Mike Crews left a comment today wondering about his situation regarding a return ticket for his flight.
Here is Mike’s e-mail:
I am planning a trip to visit a friend in Gensan – reading your response about the return ticket on a 21 day tourist visa – I am planning to arrive in October and plan to leave late January or early February, 2012.
If i understand your response correctly, i should book the return flight for Late January/early February, 2012. So, I would not have a problem with BI when entering PI, even though my return date will be beyond the 21 day limit.
Thanks for your questions, it’s people like you who keep this site going!
Under the law of the Philippines, you must have an ongoing ticket upon entering the country. It can be a ticket to go home, or it can go to any country other than the Philippines, they don’t care where, as long as you have a ticket going elsewhere.
Now… that is rarely enforced by the Bureau of Immigration here. But, it is the airlines who enforce it. Why? Because if an airline sells you a one way ticket, and flies you to the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration can force them to fly you for free to another place, since it is their job to fly only people who meet the requirements. So, airlines can be strict about this, although even they do not always enforce the requirement.
Since your trip is not for a while yet, what I would do if I were you is to apply with the Philippine Consulate nearest you for a 6 month visa. It will cost a bit, but you will pay that anyway if you have to keep extending your visa. Then, just get your return ticket for Jan/Feb as that is when you plan to return anyway.
Good luck and enjoy your trip, Mike.