Philippines Immigration: Tips on How To Avoid Getting Offloaded

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor March 25th, 2019 Posted in Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 106 Comments

You’ve done your research, you’ve booked your hotel, you’ve got your plane tickets—what’s next? PHILIPPINES IMMIGRATION! It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of traveling to new places, but there are things we have to keep in mind to ensure a smooth trip! We’ve created a list of the things you should remember in the immigration for a hassle-free travel experience.

One of the major considerations, when you’re flying or crossing from one country to another, is the immigration process and how to deal with the officer. Be confident. You’re not breaking any law by traveling to other countries. Here’s our list of tips and things to remember in the Immigration.

Tips and Things to Remember In the Immigration

We’re certain that you have loads of queries on your head when you’re going out of the country, especially when it’s your first time. So we gathered information from our fellow travelers in Two Monkeys Travel Forum for awesome tips in dealing with the immigration.

Here are some of the awesome immigration & airport tips that we got:

Check-in online

Tick one box off your to-do list and save yourself a lot of time by checking in online instead of waiting in line.

Come early

Don’t be late! Three to four hours before your flight is the safest, but arriving at the airport two hours before your scheduled flight is good enough.

Monitor the flight status boards

This is the first thing you should do when you arrive at the airport. It provides you with a more reliable expected time of arrival.

Wear comfy clothes

You’re going to be sitting on a plane for hours, so make sure you’re wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.

Avoid jewelry

As much as possible, don’t wear them. You’ll be asked to remove all of them during security. Save yourself time, and just pack them

Follow luggage restrictions

If you don’t want to be charged extra, then simply comply with the luggage limit.

Make sure all your valuables are in your hand luggage

Don’t risk losing your phone, cameras, or any expensive things you have by putting them in your luggage. Keep it safe in hand.

Tag your bags

Just in case the airport loses your luggage—which we hope they don’t!—it’d be way easier to find them with your name and details on it.

Double-check your documents

Make sure to have your passport, visa, plane ticket, and other requirements ready. Place them together in a folder, envelope, or an accessible pocket of your bag. Keep them together so it’s easier to access them when needed.

Don’t panic at the Immigration

It’s natural to have the jitters or feel utterly defensive in front of the immigration officer. But unless you have some funny (by funny, we mean illegal) business going on, there’s no need to panic! All you need to do is answer the immigration officer’s questions honestly, and present documents, should he/she ask you to. It’ll be a breeze!

Don’t crack jokes with the Immigration Officer

It will just make it seem like you’re hiding something. Just relax, and answer their questions truthfully.

Don’t bring fruits

Agricultural produce is often not allowed in airports, and will only cost you hours of the inspection. Skip it.

No bomb jokes

Everybody knows that no one should be joking about bombs in an airport, but people still throw the b-word around. Don’t. Just don’t. It causes unnecessary panic, and, in some countries, it’s actually considered a criminal offense.

Go to your gate

It’s safest to come in early but should there be any new changes concerning your flight, this is where they usually announce it first.

Check the amenities near your gate

 If you do come early, that means you have time in your hands. It’s handy to know the restaurants or stores near your gate, where you can walk around and entertain yourself for a while.

Go window shopping

With your departure time in mind, go take a lot of walks. You’ll be sitting for a long time, so you might as well stretch and walk around while you can.

Check your first aid kit

Yes! You should always bring a first aid kit—nothing fancy, just the usual band aids and the medicine you take when you, say, have an allergy attack. This is often overlooked but it’s necessary to have your medicines with you, just in case. If you have prescribed meds, it’s best to bring the prescription.

Limit the liquid

Don’t drink too much water, especially when your departure time is nearing. Save yourself the hassle of always standing up and using the toilet every now and then while on the plane.

Charge your power banks

You’ll probably spend a lot of time listening to music and/or playing games on your phone. It’s best to make sure that all your power banks are fully charged so that you won’t have to worry about an empty battery.

Keep your information protected

When using the airport Wi-Fi, note that it is a public Wi-Fi. This means that you should limit the personal information that you share while using public Wi-Fi.

Refill empty bottles

You can save up by bringing empty bottles, and refilling it at the water fountains at the airport. Plus, staying hydrated actually helps you avoid jet lag.

Be nice

Don’t let the airport stress and the long queue get to you. Always be friendly and polite, especially to the airport crews.

Enjoy the airport

Explore amenities. Head to the bar for a drink. Talk to people. Watch people. You have time to spare so walk around but don’t stray too far from your gate. If you do, remember your way back to your gate.

Sync yourself

Match the time on your phone clock or wristwatch with the time in your destination before you board the plane. If it’s night time where you’re going, try sleeping during your flight to avoid jet lag.

Have fun!

Arriving at the airport is the start of your travel experience!

There you have it, so fret no more as these awesome tips are proven effective by our lovely members! Happy travels!

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106 thoughts on “Philippines Immigration: Tips on How To Avoid Getting Offloaded

  1. Hello po. Is it better to travel with friends international or alone. Mas strikto po ba ang IO pag may kasama ka or dapat mag isa ka Lang?

  2. Hi, thanks for the amazing work that you do! Question: I’ll be travelling to Chile in November for an official cultural activity. I plan to travel around South America and visit visa-free countries (Brazil, Peru are priorities) after the official activity in Chile for around 3 months. Wondering how to go about booking the return flight since I still don’t know when exactly and where my point of departure will be but I know the Phil Immigrations require roundtrip tickets right? May I know what your experience was when you travelled around SA? I read in one of your entries that you didn’t use the return ticket you booked? Shall I just book a return flight for Immigration purposes even if I’m not sure yet if I’ll be able to use that exact ticket? Any advice? Thanks so much!

  3. Hi Everyone, I am planning to travel to Malaysia for tour, from Philippines. I will have my return ticket and hotel booking with me and will also be having one or two tour bookings. I used to work before abroad, is there any chance that i will be getting offloaded.

  4. Hi, my Australian bf invited me for a one week holiday in Sydney and he wanted me to stay in his place and cover my accommodation but our problem is we haven’t meet yet so I cannot show any pictures of us together. Although he is willing to send invitation letter and affidavit of support. If I cannot show pictures will that be a problem? am i gonna be offloaded?

  5. Hi, i would like to ask for your help and opinion. We are travelling to HongKong this coming January2020. Me my husband our 4yrs old daughter and my Mom. My husband will be the one shouldering our expenses. And I’m not employed. And our family business registration is named under his father. What other option can we do? And my Mom is already a Senior. What other documents does she need to show the immigration if we are going to shoulder the expenses for her? Thank you

    1. Hello po mg tourist ako this coming dec 14, 2019..ask k lng po ok lng po b yung hotel booking ay binook k sa isang application?ung tiket ko po purchase sa ibang bnsa dpo b ako mkwestiyon? may credit card nmn po ako

  6. Hello po planning to travel sa malaysia po first time to travel abroad. Nagwowork po ako sa family business namin. Pwde ba na ang ipakita sa IO is yung business permit na nakapangalan sa grandmother ko? Please help po. TIA

    1. I have the same question. Hope anyone could answer. Also, what should I write for the “occupation” part on the departure card? Thank you!

  7. Hello po. First time traveller po and I’m still a student. I’m travelling with my friend and ano pong kailangan namin to avoid being offloaded

  8. Hi po Its my first time to travel outside Philippines i will travel to hong kong this November but my question is Kailangan ba may bank account? Or proof that you are a regular employed? And my bf book our hotel with his name Tapos sa hongkong lang Kami magkita. Is Its OK?

  9. hi good day… im travelling alone, solo traveller for hongkong for 10days. for vacation. just diy itenerary.. im a Filipino, male, 34 y.o., employed in private sector. i have a confirmed booking ticket with return flight and hotel reservation for my 10days stay.. what docs should i prepare for immigration? should i have large pocket money? or IO would ask for it? what should i prepare for I.O? thank you AND MORE POWER

  10. Hello! I am a British national flying from London to Manila and then on to Pagadian to visit my girlfriend and family. With reverse route 3 weeks later. Am I likely to encounter any possible difficulties at immigration or does this usually only apply to Filipinos travelling out of the Philippines? I went to Davao via Cebu last year with no problems. Many thanks

      1. You should both go through the “Foreigners” immigration lane together at the airport when you are leaving the Philippines, she should go to the immigration official first, you will be behind her if she needs any support.
        Hope she has a passport!

  11. Hi im going to go india for one month vacation before I go back my work abroad…do possible I can stay india in one month for just sight seeing meeting my friends and exploring the beautiful place of india…

  12. Hi! I will be traveling to Singapore to visit a friend. My concern is that I am working in a government office but as a contractual. I am aware that government employee should secure a travel authority from their respective office before traveling abroad but as a contractual it is not possible to have. However, I have been informed that the process of securing such document is quite tedious. Now, considering that I have to secure a COE from our office as one of the requirements, the problem is their suggesting that i should go as private not as gov. employee. Any suggestion po??

    1. Hi Maria, may I know what you did in your situation? I have the same case as you. Contractual govt employee din ako. I’m quite confused on what to declare.

  13. Hi po. March 07 po ung flight ko sa South Korea , korean embassy allow me 20days stay there. Nagbook na din ako ticket for 20days. Yung korean bf ko yung magshoshoulder lahat pagdating ko dun, employed ako for 2years. ano ano po ba mga need ko ipakita sa IO? TIA.

  14. Hi, hope anyone can help me. I will be travelling Myanmar Laos this coming October 2019. It’s my second time travelling abroad (first was US but it’s work related). I’m a bit nervous, I lost my passport (with US Visa – single entry lang naman) and I got new passport naman last year, does it matter ba sa IOs? or kung may bearing ba na ung passport na gagamitin ko is first time ko gagamitin paglabas ng bansa. I have my tickets na din, itinerary and hotel accommodation. What are the other things that I need to prepare. Need din ba na may laman ung bank account mo? If yes, how much dapat. Hope anyone can help me, it’ my first time kasi nagagala abroad and I’m travelling with friends.

  15. Hello ! I’am planning to go in Singapore Next month for 3days(Friday after work – Sunday) but the thing is i am still not a regular employee so i can’t get a vacation leave and also a documents that might need in immigration. what will be the alternate documents should be prepare in immigration ? And also, What will happen if i declare to IO that i will stay in my Friend’s house instead of staying at hotel ?

    Thank You !

  16. Ask ko lang po if you are going to travel first time in australia for 3 months with visa approved and return ticket pero unemployed ka na and you just recently resigned and kasama mo boyfriend mo, possible pa rin po ba maoffload ka?

    Thanks po sa sasagot

    Ariel

  17. Mag tra travel po ako next week sa Uzbekistan for a visit/ business visa . Meron akong LOI , returned flight tikets at hotel confirmation sa Tashkent . Ano -ano po ba ang mga hahanapin / kakailanganin sa Philippine immigration

  18. Ask ko lang po mga requirements kakailanganin / hahanapin ng immigration sa pilipinas to travel sa UZBEKISTAN for business trip/visa . Meron na akong LOI , Returned flight tikets , hotel booking confirmation

  19. Hi just wanna ask, I am planning to travel to 3 countries Indonesia , Malaysia and Singapore the thing is from here in Philippines ill be booking one-way flight to Indonesia and from Indonesia to Malaysia then to Singapore return flight to the Philippines is from Singapore na is it okay?

  20. Hi! It will be my first time to travel abroad this end of Nov, I will be going to Malaysia. I have everything planned out. I booked and paid hotel accommodation, attraction tickets,and of course return ticket.

    I am not yet working, and this is a graduation gift from my family.

    I am really worried ngayon palang kasi I read na IOs get a little bit more strict if unemployed? Please give me some advice. Thank you!

    1. Hi Neil. Ano nangyari sa travel mo? Same case kasi tayo. Naka pag travel ka ba? Any advise for me? thank You.

  21. bukas naka schedule flight namin ng fiance ko at family nya sa singapore, na denied na ako nung june sa travel ko sana sa malaysia. ngayon si fiance kasi nag su support sakin in everything and i dont work. im 29 yrs old and nag aaral pa din. gastos naman lahat ng mother nya sinama lang kami. ma question or hold kaya kami for financial issues? thank you

    1. hi! may i know the reason why you got denied nung travel mo sana sa Malaysia? Im kind of nervous kasi first time ko magtravel sa end of nov and my destination is Malaysia. I dont have work pa rin and graduation gift sakin to. Thank you!

  22. Hello ! First time kong pupunta ng Singapore (at mag-isa), next month. Ang purpose ng is para maghanap ng job doon , meron kasi akong tito na engineer din doon at dun na sila nakatita ng kanyang pamilya, sabi niya he can give me a invitation letter as dagdag sa documents ko, ang problem ko is hindi ba ako gaano sisitahin ng IO kung wala akong booked hotel kasi doon naman ako tutuloy sa tito ko ? 🙂

  23. Hi, Mag-travel kami papuntang Vietnam and Thailand this Sept. 2018 and it’s our first time to travel abroad. 6 years working na ako. I have COE with compensation details and Company ID, of course with Roundtrip tickets for both countries and hotel accommodations. Would that suffice for me to pass the immigration?

  24. Hi

    I am going to Singapore alone and first time ko po mg travel abroad. I am working online so I cannot provide a ITR but, I can present my COE aside from passport, hotel booking and return flight ticket. As for the scheduled itinerary, is it best kung mag purchase ng ticket sa mga activities on Klook or pwede na hindi written daily activities na lang? I was thinking kasi baka ma offload sayang naman yung ticket na babayaran ko sa Klook tas ma-t-TY lang. Pero naisip ko rin na baka mas malaki yung chance na makalampas sa IO if meron ng confirmed/paid activities para maniwala talaga sila na mg to-tour lang talaga ako doon. My flight will be on Aug 30-Sept 2.

    1. Hi 3GS, I think we have same concern,i am also working online as hb teacher i dont have company i.d, and itr which i am planning to apply in the bir. Whay i only have is the roundtrip ticket, hotel bookings, coe, debit card i used to booked my ticket and hotel. And I also secure a affidavit of financial support incase they question my financial capabilities, for back up purpose. This is my first time to travel international and alone.
      Is the docs. that i have is enough to pass in the IO?

    2. Same here! Any tips po? First time ko magtatravel out of the country. Pero yung boyfriend ko nakarating na sya sa Malaysia with his Fam. Wanted to ask if ano kaya hihingin requirements sakin sa Immig 🙁 Natatakot po ako eh. Since first time nga, ung iba kasi kinukunan ng mga valid ID’s. I only have Birth Certificate, Philhealht and TIN card with me plus company id and passport. Hope you could help thanks!

      1. THEY WILL ASK YOU SOME QUESTIONS LIKE, HOW LONG YOU WILL STAY SO YOU NEED TO PRESENT A ROUND TRIP TICKET. WHERE ARE U GOING TO STAY? WHAT IS YOUR JOB AND/OR YOUR DESIGNATION? YOU JUST NEED TO PROVE THAT YOU WILL COMING BACK.

  25. hi me and my friend are travelling manila to hong kong this september 2018, i will just tur n18 this august and by sept i’ll be legal to travel abroad. i’m just student , what requirements do I need?

  26. Hello po Goodafternoon.

    I have planned to go sana to Thailand this Aug. 2018 ( tjis is 1st time to go international tour)

    pero kakaresign ko lang sa Work ko kasi naglipatan ng office from caloocan to taguig so idecided na mag resign. eto lang pong July 6. ngayun po wala na kong mga company ID kasi for clearance na sya. and nakakuha na din ako ng COE sa next na pag aapplyan ko dito sa Pinas.

    Now pong may plano ako mag Thailand. as tourist magamit ko man lang yung mga backpay pati last na payroll ko.

    di po ba ako ma ooffload sa io if ma ask nila ung about sa company ID and Im sure naman po na makakabalik ako ng pinas with return ticket?

    Ano po possible na gawin ko if hanapan ako ng I.O ng company ID ngayun wala na po ako work. ?

    1. Hi frances. We have the same concern. Pero this october pa ang travel ko to taiwan. And my 2nd time to travel abroad. What happen sa trip mo,nakaalos ka ba? Any tip or advice? Thanks.

  27. Hi! My bf and I are planning to go to singapore or malaysia and he is the one who will shoulder about financial such as ticket and hotel etc. Im working as VA and just started this month. Im worried about the immigration that they might ask for my job and any certification. Do I need to have papers for that?

  28. Hi I badly need a help, My Fiancé and I planned for Malaysia this August 2018 but the problem is that I am unemployed at this moment. My Fiancé is the one whose going to finance all of our expenses but she lives in the US while I live in the PH atm. What documents I need to pass the IO? Thank you.

  29. hi!! me and my family (Mother and 2 older sisters) will be traveling to HongKong this August 2018.
    Our Flight and Hotel reservations are already paid. We are doing/having our own City Tours/itinerary (DIY). We have a returning flight.

    I’m worried because I just resigned from my previous job last JUNE 2018 and wasn’t able to find a new job until now. My sisters are employed.

    question:

    1. Should I declare or put that I’m unemployed? Will the IO ask so many questions?
    2. What should I answer to the IO, so that they will have no doubts about me returning to Philippines.
    3. Do I need to bring additional documents as proof? if so, what documents?

    *additional question; my mother is a housewife so she is also unemployed, will there be a problem for her as well?
    thank you in advance for your answers. 😀

    1. Hi Jenn, based on my experience in the IO here in the Philippines, if you are travelling with your family and you can provide that you have sufficient fund/s, there will be no problem on that. When I told the IO that I am going with the family he only asks me when will we be back in the PH and then that’s it he put a stamp on my passport. Actually its much harder to pass through the immigration when you are travelling alone than travelling with the fam. But just in case, bring a printed copy of the paid hotel reservation and company ID of your sisters who are working 🙂
      P.S We went to Macau this January 2018

  30. Hello po. Pa advice po, pupunta ako nang Singapore 1st time at mag isa lng ako mg byahe, tapos ito po ang mga docs. ko, passport, hotel booking, roundtrip ticket,at schedule iterinary. Ang tanong ko po, merami pba cla mga katanungan sa akin? Baka ma offload ako kasi ako lng mg isa mg byahe. Pru pg dating ko sa SG merun ako friend ko doon na mg guide sa akin sa mga lugar. . Need parin ba ang invitation letter galing sa friend ko, kasi bka maraming tanong pa ang IO. Ntakot po ako kasi 1st ko pa. Wala pa ako idea kung anong mang yayari actual doon sa immigration pg mg interview na.

    1. If you will be going to SG as a tourist, IO would most probably ask for your occupation and return date. We were bound for HK that time.
      Bring along your ITR as well. My friend who was bound for SG brought the same docs as yours except for the ITR. Na offload because of that.

    2. when I went to Japan (my first our of the country trip), aside from those you mentioned, I also brought COE and my company ID and they will ask lots of questions too so make sure that you are confident but not in an arrogant way when you are answering all the questions of the IO. 🙂 good luck!

  31. Helo po ngwwork ako sa saudi as d. H at mg bbkasyon ako sa pinas for 40days, blak ko po mag tour trip for 4d3n sa kuala lumpur, sisilipin po kya ng imiigration yung pasport ko kung my visa stamp from saudi, ano ano pong doc. Kailngn ko ppuntang malaysia pra di ako ma offload thanks. Alone po ako mg babaksyon for unwind.

    1. July 26 ung uwi ko po ng pinas tas aug8-11 nmn po blak ko pumunta ng malaysia. Sept 5 balik ko saudi

  32. Excellent post! 🙂
    I hope you can also give me more tips to prevent getting offloaded by the IO’s as it’ll be my first time to go overseas. I will be travelling to SG in June, with my 2 kids (5 and 8 at the time of travel). I have been unemployed since October 2017 as my husband had to leave and work in SG (OFW). We will be visiting him there, hence, the trip. Aside from valid passports, return tickets, hotel bookings, birth and marriage certs, what other documents should I prepare to ensure a smooth flow in the Immigration?

    Excited to hear your thoughts!

    Thanks!

      1. Hello po. I just would like to ask kung ano pong mga docs ang need namin ipresent sa Immigration Officer magtratravel po kasi kami sa Singapore. We’re planning tri-city tour po. 2 government employee, 1 senior citizen, 1 19yrs old student, 1 ofw. First time po namin magtravel abroad. Thank you po.

  33. Hello. My fiance and I are poanning to visit Thailand next week. I wanted to know what are the possible questions in the Immigration? I have complete documents like Travel authority, tickets, daily itinerary, passport, etc. I AM currently working as a public teacher.. Should I declare it to the I. OFFICER OR NOT?

  34. Hello – paadvise naman po please.
    Punta kami sa HK ng tita ko and family nya (tita, asawa nya and children nila) plus kasama din namin boyfriend ko (single kami sa papers, not yet married), both working from home, ang kaso yung contract ko is nag end na ng Nov 2017 and unemployed ako ngayon; ang travel date namin is May 2018 and first time namin lalabas sa Pinas lahat, except yung asawa ng tita ko kasi Marine Engineer yun.

    Package yung kinuha namin, with hotel and itinerary ng mga pupuntahan. 4D3N lang.

    ps: yung passport ko pa, ang middle name na nakalagay is “de la cruz” (same ng sa birth certificate ko) pero yung voters ID ko and Driver’s License “dela cruz” ang nakalagay (eto yung tama). Sabi saken ng kumuha ko ng passport is mag pa letter of attorney lang ako – na iisa lang akong tao.

    any thoughts, please?
    kabado… first time abroad pero sa pinas nakapag travel na sa ibang lugar.
    thank you!

  35. Thanks for the wonderful post for the people looking to immigrant. I am sure your tips will help them.

  36. I have a student visa from India. What all documents do I need to provide at the Philippines immigration at the time of leaving Philippines, in order not to get offloaded?

  37. Hello! My mum and I are Filipino passport holders and on August we will be traveling to Singapore. After that, we’ll be going to Langkawi, Malaysia. I just want to know if they will require visa from us since we will be crossing Malaysia but the port of entry is not in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu or Kuching (which are major airports). You see I read it somewhere that they will require VISA from us and I just want to clarify this. Thank You!

  38. Another helpful tip: Check if the airport is open 24/7. My first trip abroad was in Jeju and flight going back home departs at 7am so I went to the airport around midnight though it was freezing. So shocked to see it closed. Should have listened to the cab driver when he warned me XD

    1. Me and my freinds will be going to jeju,she lives in jeju and she invited me to go with her for a vacation cos shes in the country,is it okay if i dont have visa?cos she said jeju is a free visa?what are the document s that i need to show up to the immigration? Hoping for your reply

  39. We are traveling to BAli before holy week now my concern is we have a working Visa in the USA will there be any trouble in the immigration?

  40. Hi We are traveling to Singapore before the holy week 3 of us but our concern is we have a US visa and my wife has the working visa in the USA and i and our daughter are under her. Will there be any trouble?

  41. Hi
    Ano po ang ipapakita ko sa immigration ng piliponas kung magco-crossing borders po ako thailand,cambodia,myanmar,laos,vietnam,? Kelangan ko pa po ba ipakita itiniraries ko sa lahat ng countries n yun?
    Pls give me advice/tips.
    Thank you

  42. Can a person still travel going to Singapore for 5 days even he/she have a case from rape but not issuing ban to travel…and his/her case is still on going…

  43. ASk ko lang po kung pwede po bang magSingapore kht my Case about rape yung kakilala ng classmate ko…wala nman daw syang nareceive Ban sya sa pagTravel and tuloy prin dw ung hearing nya….pde prin po ba syang magVAcation sa Singapore ng mga ilang days….my passport nmn dw sya Valid. salamat po.

  44. Hello! can I ask? I will be traveling to bangkok this May2018 with friends.. actually group kami like 8 people but im the ony first time traveler outside the country. we already have a roundtrip ticket and hotel reservation.Im also employee, I can provide my COE, company ID, payslip and leave of absence.. but my problem is I’m only a minimum wage income earner which is 366 dito sa Cebu pero naka pag ipon na din na mn ako kasi last year summer pa ito namin na plano. wala din akong bank account pero nkapag ipon na mn ako at 30K pesos ang pera ko na dadalhin. may possibility ba na ma off load ako? Help me po pls of what to do ..

    1. Hi Jojo, please update sa travel mo. Na offload ka ba or nka pasa ka naman sa immigration? I’m travelling also this July 2018 kasi. Thank you!

  45. Hi, I am a Filipino passport holder and currently working here in Singapore as domestic helper. I am planning to go Peru to meet my bf with his invitation letter indicating that he would shoulder my travelling expenses and etc. I am aware that I don’t need to apply visa to enter Peru but my concern is the country where we need to layover. I just want more information regarding other documents that I need. A share info will be much appreciated. Thanks

  46. Hi I’m going to bali Indonesia this april 9,but still a bit nervous even thoughI ‘ve been to Indonesia before at nongsapoint/nungsapura. By that time I’m alone. Alot of questions from the immigration officer.so by this time I’m going with my boyfriend.is there so many questions again like before.? Need some thought’s. Thank you.

  47. hello. i’ll be visiting in japan next month, and it’s my first time and im staying in my cousin, but i will shoulder all expenses. do i just need to present invtation letter only? thankyou

  48. hi im nika i will be traveling japan as tourist on october i just want to ask if what kind of documents should i bring in case im invited by us navy military or sofa status and his my garantor that he shoulder all my expenses . i have my plane ticket
    roundtrip .i hope you will respons thanks!!! it will help me!! ????

    1. Hi Nika. You must secure a valid Japan Visa. If your trip is on october ideally to apply your jp visa on 1st week ofseptemeber since single entry visa are valid for 3 months. For the requirements and List of accredited agencies where to submit your visa application you may check at http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp

  49. Ask qu lang po qung kelangan qu paba ng CFO certificate sa immigration kc ung travel qu po ay sponsored ng american boyfriend qu..

  50. I will be traveling to Taiwan to visit a friend. My concern is that I am working in a government office. I am aware that government employee should secure a travel authority from their respective office before traveling abroad. However, I have been informed that the process of securing such document is quite tedious. Now, considering that I have to secure a COE and ITR from our office as one of the requirements in securing a Taiwanese visa, is there a way for the immigration officer to know that I am working in a government office if in case, I will using my old company ID from my previous work in an NGO?

    In the past years, I travelled to HK, SG and Malaysia but I was then working in an NGO.

    Thank you.

  51. Im first time to travel in hongkong this april and my passport was reniewal.give me some advice what wil i do..im little nervous in our imigration..

  52. Hi thank you so much for sharing this, I’m a first time traveler and I’m planning to go to Spain. But I don’t have employment certificate because I’m not working. I’m self employed what document I will show them?

    Thank you

  53. What if i dont have a certificate of employment with me? but i will bring my company id and my leave form..

  54. HI! I’m planning on going to singapore this november 2016 with my friend for tourism and sight seeing and it’s our first time traveling without parents I’m really anxious about the immigration especially here in the Philippines since we are 21 years old and we are currently unemployed but we are enrolled in a review center in preparation for the US state board exam. What other documents do we need to bring aside from the passport, return flight and the hotel booking?

  55. My Filipina girlfriend is getting an Italian visa to visit me in September. She has never left the Philippines before and has a brand new passport. Does she need to get any exit documents approved from the Philippine government before she goes through immigration at the airport?

  56. Hi,

    I really need advise. My bf and I have booked for a Cambodia then Thailand Trip for 5 days and its our first time. My friend told me that it is not advisable since immigration will ask for a round trip ticket and it’s more advisable if we can show tickets that we exit on that country. Any advise please? Or its really not a big deal as long as we have complete docs?

  57. How about for a lone, female, single, unemployed traveller? Lol!

    I’m planning to go back to Vietnam this November, and I’ve just been there this October but I was bummed out of my head that I wasn’t able to experience their winter life, cause they were just getting those scarves out! But, I’m worried about my status since I just travelled there and I want to max out the 21 days allowance. Is there anyway I could get away with this?

      1. When you file for vacation leave, there is a space to check if your leave will be spent in the Philippines or abroad. If you check the abroad part, your leave will be forwarded, along other documents like clearances, as request to travel abroad. Usually, it would take a month or two because the head of the office (such as Department Secretary or Chairperson) usually approves your leave and authority.

  58. Most of the immigration officers have a God Complex. Their salaray is from YOUR taxes. show them who’s boss.

  59. For #22 – I can’t believe someone has the guts to say or suggest to lie regarding their occupation towards inspecting authorities.

    1. True! Never ever lie to the IOs if you don’t want your lies to be the cause of your “offloading”. If you tell them the truth, the thing is, you’ll be able to answer subsequent questions they may propound on you.

  60. For all the traveling that I have done, important to answer the immigration officer looking to his/her eyes.

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