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mikelv49n 13th January 2019 04:57 PM

flying into Cebu on Philippine airlines
 
I am flying to Cebu from LAX with a stop in Manila.
My question do i just change flight in Manila or am i going thru customs in Manila? My flight is just a 2 hour layover

Asian Spirit 13th January 2019 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by mikelv49n (Post 14769174)
I am flying to Cebu from LAX with a stop in Manila.
My question do i just change flight in Manila or am i going thru customs in Manila? My flight is just a 2 hour layover

Sounds like you might be using Philippines Airlines. Either way, in most cases where you have a layover of two hours or under you will be deplaned into and remain in a secure area and will not clear immigration or customs in Manila. To be sure it is best to call the airline(s) that you will be using to be sure.

mikelv49n 13th January 2019 05:48 PM

yes sorry i am flying Philippine airlines.

Manitoba 14th January 2019 12:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Asian Spirit (Post 14769184)
Sounds like you might be using Philippines Airlines. Either way, in most cases where you have a layover of two hours or under you will be deplaned into and remain in a secure area and will not clear immigration or customs in Manila. To be sure it is best to call the airline(s) that you will be using to be sure.

That's different.

Every other country I have flown into then gone on to my final destination, you will clear customs and immigration at first point of arrival, in this case Manila. (Flown into US, Canada, PNG and the EU then gone on to final destination.) Flying into the US then on to a foreign destination from Canada you have to clear US customs and immigration in Canada.

You often have to change terminals or at least transit from international to domestic sections of the terminal.

Only exception I know if is the PAL flight Manila to Vancouver then on to Toronto. There they deplane and re board in Vancouver but clear customs in Toronto. You cannot get on in Vancouver to fly to Toronto on that flight.

Call the airline and check to be sure.

Asian Spirit 14th January 2019 12:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Manitoba (Post 14769416)
That's different.

Every other country I have flown into then gone on to my final destination, you will clear customs and immigration at first point of arrival, in this case Manila. (Flown into US, Canada, PNG and the EU then gone on to final destination.) Flying into the US then on to a foreign destination from Canada you have to clear US customs and immigration in Canada.

You often have to change terminals or at least transit from international to domestic sections of the terminal.

Only exception I know if is the PAL flight Manila to Vancouver then on to Toronto. There they deplane and re board in Vancouver but clear customs in Toronto. You cannot get on in Vancouver to fly to Toronto on that flight.

Call the airline and check to be sure.

You make a good point and I worked many years for the airlines and things to change. Would be a good idea for the original poster to contact his airline or travel agent to be very sure.

Manitoba 14th January 2019 04:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Asian Spirit (Post 14769420)
........Would be a good idea for the original poster to contact his airline or travel agent to be very sure.


I am always amused when people ask for anonymous strangers on the internet for advice but will not simply call an expert ask ask them.

Remember what Abe Lincoln said, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet."

Asian Spirit 14th January 2019 04:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Manitoba (Post 14769652)
I am always amused when people ask for anonymous strangers on the internet for advice but will not simply call an expert ask ask them.

Remember what Abe Lincoln said, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet."

That's ok and why we are here to help steer each other in right directions - if possible.

greenstreak1946 14th January 2019 11:40 AM

hey mike lv49
yes you have to go through customs. You will get your luggage at international terminal and you have to go to the domestic terminal. If you are arriving at night then you will have to wait outside in the heat until domestic opens up at around 4 am. That is rare to have a flight with only a 2 hours delay. I have flown into manila international 8 times or more and then flown to Cebu and Davao. All the times my flight came in at night. I had to get my luggage and then ride bus around to domestic terminal.

I have flown both Philippine airlines and Cathay pacific. Both made me get my luggage in manila.

Maybe your flight is different.

art

mikelv49n 14th January 2019 01:39 PM

Thanks Art.
That was helpful as i have a few choices as to the time of the connecting flight to Cebu.
I will give myself a 5 hour layover not the 2 hour , so i will not miss my flight to Cebu.
Thank you for the help

mikelv49n 14th January 2019 01:43 PM

Must be a Canadian quoting Abe Lincoln. Thanks for your input


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