Onward ticket from the Philippines – FAQ / Workaround
Before you board a plane to the Philippines you need to show a return or onward flight ticket (to anywhere outside PI), an annoying ‘immigration requirement’ for foreigners. Once you land you don’t have to show it.
Some common questions that it’s hard to find the answers to on Google, and a cheap solution:
Do they always ask?
Yes, unlike e.g. Thailand it isn’t random, it’s strictly enforced for every airline and departure airport, and you can’t really blag it.
Does it need to be a printed ticket?
No, I’ve shown a booking confirmation email on my phone several times without a problem. Some websites online say it needs to be printed, I think that’s outdated info.
Do you still need an outward ticket if you have a visa?
Yes, whether you’re entering on the free 30 days visa waiver (used to be 21, then increased) or have a visa already (for 59 days), you still have to show an onward ticket.
Does the outward flight need to be within 30 days?
When I asked at the check in desk the lady said no it can be dated whenever… ‘because you can extend’. I asked what if it’s dated four years in the future and the longest you can extend visas within the Philippines is about three years… she got all confused and didn’t have an answer 🙂 But any date should be fine.
Flyonward.com (no affiliation, just giving them a shoutout) recently fixed this problem, for $9.99 you can rent a real ticket that auto-cancels after 24 hours. Just enter the time you want to receive your ticket, your email, and pay on Paypal. A clever ‘hack’ for digital nomads, and less risky than using fake ticket sites in case they check the flight number on their computer.
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Low cost Airlines?
If you’re actually going to use the ticket, these are the main airline carriers. Flight costs vary depending on promos, your check in baggage weight, stopovers etc. so it’s worth checking several options:
Do the Cebu Pacific girls always dance?
Sadly no, never the times I fly 🙁 Maybe only at Xmas?