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 104 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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104 thoughts on “Philippines Immigration: Tips on How To Avoid Getting Offloaded

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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

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