Friday, July 25, 2014

Dad's Review - Practical tips for Filipino tourist workers to avoid getting offloaded

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It pains me whenever I see fellow Filipinos waiting for an interview at immigration departure area especially when they look worried since I know they need to convince the interviewer to allow them to catch their flights. I underwent the same procedure a few years back and fortunately I was able to persuade the interviewer to allow me to proceed with my job interview in Abu Dhabi city.

After spending money and resources I couldn't imagine the anguish and disappointment of those passengers offloaded by immigration officers due to one reason or another. Sometimes, a sudden whim by an immigration officer can spell disaster to any unprepared passenger.

Having worked for many years in a country where travel ban has been imposed several times in the past, my colleagues and I learned how to go around these travel restrictions. More so, being a regular traveler to Bangkok when sourcing our online shop products and previous family trips abroad has made me aware of the ins and outs of some of our immigration policies.

To my knowledge, an immigration officer can prevent you from leaving the country due to following reasons:

1. You have a "Hold Departure Order."
2. You have bogus travel documents such as passport and/or visa.
3. You are an undocumented worker or in other words a "tourist worker."

Plenty of Filipinos who have been asked to undergo for interview fall under category 3. It is not illegal to become a tourist worker per se; our immigration authority would not send you to jail even if they caught you red-handed. In my case, I got several valid job offers in the past and left our country as tourist several times without ado. Let me share some tips and advice to all Filipino tourist workers to minimize the possibility of getting offloaded.

Aside from passport that is valid for at least 6 months, I recommend the following steps to be followed by any Filipino tourist worker:

1. As much as possible do not indicate or divulge to the interviewer that you have a relative or friend residing in the country you plan to visit. Chances are they will demand for other supporting and sometimes annoying documents such as affidavit of support, marriage contract, birth certificate, pictures, etc. They normally demand these from tourists who have relatives or friends in Singapore and Dubai. They might even try to coerce you to call your relative or friend abroad during the interview. Hence, it is better for the interviewer to have an impression that you simply want to visit the place and you don't know anybody in that country thereby reducing the possibility of overstaying.

2. Buy your own round-trip tickets. If the interviewer detects that your tickets have been bought by other people then you have given him a reason to expound his investigation. It means there is a probability that your future employer or your recruiter is the one who has provided these tickets. One of the basic arguments being used by our immigration officers is that a tourist should have the capacity to buy his/her own plane tickets.

Update about this matter (17 Feb 2015)

I have been told that the immigration authority have access to airlines flight manifest/database thus they will know if you have connecting flight. Hence, if your final destination is different from the place you wanted to visit then make sure that your connecting flight is booked with different carrier to avoid detection by our IO.

3. Prepare hotel/hostel booking; this is essential for any legitimate tourist. Without this, don't be surprised if the immigration officer assume that you have another destination and you will use your stated destination as transit point only. Trust me, you'll find it pretty difficult to explain during the interview how you are going to spend your vacation without any proper hotel/hostel booking.

In case you don't really need to stay in the hotel/hostel then it is preferable to have hotel booking that you can show to the immigration officer. You can do this if you have a credit card; you can book your room several weeks before your flight through internet then cancel it few days before your flight. Just make sure that there is no cancellation fee for the room you have booked. By doing this, you can have a hotel/hostel booking that you can show to the interviewer.

4. If possible bring your spouse or kids with you if you plan to transit in another country. It is a common notion that a tourist worker won't spend extra money if he/she is fishing for a job abroad. Once you arrive in your stated destination then enjoy your visit with your spouse/kids. They can return back to Philippines without you while you continue your journey to your final destination. This worked with me and my other colleagues when we were trapped in Philippines during the travel ban to the country where we were working. One of my colleagues even got married and was able to leave with his new wife pretending they were going for honeymoon; the interviewer simply looked at their wedding pictures. It was a gamble on our part because if by chance we were stopped from leaving then we would suffer financial loss. Nonetheless, most of us were successful in leaving our country this way. A good place to visit is Hong Kong, Bangkok, Vietnam and Cambodia while avoid as much as possible Singapore and Malaysia as transit points since many tourists workers are leaving to find work on these places already.

In fact my wife was interviewed by an immigration officer a few years back before her flight to Kuala Lumpur with our youngest kid. She was honest with the interviewer and his supervisor, she informed them that I couldn't go home for vacation since I won't be able to return to my job due to travel ban to the country where I was working thus she and my youngest kid would meet me in Kuala Lumpur. She showed them their RT tickets and hotel booking. The immigration supervisor upon confirming all my previous flight details on their record or database finally allowed my wife and kid to catch their flight to Kuala Lumpur.

5. Research the place where you intend to visit as transit point. Example, tell them that there is an on-going celebration in Hong Kong Disneyland and you don't want your kids to miss it or it is summer vacation thus you are bringing the entire family to Bangkok for shopping. You are not lying since you and your spouse/kids will definitely visit those places and enjoy those events. You are simply withholding from the interviewer your plan to proceed and work in another country. More so, having a good travel plan or itinerary and knowledge about the place you intend to visit could sometimes turn the tide against the interviewer.

6. Secure all your work/school credentials and other related documents such as visa and another set of tickets to your final destination by placing them inside your check-in baggage. It is not uncommon for the interviewer to bluff their way in checking your hand carry bag. Once they find any of these documents then you might as well bid goodbye to your travel plan.

7. Practice what you will say during the interview and anticipate their questions since these people are trained to find loopholes in your travel plan. During my interview I was able to give convincing answers to her questions and inquiries thus she didn't have any choice but to allow me to proceed to Abu Dhabi city. Stick to your plan and if you need to raise your voice then don't be afraid to do so. You are not breaking any law but raising your voice to emphasize your points is totally different from shouting invective to the immigration officer. We need to respect these guys too since they are simply doing their job though sometimes they go beyond their limit.

8. Dress and act appropriately. These guys even without admitting it are trained to profile people. Most of the times they can easily detect whether you are indeed tourist or otherwise by simply analyzing the way you dress, act and talk. How can you expect them to believe that you'll go to Hong Kong as tourist when you're sporting an obviously cheap shoulder bag bought from "tiangge"or wearing an imitation t-shirt or worst being nervous during the interview. Relax and try to control yourself during the interview. To add, I understand that many tourist workers are indeed in need of money but there are ways to make it look that you have plenty of it. Visit a parlor where you can have your hair arranged before your flight. A powder and lipstick can do wonders to your face if properly applied. Borrow nice looking bags, dress and shoes. Believe me, I have seen plenty of well or smartly dressed Filipinas leaving as tourists without getting interviewed because they know how to talk, act and dress appropriately. I know because I sometimes hear them talking at the boarding area and some of them even posted their experience in many travel forums such as Pinoy Exchange.

9. Even if you have passed the interview and allowed to catch your flight be aware that there is another group of immigration officers scouting the waiting area for tourist or undocumented workers. You are leaving the Philippines as tourist then act like one while waiting for your flight. Don't talk with your mobile phone bragging to your family at home that you were able to fool the interviewer or talk loudly about your future job. Don't wear long faces or shed tears either. Real tourists wouldn't be doing those things. Hence, after passing the immigration departure area it is better to proceed immediately to the boarding gate since only those with boarding passes are allowed to enter the boarding area. I can confidently say that once you are inside this area you can now assume that you are on your way to your destination.

10. In case you have been prevented to leave by an immigration officer while on queue at departure area then do not argue to avoid getting the attention of other immigration officers manning the other immigration counters. Leave the queue and try to mingle with other incoming passengers and fall in line again discreetly. Make sure to queue on a different immigration counter. I have a couple of colleagues who did this and were able to leave.

11. Finally and most important, you need to convince the interviewer that you will come back to Philippines after your travel period abroad. Hence, bring company ID or business papers in case you are running your own business. You need to prove as well that you have financial capacity to travel abroad. One way of doing this is to make a deposit to your account then request for a bank certificate; you may then withdraw the amount after getting hold of the certificate. You may use this to show the immigration authority that you have money in the bank. You may also request a certificate of employment from your company stating your position and salary; you may show this to the immigration officer in case they are in doubt of your company ID. There are instances too that they would even try to confirm your company ID by calling your office.

All told, even if you follow my tips above they are not sure fire that you can leave the Philippines as tourist worker. They are only tips and guides. Be aware also that once you have been offloaded in any NAIA Terminals and Clark airport it will appear on their database and the next time you try to leave having the same status then you will be subjected to a more thorough interview and less chance to proceed to your destination unless you have acquired proper documents or use a different strategy like getting married and pretending to leave for your honeymoon, LOL.

To build your confidence, always bear in mind that you have the right to travel thus the Philippine government can't prosecute you even if you have been caught trying to leave as "tourist worker."

Good luck and may the force be with you :-)


See related post: Offloading of Filipino tourists by immigration officers

I have been busy with my new job hence; I have stopped entertaining comments/inquiries about this post. However, I am sure you will get valuable info from the previous comments - 06 Aug 2015

P.S.
Nothing beats a properly documented worker when traveling abroad thus I am also discouraging those "tourist workers" from leaving if you belong to those so-called "unskilled workers" such as DH, construction workers, service crew, etc.. The risk of getting exploited abroad is very high for these kind of workers.




230 comments:

  1. Hi, just want to ask po with regards on the item in number 3. I booked po a hostel for two for our Singapore trip on Saturday but will cancel it since we will be staying to a former boss' friends house. We will just use the booking to show it to the IO as proof of where we would stay. Ask ko lang po if they can trace na i cancelled the booking prior to the flight? By the way its our first time to travel outside the country. Thank you in advance.

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    1. No. The IO can't trace your hotel transaction. Tips:
      -just give your passport and boardingpass to the IO counter and relax
      - if the officer asks your ticket then prsent your e-ticket
      - if the officer asks where you will stay in SG then that will be the time you will show your hotel booking

      Enjoy your trip.

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  2. i am going to dubai dis sept 20..dis blog..can help..i had a visit visa,,and affidavit of suppport from my brother hope everything will be fine

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    1. Hi, how are you doing there? Anybody here going to Dubai this October? I would like an accompany when I'm already in Dubai.

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  3. i will be leaving for dubai this sep 29 as tourist. i have a dummy return but i am still connected with my employer here sa phils so i have coe and my company id. ano po kaya magiging prob sa immig? ano po ba mga tanong nila usually tanong nila? i have hotel booking too and affidavit of support frm my college friends mom who lives there.

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    1. Just give your passport and boarding pass to the immigration counter. Pag pinapunta ka sa interviewer then dapat maconvince mo sya na babalik ka pa sa pinas at hindi ka mag hanap ng work sa Dubai.
      Research about Dubai. Tell them about the places na gusto mo mkita sa Dubai. Check my posts about Dubai.
      Lastly, dapat may proof ka na may pera kang pang gastos doon.
      Goodluck.

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    2. Is it okay po ba to make up a travel itinerary from the agency in dubai who processed my visa? I was thinking of making a daily itinerary of my tour just in case tanungin ako bakit mag isa lang ako mag bbyahe.may nabasa kasi akong blog na kadalasan basta mag isa ka lang eh offload dw talaga. Bday ng anak ko Oct 5 and ang return ko is Oct 1. pwde na rin po siguro yun maka help to convience them no? Nakaka stress po tlaga itong immig natin.
      Thanks po sa reply ha and I will check po your post about Dubai.
      BTW, I sent you a personal email, ***********29@gmail.com, if its not too much to ask, kindly add me po sa facebook.. Tnx so much and God bless. :)

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    3. Meron po akong active credit card and around $900 cash. Okay na po ba kaya yun?
      Are they gonna call the bank?

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    4. Yes. Magandang point yun na babalik ka para sa bday ng anak mo. Basta dapat maconvince mo yung IO na meron kang reason para bumalik sa pinaslike good job or business. Goodluck and I will check my email and FB.

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    5. No, the immigration officer has no right to inquire about your bank data. Don't worry even if the IO calls your bank no data will be provided by your bank without any court order. Credit card and usd are enough proof.

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  4. Thank you po soooo much sa lahat ng tips! I feel better. God bless u po! :)

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  5. Hi sir, I am going to hk as transit point...ddretso ako ng dubai...may work na talaga ako dun..worried lang ako baka hanapan ako ng supporting docs kc d ko dala..iniwan ko lahat sa dubai..d ko naman akalain na magka prob ako sa working visa ko...

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    1. Pag nasa Hong Kong kana at may visa ka going to Dubai then ayos na yun. Yung airline staff lang ang maghanap ng vDubai visa mo, walang pakialam ang Hong Kong immigration sa Dubai visa mo kasi hindi ka naman nila citizen.

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    2. THANK YOU SO MUCH for the tips, Please continue educating every Juan Dela Cruz so that those crocodiles in NAIA will not have to prey on Filipino tourist anymore. Those disrespectful, arrogant, self-righteous and GODS of NAIA need to finally see and experience that Filipino travelers are now slowly speaking up because they are now well-informed. Been offloaded once before but the one that is so difficult to swallow if getting harassed and humiliated during the interview then offloaded not telling you WHY. KUNG BINABASTOS KA, HUWAG KANG PAPAYAG, I LEARNED THAT MYSELF THE HARD WAY. SINO BA SILA KAPAG HINDI NA SUOT ANG UNIPORME NILANG YUN, ANG UNIPORMENG NAPAKARUMI SA PANINGIN KO. Tutal hindi ka rin naman nila paalisin, might as well get even so they will have a taste of their own dosage.

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    3. Alam ninyo po concern po ang IO sa kababayan nila, kasi baka mapahamak sa bansang pupuntahan mo. Ganoon din naman sa ibang bansa pag citizen ka nila tatanungin ka nila bakit ka pupunta dun lalo pag travel advisory. Ang isa pa financially capable sila may travel insurance, may mga credit cards, travellers check, health insurance atung ano ano pa, kaya pinapayagan sila ng IO. Anuman mangyari sagot ng nag travel insurance. Kapag tayao may. Nangyari sa atin takbo sa gobyerno paano na yan bawas na naman ang pondo.

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    4. Are you aware that the right to travel of any Filipino is protected under the constitution? The constitution never states that you need health card, credit card and other ek-ek before you will be allowed to travel. Moreover, regardless of your situation in other countries, the Philippine government is mandated and obligated to extend its assistance and protection to its citizens whether they are documented or not. Are you aware about this also?

      FYI, I met many backpackers (Europeans mostly) in Bangkok City and most of them travel with limited budget. It means they don't have health and travel insurance nor travelers check as well.

      In addition, palagay mo yung mga undocumented lang humihingi ng tulong sa gobyerno? Palagay mo yung mga undocumented lang naaabuso sa ibang bansa? Read the news...

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  6. Hi Sir!
    Ask ko Lang po sa status ko kasi 3 years na po ako dito sa Thailand with a business visa PERO nagwowork po ako as part time assistant sa friend na nag sponsor sa akin, PERO sa ngayon po still processing na po yung working permit ko. Once na umuwi po ako sa Pinas maquequestion pa din po ba yung status ko kahit na may working permit and contract ako and business visa ang hawak ko? Or kahit na may working visa ako sa passport maquequestion pa din ako?
    Thanks

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    1. Pag may working visa kana then punta ka sa poea with copies of your contract, visa, company id, payslip or anythjng to prove your employment para makakuha ka ng balik manggagawa OEC. Simple lang nman ang proseso. Pag meron kna noon ay hindin kana masisita ng immigratiom.

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  7. Pls help me po. I dont have. Job but I plan to travel with my cousin next year, i am also a first time traveler. I just got my passport, my mom is the one sponsoring me in my travel. Will i get offloaded?

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  8. Let me say it clearly, you have the right to travel abroad regardless whether your mom is the one footing the bill. Just follow my tips on this post.

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  9. Papalabasin ko magtour po ako sa hk pero transit ko lng un papunta uae. If im asked is it my 1st time to travel abroad, wc wud be better? To tell im a 1st time traveller or n0t. Kc nagtour nko sa dubai b4 pero ung stamp nsa old passport 2004 pa. Anu bng magandang sbihin. Baka kc isipin babalik ako dun. Thanks po.

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    1. Tell them the truth. It might appear on their database that you have traveled to Dubai before. Always see to it that you have good reasons to come back. Follow my tips above. The IO doesn't have the right to prevent you from leaving as tourist.

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  10. Thanks for the reply sir. Additional question lang, yung nagbook kc ng ticket ko is tita ko. Do they ask if sino ang nagbook? And ask for payment details or proofs. Kasi parang gs2 ko na lang sabihin na ako yun nagbo0k. But if thay ask for the details, they will see it was paid in aed. And that falls again that im c0nnectd to s0me1 in uae.
    I really dont kn0w panu ko papalabasin na magt0tour lang ako when im alone.
    Can they really trace my departure way back 2004. Kasi we plan n0t to relate in anyway about uae. Kasi nga iicpin nila bka dun ako magpunta. Any suggestion po? Lapit na flight ko.this wud help. Thanks po talga.

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    1. Medyo complicated ang situation mo. If by chance you will be interviewed ay most probably na ma offload ka. It would have been easier kung sa UAE ka na papunta with affidavit of support from your relative.

      Just bluff your way through the IO. Regardless kung relative mo ang bumili ng ticket or ikaw. Don't tell anything that can be proven otherwise by your documents dahil pag nahuli ka nila then binigyan mo sila ng basehan na I - offload ka since it is obvious na hindi ka papunta sa he as tourist.

      Don't talk too much during the interview. Pag tinanong sino bumili ng ticket then tell the truth but invent a good reason why your aunt paid your ticket. Think of a very good reason why you need to go to hk. Ok, don't mention that you have visited UAE before unless the IO asks you. Anyway, the interviewer has no access to their database during the interview.

      Lastly, relax ka lang basta anticipate mo lang yung mga puede ng it along then prepare a good answer. Remember less talk less mistake.

      To avoid being interviewed follow my tips above. Goodluck.

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    2. I mean puedeng itanong... I hate auto correct of my smartphone.

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  11. Hi! Just wanted to ask what are the requirements if we wanted to arrange a personal interview in Abu Dhabi and the person will be coming from Manila. We have already arranged for his visit visa (already issued), e-ticket, hotel booking (including pick-up / drop-off) done. What else do we have to do from here (AUH) or what else does he requires from there. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Well, round-trip tickets and hotel booking are essential. I suggest you send an invitation letter to the applicant addressed to the immigration officer stating that he/she will go to Abu Dhabi for an interview. The letter should state that after the interview he/she needs to go back to Philippines and if found fit for the job he/she needs to process the attestation of his/her educational documents at UAE embassy in Manila which is necessary for his/her possible employment in your company. Moreover, he/she needs to undergo medical test as well at accredited hospital.. The letter should be on your company's official letterhead and attested at Philippines embassy in Abu Dhabi. This is only my two cents and not a guarantee that your applicant will be successful in leaving the Philippines. Further, just ask him/her to present only the necessary documents to the immigration officer such as passport, visa and boarding pass unless the immigration officer or interviewer asks for other supporting documents. Lastly, ask your applicant to read this post.

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  12. Hello. Ask ko lang po, ppupunta po kasi ako Dubai. Pero magMla-SG then SG-Dubai ako. Pero db po pag Manila to Singapore db po may ififill-up na DISEMBARKATION/EMBARKATION CARD before magland sa SG? ano po ilalagay dun sa part ng NEXT CITY/PORT OF DISEMBARAKTION AFTER SINGAPORE?? Is it DUBAI or MANILA?? tapos ilang days po illalagay ko dun sa LENGHT OF STAY?? 1 day lang or ung pinabook kong 3days and 2nights?? Thankyou in advance

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    1. Just put Dubai Sa next city.....No worries about length of stay kasi di naman Ganon kahigpit ang mga immigration officers nila. 3 days or 1 day doesn't matter.

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    2. Just put Dubai Sa next city.....No worries about length of stay kasi di naman Ganon kahigpit ang mga immigration officers nila. 3 days or 1 day doesn't matter.

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  13. Just wanted to ask some tips lang sna..kasi po may balak po ako mgabroad and pumunta sa Abu Dhabi..I have a relative there and ikukuha dw nya ako ng visit visa. Ang concern ko is yung sa immigration since I have read lots of article about sa mga offloaded na Filipino trying to get a job in UAE having a visit visa..also first time ko dn lalabas ng bansa..wala pang katatak tatak ung passport ko..bka mgduda ung sa immigration..
    Appreciate any tips for a first timer like me…

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    1. Just ask her to produce an affidavit of support authenticated by Phil embassy in Abu Dhabi. Much better If she can arrange your trip through a travel agent in Abu Dhabi.

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    2. kapag po ba may affidavit of support authenticated by Phil embassy in Abu Dhabi hindi kna po possible maging offloaded passenger? Thanks po...

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    3. Actually, isa sa mga requirements nila yan. Malaki chance ma-offload ka pag wala ka nyan and first time to travel.abroad ka pa. Sometimes the IO will even ask you to present proof na relative mo talaga yung gumala ng affidavit of support. So better bring some docs also like copies of birth certificate nyo ng relative mo.
      Anyway, you just need to present passport and boarding pass sa IO. Wag mo muna I pa kita other docs hanggang hindi hinihingi.

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    4. Regarding to your answer about the affidavit of support ok n po sya, meon n ko and naipabook ndn po nya ako ng ticket..however my concern now is the IO, he might ask why my visit visa is 3 months anu po mgandang sagot if ngtnung sya ng gnun?

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  14. Hi, Im KJ. My flight will be next week to Bangkok. I will just travel abroad. I'm so worried kasi andami kong negative na nababasa about BI but your post help me gain confidence. On my case eto po ang madadala ko: Passport ofcourse, Return Ticket, hotel reservation, COE, Latest ITR, and I'll keep on my phone gallery pics of my diploma and TOr. I an employed as an admin in an insurance company. And also i will bring a copy of my Signed leave of absence form from my conpany. My problems are, i am just hired last August 2014 and my salary is ranging from 11k to 12k. So on my 2014 ITR which I received this January, just small amount wS indicated there. My pocket money is 25k. I have already paid my whole stay in the hotel. Please help me if there would still be a problem on my case. My intention is purely to tour and nothing else. Please advice me. Thank you so much!

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    1. Relax. Just give your passport and boarding pass to IO. No worries since you will travel as a tourist with all required documents.

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  15. Thanks for your immediate response! You helped a lot of tourist by your blogs. AnywAy, does my salary can't affect my travel? Bka sabihin ng IO na maliit lang nmn sahod ko how come that I'll travel? Db kasi nghahanap cla ng butas?

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    1. Bring show money. Meron ka ng tickets and hotel booking kaya konti na lang kailangan mong pera. Tell the IO na Kaya ka sa Bangkok pupunta dahil mura doon compared sa hongkong or singapore. Kung Meron Kang credit card pa kita mo rin

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  16. Thanks for that. I'll bring cash worth 13k and I have three debit card total of 15to20k laman. Ok nb to? And also I am just 23 years old and look young (hege) parang 18 lng.. Baka mmya sabihin na bka mapahamak lang ako dun kasi mag isa lng ako tpos look so young pa. Pwede b nila maging reason yun? Thank you! -kj

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    1. Don't forget the terminal feeye and travel tax. Kaya around 10k pesos na lang. Kasya na yan. Research mo mga places na gusto mo puntahan para ma justify mo na Kasya ang 10 k pesos mo. It is good that you anticipate the questions that might be asked by IO Kaya prepare ka ng magandang sagot.

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    2. Thank you for that. I'll bring a cash of 15k at the aiport.and another 15to20k on my debit cards total of 30to35k.. Sana ok na to na pocket money. Salamat ng madami :) -KJ

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  17. Sir just want to consult my situation, I want to have a tour in Singapore with my cousins, my concern is my passport has visit visa sticker from Qatar because I went there before, year 2012 then eventually transferred to working visa, I worked there for more than a year then I resigned and back here to Phil. So I have a record of tourist worker as seen in my passport. Now I am currently working, and planning to have tour in Singapore or Hongkong, is there a big chance for me to get offloaded by BI? What can you advice to avoid this?
    Thank you so much...

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    1. If you plan to visit Singapore/hong kong as tourist then make sure that you have round trip tickets and hotel booking. To prove that you have a job then bring proof of employment in case you will undergo interview. Research about the place you intend to visit and prepare your itinerary.

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    3. Merom akong nakachat last week. Going to Thailand sya with his Sister in law at fiend. Subjected xa for second interview kasi naTrace na may visa sya working to qatar. Unexpected din s knya ksi d nya alam n nagkavisa sya agad. Pro sa June p ata work nia. Nung tinanong da knya about dun d xa nkasgot. Ang sabi nga, di daw nya alam. Syempre kahina hinala nga nmn. Pro if na explain nmn nia yung side niya mgiging ok nmn cguro. Inunahan lng ata xa ng kaba. Kaya da side mo just bring all the required docs and supporting docs na alam mo. And the secret is Confidence. :) -KJ

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  18. Salamt sir... so ok lng po kht gamit yung passport ko ngaun n may history n ng previous tourist worker q? Bsta dala ko po voucher from travel agency punta SG/HK at ksma mga pinsan ko? At ready nmn po aq sa proof n currently employed aq...Slamat...

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  19. Hello po.. I will be travelling to KL on May first and on the 2nd day will be my birthday. My first time to travel outside the country. Actually unexpected po ang pa travel ko cos my fiance surprised me for this. Then I have already my passport which its been 3years now I never use it. Kc never pa kc ako nakalabas. I have my passport 3years back dahil dat time I was hired as a receptionist in Bahrain pero dpo ako natuloy cos not ready and aside from that not fit to work kc may defuse hyperthyroid po ako. Now I would like to ask by presenting them my medical certificate that state there that I am not allow to work abroad becos of my condition?. Do you think this can help too to avoid being offloaded? And currently not working po ako now, so my monthly income is ung papadala ng fiance ko. But I kep the receipt w/me. Just for incase lng po baka pwde dn to e show sa knila. Now po, my fiance will be applying for an invitation letter for me sa KL embassy means with red tag na yan. So what I have now ay ang RT, hotel booking, passport at soon po affidavit of support. Sya ang gagastos sa akin lahat pag andoon na ako. So ok lng ba na ang e show money ko for them is worth 10k? Para mas sure, mag hingi dn ako ng passport photocopy nya, company ID and maybe leave of approval from his company at credit card nya ginamit doon sa hotel booking at RT ko. Ok lang ba na instead of show money, atm ang e present ko. Kc maybank ang atm ko which is my maybank dn ang KL. Pls let me know po the other things to prepare before my flight. About our photos together I have nmn cos we met few times already. What do you think po? About being question of IO, i dont mind to answer them as I am confident nmn po. My vacation is only 7days.. Hope to hear from you. Pls send me reply to my email homashla_4ever@yahoo.com. A big thanks to u

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    1. You can ask for an authenticated affidavit of support from your fiance but since the guy is not your relative it won't matter for some IO.
      Just make sure you have RT tickets and hotel booking. Give to IO your passport and boarding pass. In case you will undergo an interview then anticipate all possible questions and prepare a reasonable answer. You won't lose anything if you decide to bring all those documents you have mentioned above. However, if your fiance is a foreigner then that is another story. Your situation is definitely a red flag for IO.

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  20. Hi, thank you for your blog, your tips are very helpful! May tanong lang po ako, kasi I have a son with a Saudi citizen (pero hindi na sa Saudi nakatira) but we are not married kasi medyo mahigpit ang rules nila sa KSA regarding marrying foreign women (Saudi men wanting to marry foreign women should first obtain the consent of the government and submit marriage applications through official channels). Ongoing ang application namin for marriage and awaiting approval pa from his government. Anyway, balak naming mag bakasyon sa Dubai for two weeks, to be shouldered by my son's father. Magkakaproblema kaya kami sa immigration? Susunduin naman nya kami ng anak ko dito, so sabay kami lilipad (tourist visas for me and my son applied through the airlines). I am currently without a job and being supported by my son's father. Malapit nang mag one year old ang anak namin, at ang apelyido nya ay yung sa tatay nya. Kinakabahan ako baka ma-offload kami, dahil una, wala akong sufficient funds on my own (unless pwedeng gamitin yung money/properties/businesses ng parents ko) dahil nga yung father ng anak ko ang nagshoulder ng trip (kailangan ba syang gumawa ng affidavit of support kung di naman sya taga Dubai at kasama ko naman sya sa flight); at pangalawa baka sabihan akong dapat mag CFO seminar (kahit di naman kami magpapakasal sa trip na ito, dahil nga wala pa syang approval ng Saudi gov't). Wala naman akong balak maghanap ng work sa Dubai (for now..lol) but maybe just to have a feel of the Arab culture before taking the plunge. My boyfriend has been to Philippines many times (may mga tourist ID na nga), pero ako first time ko lumabas ng bansa. (SORRY ANG HABA NG KWENTO KO LOL) Sana ma-advise mo ako, THANK YOU. Bookmarked your page for future reference -

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    1. Prepare all the necessary documents attesting na related talaga yung anak mo sa foreign father nya like birth certificate and proof of application nyo for marriage. Sabi mo Saudi citizen na yung anak mo then walang problema yung anak mo lumabas kasi Saudi passport naman ang gagamitin nya. And since ikaw ang nanay so they should allow you to leave with your child as well.

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  21. i'm going to tokyo next week. i travel alone as a tourist..i booked my back and fort flight to PAL and hotel accom for 11days. that will be my first time to travel outside the country. what is the percentage that I cann pass thtough the IO. - Peter

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    1. You have Japan visa so don't worry.

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    2. pag japan ba kahit tourist hindi sila mahigpit? - Peter

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  22. Gudmorning po. First time ko po na aalis ng bansa with my cousin this coming May punta ng Thailand. Wala po akong job here sa Pinas this 2015. Purpose ko lang po mag tour for 2weeks. Wala po akong hotel bookings kasi dun po ako tutuloy sa cousin ko na kasama ko pag alis ng Pinas who is working there. May passport naman na ako, roundtrip ticket and 20k pocket money. If wala po bang work dito sa Pinas di papayagan mag travel? Thanks po in advance.☺

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    1. Ka hit wala ka ng work ay may right ka mag travel as tourist. Basta dapat kumpleto ka sa documents like RT tickets. Maluwag naman immigration basta dress, act and speak like a tourist pag pila mo sa immigration counter.

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  23. Thanks po ulit sir. Godbless �� Yung mga negative reviews kasi ng mga kababayan natin sa mga IOs on how they treat tourists worries me.

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  24. Hi.Thanks sa blog mu,it helps .May tanong lang ako..I will be leaving for Thailand on the 29th of March,and will be back here on March 30th ng gabi.Im a highschool student and just got graduated.It will be my first time travel kaya medyo kabado ako na ma offload.My planeticket and hotel reservation is paid by a friend thats from Hongkong.
    Anu dapat sabihin ko para di ako maoffload?Sasabihin ko ba na magsa sightseeing lang ako?
    At anu dapat pakita kong documents..Kaya ko mag show money (20k) kelangan va nka USD ung currency na ipakita ko?
    Sana masagot tanung ko.Maraming thank you.

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    1. It seems you're still minor. Red flag ka sa immigration especially 1 night ka lang sa Bangkok and your tickets were purchased by somebody else. I don't know how I can help you.

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  25. Im already 20 yrs.old and have 2 bank accounts plus debit cards on my own.Bakit naman red flag agad?Graduation gift saken ung trip at 1day lang ang stay ko kasi need ko makabalik on 31th for my graduation ceremony.

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    1. Ganon ba? Sorry about that. In that case prepare a detailed itinerary for 1 day trip to Bangkok and prepare a good reason why another person bought your tickets. Don'T get me wrong about this kasi our immigration officers will try to find loophole about your 1 day trip. They don'don't care whether you have 3 or 5 bank accounts. So anticipate their possible questions and prepare convincing answers. That is all I can say since I don't know exactly your situation.

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  26. Thank you so much sa pagsagot mu..tour lang talga ang dhilan ng punta ko to Bangkok,at patattoo na din.May I ask what are the possible questions if ever?At what currency ang dpat ipakita na show money?God bless.

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    1. Ok. You can use PESO as show money kasi pinaPalitan din sa mga money exchange dun yun nga lang mas mababa. Explain mo bakit friend mo bumili ng tiket mo. Bakit 1 day ka lang. San ka pupunta sa bangkok ng 1 day lang. Anong guarantee na ma ibibigay mo sa immigration na babalik ka after 1 day. Bring any proof kung san ka mag college Kasi sabi mo katatapos mo lang ng high school. Lastly, try to speak and look like a tourist dahil pag okay ang profiling ng immigration sayo ay LusoT ka agad. It happened to my brother and nephew due to their chinese.surname.

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    2. Ok. You can use PESO as show money kasi pinaPalitan din sa mga money exchange dun yun nga lang mas mababa. Explain mo bakit friend mo bumili ng tiket mo. Bakit 1 day ka lang. San ka pupunta sa bangkok ng 1 day lang. Anong guarantee na ma ibibigay mo sa immigration na babalik ka after 1 day. Bring any proof kung san ka mag college Kasi sabi mo katatapos mo lang ng high school. Lastly, try to speak and look like a tourist dahil pag okay ang profiling ng immigration sayo ay LusoT ka agad. It happened to my brother and nephew due to their chinese.surname.

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  27. Thank you so much malaking tulong ung advice nyo.God bless and more power ! :D

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  28. Hi,unfortunately I was offloaded last March 29(1st time to travel) :(
    Ask ko lang,ung binigay sakin na requirements kelangan ko va tlga i comply khit sa ibang terminal aq mag depart?
    Kelangan pa ba tlga ng Affidavit of Support at CFO khit kasama ko na ung bf ko(HK national) na magdedepart from here?
    Sa HK kami pupunta this Apr.19..pupnta sia dto ng Apr.17 pra sabay kmi pmunta ng HK ng Apr.19..

    At if ilalagay ko sa departure card ko ay self employed or freelancer,anu kya mga hihingin skin?
    Mkikita kya un sa record kung nlagay ko dati sa occupation ay student?
    Makikita va nila ng IO sa ibang terminal ang reason ng pagoffload sken last March 29?

    Sana po masagot nyo.Maraming salamat sa blog mu.really big help.God bless.

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    1. hi.just to update,
      Nkalusot aq xa immig last April(MNL-HK),kxma ko bf ko at my pnapirmahan lng sa kania,ang nlagay ko sa embarkation card ay self employed aq.my dala dn kming affidavit of support. Sa terminal 3 un.

      2nd travel ko is last May,(MNL-HK-BKK),kxma ko dn bf ko,nagtransit lng aq from hk,nagstay aq xa bangkok ng 7 days.ung immig.(terwinal3)ay tnanung lang kung cnu kxma ko nung 1st travel ko then stamp.ni hndi hningi rt tickets ko.

      Ngaung june pupnta ult aq ng Bangkok,kaso mag isa nlang aq(but my bf wil be in bkk) redflag po va ang solo female traveller?

      Bukod po sa passport,rt tickets at hotel reservation,magdadala dn aq ng :
      *Bank Cert. (With my savings)
      *Brgy permit/clearance ng internet cafe ko.
      *US dollars
      *Debit card

      Sa terminal 2 po aq magdedepart,kung san aq dti naoffload.
      Ok npo va un?anu po sa tingin nyo?
      Maraming Salamat po.

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    2. Don't worry about your trip kasi may travel record kana. Once nakalabas ka na ng pinas at nakabalik ay marereset na yung offload record mo. Tama yung mga preparations mo.

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    3. Mraming Salamat :) nagwoworry lang aq kc pag solo female traveller,red flag dw ..totoo po va un?
      Mgtatanung kea cla about my last flight to HK then mkikita sa Bangkok aq dumiretso(transit)?Im juz

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    4. Hindi na sila masyado ng mahigit sa kaso mo kasi bumalik ka naman kahit tumuloy ka ng BKK from HKG. Yun naman ang importante sa IO natin, yung babalik ka after mo mag tour. Pero at any rate, just prepare yourself and anticipate mo mga questions nila.

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    5. Hi.Just to update again para sa mga readers..
      Im at the boarding gate of NAIA Terminal 2 as of now.I passed immigration without hassle.The IO juz asked me why Im coming back to BKK,and I just confidently told her that“kulang kasi ang 7 days para malibot ang buong BKK.”
      He asked for a company ID,ang sabi ko lang self employed aq,at may tindahan at loading business ako(kahit wla naman tlga haha) then he asked,ano daw ulit gagawin ko sa BKK,sabi ko magvivisit lng ng mga temple,kc last time nagshopping lang ako.Then tinanung nya kung mag isa lang ako,I directly look in his eyes and said yes.then he stamped my passport.

      Tips ko lang sa mga solo female traveller,pumili kau ng guy na IO,at ung mukang bata pa kasi sila ung minsan na hindi pa marunong magpowertripping,and just answer what is asked,wag na kaung magelaborate. and the best tip is dress,talk and act like a tourist,I dont mean to say that u must have a camera in ur neck,just wear clothes that will look like u have money and wear jewelries.I juz wear a cheap brown long sleeve(I bought in HK for 10HKD),black leggings(100php) and a black heels(bought in ukay ukay for 250php)and everyone calling me “Good Morning Ma’am” like Im a boss.I hope makatulong,thanks.

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  29. Pag na offload ka lalabas sa lahat ng airport terminals yung record mo. Kahit magpalit ka ng passport.

    Hahanapin ng immigration officer yung requirements nila na naging reason ng pag offload mo like affidavit of support.

    Kahit sunduin ka ng bF mo na taga hong kong ay hindi guarantee na ma kaka alis ka. In fact, baka Mas mahirapan Kang umalis Dahil red flag sa immigration yung mga pinoy na umaalis with their foreign bf Dahil mas prone sila sa.hsa.human trafficking.

    Pag nilagay mong self employed ka dapat may proof ka.

    It is more difficult to leave pag na offload kana dahil automatic interview ka ulit and mas rigorous ang investigation.

    There is sure way na makalabas ka, pa kasal kayo sa pinas ng bf mong taga hong kong then you can leave as her wife.

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  30. Inquire lng poh aalis kami ng sister ko papunta bangkok ofw po ako sa dubai magbabakasyon ako sa manila then papasyl kmi ng sister ko sa bangkok kaya lng wla cya wrok ako po ang sasagot sa kanya ok lng po ba yun baka d cya payagan ng immigration?? kasi la cya work and first time na magtravel

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    1. I don't see any problem sa situation nyo. Enjoy your trip.

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  31. Hi there! I'm planning to go to Korea this weekend. I've been there twice kaya lang I'm worried kasi mag-isa na lang ako this time. I got a multiple-entry visa and I don't have a permanent work as of now. But I have enough to support my trip. Any advice? Salamat.

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    1. No worries since you have a valid Visa.

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  32. Hi, my friends and I (all girls) will be going to Kota Kinabalu this Friday. One is still a student, two are employed for few months pa lang and I just recently graduated from college. I'm planning to bring my passport, rt tickets and copy of our hotel reservation. Hindi po ba ako or kami mahirapan with the IO? Thank you.

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    1. Just anticipate their questions and prepare convincing answers. Bring all work documents such as company ID and prepare show money. Prepare a good travel itinerary for Kota kinabalu.

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  33. Gd pm po, im planning to go sa dubai this may 2nd week, tanong ko lng po if may chance ba ako ma offload if family friend lng po yung sponsor ko tsaka manila to dubai yung route ko? Ano po ba yung requiremnts na dpat madala ko? Tsaka okay lng ba ako lng yung bibili ng roundtrip ticket ko dito sa pinas? O ipapadala ko nlng sa friend ko dun para sya kukuha? Thanks po.

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    1. Sad to say, there is a possibility that you can be offloaded. So in case you will be interviewed bring proof of employment or anything that can convince the immigration officer that you will come back. Better buy your own tickticket and proof that you can afford your travel to Dubai.

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  34. Gud pm..off loaded napo ako once for thailand..takot npo ako for 2nd time around i tatry ko po pa SG..any advice po..may record po ba yan cla?? Mahigpit po ba ang IO ng SG??pa help po flight ko po nextweek

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    1. Sad to say may record sila na offloaded ka kung nag Daan ka sa interview before. The most important thing para makalabas ka ay ma prove mo na babalik ka after your tour or may acceptable reason ka para lumabas.

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  35. Hi I will be sponsored by my husband going to Dubai next month. I will be using 90 days visit visa, I have complete docs like AOS, OEC niya, COE niya with salary, Visa niya, authenticated marriage cert namin, nso birth cert etc. May chance po ba ako ma offload first kaka alis lang nia last february 2015 but his salary is more than enough na makasponsor sakin kasi engineer xa, and second wala po kasi ako work, actually kakaresign ko lang since gusto ko mag work dun but ipapalabas ko is visit lang talaga sa husband ko and kung magtanong sila if may work ako sasabihin kong wala and if magtanong sila bakit kasi i was not allowed to have a leave for 3months. im very concerned about the offloading issues pls enlighten me. thank you

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    1. Relax. It seems you have prepared well. Goodluck on your coming trip.

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  36. hi goodevening. kylngan lng po ng tulong.. n offload ako last week in terminal 3.not totally offload di po ako nkalampas sa IO gusto ko lng po malaman kung my record nba ako sa immigration nyan? then, im trying again to travel in sg makikita ba nila n naoffload n ako last week and maging cause ito n maoffload uli ako? sana po may makatulong sakin. tnx.

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    1. Usually if they give you a document stating the reason why you have been offloaded dun ka pa lang mag ka record sa database nila.

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  37. My friend is Filipino and she is coming to Jeju this coming saturday. She is working as a home-based online English teacher but the problem is that her the company is registered in Korea, Not philippines.
    She has a contract as a freelancer online tutor with that company and also has payslips from the company. but she does not pay tax. I wanna know if working as a freelancer can be a reason to be denied :(
    Aside from that, how much does she need to have in cash and in bank account to prove that she can afford the trip? It is her first time travelling abroad. So I am so worried that I might not meet my friend in Jeju....
    Please let me know what are the ways she can get thru... T_T
    I hope you can read this soon! :)

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    1. I advise your friend to have some show money with her and bank statement if possible to show the immigration officer that she can afford to pay her trip. Also to bring any documents supporting her online job. However, many Filipinos are visiting Jeju as tourists without encountering any problem so I think your friend would not encounter any problem as well as long as she has RT tickets and hotel booking.

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  38. Good day! i would like to ask for advice i just been offloaded recently sad to say they read all my cellphone messages and found out i have work waiting in Abu dhabi and give me requirements slip to comply.My concern is i have no chance of leaving country as tourist again??? The employer doesn't want any agency to process.thank you

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    1. You can leave the country as tourist. It is your right. However, since the immigration authority has caught you leaving as tourist worker then it would be more difficult to convince them to allow you to leave in the future unless you comply on the requirements stated on the bump off slip they have given to you. Or allow some time before you try to leave again as tourist. You have better chance of leaving if you are in a tour group or with your family member.

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  39. Hello po. ask ko lang po. NaOffload na po kc aq last dec. Ppuntang macau. Sabi nung kakilala ko madalas daw talaga maOffload pag mgisa lang mgttravel. Ngayon po mgttry po ulit ako pero group nman po. May chance po b na maoffload pa din ako kung karamihan ng kasama ko puro citizen tska worker ng bansa na ppuntahan ko? Thnx po

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    1. Yes, mas malaki ang chance na ma offload pag mag isa ka lang mag travel. Kung sasali ka sa group tour ay malaki ang chance mo makalabas pero make sure na kumpleto ang documents mo. However kung sa Macau ka ulit mag group tour at na detect na na-offload ka before going to Macau din ay obvious na mag we - work ka lang dun. Try mo.Hong Kong then saka ka tutuloy ng Macau.

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  40. Hi!

    I am leaving next month, and worried because of offload issues. This my very first time to travel abroad. My destination is in Japan as tourist without guarantor. I don't have a work and I just graduated and passed the board and as a reward of my parents, They will shoulder all the expenses for this tour. I will stay there for 2 weeks. I have with me my visa, back and forth ticket (but it was bought under my boyfriend CC who's now in Japan), bank certificate, 7 hotel reservations, Debit/Mastercard, and atleast 50,000¥ cash. Is there any way that they can offload me? Hope you can help me with this. So I would know what to prepare. Thank you!

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    1. In case you will be interviewed the only problem I foresee is your tickets. If you will tell the same thing to our immigration about the reward thing then they might ask why your bf bought the ticket and not your parents. Anyway, you have a visa, tickets and hotel booking, hopefully you will pass the IO without any ado.

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    3. Just to add, the airlines might ask for the credit card used to buy your tickets. Just be prepared about this matter. You might end up having problem with the airlines and not with our immigration authority.

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  41. Thanks for the info. But I already confirm it with the cebu pac when it comes to the airlines. They said that there would be no problem, I just have to provide my ID, official itinerary receipt and the ticket. I just hope that the immigration won't go further about the ticket. Thank you again.

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  42. Hello po! I got offloaded last April 27 bound to SG. First time traveler plang po ako. Nagdeclare po ako na SELF-EMPLOYED pero may work po ako here sa Pinas. May invitation po ako from a friend na nagwowork dun kaso ang gusto ng IO ay galling daw sa relative ang invitation kaya ayon naoffloaded ako. Paano naman ako magcocomply sa binigay na list of requirements e wala nman akong relative dun kahit at least 4th degree. Ang naiisip po naming solution is to complete yung mga proof n employed ako dito s Pinas. Okay na po kaya yun?

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    1. Yan ang usual error ng ibang pupunta sa SI o Dubai. May invitation pero hindi naman nila relative yung nag invite which is red flag sa mga IO natin dahil obvious na tourist worker sila. The best thing kung employed ka ay punta ka dun as tourist. Prepare all required documents such as RT tickets and hotel booking. Kailangan mo na lang na convince yung IO na babalik ka after mo mag tour.
      However, it seems nasa database na nila na na offload ka on your way to ST kaya mas mahigit sila next time pag aalis ka ulit going to SG.

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    2. Just to add, as first time traveler, whatever you put on that piece of paper ay dapat may proof ka. If self employed then produce a proof na may source of income ka. If employed then bring proof of employment. If businessman then bring proof na may business ka.

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    3. What if question'in kung bakit the first time ay nagdeclare ako n self-employed well in fact employed nman tlga ako? Will it be enough kung complete yung mga proofs ko n employed ako? Can I travel alone? (Traumatized to IOs) :(

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    4. Well, if that happens you should have a good reason bat ganon. I can't give you the answer. Even if you have proof na employed ka it is still a gamble dahil nag ka record ka na sa immigration. Mas thorough ang inspection nila next time. Mas madali ka makalusot kung family trip o group tour. Kasi ang situation mo right now ay nag ka record kana then mag isa ka pa aalis ulit tapos nag declare ka pa ng self employed before which you are planning to change to employed status. Kaya medyo complicated na ang situation mo.

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  43. group tour and employed status nlng chance ko?! mas mganda din ba kung magchange nlng ng destination?

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    1. Nobody is stopping you from doing that. Hindi ko sinabi na yun na lang ang chance mo. Ang sabi ko mas madali kang makakalusot if group tour or family trip. Also, kung ano ang nilagay.mo whether S.E. or employed dapat may proof ka. Anyway, I believe I have given you enough advice. Goodluck sa second try mo.

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  44. Hi, just want to get your advice/opinion ,my husband will visit Dubai this month, he has 3 months visa sponsored by his sister who is working there. His return ticket is on August, will it be questioned by the IO? He also have the affidavit of support, oec. from his sister, Is there any chance he will be offloaded?
    Thank you in advance :)

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    1. No worries as long as he has complete documents especially proof of relationship with his sponsor like birth certificates. Words of advice, show only the the documents being asked by the IO and prepare a good reason why he needs.to stay there for 3 months. Also he must be able to convince.the IO that he will come back.

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  45. Hello, wala akong work ngayon pero i got a bf na English working in Japan. We already met when he visited here nung march 2015 for my bday. So may proofs kame like pics and places na pinuntahan namen dito sa pinas. So mga august hes planning to come back for us to see each other again. And after a short vacation here we are planning to go to either Japan or Hongkong,(im a first time traveler) these are my questions smile emoticon

    1. If ba nag apply kame ng visit visa sa japan. Na sya ang sponsor. Since dun sya nakatira ngayon may chance pa din bang maoffload ako kahit may visa na and ksama ko sya mismo na aalis dito?

    2. If sa hongkong kame ppunta may chance bang ma offload ako kasi nabbother kaso baka doubtful pag may ksamang foreigner. Baka isipin ng IO na ggamtin ako for human trafficking .Hes working in a corporate office in tokyo . So pwede ba yun na proof na di nman ako gagamitin as drug mule and we already met before . :) thanks po

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  46. Well, you are in a complicated situation considering this is your first time to travel outside Phils. Since you are not working it will be very difficult to prove to our IO that you are a genuine tourist. On the other hand, proving to IO that you have a foreigner bf that will shoulder your expenses will put you in red flag status since many pinays who left with foreign bf end up as victim of human trafficking.

    To answer your question, yes there is a high probability that you will be offloaded.

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  47. Hi po, I appreciate the concern and helpful tips you share to our kababayans inorder for us to pass the interview at the immigration. I hope you can help me as well.

    My situation is I'm planning to go to Dubai and my sponsor would be the wife of my cousin. Would that be a factor to cause me being offloaded since we're not really related by blood? Kumbaga, yung asawa nya ang pinsan ko tlga. Also, sya na rin ang bibili ng ticket for me. Does the affidavit of support and their marriage of certificate already enough to prove that I am eligible for tourist visa? The documents I have with me are my passport, company ID and certificate of employment.

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    1. Aside from the required docs such as RT tickets bring proof of affinity. Prepare good reasons why you are visiting Dubai. Lastly, you should be able to convince the IO that you will come back.

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  48. Good day po, ask ko lng po ano po ba maadvise nyo sakin ksi i am planning to go to Korea and first time ko po magpnta dun. 3 weeks po sana ako magsstay to visit my Korean boyfriend na nakabakasyon sa Military training nya, mas complikado po ksi kung sya ang bibisita dto. Sa bahay po nila ako mgsstay. Ano po kayang pwdng gawin pra makalampas sa IO? approved naman po yung vacation leave ko sa company namin at 3 years nako nagwwork. Ano po pwd kong sabihin at pakitang documents?

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    1. Just bring proof of employment aside from RT tickets. As I have mentioned on my post it is better to have hotel booking too. In your case, you can book your hotel then cancell it; just to have something to show to our IO. Prepare a thorough itinerary of your trip A as well.

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    2. Just bring proof of employment aside from RT tickets. As I have mentioned on my post it is better to have hotel booking too. In your case, you can book your hotel then cancell it; just to have something to show to our IO. Prepare a thorough itinerary of your trip A as well.

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    3. Thank you sir for the valuable info!

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  49. hi good day po,,,ask lng po aq,,,ex dh po aq sa hk but dko ntapos contrata ko at nka 1 year lng aq dun,,,kakauwi ko lng last year at now po my work aq dto sa pinas minimum salary po,,,plan po nmin ng mga frends ko dis coming june na mag 3days hk tour,,,ask ko po magkakaproblema po ba aq kc ex dh aq sa hk?sna po matulungan ninyo aq,,,at maraming slamat po tlga...

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    1. Wala namang problema kahit ex dh ka sa hkg. Aside from RT tickets dapat may hotel booking din kayo. Bring proof of employment. Mas ok din na mag group check in kayo sa airlines then sunod sunod kayo mag fall in line sa IO. Dapat iisa lang ang itinerary nyo ng 3 para in case ma interview kayo pare pareho sagot nyo. Prepare din kayo ng proof na Kaya nyo ng gumastos as tourists Luke show money or credit cards or bank certificates. Take notes sa post ko sa taas. Goodluck.

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  50. Hello po. andito ako ngayon sa Sg as tourist, magstay ako dito for 25 days, after nito punta ako sa SG 90days yung length of stay ko dun.. Question lang po, hahanapan pba ako ibang docs dito aside from visa and ticket? Thank you in advance..

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    1. Medyo Magulo yata. Nasa SG ka now as tourist for 25 days then Punta ka ulit ng SG (?) for 90 days?

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  51. Hello,

    I was in dubai working for 6 yrs. At first visit visa lang ako then nakahanap ako ng work.

    I resigned at kakauwi ko lang this feb 2015. Meron na akong work dito but then i plan to visit KL Malaysia for 3 nights 2 days sa june 12 since diba fri sat sun long holiday.

    Ma oofload ba ko nun well my trip is really for vacation. Is there a chance na sabihin nila kk pasok ko pa lang ng trabaho mag babaksyon agad ako.

    Gusto ko kasi mag tour ulit.

    Salamat hope u can answer.

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    1. As long as you have proof of employment dyan sa Dubai and kumpleto ka sa docs as a.tourist sa KL ay wala akong nakikitang problema. Prepare an itinerary of your trip to KO para in case ma interview ka ay ma convince mo yung interviewer na visit ka lang sa KL.

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    2. Super thank u po sa reply.

      What i mean po is nag resigned na ko sa dubai at kakauwi dto sa pilipinas.

      Nakahanap po ako agad ng work dto nk uwi ako pinas ng feb 28 and i started to work as office admin march 23. Diba po june 12 is holiday, doon
      ko gusto mag trip sa kl. June 12 to 15.
      Ung bank statement ok naman po at hotel booking kc i can book by my own money. Ung problem lng is ung
      span of time kc kk hire ko lng diba. Gusto ko lng i take advantage kc since
      holiday ng june 12 fri sat sun 3 days.
      Should i postponed my trip. Sorry po dami tanong.

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    3. No worries. Just bring proof of employment and bank certificate. Sometimes they ask for show money too.

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  52. Hi Good day,

    Im planning on going to dubai as a tourist and look for a job there. Im planning to have the agency here in philippines to process the tourist visa and the itirenary. I currently have work here but we dont have a company ID and i dont think i can get an ITR either. But i can get a Certificate of employment. I have two bank accounts. one with 120k+ and the other with 170k+. And cash worth 50k. It was the money I saved while working here in the philippines. the reason for two bank accounts was because the other one was nearer at our house.

    My concern is the offloading because its my first time to travel outside philippines. What should be the best thing to do so that i wont be suspected of going to dubai as a tourist who will look for work there.

    I dont have a credit card. But im planning to get one to use it to purchase my round trip tickets. Should i resign from my current job? if so? how would i answer the IO if he asks me about my work?

    And what problem will i be facing during the interview?

    thanks!

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    1. it is good to have a credit card then buy your own tickets and book a hotel room. Prepare a good reason why you want to visit Dubai and prepare a thorough itinerary. Request bank certificates and prepare show money. Lastly, convince the IO that you will come back here by showing employment certificate and other related documents.

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    2. ok. regarding the booking of hotel room. how many days should i reserve?

      also the show money, should i carry cash? or the amount in my bank account is enough?

      i already have a COE of my current job. im planning on resigning my current job after my tourist visa is processed. Will my COE still be valid?

      what other options to use in order to convince the IO that i will be coming back aside from having a job?

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    3. As tourist, Hotel booking should correspond to your flight details. You should have cash with you always when traveling as tourist. Also our IO sometimes will ask for show money. Convincing the IO that you will come back will depend on your situation and how you will reason out with the IO.

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  53. Gud day po sir. First time ko po na aalis ng bansa this coming June punta ng Thailand as a tourist. As a reward sa akin ng parents ko.. fresh graduate po ako nga education so wala akong work sa ngayon, so sila ang mag soshoulder sa expenses ko. isa po silang business man/woman. Purpose ko po ay mag tour don. Ngayon ang tanong ko po sir ano pa po bang requirements na pwd kong ipakita o i present sa kanila na proof na talaga ako ay babalik aside sa passport at RT ticket at tour package,hotel. ano pa po bang kailangan ipakita o dadalhin..? at ok lang po vah na Dollar ang currency na dadalhin ko kasi wala pa akong bank account or ATM card.. ok lang po vah cash ang ipakita ko sa IO's? Salamat po at more power sa inyo!!

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  55. Since this is your first time to travel abroad most likely you will undergo an interview. Thus you need to prove first to the IO that you have graduated recently then bring proof that it was your parents who will shoulder your expenses by showing the receipts of your tickets and bookings. Most probably, the IO will also ask for proof of your parents busines, Prepare tour itinerary. Since I have no idea about your situation I can't tell you how to convince the IO that you will come back after your tour. No worries about your dollar. Ingat ka lang dahil Maraming mandurukot, bag slasher and touts sa Bangkok. You check my posts about this.

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  56. Hi po. I am a nurse working sa government hospital, magttravel po kami ng mga kaibigan ko for the first time sa KL. Need ko po ba kumuha pa ng permit to travel sa HR namin? Kasi mahigpit daw po ang IO sa mga nurses at govt employee. Salamat po.

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    1. Yup. If you are a government employee you need to have travel clearance from the agency where you are working.

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  57. Hi Good day!
    Gusto ko sana mag ask ng questions. My concern is to avoid being offload in NAIA imm.
    I have prepared my Etickets, itinerary, hotel bookings and also visa to dubai that i sponsor it on my own, i am currently unemployed pero suportado aq ng fiancee ko for almost 3yrs. It will be my first travel. I am concern if what i preferred is enough? I also have my Atm debit/cards.
    I am coming there as a tourist, and also to meet my fiancee there hindi rin po sya resident doon. All we want to do is to tour ans stay there for 1week, hindi po magiging kaduda duda if i will just tell the counselor na mag ttour lang tlga aq at by myself pa? Or mas mainam na i will just tell them the truth na i meet ko fiancee ko doon, i have all the proofs nman po na we have been together for long time ago from pictures and also our bank to bank transactions.
    Is there any possibilities na offload parin po kaya ako? Or mag crosscountry nlng aq like hk to dubai?

    I really appreciate if you can advice me. Thank u so much and godbless.

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  58. Since it is your first time to travel abroad and you chose Dubai as destination which is obviously an expensive place to visit then both options will put you in red flag to our IO. But since you are jobless it is better to gamble on the fiancee side. Just bring all your proof that he is supporting you for the last 3 years and anticipate every ppssoble questions the IO might ask you. However, if your fiance is a foreigner then that is another story where I couldn't be of help anymore. The IO will either profile you as tourist worker (less the fiancee) or victim of human trafficking (with foreign fiancee).

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  59. Going to HK before proceeding to Dubai entails additional resources (another tickets and booking) and more effort on your side to convince the IO without divulging that your final destination is Dubai. Keep in mind that once the IO officer detects another set of tickets or gets an idea that you will be proceeding to another destination then you might as well bid goodbye to your travel plan. Once you have been offloaded your name will appear in all the airport terminals. The next time you try to travel abroad it will be more rigorous interview will be conducted by IO.

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    1. Is this mean that I can't travel?

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    2. I am not saying that, you have the right to travel of course but considering your present situation there is a high possibility that you will be offloaded.

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    3. Oh okay. Anyhow thank you po sa advice I really appreciate it!;)

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  60. Hi! I was really delighted when I found your site! Finally! I've seen something different and I was glad when I saw that you response promtly to most of our kababayan who struggles from the agony of being offloaded by the dreadful IOs.

    By the way Sir, just like everybody else, I'm also seeking for your advice. I arrived here in MNL last Dec.2014. I'm an ex expat and I've been travelling abroad with my family since 1999. This year, I purchased 3 rt tickets mainly because it was on promo. First, I was able to book a flt to HK and SG with my family which I was not really bothered of being offloaded because we're in a group. Second and what really bugs me is my solo roundtrip flight from MNL-DBX-MNL because I'm currently unemployed. I have yet to book a hotel where I will stay for 2 weeks because I don't have any relatives in Dubai but I've got friends who can help for the sponsorship but not for the accomodation. My visa is okay. I know that I am financially capable since I've been saving for this trip as an early birthday gift to myself but I'm really worried if they ask me about my work which I don't have. I'll be back in Manila 5 days before my birthday to spend it with my family, relatives and friends.

    Please give me some tips to lessen my burden because I don't want to be offloaded and feel humiliated because all I wanted is to enjoy what I've worked for. I'm hoping for your response Sir. Thank you so much in advance.

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    1. You mentioned that you have booked 3 RT for SG and HKG with your family. If your flight to Dubai is earlier than those bookings then there is nothing to worry about. Just show these bookings to our IO as proof that you will come back. In case your Dubai flight is after these bookings then it will be a different story. I am surprised that you were able to book these flights considering that you are jobless. Surely you have some source of income to fund these travel. Otherwise, you will find it difficult to convince our IO that you won't go to Dubai as tourist worker. However, if you have proof that you can afford your Dubai trip like bank certificates, credit cards, show money then chances are you will be allowed to fly to Dubai considering that you have been travelling in the past as well.

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    2. Good day Sir! Thank you for the enlightenment. Actually, I've saved long enough for these trips and I was just scared that what if my Dubai flight comes and the IO suddenly tells me i can't leave because I don't have work or probably tells me that I'll just be a tourist worker which is not really the case.

      Your response is highly appreciated. Thank you so much Sir.

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  61. Good day po..yaya po ako ng mga anak ng pinsan ko (1st cousin),plano po nila magbakasyon sa japan at isasama po ako..mabigyan po kaya ako ng visa?ano po kaya kelangan gawin para ma makakuha ako ng visa?

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    1. Lahat ng requirements and procedures ay Naka indicate na sa post ko sa taas.

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  62. Hi sir..dame ko natutunan sa post niyo..ask ko lang po sana may plan po kase kame ng bf ko na mag tourist sa macau instead singapore kase mas mahigpit daw sa singapore then hanap kame ng work dun..we will book 3 days and hotel reservation para di halata..kaso sir ask ko lang sana if magkakaproblema ba kame kase medjo dame aberya ata kase last 2013 nag work kame sa bahrain with valid working visa then umuwi kame last year may 2014 ung bf ko nag resign then ako annual leave ko lang pero di nako bumalik sa bahrain pero nakita ko sa sight nila na cancelled na visa ko..my bf as waiter and ako as nuraing aide sa bahrain..then last year september 2014 may work permit naman ako to work in singapore as DH ang nakalagay pero caregiver talaga work ko dun but unfortunately after 1 week umuwi ako kase di sinunod kontrata ko at nagsabi ako sa agency at nagbayad sakanila para makauwi ako kase di ko kaya work dun then sa airport ng singapore tinatakan ng WPSP ung likod ng passport ko kaya nagdecide kame ngaun na wag na sa singapore makipag sapalaran..bale sir 1st time namin na gawin ang pagttourist para makipagsapalaran na makahanap ng work sa macau kase medjo mahirap ng mag apply ngaun at madame gastos na babayaran..malaki ba ang chance na maooffload kame sa immigration pag ganun sir?sana sir matulungan mo kame kase tagal ko na nagssearch at wala ako makitang magandang sagot kung ano pwede namin gawin kaya ngayong nakita ko post mo nabuhayan kame ng loob..ano kayang magandang gawin sir?sana po ay matulungan niyo kame sa aming tanong para maiplano at hindi kame maoffload..salamat :) will wait for your soonest response..thanks in advance..

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    1. Dapat ma prove nyo sa IO na may capacity kayo mag travel like bank certificates and show money. Then dapat ma convince nyo rin yung IO na babalik kayo after ng tour.. Tulad ng sinabi ko sa iba, I can't give you any reasons or situation para gamitin nyo sa IO. Lahat mag depende sa real life situation nyo para in case ma interview kayo alam nyo kung pano mag reason out... Anticipate nyo lahat ng puede ng itanong. Wag kayo mag pa kita ng mga education or work certificates... follow my tips above.

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    2. Thank u sir for your response..jobless kase kame ngaun..what if sir nakita nila ung sa passport namin ung visa sa bahrain?and ung akin sa singapore?pwede naman cguro namin sabihin sir na babalik tlga kame and di maghahanap ng work dun kase proof naman na dumadaan kame sa legal way na kahit nag abroad kame dati is dumaan kame ng agency and POEA diba?hindi ba sila magtatanong ng employment certificates namin sa bahrain?and sir hndi ba nila tatanungin ung stamp ko sa singaporr kase alam nila na work permit yun and ung work permit is para sa mga DH diba?

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    3. Sad to say malaki possibility na ma offload kayo kasi mahirapan kayo mag prove ng financial capability as tourist. Second baka nga ma tanong kayo sa Bahrain and SG entries nyo. Mahirap an din kayo ma convince ang IO kasi ano babalik an nyo sa pinas if wala kayo ng present jobs or business? Medyo obvious din na tourist worker kayo. Anyway, yun lang point of view ko. 2 kasi importante dyan as I have mentioned before na kailangan Meron Kang financial capacity to travel and convincing proof na babalik ka.

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    4. Ganun ba sir?nakakalungkot naman..show money sir diba sapat para di kame ma offload?and ung confirmed na hotel reservation?ano pa kaya sir ang way? :(

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    5. Yes, aside from RT tickets and hotel booking you need show money and better kung kaya nyo ay bank certificates. Try to bluff your way through the interview. Dress, act and talk smartly. Read my tips above. Goodluck.

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    6. Thank you so much sir for having a time to listen with me..thanks for your advice..by the way,do u know sir how much show moneu ia needed enough for us not to be offloaded if we will have 3days and 2 nights tour?

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  63. Sir,ako ulit to..hehe..sorry..last question nalang sana..ano mas maganda to travel na mag isa or may kasama?may nabasa ako na mas maganda me kasama,meron naman din ako nabasa na if may kasama kunwari daw di siya kilala pagpasok ng airport then separate booking kame kase daw if magkakilala kau then nagkaproblema sa IO ung isa pati daw ikaw damay..ano kaya mas maganda sir?salamat :)

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    1. Yes that is true. Pag hiwalay kayo and na offload yung isa, tutuloy pa rin. Ba Yung isa? It depends kasi sa IO yun. Maaaring lusot kayo ng 2 o pareho kayo offload o na harang yung isa. Depende kung paano kayo mag reason out sa IO. As I always mentioned ay mag prepare kayo ng proof na may financial capacity kayo mag tour and convincing reason na babalik. Wala na akong puede I - suggest sa situation nyo. Regarding show money ay nasa inyo yun kung ano ang itinerary nyo na sa Sabihin sa IO pag na interview kayo. Kahit 300 $ o 1000 $ ay depende sa mga places and activities na pupunta Han o gagawin nyo. You do your homework tulad ng mga tips ko sa taas

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    2. To give you an idea, try mo read yung Macau Exploit namin Para may idea ka kung anung gusto mong gawin o puntahan sa Macau.

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  64. Hi Good Day, will be travelling to bangkok on the 13th and will be staying their for 28 days, i have my passport, round trip ticket and 50k pocket money. I've been to SG and Malaysia na as tourist last january but this time I'll be alone because this is a college graduation and birthday gift from my parents and i decided to just look for a hotel kapag nandun na ako, do you think I'll be having a problem?

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    1. Since you have been to SG and Malaysia before I don't think you will encounter any problems with our IO.

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    2. di na kaya nila itatanong yung tutuluyan ko? paano kapag tinanong nila?

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    3. Then Sabihin mo na dun ka pa lang mag Hanap ng hotel pag dating mo. But to be on the safe side, mag book ka na lang ng hotel even for few days tapos lipat ka na lang hotel pag ayaw mo dun sa napuntahan mong hotel or mag extend ka ng stay.

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    4. Hi just want to inform you na nandito na ako sa BKK sobrang nakatulong ka sa pag-alis ko. The IO na na-encounter ko sobrang bait nya and accomodating. wala na sya masyado tinanong sakin at pinalampas nya na agad ako and tke note sobrang friendly din nya nakangiti sya at paminsan minsan nakikipagtawanan sa mga pasahero

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    5. I agree with your observation about our IOs. I noticed that most IOs deployed in our airports in Manila now are younger compared with those IO guys many years back. We are now catching up with our Asian neighbors in professionalizing our immigration officers.

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  65. Hi ! Me and my bestfriend will travel to sg sa september. We are both student pa and birthday gift lang sakin to ng parents ko. Mag reready kami ng hotel bookings, round trip ticket . Magkanong show money kaya ang kelangan na ipakita sa IO ? Worried po kasi ako na baka ma offload kami . Although Pabalik balik na ako sa japan ( i have my residence card ) but yung best friend ko first time nya lumabas ng country . Worried lang po ako kasi student palang kami and no credit cards . Cash lang talaga and 1 debit card.

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    1. The amount of show money depends on your itinerary and duration of your stay in SG. Kasi in case ma interview kayo you should be able to justify bakit ganyan yung amount na Dala nyo. Basta follow some of my tips here para hindi kayo ma - profile na tourist worker ng IO natin.

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  66. hello po , my bestfriend and i are planning to avail a package tour to SG for 3 days, but the main purpose, after our tour tuloy na po ako ng Duabi, sya po balik ng Pinas. pero ang ire-reason out po namin sa immigration birthmonth po kase ng bestfriend ko this august kaya dun po nmin binalak na mg pabook ng package nagkataon lang po n hindi nmin mapabook ng saktong birthday nya, ano po kaya magiging problema namin? any advice po na pede po namin sabihin pa? pag dating ko po ng SG after our Tour diba po tutuloy na po ako ng dubai do i need to present my tourist Visa on the singapore immig or just the ticket itself po..? thank you soo much po.. hoping for your advice po :) thank you po.

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    1. Malaki chance nyo makalusot kasi tour package ang gamit nyo. Make sure na hiwalay and Naka check in yung tickets and visa mo sa Dubai. Pag labas ng SG ay no need to show your Dubai visa to SG IO kasi di ka naman citizen ng SG. I papa kita mo yung Dubai visa mo sa airline check in. Make sure na RT yun para pasakayin ka ng airline going to Dubai. Don't forget to follow my tips sa post na ito.

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  67. hello po.ive been offloaded once as a tourist tapos nag apply po ako for work in cambodia.i went thru POEA nmn po and nagpass naman po ako sa double checking ng immig.i worked there for 6months after my contract.drecho po ako thailand for two months as a tourist.kakauwi ko lang po last May.this time po nabigyan po ako nga visitor visa ng Japan coz my aunt invited me.may possibilty po ba na ma question/ma offload ako ulit?.and ano pa ba kelangan e prepare ko na documents?.yung husband po ng aunt ang guarantor ko.yung invitation letter/guarantee letter my xerox copies po ako .i really need your advice.ill be leaving by next week na po.thanks!

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    1. Pag na offload ka ay nag kaka roon ka ng record sa BI pero once na Naka alis ka ulit legally ay na re-reset yung record mo. And pag Meron Kang japan visa ay most probably na hindi ka na haha rangin pa ng IO.

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  68. hi. ask ko lang po regarding nmn sa situation ko. flight ko sa SG. tourist po. hindi n po ako employed but meron po akong business n hindi nmn ganun kalaki kumita. anong docs po b kelangan ko... actually kakaresign ko lang wala akon ID and COE anong dapat kong gawin aminin ko n self employed ako or employed pa din ako.. kung self employed nmn po, anong mga docs po dapat kong dalhin bukod sa DTI... (additional info: 3rd time n ko pa-SG and ilang beaes n ein po mag thai, japan and malaysia dhil po pinpadala po ako lagi kumpanya)

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    1. If nakakalabas kana dati ay most probably ay hindi ka na masisita ng IO.

      Pero in case na masisita ka at wala kang ID and COE then don't put employee. You can put self employed then bring some docs like DTI. You can even bluff your way by stating na you were able to go out before bakit haha rangin ka ngayon. Anticipate their questions and prepare convincing answers. Speak, dress and act like a business man/woman.

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    2. thank you po.

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  69. Hi sir, ex ofw po kming mgasawa from libya and currently unemployed.. Plan ko po sanang mgtour kasama ng husband at anak ko to hongkong then i'll go to dubai.. Bale ung mg ama ko n lng ang babalik ng pinas.. Question ko since unemployed kming mgasawa at walang ring business, pwede bang mging ground un para maoffload kmi? Salamat po

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    1. If by chance na harang kayo ng IO, yes puede kayo ng ma offload.

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  70. HI! thank you for providing helpful tips. I'm a 21 year old female, my contract in my previous job ended last April 16. I plan on going on a trip to BKK alone for 5 days, just worried about all these offloading issues. I'm actually prepared for everything except for my reason to come back. I'm currently unemployed and plan to take medicine next school year so i'll surely return in the Philippines. But these IO offloading worries me :( This is my reward for myself and idk if I'll get through IO. It's my first time out of the country and i'm so excited but worried at the same time.

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  71. There is a high probability that you will be offloaded unless you are able to convince the IO that you will come back.

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  72. hi sir, pa 2nd time ko ng mag solo travel balik po kase ulit ako sa SG may roundtrip ticket, emploted din po ako mkkpag provide din po ako ng coe ko kaso wala akong hotel since don ako mag stay sa bf ko, dati po kase may hotel reservation ako ngayon wala po. yung 1st time ko magpunta sa SG last may lng, hindi po ba ako ma question na bakit babalik ulet ako, possible po ba ma ma offload ako. thank u

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    1. You can tell our IO na dun ka na lang mag Hanap ng hotel pag dating mo sa SG. Prepare a convincing answer bakit babalik ka ulit sa SG. Pag di mo na convince ang IO ay possible na ma offload ka.

      Anyway, galing ka na roon kaya less ang chance na ma harang ka.

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  73. Hi sir ..gusto ko po sna magtravel sa malaysia , galing npo ako sa HK last year nagstay po ako dun ng 5 days tas lumipad po ako ppuntang lebanon for work ..ung employer ko po dun nkatira cla sa africa dinala po nila ako dun kya lng 4months lng po ako nagwork sa knila tas umuwi npo ako d2 sa pinas ..asko ko lng po kung di po ba ako ma question ng IO sa chop ng passport ko ..tas meron po ako chop na A to A b4 po ako nagpunta sa Hk at lebanon ?? Gusto ko po kc magtravel ulet ppuntang kotakinabalu ...sna po mabigyan mo po ako ng advice salamat po ��

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    1. I think na sagot kona yung inquiry mo dun sa isa kong post or thread.

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    2. I think na sagot kona yung inquiry mo dun sa isa kong post or thread.

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    3. Yes sir nbasa ko na po ung reply mo ..mraming slamat po sir ..cmula ng nkita ko tong site mo lalong lumakas ung loob ko pra magtravel ulet ..very helpful tlg ..tnx po godbless

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  74. sir, pag nag book po kaya ako ng hotel tpos ipa cancel ko, ok lang po ba hindi na po ba nila check yon ano po ba mas maganda mag book ako ahead of time o pag malapit na. thank uou po

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    1. Anytime puede ka mag book then cancel. Hindi na yun malalaman ng IO. Make sure lang na walang cancellation charge.

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    2. sir, ask ko ang po, chini check po ba ng BI ung credit card balance mo o pinapakita lng po yung card. kase konti nalng din ung remaining balance ng credit card ko. thank u.

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    3. No. They don't check it and don't bring your credit card statement.

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  75. Hello Sir. Thank you for you blog. I'll keep that in my mind. Rather, I'm confused at this moment. I'm a graduate student who wants to travel to indonesia for awhile. I quit my job so that I could focus on my review for my comprehensive exam for my graduate school. Would I write in the card that I am unemployed or will I write student?

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    1. If you are unemployed then write student. If you write student then make sure you can convince the IO that you have the capacity to finance your travel in case you will be interviewed.

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  76. Hello po ask q lng po kc ncoconfused po kc aq papunta npo ung hubby q this coming 23 here in dubai via PAL but then ung dummy ticket nia pblik ng manila is coming from abu dhabi via etihad?but actually d2 nmn po tlg q s abu dhabi nkabase..anu po kya possible n itatanong ng IO at pwd nia isagot bkit mgkaiba ang papunta at pblik nia n tcket..thank u po!

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    1. I have no idea kung anung dapat nya I sagot kasi I never advised na mag dummy ticket pabalik ng pinas. Ask the agency na nag process ng dummy ticket, they are in better position to answer your query. Baka dati na nilang ginagawa yan.

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  77. Hi sir. I already have tourist visa bound to UAE.

    Let me just confirm if I understood your tip correct about booking flight.
    My plan is MNL-HK-AUH.
    Is it okay if I already booked MNL-HK-MNL via Cebu Pac (confirmed) and
    HK-AUH-MNL via Emirates airlines?

    I am afraid kase na baka makita ng IO yung HK-AUH-MNL booking ko.

    (By the way I've travelled 4 times na sa Japan,China and HK so sana less chance na yun maoffload).

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  78. Yes. If you have a smartphone then you can simply save your e-ticket or booking para wala kang paper ticket na hawak. Puede ka mag check in naman sa HKG pa kita mo lang yung saved e-ticket. Lahat ng documents mo lagay mo sa check in baggage. Dress, act and speak like a tourist.

    Isa pa nakalabas ka na dati kaya madali na lang makalabas ulit.

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  79. Ah sir what I meant po is makikita ba nila sa computer system nila that I have 2 bookings? Kase sabi mo may access sila nun eh. Thank you for the response.

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    1. Yes. May access sila kung alam nila booking reference mo. Kaya dapat hindi nila makita yung 2nd booking mo. Kaya dapat zero knowledge sila sa connecting flight mo. Wala dapat paper trail and wag mo bigay cp mo in case Hiram in nila. Anyway, as I have mentioned baka hindi kana masisita dahil madalas ka ng umalis before. Ingat ka lang sa profiling nila and be prepared to show proof na may financial capacity ka na mag tour.

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  80. hi sir, ask ko lang po kung hindi po ako makabalik sa nasabing return ticket dahil sa planong mag cross country at after po mag cross country ma question po ba ako sa philippine immigration...

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  81. Sir tanong ko lang po isang buwan po ako sa malaysia alis na po ako sa july 30 as a tourist. Wala na po laman ang ATM ko, ang pocket money ko ay 20,000z sa friend ko po ako magstay. May contact number ko po siya at address. May round trip ticket din po ako. Nagresign na po ako sa work pero as akin parin po ang company ID ko kasi sabi ko nawala. May coe din po ako kaso feb pa po yun nakalagay ang gross monthly income ko para sana sa mobile postpaid application.

    Ang tanong ko po wala po akong hotel reservation. Okay lang po ideclare ko na sa friedn ko ako tutuloy?
    Wala rin po akong bank statement na mapapakita kasi wala na laman atm ko 20,000 cash lang ang dala ko pwede na po ba yun for a month of stay?
    Sasabihin ko po na may trabaho pa ako ipapakita ko Company ID at Coe ko nung feb pa for mobile postpaid application. Sabihin ko po nakaleave ako for a month. malalaman po ba nila na wala ko trabaho if ever? Balak ko po kasi maghanap talaga ng trabaho sa malaysia.

    Sana po masagot niyo po ang mga katanungan ko. Salamat po!

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  82. thanks sir :)

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