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FIRST TIME ABROAD: airport suggestions & frequently Asked questions

traveling outside the Philippines for the first time? You might be very thrilled but I bet you’re a little anxious, too! There might be a lot of questions brewing in your head best now so here’s a little something to shed light on some of the things you need to know before your trip. (These suggestions are for Filipino travelers only.)

Every country has its own immigration rules. Some require visas from Filipino visitors, others don’t. Some have stricter rules, others don’t. It is essential that you know these guidelines and requirements before your flight.

But here are some frequently asked questions that I thought I could answer. Again, I’m only depending on personal experience and some knowledge that I gained in my years of working in the airline industry. some of these might already be outdated but I’ll try my best to keep them current.

Hva er dekket i denne guiden?

What are the processes at the airport?
How early ought to I be at the airport?
What are the things that I ought to bring to the airport?
What are the typical questions that the immigration Officers ask?
What is offloading?
What can I do to make sure I won’t be offloaded by the Immigration?
Should I present all these files at the immigration booth?
Do I need to have a hotel reservation before my flight?
I’m invited by a relative or a friend, do I need an invitation letter?
Is there a show money? how much do I need to have for them to let me through?
Where ought to I exchange currencies? Is it best to exchange in the Philippines before the trip?
Should I bring an ID?
I’m a freelancer so I don’t have a company ID. What is a good alternative?
I’m a fresh graduate but I’m currently unemployed. Hva kan jeg gjøre?
I’m unemployed and I don’t have funds. What are the requirements?
I’m traveling with my foreigner sweetheart / girlfriend / friend. What are the requirements?
My trip is sponsored by my foreigner sweetheart / girlfriend / friend. What are the requirements?
I’m meeting my sweetheart / girlfriend abroad for the first time. What are the requirements?
What is the weight limit for carry-on baggage (hand-carry)?
Where ought to I store my power bank (mobile charger)?
What ought to I wear?
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What are the processes at the airport?

The typical process is this:

Pay the travel Tax. IDEALLY, the travel tax and departure fee are already included when you book your ticket, so please check your ticket. but there are times when it isn’t the case. if not sure, check-in first. The check-in agent will tell you if you still need to work out the tax. At NAIA terminal 3, the travel tax counters ought to be on your far best when you’re facing the check-in counters. It’s P1,620 per person.

Check in! present the departure Card together with the travel tax receipt, printed ticket and passport to the check-in agent. The agent will give you your boarding pass.

Fill out a copy of immigration form (aka departure Card). You will get it at the Check-in Counter. Note that you will need to indicate your address abroad (address of the hotel or the pal you’re visiting).

Proceed to the immigration Booths. They will be asking questions like: how long will you be staying abroad? Hva skal du gjøre der? What’s your occupation? Hvor skal du bo? The essential is to convince them that you’re going there to trip and not to find work. When they’re satisfied, they will put a stamp on your passport.

Final safety and security check. Remove all gadgets and metal items (including belts and coins) from your body. remove your shoes only when instructed.

That’s about it. It’s a long process and it involves a lot of queueing so make sure you’re at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight.

How early ought to I be at the airport?

At least 2 hours before your scheduled departure.

I personally like showing up at the airport 3-4 hours earlier just in case something untoward happens. I once lost my old passport and visa at the airport on two different occasions (yeah, I was careless, haha), but good thing I had enough time to search. Also, I like staying at airports. Hehe.

Update: In top season like the weeks before and after Christmas, it’s best to arrive at least 4 hours before your flight.

What are the things that I ought to bring to the airport?

I always have a checklist of items I should NOT forget.

Here are the most essential items.

Passport – Duh.

Visa – When applicable

Return flight Ticket – Make sure you print out the tickets. When I fly domestic, I typically just show the check-in agent the tickets on my phone. They accept it. but for international flights, you will be showing your tickets too numerous times (check-in counter, travel tax counter, departure fee counter, immigration, etc) that it would be impractical and ridiculously bothersome to whip out your phone every step of the way. A printed ticket will make it a lot simpler for you and the people who will check it. Besides, a piece of paper does not need to be charged.

Company ID – immigration Officers in some cases ask for a company ID as a proof that you would return to the Philippines and would not seek employment opportunities in your destination country.

Address and contact number abroad – If you’re traveling as a tourist, get the hotel’s exact address and contact number. If you’re going to a pal or relative and you’re staying with them, get their exact address and contact number. You will need it when filling out immigration forms.

DSWD Clearance – only when traveling with a minor who is not your child and the parents are not joining the trip.

Here are other things that you can bring for good measure.

Hotel reservation – If you’re traveling as a tourist.

Invitation letter – If you’re going to a pal or relative and staying with them.

Money – Of course! Make sure you have enough. My typical budget for a 3-day or 4-day trip abroad is US$600 but I typically just spend less than USD400. having not enough cash is a common reason why travelers are denied entry even when they are already at the airport.

Credit card – Some airports require a copy of the credit report card used when the tickets are booked online. You might also need it as a safety net in case you run short of cash. Some hotels also ask for credit report card for deposit.

Photocopy of the Passport and Visa – just in case you lose your documents, it would be simpler for you to get a replacement if you have a copy. When you’re already in your destination and you’re going out, leave the photocopy in the hotel room if you’re bringing the original with you.

Travel schedule – Make a clear plan of what you want to do and write them down. In case the immigration Officers pick you for a random check, a printed schedule will help convince them that you will really go to your destination to trip and nothing else.

Address and contact number of the Philippine embassy in your destination country – just in case something happens.

A Pen – Yes, the humble pen is important. You will be accomplishing forms.

I typically carry an envelope where I put all these together (except the photocopies and money).

In addition, I have a paper where I write the hotel address, contact number, my passport number, passport expiry date, and flight number. This way, when I’m accomplishing forms, I don’t need to fish out my passport and other documents. I just have one reference page.

What are the typical questions that the immigration Officers ask?

The questions vary from officer to officer. If you’re lucky, the officer will just throw a couple of questions at you and you’re through. but often, here are the questions:

Hvor skal du?

When will you return to the Philippines?

Hva vil du gjøre der?

Whom are you traveling with?

What is your occupation here in the Philippines?

The essential is to answer confidently, consistently, and truthfully.

Sometimes, they will ask follow up questions. Sometimes, you will be subjected to a secondary inspection, which I will discuss below.

What is offloading?

Offloading is the act of pulling a passenger who is already boarded out of an aircraft.

Technically speaking, the Bureau of immigration does not have an offloading policy. They do not get a boarded passenger out of a plane on a regular basis. What they do is they screen passengers and decide if they will allow them to board the plane or not. This process happens before boarding, not after, so this is not really offloading.

However, here in the Philippines, “offloading” has been used as an umbrella term for blocking someone from leaving the country, even if the passenger has not yet boarded. If an immigration officer rejects you at the inspection, numerous Filipinos refer to it as “offloading.” Hence, for the purpose of this article, let’s just use that Filipinized definition of the term.

What can I do to make sure I won’t be offloaded by the Immigration?

The Bureau of immigration has been implementing stricter guidelines lately. According to the bureau, each day around 40 people are offloaded at NAIA terminal 1 alone. three to four in every 50 of these offloaded passengers actually have genuine reasons to go abroad. You don’t want to be one of them.

If you want to make sure you won’t be offloaded, you need to follow the guidelines released to immigration Officers by the bureau. A 2012 memorandum enumerates what the officers should require from departing passengers:


Visa (if applicable)

Filled out departure card

Rundtur billett

They typically also ask for your company ID. Then, if they deem necessary, you will be evaluated based on the following criteria:



Financial capability to travel

What does the last item mean? Well, in a nutshell, tourists with no stable source of income in the Philippines and no benefactors who appear to have a different reason for traveling other thanfor fritid er mye mer sannsynlig å bli lastet ut. Så hvis du blir utsatt for en sekundær inspeksjon, vil du ha følgende med deg:

Hvis du er ansatt, ansettelsesbevis (best hvis det indikerer lønnen din og hvor lenge du har vært med selskapet)

Hvis du er selvstendig næringsdrivende, en kopi av firmaets registreringsbevis

Hvis du er frilanser, burde du fortsatt ha en ITR. Hvis kundene dine betaler det for deg, kan du be om en kopi fra klienten. Du kan også be klienten din om å produsere en fil som vil bekrefte at de har ansatt deg og detaljene i prosjektet/kontrakten.

Hvis du er fritatt for skatter, burde du fortsatt ha en ITR. Fordi 2018, er arbeidere som tjener under P250 000 i året (P21 000 i måneden) unntatt fra å betale inntektsskatt. Men det innebærer ikke at det fritar deg fra å ha en ITR. Hvis du er ansatt, kan du fremdeles få en kopi av ITR fra arbeidsgiveren din selv om du er skattefri.

Jeg har alltid en kopi av både ITR og et “ansettelsessertifikat” fra kundene mine for å være trygge.

For mye mer info om dette, sjekk ut: Hvordan unngå å bli lastet ut

Bør jeg presentere alle disse filene på innvandringsboden?

Nei. Igjen, mange av tiden, vil offiseren bare be om følgende:

Pass (med visum, hvis aktuelt)

Oppnådd avgangskort

Rundtur billett


Ikke presenter andre filer når de ikke ber om dem. Alle de andre filene er mye mer som sikkerhetsnett i tilfelle du trenger å vise at du er ansatt.

Bare svar på spørsmålene deres selvsikker.

Må jeg ha hotellreservasjon før flyreisen min?

Det er best å alltid bestille overnattingssteder først før flyturen. Du vil bli pålagt å indikere adressen til hotellet ditt på avreise- og ankomstkort, og innvandringsoffiserer på begge sider ber noen ganger om hotelldokumenter. Selv når jeg er backpacking over mye mer enn ett land, sørger jeg vanligvis for at jeg har bestilt overnattingssteder på minst min første natt i neste land jeg besøker. Igjen, du kan dra dit uten tidligere reservasjoner, men hvis du vil unngå bryet med å bli stilt for mange spørsmål og spenningen som følger med den, bedre bok på forhånd.

Jeg blir invitert av en slektning eller en venn, trenger jeg et invitasjonsbrev?

I teorien, ja, så hvis du kunne produsere en, fortsett. Innvandringsoffiserene ber ikke alltid om dette, så mange inviterte reisende er fremdeles i stand til å gjøre det gjennom uten det. Imidlertid kan de bare be om det hvis de anser som nødvendige.

Det tryggeste å gjøre er å produsere en erklæring om støtte eller garanti, notarisert ved den filippinske ambassaden. Når offiserer ber om “invitasjonsbrev”, er dette faktisk filen de refererer til fordi den er formell, lovlig, bindende og vanskelig å falske.

Uansett vil du bli bedt om å indikere “adresse i utlandet” når du fyller ut skjemaer, så sørg for at du har det. For å være på den sikre siden, må du også være sikker på at du har vennens kontaktnummer.

Er det et showpenger? Hvor mye trenger jeg å ha for dem å la meg gjennom?

Jeg har aldri blitt bedt om å vise penger, men jeg kjenner folk som har vært det. Jeg har blitt spurt flere ganger hvor mye penger jeg har med meg, men aldri for å vise det.

Lommepengene mine avhenger av destinasjonslandet. Noen er mye dyrere enn andre. For eksempel er levekostnadene i Singapore absolutt høyere enn i Thailand. I land som Singapore, Hong Kong og Malaysia, tar jeg vanligvis USD400 for en 4-dagers tur, USD 500 for en ukes lang tur. Men det er mye mer enn jeg faktisk bruker. I rimeligere land som Kambodsja og Thailand, tildeler jeg 50 dollar per dag. Igjen, det har et stort godtgjørelse.

Jeg tar også med et kredittrapportkort, bare i tilfelle.

Where ought to I exchange currencies? Er det best å bytte på Filippinene før turen?

Det avhenger av landet jeg besøker. I land som Vietnam, Kambodsja, Taiwan, der PH -pesoen ikke er allment akseptert i banker/pengeskiftere, bytter jeg vanligvis pesosene mine med amerikanske dollar her i

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