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Old 06-09-2010, 01:04 AM
 
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I read on the US Dept of State's website that an American can visit the Philippines for tourist purposes for 21 days, but there must be evidence of a round-trip ticket or onward travel. However, I have talked to some people (Americans) who have visited the Philippines and they told me that I do not need to have a round-trip ticket.

Does anyone know if the Philippine immigration authorities enforce the round-trip ticket rule?
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Old 06-09-2010, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Macao
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It enforces it - every country enforces that rule.

I've flown into Manila well over 25...and you'll always need a roundtrip ticket...or any ticket that shows you don't intend to say in the Philippines forever well extending your visa.

Why? What are your plans exactly? If you are just doing one-ways throughout Southeast Asia...and don't want to buy a roundtrip in and out...you can also buy just any ticket to the next country that says you are eventually 'exiting'.

If you do have some strange interest to just stay in the Philippines forever...than, your best bet is to buy a refundable one-way ticket out of it....and then once you arrive in the Phils, you can cancel that ticket.
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:29 AM
 
Location: Woodland Hills, CA
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Just get a ticket into Manila, and a cheap ticket from Manila to Hong Kong.
This will be enough to show that you "plan" to leave before the 21 days.
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:13 AM
 
Location: Airstrip 1, Oceania
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I wouldn't rely solely on the US State Dept - there is no guarantee their information is upto date for all countries. Check the Philippines embassy web site for tourist visa info if you are wanting to stay more than 21 days. Some countries demand additional proof that you are leaving. Round trip tickets are often cheaper than one-ways so possesion of one doesn't really prove anything.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:00 AM
 
Location: Woodland Hills, CA
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That is all you need though, I was last there 3 years ago, and I will be back in about 2 weeks for a few days of raucousness
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