (can provide for individual (70k), and joint accounts with my name and my grandmother’s name(six figures)
Can also ask for previous employment certificate
I have 3 debit cards, but will bring only 1.
kung kayo po yung IO okay na ba sa inyo? I’m really nervous po. :< thanks in advance!
very informative.. thank you.
what are the other fees in NAIA 4 going to Kuala lumpur? flying via zest air..
if they need a hardcopy of hotel booking, is it ok for me to print the invoice from the hostel and the paypal receipt?
The hotel invoice will do.
No other fees except the Travel Tax and Departure Fee
Question! First time kaming magttravel ng mama ko abroad (Korea), and question ko is dun sa immigration. Since 2 kami, anu yun iinterviewhin kaming dalawa? or individual interview?
Hi! Sa Philippine Immigration, most likely sabay na kayo kasi family kayo. But I have no idea sa Korea. :D
Hi po, ask ko lang po..i am working as a personal assistant in a private dental clinic so i dont have any ID. Im planning to tour abroad by this coming april 30 maybe in Malaysia or Indonesia. So is it acceptable if im going to show my time card to the immigration officer just a proof that i am employee or i have a job here in philippines? Please i need ur answer. Thank you
Better if you can get a COE from the dental clinic.
Hi! You might want to add that in Brunei, they collect tax at the airport when you get out of the country. We had the unfortunate experience of having no Brunei dollars anymore when we were about to go home (and there were seven of us!). Good thing was that I had a friend who saw us off and lent us the Brunei dollars. I forgot how much it was, but it’s a good thing to keep a few dollars on hand. ;)
So far, that’s the only country I’ve been to where you have to pay something at the airport as you go home. :)
I also have a little (dirty) secret. One time, I got a lot of those departure forms at the airport and brought them home, so that whenever I have to go out of the country, I fill them up at home and I don’t have to stand at the airport, filling out these forms. Sneaky…ha ha ha!
Thanks for this very informative blog, by the way! Will go around more when I have the time. :)
Hi! I just want to thank you. Your blog helped a lot in my travel to Cambodia last Sept. :)
Hi magtravel kami ng bf ko sa SG sa monday.. Do i need to bring b our family business permits? Kasi firstt ime namin baka maoffload kami thanks
A tip to those travelling abroad, who dread the immigration officers: Dress like you have money and be assertive.
Let me just add that government employees even those with GOCC’s need to have a letter of authority from their superiors if they are travelling abroad. Our travel companion before who happens to be a rank and file employee was asked by the Immigration officer to produce such letter. Being a first time traveler abroad he did not know then that such a ruling exists. Good thing was that our supposed flight was during office hours and he phoned in his superior to send in a fax indicating such letter of authority.
I’m a Public School teacher is this require during holiday trip?
Hello po I am planning to go in Vietnam and other Asian countries na visa free. Ang problema ko po unemployed pa po ako ksi kakagraduate ko lang po. Sponsor ko po sa pagtravel ko ang boyfriend ko since these travels would be a big help pra sa visa application ko sa UK sa lugar ng boyfriend ko. Wla po akong maiprepreseny na Company ID or any ITR/COE sa IO if incase. Ano po ba ang dpat gawin.? Pahelp nman po. Thank you
What if job order/contractual po na nagwowork sa government? Hindi po kasi inissuehan ng travel authority.can we just show ung copy ng approved leave at ung contract nmin?
pwede ba na authorization letter lang signed by the department head/ director at hindi ng agency head?? Late ko na kasi nalaman na needed at matagal iprocees ang travel authority kaya baka di lumabas bago ang flight ko.. Iaaccept kaya nila ung authorization letter?? Supported naman sya ng leave form approved din ng director namin??
Kindly check this website na rin
Dipende yan sa Gov’t Agency. Pero sa Executive Branch, kadalasan mga Department Secretaries and naga-approve. Yung mga higher ranking officials naman Malacanang ang naga-approve, as in si Presidente.
OMG!!! ETO YUNG MATAGAL KO NANG HINAHANAP NA SAGOT SA KATANUNGAN KOOO. WEW.. Thank youuuu. Kahit mejo late na tong reply ko. Haha
Hi reSpect po Sa tanong…nag tourist ako sa korea at nag overstayed Nung 2011 ..may record ba nun ang ph imigration?
Hi! Thanks for sharing this crucial bit! Will add your input soon! :)
Hi! My best friend and I are planning a trip to Thailand she’s based in gold coast so we’ll just meet there and she’ll be the one to book our hotel accommodation. If immigration asks for printed receipts for our hotel booking will it be okay if it’s under her name? or do I need to book at least 2 days of hotel accommodation under my name as well?
Based on my experience (again, just my experience), it doesn’t have to be under your name. Also, keep the phone number of your friend handy in case they want to confirm.
I was browsing the internet looking for requirements to travel abroad and came across your blog. Eventhough I’m a frequent traveler, I have fears that immigration will decide not to let me depart to my location. Especially now that I heard that they stricter.
Luckily, I haven’t experienced an IO asking for requirements other than Passport and the departure card at NAIA. They usually just look at you and stamp the passport. Sometimes they ask when you are coming back.
hi . ask ko lang .. kasi i have 2 ticket na to SG ung isa para sa bf ko ung isa ay sa akin the problem is.. ung bf ko .di na makaksama kasi ung passport nya di pa namen makuha within the time of our departure .. kasi this april 22 na dfa advised him na sa april 29 pa makukuha ang passport… may hotel booking na din kasi kame.. so my boyfriend decided na ipagamit nalang sa bestfriend ko ung ticket nya.. so magchange name nalng hndi na kame super mapapamahal.. but my bestfriend and i are 21 years old.. we will go to sg for 2 nights and 3 days do you think the immigration will allow us to leave? anong documents ang need ko ipakita sa kanila?
Hi Nyje! Are you and your bestfriend employed? If so, just bring your Company ID, roundtrip tickets, and hotel reservation. More info at: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2014/03/offloaded-philippine-immigration-rules-requirements-airport/
were going to clark airport by 26May via hkg and we are traveling by a group / composed of 15 pax including my sons aged 15 & 17; unfortunately my eldest son’s passport is still under my maiden name since i am not married by then — we just applied a deed of legitimacy however DFA did not honor that; school records, school ID, baptismal cert and student permit license is under my husband’s last name…if immigration authorities will ask for another ID like school ID for minors? or if the passport is valid then? thank you…
Hi Maureen! I wish I could answer your question, but I have no idea either. Have you tried asking DFA regarding this? They will give you a definitive answer for sure. :)
I actually bought a ticket for Cebu to Singapore and going back, but aside from a valid passport I didn’t know that they would ask for more documents. I am going there for a 3 days and 2 nights vacation with my 3 years japanese boyfriend ( he is not living in SG we will go there for a vacation) but he will arrived in Singapore the day before me since he is in japan right now, which means I will travel alone and more to that I am a first time traveler. As of the moment I don’t have a job and a credit card as well. My boyfriend will be covering the expenses for the hotel and food. Right now I’m scared to be off loaded… I hope someone can give me advice on what I should do.
Nakapunta ka ba sa Singapore?
What exactly ask the io at you and what is your answers. Can you help me meilyn.
I’m going to Malaysia next year and I was only sub-teacher. I’m going there with tourist. I’m not regularly teach. Please can you advice me. Thanks ahead. I wait your response.
Hi, I plan to go to sg also to be wit my bf, I wonder if I need to have cfo. . Nakalusot kb sa in?
Hi, I’m a first time flyer and plan to go to sg, I’m afraid if the is will let me pass if I tell them the truth that il stay at my bf ‘ s house in Singapore. . Il go to sg to meet my bf’ s family. . Do I need a cfo? My bf is a singaporean national..what documents I need to pass through io?
Wow this is very informative
Anyways i would like to share with you my “flawless” experience with the IO
I travelled to Bangkok last week and and was my first time traveling and alone outside the PH. Beforehand i do research on how’s the Immigration process here and i would say it was really quite frightening since there are legit travelers who have been offloaded on the airport
To cut the long story short, i was looking on all the IOs on the floor and have a look on whom i think was easiest i could pass. I queue on this middle aged lady because her face is somewhat kind. :)
And yeah i am right she just asked me few questions like:
First time mo?
Bakit ikaw lang mag isa?
San ka nagwowork at ano work mo?
Kelan balik mo dito?
I even insisted on handing her my return ticket and accomodation but told me my answers are enough then stamped my passport and let me in
Oh diba naka chamba lang ako mg mabait na IO since yung katabi nyang IO eh mukhang maldita, though pretty since lahing koreana pero di sya yung pinuntahan ko kasi meron syang ni reject
may work ka po ba nung nagtravel ka.]
San ka nagwowork at ano work mo?
ano po sagot nyo jan
hi! is this also possible when you are going to hk? i am a solo traveller as well. i am really afraid to io since i read dreadful things about them.
hi flight ko po this coming feb 1 going to hong kong, i am a boutique manager po and i already have my company i.d need ko pa po ba mag present nang ITR or hindi na po?
Hi sir! Very informative blog :) Sir do you have any idea what documents are needed to show to the IO if you’re working in the local government unit as an employee? thank you and God bless!
Hi, this blog is very helpful. I just wanna ask your oppinions, i am going to tour for five days this holly week to SG, my british bf is waitingfor me there, he fixed everything i need. For now i have my passport, roundtrip eticket, hotel reservation,company id(i am a minimum and contractual employee), i also have a copy of his passport and the credit card he used.
Is this enough for the immigration officer? What are the possible questions they may ask? Thank you!
How was it Moniq? Any advice? Thanks
why is it that very few people follow up and respond to what happened for them? is this a good sign or not?
Hi Clark, it’s because commenters are not notified when someone replies to their comments, and most commenters don’t really return to this blog after their trip. Especially when the comments are really old.
kinakabahan ako kasi for the first time pupunta akong abroad at the age of 20 para mag tour, student pa lang po ako and currently taking BSBA, tips naman po para sa mga young traveller para sa pagharap sa IO
My bf is working in macau right now and I’m planning to go there to visit him just only me coz we already have 2 kids and they’re too young to go there and his the only source of our income so what should I present to the IO sakaling matuloy ako
hi lee! nasa macau rin common-law husband ko, roundtrip ticket and invitation letter will do. :)
Hi. mag travel po kami ng bf this aug sa hk. the problem is yung bf ko po works for their family business wala po siyang ma poprovide na company i.d sa immigration. Ano po kaya pwede namin gawin or ipresent nalang sa IOs. Thank you. :)
Hi ask ko lng po ,plan po naming mag vacation sa thailand with my foreigner boyfriend for 30 days , ano po ba ang dapat kung dalhin na requarmints
After reading the article and doing some research, my fear for the IO increased. It will be my first time travelling abroad and the last thing I want is to be offloaded. I just hope for a smooth departure.
Hi Gamerabii :) What happened to your trip? Any tips? Questions asked?
hi, ask ko lang po if 2nd time mo ng mgtravel abroad hindi naba ganon kahigpit ang IO, they will let me pass na ba even i dont have an invitation letter. thanks
hello .. what if for student like me . what questions are they asking . thanks :))
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Some information in your blog is wrong. Airport taxes are now incorporated in the ticket prices for most airlines. OFWs can get a refund.
No need to pay taxes at the airport any longer; unless this was not inluded in the airfare.
Other countries do not collect airport taxes because they may also be already incorporated into the airfare. Take note that in Indonesia they still collect taxes at the airport.
Thank for this informative blog!
Hi everyone….I’m upcoming student modular class ,class start on August….my question are what I gonna write at immigration departure form (occupation /work).I don’t have work.should I write student but I don’t have I’d…I only have enrolment cert.anyone pls tnx
Student. Show your enrolment certificate if they ask for it. :)
Hi! What if the student just recently graduated and doesn’t have work but is going to travel to SG for leisure? What to bring?
Hi, Pau. What happened to your trip? Natuloy ba? If yes, any tips?
Please help. I’m a freelancer, me and my wife are first timers going to Singapore. I don’t have ITR. But she have a business, so she can bring Business Registration Certificate. Is that enough for both of us?
hi what if I have a sister in Japan who invited me to go there and she will be the one who will provide all the expenses and i have a japanesse guarantor, what are the papers should i give to the immigration?
Hi Tina! All here: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2013/11/japan-visa-requirements-manila-philippines/ :)
Hi! Thank you for your informative blog. Just like to ask, me and my boyfriend will be celebrating our anniversary in hongkong. I have no problem on my side because I have work and it is not my first time to travel. However my problem is with my boyfriend. His last day of work is this month, December 2016, and he will be jobless at the time we will be leaving the country, also, this is his first time to travel. We will be staying with her sister in hongkong. What are the documents that we need to provide and what should we say for them to allow us to leave the country?
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Hello, i just want ask what to do with my scenario or if someone already experience this please let me know what to do, my half brother is currently working in the middle east and he will be the one to provide me with the letter of sponsorship, I’ve got my tourist visa already the only problem is that the spelling of the first name of our mother that appears in the birth certificate of my brother and mine we’re different. On my brother’s birth cert it shows GLY and on my birth cert it shows GLE, can someone please tell me what supporting document should I need to present when ask by the IOs? Thanks.
Uhmm my friends and I were traveling to HKG this July, we have Booked thru travel agency , we had prepared our passports and stuff, but Financial capability to travel or Certificate of Employment the agency did not informed us. we will stay there for 3d2n. Is there a chance that we will be offloaded? it’s our first time going abroad.
Hello ask ko Lang po if mahigpit po ba IO sa first time traveler, kasi first time ko po mag travel,..my BF family invited me to travel their country for 3 mos only in Bolivia South America,.and they already pay my round trip ticket..free visa din kasi bolivia,me ron na po ako round trip ticket, passport, invitation letter and yellow fever vaccine..ma offload po ba ako? First time ko kasi, I need some advice lang po.
Hi Katrina, how was your trip? inask ba sayo ang yellow vaccine?
Hi Yoshke and Vins! I am getting anxious about my travel next month to the US for the first time, I just recently resigned from my previous job (about a month ago) and now I’m worried on how to get pass both the IO here and in abroad. Would I be asked for any documentation to present to them given my current situation of being unemployed? and what could that be? I know the timing is off to travel with no job but I badly need to use my visa due to its expiry date and for renewal purposes. I will be traveling with my dad as my benefactor. Please help! :(
Hi, My flight is on June 28. I will be staying in Phuket, Thailand and I will stay there until July 1. I was just wondering how much pocket money will I bring? By the way, Im from the Philippines. Thanks in advance.
how do we send off my brother at the naia T3 airport?
can we enter the terminal with him, or is there another entrance for
the send-off group?
I am planning to travel on November for a 6 day vacation to Malaysia-Singapore. I will be staying at my friend’s house. This would be my first time to travel international, ALONE, usually when I travel, my travel buddy will make all the necessary steps before and after boarding. I regret the time not knowing the entire process. Hindi ko tuloy alam kung saan saan pupunta kapag nasa terminal na. Nerbyosa pa man din ako. Lalo pag arrival na hindi ko alam saan una pupunta ;D
Natrauma din kasi ako the last time I went to Hongkong po, yung immigration sa Clark ang tatapang, mataas kasi yung cubicle glass nila, hindi ko marinig yung mga tinatanong, nagalit bigla. hindi daw ako nakkikinig. How much money do I need to bring po kung ililibre lang naman ako nung Friend ko like pag pupunta ng Lego Land, Universal Studios?
Hi Melissa, I don’t know if there are set minimum when traveling to Singapore. But most developed countries I have visited require around 50 USD per day.
Hello. First time ko po mag-travel in the age of 19. Meron na po akong book na hotel and syempre roundtrip ticket . Student pala po kaya I dont hve any accounts. What should I do?
Hi, Pam. Natuloy ba yung trip mo? How was it? Any tips?
sir,i come delhi to bangkok on oct.2015.then i fill immigration form address bangkok my friend sister.but anyone not recieve me on airport.so i go to pattaya and stay. i did not know that it change address information gave immigration office.please tell me my next vist which problem face to me.
Hi, I’m going to japan this sunday and its my first time.. Just wanna ask if you know the process in osaka kansai airport? My brother explained it to me but I’m stil confused.. Hope you know the answer.. Thanks! ☺
Hi Angeline? What process are you referring to? If you’re talking about the overall airport process when you arrive, it’s the usual. When you arrive, follow the signs to the Immigration. Once you’re through with the Immigration Inspection, check the screens for the assigned carousel for your luggage, go there, pick up your luggage, and exit the airport. Sometimes, Customs will do another inspection before you exit. Just outside the airport is the train station.
Hi im a financer. most likely lending. i dont have Id as well. But I earn a lot. How will i be able to pass in immigration?
Hi, just want to share my experienced first time travelling abroad. before that, i was so nervous thinking about for travelling abroad, because i am not working/ and have no job, ….My only job, was that, i just taking care of my elderly/sickly mother. and i was confused what to fill up the form in my departure card, since i have no occupation..actually i travelled with my bf for 5 years ,going to vietnam recently, and he shouldered all the expenses, plane tickets and accommodations…be sure that you have a return ticket..and i was confused what to fill up the departure card..i Put “NONE” in the occupation space. when the IO asked my passport and the departure card. she looked at me and asked some personal question like ,who is my travel companion and i said that my bf. she asked me if we have kids ,i said. we don’t have kids. and she said that, you have to proceed there.. she pointed out the other side and thats for secondary inspection probably and there was an officer who gives me a form to fill up..and when i started to fill up and almost half had finish, the officer asked me a question, like who is travelling with me, and is it my first time travelling abroad, and where we gonna go, and whats my purpose for travel..and i answered him straightforward, honest and confident. .and then he said that, ok..give me the form and i said that, im not done yet with my form to fill up. and he said it is Ok..and then he brings me to the Lady officer (IO) to stamp my passport..and that was it..and when we arrived in HCMC airport , i thought that we need to fill up the arrival form when we arrived there..but its not. instead we went directly to the immigration, and i’ll give my passport and he looked at it and scan and asked what is my flight..and i answered my flight number and he stamped my passport and thats it..everything was fine..
Hi, I just wanted to seek for your opinion, Currently I am working in Dubai UAE and I will have my vacation in the Philippines on August 2018 and I will return in Dubai on October 2018. I planned to have 4days vacation in Taiwan on September 16-19 since its free visa and also to visit my sister working there. I have book for tour package with a travelling agency including my ticket,hotel and tours. My concern is that I only applied for visit visa in Dubai before and apply for job there, Does immigration will question about it? And will it be a factor for possible offloading?
Hi Cris.. I know it’s 2019 already but would you mind if I ask you what happened to your trip stated above? Because I am planning to travel to Singapore as well and seems like we have the same issue :) I had worked in Dubai for almost 3 yrs and decided to go back home last year. Now, me and my mom plans to travel to Singapore. Did they question you about your dubai travel history? I will really appreciate your response Cris.. Will surely help me a lot.. Thank you so so much! God bless…
HI update po nakalabas ba kayo
Hi! We don’t have a company ID po. Pano po paghinanap nila ano po alternative na pwedeng ipakita?
Certificate of EMployment.
Hi Yoshke, for those who are employed in the government like DTI buit contract of service. kelangan pa po ba ng travel authority un? thanks
Hi stef, i know 1 year na po ung comment mo pero curious lang po ako. I’ll be travelling din po kasi and government employed ako but contract of service (municipal level po). Kailangan po ba ng travel authority? Or my iba pang requirement? Thanks!
Pwede po mag tanong yung ticket ko po wrong spelling I mean pinagdugtong yng 2 names ko at kulang ng 1 letter. Pina book kc ng friend namin yun. Pwede po ba yun o dapat mapalitan po
Hi Stef. Naku, di ko alam pag ganyan. You can try posting your question on our Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thepoortraveler/
Baka may members na alam ang gagawin. :)
ok thank you po.
Hello poh , tanong ko lng po first time po ako magtravel sa australia anu po kailangan kong dalin or ipakita sa IO and boyfriend ko po nag sponsor skin sya rin po nagbook ng ticket ko and stay po aq sa bahay nia , shoulder po nya lahat ng gastusin pagpunta ko po dun, since wala po akong trabaho but i have a small bussiness nman dito sa pinas at stay po aq dun for 3 months , kailangan pa po ba ng show money .please help po sa mag need to bring to show sa IO .
Hi Jhaz, you already have a visa?
Bring your business registration docs. They’re more concerned about your employment status than how much money you have (although it can be a factor too).
Hi jhaz!!! Kelan flight mo? pa share naman ng experience mo kung nakaalis ka na.. Like you first time ko rin mag travel sa Australia next month, Medyo anxious ako kasi baby ko lang ang kasama kong magtravel..
Hi jhaz. Pashare naman po ng experience niyo. first time to travel din kase on december. Same scenario po kasi tayo. Salamat po
Hello, Ask lang po, I’m planning to travel abroad alone and its my first time to travel abroad . What should I do to pass the immigration? Thanks po
Please read the article na lang po.
HI Sir , very informative blog. Quick question sir. My Boyfriend and I will be meeting in morocco to spend time together he is from Belgium, this is my first time to travel outside the Philippines in our Hotel Accommodation is it okay to place his our names together? and when the IO asked I will just say i will be traveling with a friend or do you think I should say im only traveling alone? with regards to documents I have everything COE, ITR, Bank statements and Credit card. Im just worried that if I say I will be traveling with a friend it will open can of worms and I wont be able to defend it. I need enlightenment on this,thank you!
The foreign boyfriend might open a can of worms, as you put it. But if you declare you’re traveling alone, make sure your hotel reservation supports that.
Is it your first time to travel abroad?
Hi sir my bf come and get me here in Philippines he from Indonesia what documents need to Po
Same as what’s listed above. They can be stricter with someone who is going out of the country with a foreigner, though.
Hi! I will be travelling with my friend to Malaysia and Singapore for 5 days (2 days in KL and 3 days in SG). Do we need to declare to the IO na mag cross border kami? Also, yung friend ko first time niya mag travel overseas while ako 2nd time and the first country I visited was Taiwan (with visa) last May. Sabay rin ba kami sa immigration or hiwalay? Thanks for your response. :)
Hi Poor Traveler,
Thank you very much for this helpful tips! I will bookmark your page for future reference. Ciao!
hi, Im traveling to Singapore next week. Do i need to get medical certificate? thanks
Hello po. Ask ko lang po kung sabay sabay po kaming iinterviewhin ng mga kasama ko sa airport immigration? Papunta po kasi kaming Japan this coming april para po mag bakasyon.Actually mga cousins, tita and tito ko po kasama ko. Im 19 years old btw. Thanks po
Hello po, first time po namin mag travel as tourist sa Japan this coming December ng anak ko (11 yrs old) ask ko lang po kung kailangan pa ba may clearance from DSWD at kailangan ba talaga may hotel booking na ipakita sa immigration kasi doon kami mag stay sa asawa ko who is also working sa Japan pero d sya Japanese, Filipino sya. Ano po ba kailangan docs kung doon kami mag stay sa asawa ko if ever. Sana po matulungan nyo ako kasi takot po akong ma offload kami ng anak ko. Maraming salamat po & God bless.
Hi Maritchu, if kasama ka magtravel, no need for DSWD clearance for your kid. Basta may kasamang parent, no need na.
If sa asawa mo ikaw magstay, di kailangan ng hotel booking. Based on our experience, pag inask ka ng Immigration officer kung saan ka titira, sabihin mo lang na sa husband mo. If humingi ng proof, pwede mo ipakita yung photocopy ng Japan resident card nya. But make sure you have the exact address.
Me and my gf are both first time travelers, I am currently unemployed but with savings from previous work. I’m afraid to be offloaded that’s why Im reading blogs that can help us prevent the worst case scenario. We all have the documents needed like; statement of acct, COE (gf only) , Leave form (gf only), Company ID (gf only), round trip tickets, itinerary, attraction passes&tickets..but this is my problem..I booked an accommodation online (pay at the property and free cancellation*) and planning to write the address and contact no of this one in the immigration form BUT we will not stay there. I have a friend working in that (asia-non visa) country and we are going to stay for free at his place for 3 nights. My friend doesn’t want his name to be involved in any interviews or form that we are going to fill-up at immigration that is why I have to falsely booked an accommodation. My question is, Does the immigration calls the no. that we will be providing in the immigration form and confirm it themselves to the hostel if we will truly stay there? Because I have to cancel my booking 10 days before my reservation date so that they wont charge me cancellation fee. Pls help.
Note: Our sincere intention is just to travel.
I honestly don’t know the answer to this. :(
We followed every suggestions, tips and instructions in this blog, thanks to you we weren’t offloaded regarding my concern above, it wasn’t worth a worry po pala. They asked lang kung may tutuluyan na kami and I said ‘yes’ and no questions na. Buti nalang nacancel ko yung booking ko sa hotel beforehand kundi sayang pa yun and thanks to you evertyhing they ask for ay meron kami like VL form, company id etc. I am unemployed but they didnt make fuss about it. Tinanong lang nila kung nag aral ba ko, kung natapos ko ba, what school and sino nagbayad ng trip namin and that’s all again, thank you the fear of unknown has been unlocked Goodluck to all first time travellers
Hi po. I am a college fresh grad and I am planning to visit Taiwan. The expenses are paid by my grandpa as a grad gift. It’s going to be my first time going out of the country. I am unemployed too since I just graduated. I am afraid that I am going to be offloaded since it’s my first time going abroad and on top of that, I am unemployed. Could you share any tips po? Please? Napapraning na ako dito e. I want to make my first time travel abroad a success.
Yay! Happy that you got through without issues!
Hi my mom is a retired public school teacher, what can she write as occupation in the departure card? Thanks!
Hello po. Good afternoon po. Ask ko lang po sana kung okay lang gumamit ng fake company ID sa immigration ng Philippines. Unemployed po kase ako and balak ko mag tour ng singapore or malaysia. Hindi po ba nila madedetect if it’s fake po? Sana po mabasa nyo po ito. Salamat po
Hi Jer. Hindi po namin inaadvice yan kasi mas lalo lang po kayong mapapahamak if ma-second inspection kayo.
I am a student who wished to travel in Hong Kong, ma-offload kaya ako if wala akong kasama to go there just for 3 days with round trip ticket and also mga e-mail confirmation ko na nabayaran ko for tours and my itinerary na gagawin ko sa Hong Kong. This is my first time to travel and ung gagastusin ko is from my savings. It’s like a reward for myself and to find a leisure. I hope you will answer back. Thank you.
Not likely. As long as you’re enrolled and they don’t find anything suspicious.
I am a student who wished to travel in Hong Kong, ma-offload kaya ako if wala akong kasama to go there just for 3 days with round trip ticket and also mga e-mail confirmation ko na nabayaran ko for tours and my itinerary na gagawin ko sa Hong Kong. This is my first time to travel and ung gagastusin ko is from my savings. It’s like a reward for myself and to find a leisure. And also even though I am a student and unemployed we have a sari-sari store dito sa bahay. I hope you will answer back. Thank you.
Hi mika! Same here! Gusto ko ding magtravel sa Singapore alone. At first time ko din. And i’m Also a student. Did u make it? I mean nakalagpas ka ba sa immigration? Kasi savings ko lang din yung gagamitin ko sa pagtravel eh. Hindi siya sponsored ng parents ko
Good Day, po if nasa singapore ka na po pabalik ng pilipinas is the process the same do i have to fill out immigration forms there ?
When you enter Singapore, you’ll have to accomplish a form. When you present that to the Immigration Officer, they will take half of it and give you the other half.
When you leave Singapore, you can either return the other half to the Officer or use the electronic passport scan machines at the Immigration area. No need to fill out a form.
Ask ko lang po nung una po nag travel lang po kmi ng mga friends ko pero ang nagsponsor po ung bf kong korean tapos na offload po kmi sabi po sa immigration mas ok po daw kung kasama nalsng ung boyfriebd ko pag mag travel ok lang po b yun kahit married po nakalagay sa passport ko tas my bf akong korean possble b makapag travel kaming dalawa kase balak po namin pumunta ng jeju island please answer????
And ask ko lang din po if magttravel po ako magisa pero wala po akong job ngayon pero my ipon nmn po ako is it possible po nmakapag travel??
If unemployed po kayo ngayon, may chance talaga na makwestyon ng immigration mag-isa ka man or kasama mo yung Korean boyfriend mo. Mahigpit talaga kasi sila sa unemployed na invited ng foreigner, whether kasama mo man sya or hindi.
Hello. Just want to ask regarding the show money. Is it necessary that it is on cash or bank statement is fine? Thank you for answering! :)
Im travelling to Israel this March to visit my Israeli boyfriend, We want to maximize the 90days allowable stay so we get a tourist permit from Israel immigration which they paid cash bonds for almost half M pesos, everything was paid by my boyfriend. I have the original copy of permit and attached is his notarized letter of support. I read from many post that it should be authenticated by the Phil. Embassy there? I dont think we have much time to do it, is it really necessary? Is there anything else I need to secure to avoid being offloaded? I am really worried as I dont want his money and effort put into waste.
I have company ID, ITR, COE, & Return ticket. I can also show our pictures together with family since he already visited me here.
Your advice is much appreciated. Thank you!
Hi Joyce. I have the same situation with yours. How was your trip?
Hi. How was your travel? I have the same kind of situation
Hi Joyce, I have no idea about this. But our FB community might have. You can post this on our Support Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thepoortraveler/
Ask ko din balak ko po din kase isama ung kapatid ko magtravel kasama ko nmn po ung boyfriend kong korean magkakaron po b problema pag ganon pero ang mag bobook ng ticket ung boyfriend ko para samin ok lang po b ung ganon?
Hi Renaosia, do you have financial capacity to travel?
If maggo-go by the book yung officer and wala kang financial capacity (no work or bago pa lang sa work, limited funds, etc), malaki ang chance na i-secondary inspection ka kasi you’re traveling with a foreigner and sya yung sumagot ng ticket mo.
Good morning po sa lahat firstime kopa mag travel go hongkong student pa po ako anu po ba ang kailangan ko po?ako lang po mag isa anu po kailngan ipakita sa io mother ko po ang mag gastos skin bday gift nya
anu po ang kailangan pakita para nd mag ofload
Hi I am going to ask if the immigration will still ask me about my Hotel booking . Because in plan to my boyfriend plan to book 1 night In the hotel and i stay there 1 week and the second day of we go to another city to visit some tourist spots. Is the immigration will still ask me with the 1 week hotel booking. Thanks
Depende sa officer kung saan ka matatapat. May mga officer na hindi hihingin un pero if matapat ka sa mahigpit or may makita silang anything na ikakaduda sila, they might ask for hotel booking. If that happens, best na meron na for your entire stay kasi medyo suspicious ung 1 night lang.
Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ll be traveling abroad very soon and for the very first time. I will include these in your checklist, especially a document of hotel addresses and photocopying passport. Thanks so much!
Good luck and have a safe journey, Dara!
Hello…i have a plan to go 4day tour in thailanfd….ng diDIY ako lahat ng bookings ko fron round trip ticket to hotel reservation…wala po bang proble sa IO kapag ung hoter voucher ko is galing sa site ng TRAVELOKA APP?…usually mga friends ko n nka try n is dumadaan pa ng travel agency para s mga documents nila…ng seself booking ako para makaminus ng gastos
Yep, ok lang po yan!
Curious lng po ako.. okay po ba e.declare sa immigration officer na mag cro-cross border ka? (e.g. SG to KL).
Yep, basta may return ticket ka from KL.
Hi, magttravel po kmi kl with my niece 14 y/o po sia, nakakuha n po kmi ng dswd clearance ang nakalagay po s clearance s reason for travelling is visiting mother, kaso ung mother po nia n nsa kl e tnt po dati, ngaun po e on the process n po working visa. Ask q lng po qng hahanapan p po b kmi ng IO ng mga papers at visa ng mother nia? O okay n po ung dswd,passport,return ticket at hotel accomodation?
Hi Michina, sa experience po namin, hindi naman hinahanap. Pero siguro depende pa rin sa IO un.
Hello po ask ko lng po ang bagong requirements ng immigration. Pag ngtousist ka..sabi po PSA ng kamaganak mo na kukuha sau at kamaganak mo dto sa pinas proof na makakamaganak po kau. At ung visa po. Anu pa po ang kailangan para hindi maoffload??salamat po.
hi po goodmorning po first-time ko mag tourist sa hongkong ano po bang mga kailngan po qmo pung dapat ko po ipakita sa march 27 po.. ano po ba question ng immigration kapag mag tourist lang po… thank u
Hi Cindy. Please read the post. The answers to your questions are in the post.
hi po goodmorning po first-time ko mag tourist sa hongkong ano po bang mga kailngan ko pong dapat po ipakita sa march 27 po.. ano po ba question ng immigration kapag mag tourist lang po… thank u
Hi Cindy. Please read the post. The answers to your questions are in the post.
Your site inspired me to travel! First time traveler po (technically 2nd,yung first ko with family 20years ago) And since ngayon lang ako napayagan ng company ko ng 2 weeks vacation leave, ask ko lang po if wise po ba na sabihin sa IO na mag cross border ka?
Itinerary ko po is Bangkok to Singapore to Hongkong then back to Bangkok.
sayang po kasi yung 2 weeks kung one country lang. hehe
Yep, okay lang yun as long as you have a return ticket and enough funds for it. :)
Pwede po mag tanong yung ticket ko po wrong spelling I mean pinagdugtong yng 2 names ko at kulang ng 1 letter. Pina book kc ng friend namin yun. Pwede po ba yun o dapat mapalitan po
Hi Sherry, best to call the airline po.
Hi po, approve po ba sa immigration if Certification of employment and leave form po ang maipapakita ko? Magttravel po ako sa Dubai nextweek. Thankyou!
Yep, pwede mo ipakita un if hingin nila.
Hello po, ask lang if I will travel to SG with my bf and a friend. I-interviewhin po ba kami isa isa or as a group na po? And wala din po kaming credit card, ginamit namin pang book ay yung CC ng tito ni BF. Need po ba namin ng copy? And hm po kaya need laman ng bank account namin bukod sa pocket money if we only have debit card? thank youuu!
Is 300 dlollars enough for 7 days in thailand? Also, I dont have ITR but have cert of emoloyment but no salary included just the job description. But I do have bank cert that shows my money in the bank and credit cards. Is that ok?
Hi Mariane, gow was your trip? did you pass the IO? I will also travel to thailand this coming sept. 8 but i am worried ciz i dint have I.D, what i only have is COE, RETURN TICKET, HOTEL BOOKINGS, STATEMENT OF ACCNT,DEBIT CARD. may i ask if yiur coe is ok without stating the salary? thank u in advance.
Hi, DK! How about your trip, did you encounter any issue going through the IO? :)
Yep, COE is okay.
Is 300 dollars enough for Thailand? Depends on your itinerary and whether or not you have booked accommodations already.
Hi po. Will the immigration call your company to confirm employment? I’ll be going on family trip to Singapore and its a package tour. I’ll be bringing COE and Company ID just in case. I actually lied to my boss and told him I’ll be absent because of family emergency. I know he won’t approve vacation leave because of an upcoming event and everyone needs to help out with preparations.
Baka mawalan ako ng trabaho.
I know its bad but no judgement please.
If you’re picked for a secondary inspection, yes, they do sometimes. I know someone whose employer was contacted during the questioning.
Do they pick randomly or just people that seem suspicious? I wasn’t planning on bringing much money (200SGD) since my cousin who’ll be travelling with us will be paying for food. The tour and hotel has already been paid for. 10 people are travelling and we have round trip tickets. We just need to bring money in case we want to do a little shopping.
Just those they think are suspicious based on the answers to their initial questions (and most likely history). It’s the employment status that I think usually triggers a secondary inspection.
Its just a four day trip
Thanks a lot. I’m pretty confident about my employment status.
Hi po! Im glad nabasa ko blog nyo. Akala ko kasi, pag may passport ka lang at tatravel ka sa countries na walang visa requirements eh pwede na. Salamat sa blog nyo! Napaka informative!
I’ll be travelling alone sa Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnman very soon. Im a teacher po. Gift fir my self kumbaga… Kaya lang natatakot po akong ma offload sa plane. Well, your blog informed me about the dis and donts. I just hope my travel will be fine.
Dala ka lang ng work ID. if public school ang tinuturuan mo, check mo rin if baka may additional document na kailangan kasi cosidered government employee yata pag ganun.
Hello po..ask lang sana pag visa on arrival po ba okay lang na ticket at passport lang ipakita sa immigration at dun nakukuha nang visa sa Sri Lanka airport?..tatay din kasi nang anak ko Sri Lankan pero hindi kami kasal,dala ko baby ko pag punta dun . ..hindi kaya ako eh hold nila? ..sana masagot salamat
Hello po , good day , I wonder if this page is still active? ask ko lang po sana for tips para di ako ma offload or are there any chances of me getting offloaded?
Here is my situation :
-I am a student (19 years old).
-I will be alone when traveling
-I don’t have a job but I will be using my money na inipon ko po for how many years .
-I’ll be staying in the country for 7 days. (Thailand po yung country).
-Purpose po ng pag out of country po is travel vacation lang po talaga , somewhat a reward for myself.
-I don’t have a credit card , and also no Certificate of Employment and any other job related documents.
-I have a show money of around $2000 (inipon ko lang po yan , so no bank statements and anything of that sort).
-I’m using an online virtual card to pay for flight ticket and hotel reservations (PayMaya)
-I will have a return ticket
-I have a passport
-Will book hotel reservations (Through airbnb)
-Willing to make a travel itinerary
Is there anything that I am missing po? Can someone suggest me the things that I need to do to avoid being offloaded considering my situation? I would really appreciate it if someone can answer my questions po , di ko po kasi maiwasang ma anxious since it is my first time traveling , thank you po!
How was it? We’re you able to go through the immigration?
Hi Mika, looks like everything looks good. You’ve done all that you can do. But it will now depend on the Immigration Officer na matatapat sayo and how confidently you can answer their questions. :)
On how to avoid offloading, here: https://www.thepoortraveler.net/2014/03/offloaded-philippine-immigration-rules-requirements-airport/
Thanks po , been really anxious for quite a while , your vlogs are really informative and helpful to me people like me , thank you so much po and keep up the good work!
Hi po, na off load po ba kayo or successfull po ang travel niyo?
No problem! Good luck! And have a safe and fun trip! :)
hii paano tanong ko po if magbabase rin ba sa ang mga IO sa bansa na pupuntahan? First time and student pa kasi ako and from ipon ko po tung igagastosko btw Im with with sister po , gusto namin mag Bali
Cert. of enrollment
tapos Bank account
Ok na po ba ang docus na yan? Salamat po sa pagsagot