Last updated: December 4, 2019.
These tips apply to travelers exiting via airports like NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila), Clark Airport, and Mactan-Cebu Airport. These are just our tips based on our personal experience, Immigration guidelines, and Immigration officers we talked to. However, please note that following these tips or providing the immigration requirements do not guarantee anything. At the end of the day, it all boils down to your background, your answers to the questions of the officers, and your demeanor during the process.
It’s a tourist’s biggest nightmare: not being allowed by Immigration Officials to board the plane. The trip ends even before it begins. Not only can it be humiliating, it also puts to waste everything invested on planning the trip: time, money, effort, emotions. And with the Bureau of Immigration putting in place stricter measures to combat human trafficking and prevent potential illegal aliens, they may need a little bit more convincing.
According to the Bureau of Immigration, every day around 40 people are denied boarding at NAIA Terminal 1 alone. Most of them had the intention of seeking employment in their destination country without proper papers.
It’s been a highly controversial issue these days with some questioning the constitutionality of the policy , as it goes against a Filipino citizen’s right to travel. Also, its vagueness makes it prone to abuse. But while we continue to discuss this in social media, the bureau has long been implementing this.
Anyway, if you’re traveling to another country soon (especially if it’s your first time) and wish to breeze through the airport immigration process without incident, here are some things that could help:
Related: First Time Abroad: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?
What is offloading?
“Offloading” means getting a boarded passenger out of the plane.
Before we proceed, we need to clarify that the Bureau of Immigration does not have an offloading policy. They do not usually pull passengers out of an aircraft. What they do is allow or deny boarding. That’s why they’re stationed before the security check.
However, because most Filipinos use “offload” as an umbrella term for not being allowed to leave the country, for the purpose of the article, we’ll just go with the flow and use that colloquial definition.
PHILIPPINE IMMIGRATION AIRPORT REQUIREMENTS
There are three things that you MUST present to the Immigration Officer before you are allowed to board:
- Valid passport (with at least 6 months validity)
- Roundtrip ticket
- Visa, if applicable
At the very least, you should have these three. Usually, these are all they will ask from you. Usually. Sometimes, they ask for a company ID and hotel reservation.
USUAL QUESTIONS BY IMMIGRATION OFFICERS
They sometimes ask the following:
- Where are you going?
- What is your occupation here in the Philippines? In other words, do you have a job? What company do you work for? In my past 30-ish trips, I was almost always asked to show my company ID as proof.
- Where will you be staying? They sometimes ask to see a copy of your hotel reservation. If you’re staying at a friend’s, they sometimes dig deeper.
- What will you do there?
- Whom are you traveling with?
- When will you return to 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.
Who are more likely to be questioned by Immigration Officers?
When the officers deem necessary, travelers will be subject to the so-called Secondary Inspection, in which they will ask for more documents.
According to a memorandum entitled Guidelines on Departure Formalities for International-Bound Passengers, released by the Bureau of Immigration to their airport and seaport officers in 2012, the traveler will then be assessed based on the following. (Yes, criteria for judging. :P )
- Educational attainment
- Financial capability to travel
The last item usually becomes the issue. According to the bureau (as told to a news agency), tourists who are more likely to be questioned are:
- First-time tourists flying to a not-so-popular destination.
- Tourists with no steady source of income in the Philippines and no benefactors.
Financial capability is not a requirement, according to the Bureau. However, “a person may only be asked to present further proof for his travel abroad if the person appears to have a reason different from what he has declared before an immigration official.”
Still, THREE to FOUR of the 50 people who get offloaded actually had legitimate reasons but were still not allowed to leave. Collateral damage, they say. What went wrong varies from person to person, but they have one thing in common: the Immigration Officers didn’t believe they should leave the country.
Possible Additional Documents Immigration Officers may Ask For
The key phrase in the previous section is WHEN THE OFFICERS DEEM NECESSARY.
What does that mean? It means you’ll never know for sure whether you will be subjected to a secondary inspection or not. Your trip happening still highly depends on these gatekeepers.
To avoid getting offloaded, you need to be prepared with the right documents all the time.
In case you are subjected to a secondary inspection — again, just in case — you need to prove you are coming back to the Philippines soon or that you have the means to financially support this trip. How are you going to do that? It would be best to have the following with you when you travel, even if you have the truest intentions:
- Company ID
- A copy of your latest Income Tax Return (ITR)
- Certificate of Employment (best if it indicates your salary and how long you have been with the company) or business registration docs for self-employed
The above items should be sufficient to prove that you are still working here in the Philippines (which means you have something to return for) and that you can fund this trip. In some cases, the officers might ask for more proof.
However, some countries might take bringing a copy of COE/business registration negatively, as it’s not something that tourists usually bring. It’s sort of like a damned-if-you-do damned-if-you-don’t kind of situation. My advice is to just make sure you have a soft copy that you can easily access and present to PH officials. You can also see to it that the COE is specifically addressed to the Immigration Officer in the Philippines to erase doubts that it would be used for something else.
Recommended Documents for Freelancers
If you’re a freelancer, you probably don’t have a company ID and no one to get a Certificate of Employment from. Here’s what you should have.
- A copy of your Income Tax Return for the past year. If you pay taxes yourself, you should have it. If the clients pay/paid for you, they usually give you a copy of it when they release the check. If not, ask if they could provide you a copy.
- Certificate of Employment-type of document. Ask your client(s) if you could give you a document certifying that you’re doing business with them. The address and telephone number of the client must be indicated. Best if it also includes the salary and how long you have been working with them.
- Business Registration Certificate. If you’re registered as a Sole Proprietor, a copy of this should also be very helpful.
I always have a copy of those three to be safe. On a recent trip, they were particularly more inquisitive. They asked where I would be staying, what I do for a living, what company I work for, how much money I have. I forgot my ID then but thankfully I had a Certificate of Employment from a client and answered their questions confidently. They let me through.
Here’s the format I followed when I asked my clients to provide some sort of certification that I was working for them. Make sure you have your client’s contact numbers. Best if this is printed on an official letterhead.Sample Certificate Employment PDF
Recommended Documents for Fresh Graduates who are Still Unemployed
For fresh grads who are still unemployed, the best course of action is to find a sponsor who is an a family member. Prepare the following documents:
- 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
According to a friend who is an Immigration Officer, in addition to the documents above, the traveler 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.
Additional Requirements for Travelers with NO Financial Capability
Travelers who can’t financially support the trip themselves must have a sponsor, who is ideally an immediate relative. They should have the following documents handy:
- 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
According to a friend who is an Immigration Officer, in addition to the documents above, the traveler must also provide proof that the sponsor can support the trip. This may be the sponsor’s Certificate of Employment, ITR, or bank documents.
However, note that having the above papers does not guarantee getting through, but it will definitely increase your chances.
Automatic Second Inspection
Please note that if you belong to any of the following, you will be automatically subjected to a secondary inspection:
- Travelers without financial capacity to travel escorted/accompanied by a foreigner who is not related;
- Minor traveling alone or unaccompanied by either parent or legal guardian without the required travel clearance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). More info here: How to Get a DSWD Clearance
- Repatriated irregular workers, in which case, travel may not be allowed without the clearance from the IACAT (generate data);
- Partners and spouses of foreign nationals intending to depart to meet and/or marry his/her fiance without the CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate
- Passengers traveling to countries with existing deployment bans, alert levels and travel advisories and those in possession of a visas to the said countries
- Passengers who stayed abroad for more than one (1) year during a previous departure from the country as a tourist/temporary visitor, intending to depart for the second and/or subsequent time.
Travel Authority for Government Employees
In addition, government employees must also provide a travel authority. You’ll find more info in the table below.
Travelers who are Accompanied by a Filipino Sponsor
If you’re sponsored by a FILIPINO TRAVELING WITH YOU, you must produce an Affidavit of Support with Undertaking containing the following details:
- Sponsor’s financial capacity
- Sponsor’s undertaking for your tourist travel with intent to return
- Sponsor’s complete residential address and contact details
- Sponsor’s corporate registration papers, if applicable
The affidavit must be notarized.
More often, though, if the accompanying sponsor is a Filipino relative, the officer does not ask for it. But if you want to make sure, better have it ready.
You can find a sample of Affidavit of Support here!
Travelers who are Invited or Sponsored by a Filipino Abroad
If you’re invited or sponsored by a Filipino based abroad, you need to provide an Affidavit of Support with Undertaking, stating that the inviter will shoulder the trip expenses in part or in full, and that the visitor you will be under their responsibility during the stay in that country.
It should contain the following information:
- the visitor’s personal information
- the inviter’s personal information
- the inviter’s legal status abroad (citizen, resident, temporary resident, etc.)
- the inviter’s financial capacity
- the details of the trip
- the reason for the invitation
You should also present documents proving that the inviting party can afford to sponsor you. This may be bank certificates or tax documents. Proof of relationship may also help.
If the inviting party is a corporation or organization, you must also include the sponsor’s corporate registration details.Sample Invitation Letter Visiting Abroad
Strictly speaking, the inviter/sponsor and the visitor should be within fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity (up to first cousins by blood or marriage). SOMETIMES, they accept an Affidavit of Support from non-relative if everything else looks good. It’s on a case-by-case basis, so there is still a good chance that the affidavit will be rejected and you will still be offloaded even if you have an affidavit of support from a non-relative.
The document must be authenticated at the Philippine Embassy in the inviter’s country. This is where they put a gold seal and red ribbon on the document. If the affidavit is executed in the Philippines, it must be notarized. In one of my sister’s visits, she created one and had it notarized for a cousin whom she invited. She also made one for me before while she was here, and that’s what I presented that one time it was asked of me. The Officer looked at it, read it, and let me through.
SEE SAMPLE AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT WITH UNDERTAKING HERE!
Travelers who are Accompanied or Sponsored by a Foreigner
This is one of the most usual questions we get: What are the requirements if I’m traveling with or if I’m going to meet a foreign boyfriend, girlfriend or friend abroad?
According to the same memorandum, the following will be subject to secondary inspection:
- Travelers without financial capacity to travel escorted or accompanied by a foreigner who is not related
- Partners and spouses of foreign nationals intending to depart to meet and/or marry their fiance without the CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate
I’m not sure whether or not that memorandum is still followed, but if it is, then you’re most likely to undergo a secondary inspection.
According to a friend who is an Immigration Officer, this is one of the cases that the Bureau usually takes a closer look at and watch out for because of the high risk of human trafficking. An Affidavit of Support/Guarantee/Undertaking can help. BUT not always. Strictly speaking, only a RELATIVE within the 4th civil degree of consanguinity or affinity can support a traveler but SOMETIMES, they accept an Affidavit of Support from non-relative if everything else looks good. The keyword there is SOMETIMES. It’s on a case-by-case basis, so there is still a good chance that the affidavit will be rejected and you will still be offloaded even if you have an affidavit of support from a non-relative.
Aside from this, the traveler needs to 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 have no physical proof of relationship or you’re meeting the foreign sponsor for the first time, you are most certainly going to be offloaded. Online communication, no matter how long it has been going on, is just not strong enough. They will have to protect the Pinoy traveler, especially if they have no financial capacity to travel because they will be very vulnerable abroad.
Final Note: Summary
All these lead us to three important points:
- Have all the requirements: Valid passport, roundtrip ticket, and visa (if applicable).
- Bring a copy of documents that can prove you will travel as a tourist (and that you will not be working or looking for a job there and/or that you can afford this trip): Company ID, ITR, Certificate of Employment (or Business Registration Certificate), hotel reservation (if applicable), the credit card you used to book the ticket (or a copy of it if it’s not yours).
- Be honest, consistent, and confident. If they ask questions, answer truthfully. Being honest makes you more confident because you know the details no matter how stressful it gets. Know your trip — you don’t need to have a printed itinerary but at least have a sort of plan in your head. Where will you stay? What sites will you visit? When will you return? The last thing you want is to appear like you’re lying even when you’re telling the truth.
Travelers found misrepresenting the purpose of their trip as tourist shall not be cleared for departure.
I am currently unemployed but capable of travelling (heck, I look Chinese but not speak like one), in fact I am returning this year to Hong Kong together with a friend who happens to be a first time traveler. I travelled twice last year.
Last year, the IO even tried asking me how much money I am bringing out plus if I have a credit card. I feel like this is profiling to the paranoid (or should I say psychosis…) degree. Is the 2316 last year enough to show proof?
It’s all about crab mentality, few IO, especially in NAIA Terminal 1, is envy because you can travel and they can’t afford it, that’s the only thing which makes them feel successful, to waste your money on your booking, tickets and make you feel down and frustrated. (makes them feel happy) They hate to see Filipino going abroad for holiday or vacation. The Philippines is a nice country the saddest thing is it’s being run by the wrong people with stupid mentality.
The best thing is to replace all the staff especially IO in NAIA Terminal 1 with a new set of people with a positive mentality, it will help not just Filipino but the country as well.
As much as I hate to say this, but this IS true, philippine immigration officers are the worst in the world, mga inggitero at inggitera yang mga yan, they will ask for documents which you are unlikely to have with you (ie. land title), just to offload you, halos lahat dyan sa immigration ng pinas ganyan.
I don’t know if this comment is legit. Please note that this is not about being jealous or envious. This is government’s initial step to stop Filipinos who plans to live abroad illegally and to avoid trafficking as well. Well, I won’t explain further. If you are aware of what’s happening to our OFW’s you should get the idea – it usually starts from this.
First off, these IO is in violation of people’s constitutional right to travel., we’re talking about adults here not minors. The only agency that these travelers has to worry about after receiving their visa is the country of destination’s IO not Philippines.
Yeah.. They should to be changed. A lot of trouble they did. Including my girlfriend. She’s offloaded because of them. What theirs scared of. When stupid person working in a wrong place. They would ruined everything.
I’m one of those passengers na nakalusot sa immigration successfully last week, tulad ng iba i had a previous offload record, a first timer and a solo traveler. I didnt have any idea about how difficult it is to pass through immigration, all i know is that immigration officers in the Philippines are strict. and because i dont want to waste money, i asked an advise, investigate until i found this travel agency Tristan tours and travel. Sila tumulong sa akin para makaalis ako ng Pilipinas. Im already here in Africa. They’re not escort. Escort is expensive. Sa package na binigay nila saken kasama na lahat hindi pa mabigat sa bulsa. First, i called their office, i was told to schedule an appointment first if i want to speak to their consultant. 2nd, i visited their office. Discussed everything with me. 3rd, i decided to avail their package. The good thing is that, they conduct travel briefing to those travelers who do not have any idea about offloading in the immigration, thats what i like about this travel agency. Theyre not just after your money. They will guide you all the way until you reach your final destination. Kudos to them!
Good day !
Ask ko lang kung possible kaya na from Manila going to Macau then Hongkong then to dubai? . Pero may return ticket ako from Macau to Manila. Hindi kaya ako maoffload sa Hongkong kung galing ako ng Macau ?
Government employee ako under contract. Nakahingi na ako COE, ITR, Pasylip and Copy of Contract.
Ma’am please pa share po Ng agency Nayan… hanggang ngaun po dipa ako nakakaalis puntang Dubai..
Hi Erlinda,bakit d ka pa din na kaka alis pa puntabg Dubai?
can i ask where is thatvtravel and tours located?.im planning to go to italy and myil be using my friends house for accomodation and hes invitation ill be using…and as you see travelling in european coubtry is expensive rhatbi dont want to experience offloading as well as this nerve wrecking process of visa application which im trying to do now…hope to hear from you..
hello pwedi po bang makuha ang location ng tristan tours and travel..offload po ako 2x sa fairry and dvo international airport,,,i need your help guys,,,
Mam pa pm po same sa nangyre 2 x offload
Hi bakit po kayo 2x na offload?
Same tayo miss melanie two times offloaded
Anu pong nangyari nakaalis n po kau..?
Ako din po..cnu po pwedi tumulong sakin..
Hello miss melanie.bakit ka na offload?
Hi pls help me what question from immigration it can help me too by not offloaded pls share me your experience looking forward
I was wondering if you can help me out, I work in a gov’t hospital but still am a Contract of Service. Do i need an authority to travel?
Plus, I’ll be traveling from manila to KL then KL to SG and SG to Manila. Will I encounter problems? or should I start from singapore first? thank you.
Hows your trip? I’m a contract employee too. What documents did you bring? Thanks :)
Hi Joseline. It’s hard to say whether last year’s would be sufficient IN CASE you get picked for a secondary inspection. The memo released does not enumerate the documents that can be accepted. It really depends on the IO. :D
hello, i am a filipino. i am planning to go to kuala lumpur for shopping then go to maldives as a tourist. i have no intention of going to abroad just to seek a job.
the thing is, i dont want to tell to the IO that i will be going to different countries coz it might make it more complicate and they might ask more questions. what do i have to do? is it okay to just show my round ticket to kuala and back to cebu only?
*do i still need to be interviewed in kuala lumpur airport when i travel to maldives?
*do the need to check my retrun ticket from maldives to kuala lumpur?
*what are the consequences if i lied about traveling to different countries? *and what are the consequences if i didn’t arrive in Philippines after 1 month?
kung sino man may experience please share me naman po. your reply is highly appreciated. thank you
Hi lee :)
Kumusta po ang trip niyo po to Maldives? Same situation here.. I need your help po because I already booked my ticket Cebu to Singapore for 1 week instead of going home to Cebu . Bali I will be in Sao Paulo Brazil for once month as a tourist .. Please let me know the consequenses din po . Thank you :)
@Yosh Dimen is it necessary to have a credit card?.. coz i used paypal for my bookings. is it possible reason ma pffload if wala credit card?
I had a traumatic experience last month.
I was planning to have trip in dubai. I have my passport, return ticket, visas, affidavit of support from a friend and etc.
I was held by an IO because her reason that my sponsor should be a first degree cousin nothing else because thats the order from DoJ. Thats all and I was not able to go dubai. Is that true?What can you say guys??
tlgang gnyan,at least 4th degree relative lng ang pede mag invite or mag isponsor sa traveller.
Yes ganyan dn po situation q last month..complete documents dn aq tapos d nila aq pinayagan khit visit lng.although andon nmn n lhat ng requirements n kelangan !gusto p nila ung first degree tlga..khit capable ka nmn mag tour!dq alm kung bakit gnun!
Hi Sir Eric! Going to dubai po ba yung experience nyo na hindi kayo pinayagan? Or going Vietnam po?
Sir ano po yung possible requirements kase iinvite lng ako ng Kaibigan ko filipino from Vietnam kase ikakasal na sya. Meron nmn ako work
i am a govt employee, i secured a travel authority to thailand only. what if, i decided to cross to cambodia and vietnam, can i be questioned?
I feel you dear, ive experienced the same. Their reason?because i was an ofw for 16 yrs. Soooo discriminating! So Sad discriminated by my own country!
Guys pa help nmn po! pag ba From hongkong going to dubai di na sila ganun kahigpit or di kna ttanungin in IO? Thanks po!
whats if I’m a freelancer and I dont pay taxes.. ??
hello , same question here. Ano docs needed???
ano ang i.d na binigya mo? thanks
Blogger, Freelance Writer ako, then there was one time na tinanong ako ng BI sa Airport when I was about to travel to SG para pumasyal, lusot naman when the Immig officer asked for my Job. Yun pala kapwa blogger din, ayun medyo napatagal dahil nagtanong tanong pa kung ano iba kong ginagamit na earnings through blogging dahil siya mismo nahihirapan sa pagearn sa blogging… But in the end naging ok naman ang conversation. And it felt good to see a fellow blogger as an Immig. Officer…
What are the requirements for gov’t employee. Kelangan pa ba ng travel order?
What are the requirements for gov’t employee. Kelangan pa ba ng travel order?
Then you are getting yourself into trouble with two entities: the BI and the BIR. Being a freelancer does not excuse you from paying taxes.
haha.. I tell u I didnt get trouble when I went to Malaysia and Brunie
Hi Jcer! Anong documents yung dinala/hiningi ng IO sayo?I’m a freelancer din and I’ll be doing the KK-Brunei route myself this June. It’s not my first time, but I just want to be sure. Patulong naman :) Thanks!
same question with mira. Anong documents yung dinala/hiningi ng IO sayo? My first time to travel sg tourist.
Very helpful… thanks…
There ought to be a process to file a case against the immigration officer who offloads you wrongly – being able to afford a lawyer and bring the case to court should be enough proof for financial capability. As a bonus, it would act as deterrent against idiots who somehow got a job they shouldn’t have at the airport.
I totally agree on this!
Exactly!! I went to KL last week. I am a freelancer so I don’t have a company ID. They asked for any government ID. I showed them two: Unified ID and Voter’s ID. To my surprise, the three IOs on the immigration booth at the time didn’t know what a unified ID was. They asked me if I am a government employee cause they saw a logo of GSIS at the back! hahaha.. I can’t believe those idiots are immigration officers!! My goodness!! I had to explain to them that it is the new SSS id and issued to a person who pays either one or a combination of SSS, Philhealth, Pag-ibig and GSIS.
Hi, my brothers and I booked ticket already going to KL round trip but exit from SG this march 14-17, unexpected trip actually. we stay in malaysia for 2 nights and 1 night in SG. Last time I was about to visit malaysia, unfortunately i was offloaded with immigration. I work as a freelancer few days ago, but I just stopped. I dont have any Company ID to present now since i dont have any work at all, and planning to look for a job when i get back from the trip. Will I be offloaded due to the Company ID i cant present? please help, i dont want to be offloaded for the 2nd time around.
Hi . My bf (malaysian citizen) booked a ticket for me March 23 to April 20 almost 1 MOnth pero wala akong sponsor letter. May possibility kayang ma-offload ako? I have cash and proofs na bf ko sya at father sya ng anak ko. Pls guys give me ideas.
Hi Sandra! How was your trip? Was it successful?
im having the same prob as yours only that I’m travelling alone
we have the same flight schedule march14 via air Asia..
Hi hows ur flyt yesterday????ita fine???
hi i will be traveling alone going to sg this march 13-18. hehe mejo kabado..
Hi gino! How was it?
God bless us
fighting! 😱 🙋 🙌
We are same paano ako mkalabas itung immigration na to!!!
Asking that question about the Unified ID doesn’t mean they don’t know it. Sometimes it’s their strategy po, to see your confidence on how you answer their queries about your documents. :)
baka po bago lang.. ikaw ba pag may pinakita sayung kakaiba alam mo agad?..
The Unified ID is not “bago lang”. I got my ID 2013 pa.. I travelled to KL and SG last year, how can they not know? There are tons of questions to be asked to a traveller, and they think it is smart to ask me what a Unified ID was? Hmmmm…. That’s not right… I think every tax payer knows what a Unified ID is… I showed them my ITR stamped by the BIR and they let me go so I can catch my flight… The sickness within the Bureau of Immigration is beyond curable…And I guess, we just have to deal with it… #KawawaNamanTayo
oo nga. i have a friend sa immigration and kasama sa work nila na alamin ang lahat ng klase ng ID’s especially kung government ID un.
hindi reason ung hindi nila alam. dapat alam nila yan dahil kasama sa wotk nila yan.
Hahahah lol that those crocs doesn’t know what us unified ID or maybe they should also be terminated in their position since they lack of knowledge. Duhh!! I had a very bad experienced from those crocs way back 2011. They offloaded me for the very nonsense and stupid reason, they said that my documents are fake and subject for inspection. I was sponsored by my cousin and they asked me to provide them the birthcirt of our grandmamas. I was like WHAT? r u insane people?! And i am ready to go and get my luggage back suddenly there was this CROC came to me that big guy with big gold necklace and trying to approach me if he could help me and i just give him my back and walk away and report that incident to one of theri superior. They catch the wrong pretty lady (me). They better be careful what they asked for.
unlucky person hehe
Hello Kaye, I am a freelancer too…and like you i don’t have any company id…so i wonder if you get thru and how? I just traveled around HK and Macau bu this time would want to go somewhere else but i worry about being a freelancer now….
I never work in company but I have a government I.D and my sponsor is my boyfriend plagay nyo po mkkalabas ako ng bansa answer nmn po thanks
Hi sis, what happened to your trip? pinayagan ka ba makalabas ng bansa kahit ang sponsor mo is your boyfriend?
Hahahaha. I agree! Or at the very least, if they wrongly offload you, they should pay you back the ticket/hotel fees/travel tax :D
That makes sense, people can’t assume responsibility for a job and have no consequences for their mistakes.
To quote a friend, “It’s better to let a thousand guilty men free than strip one innocent man of his rights.”
True…daming arte immigration dito sa pinas. Andaming irrelevant questions. Kulang nalang medical history, vices, allergies para makumpleto na.
Got business visa from china. Clearly i can enter china for period of time. Sponsor ko po is my previous employer from dubai. Complete na po docs ko kasi visa granted na nga. at nangyare na nga na offload na nga akong si ako. Nakakap***, di talaga uunlad pinoy dahil pinoy din dahilan para hndi ka umunlad. Hayop na mga p******** nila.
Oo nga! Nakakainis!
what if i plan to quit my job and go on a 1 year trip around the world?
i have also question,my husband has plan to come here abroad and he is a pnp personnel,what will b the requirements needed?
As a government employee, your husband should secure a Travel Clearance from his agency.
Oo nga Mr. Blogger. What can you say about this? I’m planning to quit my job first before going on a vacation (but just for a couple of weeks or so) because my company is very strict when it comes to employees taking a leave. WHat can you suggest?
Exactly! Nalulusutan pa rin ng mga illegal. .hmmp
Sila rin naman nagpapalusot sa mga illegal…
it just keeps on going to Google.com cant open it. ill check this one later once i back sa phils. coz i was close to being offloaded last Monday papuntang KL :)
during a trip,I usually bring a copy of my work ID,cert of employment with my salary, roundtrip ticket,hotel reservation,copy of my visa of previous trip.,credit card (even has very low credit line)
also,I always travel with proper attire,have tons of knowledge about the country Im going to and smile to immigration officer
If BI wrongly accused the Travellers they should pay them compensation for the troubles and time wasted and for any expenses na nasayang para sa pag travel hal. Tiket..mga pinamasahe..pinang bayad sa visa etc.
Guys out there check this out. If you /or ur family anf friends are in this delemma
Guys out there check this out. If you /or ur family anf friends are in this delemma
I doubt it’s just 3 – 4.. Probably more than half
Big help tips , thank u !
Kaya nga mga bwiset
Bawal umalis ng bansa ang wLang dalang Droga.
My friend just linked me to this and I’m actually thankful that she did. This made me feel a little at ease. I’m hoping the IOs are nice and fair. I mean, I have all the necessary documents and I have a tourist visa. :) Great post! Happy travels to all!
Thanks for visiting, Ans! And have a safe and happy journey! :D
Hi, I’ll be traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia this coming April, my first solo trip. I booked my flight and hotels thru my dad’s credit card. Though I’ve been to SG last year it was with friends so less kabado and no hassle sa immigration. Anyway, the thing is, I’m just a student so I cannot show any payslip or employment ID, any tips on what will the immigration ask for? Will they ask for more documents aside from the passport and boarding pass?
Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.
Based on my experience: I went to Korea on school season (around July) for 2 weeks. One immigration lady held me kasi hindi siya naniniwalang a student (at that time) will go vacation in the middle of school year for 2 weeks, she thinks na magtratrabaho ako. Lol
Another immigration officer interviewed me. She asked me where will I go (I said Seoul) any specific tourist spot na pupuntahan, where I stay, do I have family and friend there (I said friends meron but I don’t have relatives living there). In the end she asked for a copy of my roundtrip tickets, hotel reservations, proof of financial documents (pocket money and credit card I used for booking everything) then they let me go.
Best advice: Bring a copy of the front and back part with signature of your dad’s credit card (because you also need it to verify na ikaw yung mismo nagbook with airline and hotel) Know every detail of your itinerary and be calm :-)
Hi Criszette. Did they ask you to show the pocket money you had brought for your trip? Can I ask how much pocket money you brought? Will be going to Korea for 1 week and it’s my first travel abroad and solo traveler as well.
What if i dont have credit card only bank statement
Cash + bank statement is fine.
hi. will it help a lot if I have a credit card and bank statement of my own savings and proof that I have traveled before? because i don’t have an ITR and company ID.
This is not a good suggestion, handing over a copy of front and back of the credit card, I hope you have heard of all the card scams and fraud transactions a card can have. You may show but not hand over a copy.
Just the front copy not the back because the back has your signature and the cvc or the 3-digit number that you use for security.
Hi Jame! Maybe that’s what Criszette meant. Just showing a copy, not handing it over.
But you’re right! Never ever give anyone a copy of your credit card. :)
Yes Jame, I am totally aware of that. :-)
What I meant is when the check-in agents (most of the time with PAL) – they always ask for a copy of the credit card since I always travel alone and my mom owns the card. They borrowed the copy for awhile just to verify the booking if it matches with the details then they return it naman – never had a problem with it.
I always book everything on my own that’s why I guess, this is my situation. Unlike if you use travel agency no more showing a copy drama.
Hi travellers! Pwedng humingi ng tulong..i was a frst time traveller going to sg.i was 2 tmes being offloaded due to lack of docs.but now i have the list of docs.from immgration officer..i hve a round trip ticket.i will be stayng at sg for 3 days and 2 nyts. But im planning to go to dubai aftr my stay in sg, what will be the process of it?,is it safe?,
ano po b hiningi saung mga documents nong n offload k ppuntang SG?
Hmm. I’ve never traveled outside the country when I was a student so I have no first hand experience, but what I’m sure of is that having a RETURN ticket will help in case they ask.
Also, make sure you answer their questions truthfully and confidently. They will probably ask for an ID (School ID in your case). I believe being a student can help prove you have a reason to return to the Philippines for.
I hope other readers of this blog who have traveled as a student could shed more light on this….
Hi! We’re planning to go to HK.. Its not my first time to travel abroad. But im with my older brother who is first time in travelling abroad. He is a government employee but he just under JOB ORDER. what documents he needs to present in the immigration? And i am currently enrolled on my 2nd bachelors degree. Is my school ID acceptable? And our purpose of travel is to surprise our mom who will celebrate her 60th birthday on the day of our flight to HK.. Her employees know that we are coming ang they are providing letter that we are staying on their house. Is that ok?
Yehey! I thought they would ask for proof of financial support. Anyway,Thank you so much :)
Traveled around SEA as a student last year. Just bring with you a copy of your hotel reservations in case they ask for it. Wala naman kaming naging problema :)
Any tips for College student who will travel alone?
Thanks for these infos…
matapos magtabaho sa gitnang silangan nang ilang taon, ako ay umuwi sa Pilipinas for good. bumili ako ng promo ticket papunta sa Macau thru Cebu Pac, nang magcheckin na ako, isang panget na matandang babaeng immigration officer ang nagsiyasat ng pasaporte ko at tinanong kung bakit ang dami kong tatak sa pasaporte, sinabi ko na ito ay parte ng trabaho ko na maipadala sa ibat-ibang bansa at ako ay may karapatan na magbyahe sa Macau nang walang visa dahil di naman nating kailangan. nairita ang matabang babae at pinapasok ako sa isang kwarto para interbyuhin daw. in the end, nagbanta ako na sila ang magbabayad ng rebooking fee/noshow fee ko sa Cebu pac pag ako ay nadelay, kaya pinakawalan nila ako. pinapirmahan sa akin ang isang papel na may mga kung ano anong tanong.
hi offloaded din pu aq 2times sa naia terminal 3..kumpleto aq ng requirements mgtour sna aq ppntang macau ininvite aq ng ninang q..pero pgdting qsa terminal 3 isang matabang la2ki ng interview sakin dming tanung nsagot q lhat kso ndi nya aq hinayaang mklabas ng bnsa..as so far gus2 q lng mgtour bkit gnun ang patakaran ng immigration baluktot..wla b taung krapatan n filipino n mgtour s ibnag bnsa..smantalang pg ibang lahi ang bilis nilang pkwalan..ndi q mka2limutan yang officer n yan ung nag interview sakin..ngpnta aq ng clark pampanga gus2 n nila aq paalisin at kumple2 nmn aq ng req..pero nkita nila kng cnu nginterview sakin s naia terminal 3 undw pinakamataas n mtaba..kya wla cla mgwa kundi offloaded parid dw aq..need q raw ng OEC.VISA AT CONTRACT..pnu q iprovide yan eh tour ngalang dba..mga wlang kwenta..
So they just harassed you and let you off? There should be a law against this. Seriously.
Keep in mind that even if the Immigration Officer in PH allowed you to board your flight, you will still face the Immigration Officer of the country you are visiting. They can still prevent you from entering their country even if you have all your necessary documents and proof with you.
i doubt that,hndi nila tau kalahi kaya wla sila pkialam
Di po ganun kastrict sa ibang bansa, basta completo docs mo at authentic. Wala na maraming tanong. Only here in the Philippines, grabe discrimination sa kapwa pinoy!
True! Sa dami nang nadaanan kong immigration, wala po talagang tutulad sa Pinas. Next level discrimination and paranoia!
This whole issue is simply retarded, especially if you are travelling to a country that requires visitor visas such as the US and EU. Don’t the BI officers think that the said tourist would not have been given an visitor visa in the first place if he/she did not have the “financial capability” as one of the main requirements of getting the said visas in the first place is proof of that financial capacity.
Sorry, this is in addition to my reply below. She also had a photocopy of my credit card that I used to purchase the flight, front and back as the airline requested as well since I bought the ticket she was flying on and I wasn’t there. She had enough cash too. Should have been no problem. Valid Visa, Valid Ticket. Offloaded with 10 others.
No, this isn’t the case. I got my gf a visa for the middle east country where I worked, had it DHL’d to her. She had lived there with me before. Got her a ticket from Davao to Singapore, then onwards to Qatar. Nope. Offloaded along with 10 other girls. Money down the drain. She finally ended up going through Manila.
thats a big2 shit!!! immigration officers does not allow someone because no bogus payment was given to them!
I actually had a traumatizing experience with the bureau went I went for a summer trip at Yangon,Myanmar last May 2013. They held me and my friend and eventually got left by our plane. Even with our tourist visas which were esp endorsed by the consul of Myanmar and sufficient travel documents they still deemed as someone who would just try to find work there (omg, if they only knew the economic conditions of myanmar–no offense intended to the country). I kinda don’t get how they base their judgement. I have to give it to our government though for trying to put in an effort to fight human trafficking but it’s quite sad that innocent tourists had to take on hassles with it. Until now, just thinking about facing the immigration again makes me feel weak in my knees… :(
Traveling should never be a traumatizing experience, I am sorry you were not able to leave for Myanmar. :(
i couldn’t agree more. :( but thankfully, our airline was gracious enough to rebook us for free so we were able to leave 2weeks after the incident. got held again but was released for boarding finally!
Takutan lang yan. Angasan mo ang immigration officer. Wla ka nmang hold departure list. Yan ang kalakaran sa Pinas. Takutin mo immig officer by death threat if possible. Pag may example yan sigurado dahan dahn yan sila. Drug Lord nga pinapalusot nila sa Immigration eh.
Di pewede yan, sa section ng BI sa airport, may naka paskil bawal makipagtalo sa BI officer. Pwede mong gawin yun kung nasa private room na kyo at ini-interogate ka na. Stating a death threat will land you automatic in Jail. Don’t just say I know my rights, sila din alam nila right nila, instead tell them: You should not not threat me like a criminal, I am a tourist and I have the right to travel freely, and only a court order will stop me from travelling outside this country. If you don’t have a court order then better let me catch my flight or you will be held responsible for all the monetary and moral damages you have caused. Now, can you call the manager on duty so he can talk with my lawyer. :D
I agree with this. Catching a fight with the IO is not a good idea but letting them know that you are well aware of your rights and that you know what you’ll do when they don’t properly process you is a good thing. also, we have to give it to our BI also kasi human trafficking is so prevalent sa country natin. :)
This is the best possible advice you can give a tourist being threatened by an immigration officer. Thank you for this.
will be travelling with my 9 yr old son this coming april 26. we’ll be my husband who’s working in singapore. we’ll stay there for 25 days. i am currently unemployed. what further documents do you think i will be needing just to assure them that me and my son will be coming back. this is our first time to travel. hope to hear from you soon. TIA
This process is not a requirement and may cost you pero kung worried ka:
Ask your hubby to create a letter of invitation and support. Tell him to go to the Philippine Embassy at SG to have it stamped or “ribboned”. He can attach his SG ID or Employee ID and bank statement (showing balance) to show his capacity to support you during your stay. Ipa-FEDEX or DHL sayo.
Give the doc together with your passport to the IO sa Pinas.
I believe, just be ready with all of the documents: is there a letter from the husband? Kung 25 days sa Singapore, may Visa na ba? Be confident and dress appropriately? After reading all of the comments here. Naloka lang ako.
You can stay in singapore for a month, it does not require any visa if you will only go for a holiday.
maaari tayong manatili sa SIngapore nang 30 araw nang walang visa.
Okey na rin yan na maging mahigpit ang BI kahit sabihin na meron tayong
karapatan mag travel kasi sa totoo lang napakaraming gumagawa na mag tourist tapos maghahanap ng trabaho lalo na sa Dubai. Kahit sabihin pa natin na merong mga swerte na nakakahanap ng trabaho, marami rin ang walang nakikita at kung meron man napipilitan na lang kahit mababa ang sweldo at ibang trabaho, masaklap pa bumabagsak sa prostitution. Sana lang kasi be honest, kung tourist dapat tourist at di job seeker. Kung work abroad ang gusto, dumaan kasi sa tamang proseso kasi kapag nagkaaberya sa abroad problema nanaman ng gobyerno yan. Sa mga taga BI naman, sana maging professional sila at di maging gatasan nila ito.
Nestor, hindi mo ba alam na maramingh kumpanya sa Gitnang Silangan na ayaw nang kumuha ng empleyado sa pIlipinas dahil sa dami ng requirements at kailangang bayaran? so mas pipiliin pa nila na kumuha ng mga tao na nasa dubai na, bilang halimbawa. ako ay naghahandle ng recruitment para sa mga oil and gas workrs, ung ibang Pilipino na nirefer ng mga kamag-anak at kaibigan nila sa dubai ay may trabaho na pagdating sa uae, ayaw lang ng kumpanya ng matagal na proseso kaya pinagvivisit visa. Tandaan mo nestor na kung ano man ang kayang gawin ng mga Pilipino ay kaya rin gawin ng ibang lahi-sa mas mababang halaga. at ano naman kung mababa ang sahod n anakukuha ng ibang Pilipino sa UAE? kesa naman walang trabajo sa Plipinas o magtrabajo na malakas ang kaltas sa tax, di ba? bakit ang mga pilipino naman na nagviviisit visa at di makakuha ng trabajo ay umuuwi naman sa Pilipinas dahil tinutulungan sila ng mga kapamilya/kaibigan nila sa UAE. Sinagot ba ng gobyerno ang pagexit nila o ang ticket pabalik ng Pilpinas?
True po yan. Di nila inisip, sinosino ba yong nagkaproblema sa abroad?di ba yong mga deployed ng mga employment agencies! Kasi mga agencies, di naman nila inaalam if good yong employer na mapuntahan, basta kumita lng sila go na. Pero yong mga naghanap ng work na mga tourist visa, syempre sinigurado na maganda mapuntahan nila. Kaya very unfair, at di makatarungan para doon sa mga gustong mapabuti ang buhay ng family nila, dahil lng sa higpit ng IO na walang mga common sense/ considerations. Di nila inisip ang ginastos nong travelers na naoffload nila.
That’s true..u dont know the feeling of being offloeded..!lalo na kong perang ginamit mo ay inutang mo lang at pinagpilitan mo lang….
Wala namang masama kung mag higpit sila at gawin ng tama ang trabaho. Pro sa totoo lang alam naman ng lahat na minsan talaga ay kapwa pinoy natin ang humihila satin pababa.
Tama ka po dyan. Ky nestor po im sure dimo pinagdaanan ang mga pinagdaanan ng mga kapwa pinoy natin na nahihirapang mag hanap ng trabaho sa sarili nating bansa. Ano naman po ang masama kung mag tourist sila at maghanap ng trabaho, un ay gusto lang nilang umasenso. Alam mo po ba kung ano ang prosesong sinasabi mo, kung di ka pa po nakaranas mag ayos ng papeles pra sa direct hire na yung tipong kung ano ano hinahanap dito satin at kung ano anong gastos pumila sa poea at pag tritripan ka pa eh dimo nga po alam ang hirap nila at gastos na sa totoo lang po sa abroad ay di naman kailangan yung mga pinapagawa dito sa atin. Sa mga Immigration officer naman po, sa totoo lang iba ang pag mumuka ng karamihan sa kanila dahil sila ay naka posisyon kung maka asta sila kala mo kung sino sa airport, pasalamat sila may maganda silang trabaho sa pilipinas. Minsan kailangan sila naman ang pag tripan kung pano ginagawa nila sa kababayan nila na gusto lamang mag sumikap sa buhay na kung tutuusin pwede naman na nilang palusutin kung legal naman ang dokomento pra sa pag tourist. Ayaw ba nilang umasenso ang kapwa pinoy nila kung ito ay may hangaring makipagsapalaran sa pamamagitan ng tourist. Sana sa mga nagpapahirap sa kapwa pinoy nila na mga immigration officer, danasin din nila yon ng malaman nila ang pagod, hirap at kung paano magbayad ng mga nangutang lamang upang mairaos ang pangarap nilang makapag trabaho abroad. Minsan kailangang unawain din natin sila at di natin alam ang kanilang pinagdadaanan kung papano makapag ayos ng papeles gumastos para makalabas ng bansa.
Yes true. Been here in the Phil. For more than 3yrs, looking for a job, daming hinahanap na mga cert. may NC1,NC2 , ewan, kaliit naman ng sahod. Di gaya sa ibang bansa, they will just ask about your knowledge on the job you are applying for. Pag marunong ka, pasok kana.
…ayan…atam din yan
I am curious. Did this happen already with a group of people going out of the country, especially those who are on a family trip? The stories here are horrifying. Don’t they really want us to travel in peace?
malamang di mangyari yan pag family travel, wala naman sila i-iscrutinize kung pamilya ang magbibyahe,
Makisingit po sa usapan. Sasabay po ako sa cousin ko, wife, son & inlaws niya papuntang S. Korea. Frequent travellers na po silang lahat ako first timer. If ever sponsor ng travel ko eh yung cousin ko, maooffload po kaya ako? Currently unemployed po ako.
Hello po – nakalusot ka po ba sa IO? Thank you,
Hi. I am a 22 year old man who wants to go to hong kong to meet my girlfriend who is a japanese. unfortunately, I am not employed and I am still a student pursuing my course on Law.
What should I do or bring in able to pass these requirements?
I already have booked for a round trip flight on may 12-15
and had my girlfriend reserve a hotel for the both of us and my i can only bring 20-25k pesos as a means for expenditure excluding the airfare and hotel.
Kung talagang worried ka, merong legal way of doing this. Have your gf create a letter of invitation and sponsorship tapos tell her to the Philippine Embassy at HK para mapa “ribbon” yung document. She can attach her bank account info (balance) as proof that she has the capacity to support you during your stay at HK.
Padala nya sayo trough DHL or Fedex para you can show it to the Immigration Officer together with your passport.
I am a former Nurse in dubai, n after a year i decided to go back to phils to have my own business. I admit i first went to dxb as a tourist & seek for a job. my query is im planning to have a Euro trip as its my dream to go to France or Switz. Im just worried that IO will interrogate my trip & offload as i olredi went to Dubai as a tourist & handed my job. Help me wid this guys. tnx much!
Hi po, were you able to travel?
i don’t think na maglalakas loob silang i-offload ka kung ang punta mo eh sa mga countries that requires visa, especially USA, Canada, Australia or Europe. etc. una sa lahat, di ka naman mai-issue-han ng visa sa mga bansang yan kung iisipin nilang magtatrabaho ka lang doon. mas madalas na nao-offload pag bansa sa Asia ang pinupuntahan, na di ganun kahigpit and doesn’t require visa (like, paid visa) on your visit.
Just want some clarifications,my husband is a pnp personnel and want to have his vacation here abroad and what if in the immigration they will ask his work,is it possible to declare that he is a pnp personnel?is there any problem with that matter?pls help me with this matter..
Hi. As far as I know, government employees are required to get a Travel Authority from their respective heads. If I’m not mistaken, the PNP is under the DILG, which is a cabinet department, so you get the authority from your Chief of Police or your city director/regional director.
As I don’t know anyone from the PNP, I cannot tell you if this is indeed practiced. I suggest you tell your husband to ask his superiors about it when he files for a leave of absence.
Hi Nyl! I don’t see any problem with it, but I’m not sure if there are additional requirements from PNP/government offices.
Appearance and Attitude. Yan ang mga unang bagay na nakikita ng IOs bago pa sila manghingi ng kung ano ano sayo.
Appearance. I am very casual when I travel. T-shirt, shorts, sweater, and tsinelas ang attire ko lalo na pag gabi ang flight ko. Hindi impressive or mamahalin ang suot ko but I am comfortable wearing them. Napansin ko lang, yung mga taong mukhang naka “costume” ang nade-detain. When I say costume, I mean people who wear clothes that are obviously not “usual” for them. Mag-barong or suit and tie ka kung gusto mo pero kung mukhang trying hard ka, lagot.
Attitude. Be confident but polite. Hindi kasi ako mahilig sa small talk so normally isang tanong isang sagot ang verbal exchange namin ng IO. Kung ano ang natural na attitude ko with strangers, that’s what IOs get from me. I don’t act very friendly and they seldomly get smiles from me. When they ask what I do for a living, I just say what is is and that’s it. I’ve never been asked for any ID, ITR, or proof of income. I normally just get one or two questions then they let me pass through. Napansin ko, yung mga taong obvious na kabado, hindi sure sa mga sagot nila, at OA sa approach sa IOs ang madalas na nade-detain.
The only time na maraming tanong sakin ang IOs was the first time I took my daughter to HK with me. I’m am too young to have an adolescent child kasi so the IO questioned my daughter many times. Tina-try nyang huliin sa bata kung ako ba talaga ang nanay or auntie/kapatid lang ako. Hehe, buti nalang, well-spoken yung anak ko and she even sounded frustrated when the officer kept on bugging her. She was like “I told you many times that she’s my mom! Her name is — and she’s — years old!” Hindi naman kami na withhold pero it took more than the usual 1 or 2 questions for the IO to finally tell us that we can go through. As for HK IO, no problem. He just looked at us and we got our stamps. Minsan mas mahirap pa sa local IOs natin eh :)
hello can someone please answer my question . umm actually po ako ay fresh graduate , may plano po akong mag travel as a tourist sa australia . ive been to australia po once , last year with the help of my sponsor . we had 2 weeks vacation at school so pumunta po ako ng australia for 9 days tapos po bumalik para sa school . tapos ngayong graduate na ako . madali na po ba na ako ay maka balik at ma approve ang visa ko or malabo kasi wala pa akong work and i already finish my school . tapos haharangan ba ako ng mga officers ?
I’m from Iran and I have invited my Philippines friend to come and visit here. I provided him a visa by sending invitation and reserved tickets as well but he was offloaded in airport because of this S*** process at the airport. they wanted to provide affidavit of support also. Should I go to Philippines embassy in Tehran to fill up a form or what/how can I do?
I wanna go to iran someday
Will be traveling in two weeks…great tips. I’m more often than not prepared, but you can never be too sure. It helps also to have a calling/business card ready. A friend of mine was asked for it. ^_^
Woot! Thanks for sharing! :D
Hello everyone, nag aalala na ko ng sobra kasi malapit na ang alis namin ng anak ko (1yr 8mons old) papunta sana ng indonesia para mamasyal and at the same time to meet na rin the father of my son whose indonesian citizen. Wala akong trabaho dahil fulltime mom ako and sa remittance nya lng ang income ko kaya cya lahat ang sagot para sa trip namin doon. And credit card din nya ang ginamit ko to booked our plane ticket. Wala kc akong maiprepresent na affidavit of support dahil ang layo na philipinne embassy where in jakarta at sya naman ay nasa bali pa so tlagang hindi cya makaprovide at sobrang busy rin nya sa business and work nya kaya wala na tlaga syang time na bumyahe pa from bali to jakarta. In this case po ba OFFLOAD na nla coz wala akong affidavit of support? Kng may iba pang paraan para payagan nila kmi makapasyal dun ano ano pa bang dapat kong gawin or ipakita sa BI in the absence of affidavit of support? Sana matulungan nyo ko, sobrang nag aalala na ko kasi sa april 11 na ang alis nmin, and we’ll return on the 20th. 9 days lng kmi. Were not married but were partners for almost 3 years, and we had a son na nakapangalan sa knya. I mean gamit yung surname nya. Give me more tips pleaseeeeeeeee.. Thank you in advance.. Sana matulungan nyo ko..
Im thinking if you could present the remittance receipt. Coz the senders name and the the receivers names are usually indicated there. Maybe you can use it to show that your partner is really supporting you and that he will pay for all your expenses.
Hi Rizza! I honestly do not know how to help you because everything seems to not be in your favor. Try calling Immigration and find out what else you can do. :)
very informative! :)
Maria, you should have your relatives send you an affidavit of support authenticated by the Philippine Embassy in US, just to be sure.
Getting a US visa is the only thing you need to be prepared for. Once you get a visa, which means that you fulfilled their requirements, everything else is a breeze.
The Immigration Officer shouldn’t be asking you a lot of questions, when the destination country already is convinced of your financial capability as well as your strong ties to the Philippines.
I would suggest you go to the US around the last week of November, before Thanksgiving and stay until February, those months have the highest record of snowfall and everything is decked out for the holidays. New York City and the theme parks, especially. New York is truly special around the holidays, don’t give it a miss.
hi.. I will be travelling to Macau.. and wala ako relatives dun.. my roundtrip booking ako. at meron ako hotel booking.. is it possible na ma offload ako? meron naman ako company ID at Government Id.. had my last Travel sa Singapore Last march 20-25 2014, my chance kaya na ma offload pa ako? thanks
Hi! Just want to know if you were able to pass immigration?
I’m going on a second trip to sg this year and I was just wondering if IO’s are picky with travelers going out of the country twice within just 3 months. Just saw that that’s similar to your case. Thank you :)
Hi there.. Hope you can help me..
Ive crossed the border of macau to hk and sg to kl before but my outbnd and return flight was the same. Now, i have a trip this coming july2014 my outbnd will be mnl to vietnam then for my return it will be from camboadia back here. Im afraid immgration might not allow me to travel, any tips or suggestions?
Mnl to vietnam
Vietnam to bangkok
Bangkok to cambodia
Cambodia to manila
just lie to them that you are going to only one country and you will be back soon.. Its effective to mine I’ve been traveling southeast asia 2 months now
Hi Name16! Just show them your return ticket (Cambodia to Manila). :)
I was offloaded yesterday – It is my first time to travel outside going to singapore for only 3 days I have my return ticket, valid company id. AND pocket money cost 500 usd. I used my credit card of my foreigner from malaysia to purchased the airline ticket . I have a copy of his passport ID AND his credit card that I used..he was also going to singapore and we already booked in Marina San Bay. but they ask stupid question in immigration asking ” are you sure you dont relationship?”
why you will be in one room ”??
so who where he is going to sleep.?
I answered NO we dont have relationship
( I am saying truth because we really dont have relationship as bf and gf”
one IO officer asking me ”so you are nurse? maybe your just going to have your exam there”
i replied no
and the immigration office replied
mam sorry but i am not going you to allowed to be in the boarding…
she said i was inconsistent to my statement because she really want me to admit that my friend is my bf plus she said
my friend would not allow to be my sponsor because only relatives in singapore is allowed.
i was cried infront of them and just leave. I am very disappointed. is there anything I could do about this?
Hi Cali! That’s horrible. I’m sorry you had to go through that.
Punta ako sa sri lanka para mabisita un father he is filipino. 1st time ko po kame mag byahe abroad. Ano ano po ba ang dapat kong dahil para d ako ma offload.. my invitation letter ako galing sa kanya kaso walang stamped ng embassy doon sa sri lanka.. roundtrip ticket.. mag stay sana ako n 3 months kasi matagal ko na siya di nakasama 14 yrs. Na xa dun. My 1000 usd ako at ung ibang gastos sagot niya. Sa pabahay ng company nila ako titira… ano ano pa ba dadalhn ko? Thanks
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 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.
meilyn? ano na nangyari sayo? naka travel kaba? saan ka dumaan? manila?
Hi may cfo kanaba if pu2nta ka ng sg?
I’m currently enrolled here in the Philippines as Undergraduate student. Pupunta ako sa Kota Kinabalu next month to celebrate my birthday at yun kasi pinaka malapit at pinaka mura. I’m working as Freelance din sa odesk so dun ko kinukuha ang panggagastos ko, inipon ko sya actually Im travelling na din here in PH mostly every 2 weeks haha addict lang sa travel.
Ask ko lang mas marami ba sila itatanong sakin (IO) kung student ang ilalagay ko sa departure card? Kaya ko naman mag provide ng Student ID at Registration Card syempre enrolled ako.
may hotel reservation na ako which is paid na, travel itinerary, Round trip ticket. Ano pa kaya ang pwede ko iprepare? kinakabahan kasi ako baka mapagtripan ng IO na mga bwisit. Salamat
Hindi naman sila mga bwisit lahat, haha.
I think (again this is just what I think), the good thing about being a student is that they could easily see that you have something to return to and it’s highly unlikely na magta-trabaho ka sa ibang bansa. :)
Hi. I will travel alone going to SG sa sembreak To visit my girl bestfriend. Im also a girl. I’ll go there on October 10-13 . I’m a little bit scared pero may tatak na passport ko kasi last summer 2013 I went to HK and Macau With my family . Im stydying at philippines taking up Aviation in Electronics Technology. Do you think ma offload po ako? Natatakot ako kasi mahigpit ata sila sa mga papuntang SG and Im only 18yrs old. Mahigpit ba sila sa mga nasa Terminal 3? Thankyou :)
3 or 4 of 50? I seriously doubt they are that accurate. I would bet a full 25% or more :p
Interesting article…. I’ll get back to this one later.
Thanks for the info.
very informative. worth sharing. Thanks!
Thank you for the tips.
I am not Filipino but have some friends who are.
I find it just so bizarre that the Philippines stops their own citizens from travelling even if they possess all travel requirements.
How does it feel to be denied exit because your own government think you are too stupid or gullible to travel abroad?
In my country there would be mayhem if the government denied legitimate documented travelers exit rights.
Sure another country may deny you entry because its their country. But to be denied exit from a democratic country because the populace as a whole is deemed incapable or irresponsible?
It is obvious that the philippines government is saying that the citizens are not intelligent enough to make their own decisions to travel abroad without excessive scrutiny.
This is an utterly deplorable situation and yet Filipinos just accept it.
Stand up for your rights…you are a free people.
It would great if they put their full resources against persons fleeing Philippine justice instead against honest travelers
so thankful to have found this page. :)
i will be travelling to Thailand this Saturday, July 12, 2014. It would be my first time.
my foreign bf shouldered the tickets and hotel accommodation and will be shouldering other expenses when already there. he is from other country and we will just meet in Thailand for a vacation.
i can’t help but worry knowing that there are those people who are offloaded for no justifiable reason.
i have my passport, certificate of employment, driver’s license ID (if in case they’ll ask for an ID since i’ve got no company ID), round trip tickets, a copy of hotel accommodation booking receipt, and a cash of around Php15,000. would this be enough?
need your comments and suggestions.
Hi how was your trip? Share please. Thanks ^^
Hello musta hindi ka ba na offload?
You should be fine. :) If they stop you, assert your rights.
Let them pay for the plane tickets. :/
CHAPTER VIII – THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO TRAVEL
offload criminals,mga tao na pupunta ng ibang bansa para itakas yung pera ng pilipinas di halata na di babalik kasi marami pera?? yung mga gusto magtrabaho ng marangal sa ibang bansa dahil dito sa pilipinas ay walang pakilaam yung mga ungas na magnanakaw sa gobyerno kung mamatay sa kahirapan yung mga nagkakasakit
My wife is pregnant for about 6 months and her OB told us that she is healthy to travel, in fact the OB gave us certificate to prove it. Is that enough to prove she is healthy to travel? Thanks
Hi.im planning to go to dubai next year.this is my firt time to travel abroad.honestly im getting a tourist visa but planning to find a job there.do you have any advice?suggestions?i dont have an immediate family at dubai so having a affidavit of support is not a good idea but i have a lot friend,but i heard that affidavit from a friend is a bad news in IO.any ideas?
For a friend, they don’t require an affidavit. They require a letter of invitation from the sponsoring travel agency now. Going to Dubai in the next two weeks on a visit visa.
hi roma, i planned before na mag tourist in dubai this august, were just same but unfortunately there is a new policies in dubai right now especially sa mga walang sponsor (family), yes pede kang i-sponsor ng friend mu pero ang twag s gnun ay guarantor, if ala k guarantor some travel agency in dubai asking for 30k pesos kc ala k gurantor at ang travel; agency kc ang fine if mag over stay k pero refundable nmn yn, and dhil friend lng ang meron k mahihirpn k tlga mkalabas so need mo p n mag cross country pero ndi 100% sure n d k ma oofload depende kc s baliw n imig at s sgot mo yun e
Hello just wanna ask lng po, I will go to Dubai this sept 3 as a tourist visa, I was sponsored by my uncle, bali pinsan po xia ng papa ko. The problem lng po e its my first time to travel. I have my COE but 2012 pa po iyon. And I dont have work now. Pero sasabihin ko cla I have cash 40k at bigay po ng parents ko kasi seaman nmn ung father ko. Then I will show them yung kontrata at bank account ng father ko. Do you think maniniwala po cla pag ganon? Or what if I will make fake I.d, coe and vacation leave form. Tatawagan kaya nila ung company? Thank you so much po
Hi. I’ll be travelling ALONE to Malaysia next month to celebrate my birthday (with my best friend who works there), bale 6 days ako dun. Currently working and studying master’s degree here sa Pinas. Mejo kinakabahan kasi ako kasi solo ako, then I didn’t book a hotel, kasi sa best friend ko ako tutuloy, baka mapagkamalan akong maghahanap ng work ><. What will you suggest?
hi doramode, nkarating knb s malaysia? im going to Malaysia din po this august 29, im so worried about offloading sabi kc nila at s mga blogs n nbbsa ko mas effective dw if my ksma k n mag travel especially s mga first timers
Yeah, actually tyambahan lang. Some IO are friendly and some r not. Luckily, i was lined on a good one and didnt ask for any proof when i go out the PI and went here in Malaysia. Pero much better to have Valid ID, credt card and an invitation letter to prove na mag tu tour k lng tlg dito.