The air that I breath soothes into my mind right after the excruciating immigration officer stamped my passport. Relieved by all the questions thrown at me about traveling solo on my first time going out of the country for 35 days. Exactly 20 minutes of validating my documents with those unexpected questions, the immigration officer finally convinced that I was not a fraud.
The experience Filipinos indulged every time one goes out of the country differ from one another. Thus, mine has a special case, not that I am a criminal, but, my marital status created some conflicting issues.
A lot of people would ask how to survive the immigration in The Philippines if you are a Filipino traveling abroad for the first time. And although mine had a special case, yet, there were similarities when it comes to being fully prepared before facing the immigration officer.
One of the main things I seemingly observed at the immigration was how each one showed confidence with their great smile. Some Filipino travelers showed their sincere smile by the time they talked to an officer bringing all the documents they prepared, hoping for the passport to be stamped. Most of the people I chatted with are going abroad for work, and in those group, I was the only one visiting other countries for a 35 days travel, the rest were on a 5 or 10 days visit only. Unfortunately, one of the chatters was offloaded due to the reasons that they cannot fathom, her paperwork were lacking. She was about to leave with 3 other friends, it was their first time to supposedly leave the country, yet, one of them was offloaded. Before I went to my boarding station, they told me they will find a way to have her on board in which I have no idea what happened after that.
Witnessing this first hand on how painful it was being offloaded, I care to share on what better ways to say to those Filipinos who aim to travel abroad for longer days as a tourist.
Through this, I can only deter these TWO WORDS!
Especially for the documents needed, there are plenty of advice online from other travelers on what you MUST prepare that I highly suggest for one to browse and read everything. All of these will be or might be asked from the Immigration officer. This list usually consists of Company ID, 2 government valid IDs, a Passport, Certificate of Employment [COE] as a proof of working in the Philippines or business permits for entrepreneurs. The visa debit card or other types of the credit card was of a great help when asked about financial matters. ALWAYS have a copy of both a RETURN TICKET and accurate details of where to stay of the countries and places to be visited. Have a full knowledge about the company you are working within the Philippines, or fully understand your business as well, most especially for self-employed like me as this is most important. If you are visiting a country which needs VISA requirement have it all covered. I am telling this base on the experience that I encountered, if you travel without being asked by all of these, you are one lucky human being but don’t be discouraged that you’ve prepared everything and nothing had been asked, still being prepared will give assurance to have your passport stamped if you travel for longer days to other countries. Do not only be prepared of your documents but, also be prepared for what the outcome is. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being positive that the only intention is to travel and see the world.
As an Asian traveler especially who came from the Philippines, Being Prepared is the main thing I truly can share for those who aim to travel abroad on longer days or even for shorter days.
Have you traveled outside the Philippines? What one thing you can advise for Filipino Travelers traveling abroad?
If this is your first time, does this help you for your trip?
Author: Ferna Mae
Ferna is a Filipino who is independent in her own skin. Enjoys traveling solo yet loves to travel with friends and family too. She first traveled her country the Philippines before she embarked to other countries. She believes that by traveling, her undying crave for learning excites her in a more profound way. Her flexibility had proven her that time is genuine. She supports Eco Tourism, thus, she believes her generosity to share her tour guiding and travel experiences will give value to the aspiring travelers. Connect with her at firstname.lastname@example.org,