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Hi,

My wife & I are retired UK Citizens and wish to come to the Philippines for a year, do we need to land with return tickets, or can we land with one way?

Also, could someone recommend a gated community outside of main Manila, who offer furnished apartments for around 30-40,000 peso per month.

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return or onward tickets...u will have to do extensions I guess. Im not sure what arrangements the uk has with Philippines but theres a few on here who can answer that for you. Welcome.

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Just get the cheapest onward tickets that you can find.

Kota Kinabalu seems to be a good choice for that.

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You can buy a return ticket for about 11 1/2 months. If that wohld do it would be much cbeaper than one way tickets. Is your wife a filipina?
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You can buy a return ticket for about 11 1/2 months. If that wohld do it would be much cbeaper than one way tickets. Is your wife a filipina?
When you arrive at the air port and show your passport, you get a 30 day visa, correct? But to be allowed in, don't you have to show out bound air ticket before the 30 day visa expires? I am puzzled by the comment about getting a 11 1/2 month return ticket.

Edit: I just remembered, you just need a throwaway ticket to enter the country.

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When you arrive at the air port and show your passport, you get a 30 day visa, correct? But to be allowed in, don't you have to show out bound air ticket before the 30 day visa expires? I am puzzled by the comment about getting a 11 1/2 month return ticket.

Edit: I just remembered, you just need a throwaway ticket to enter the country.
No. The law allows for up to 36 months of visa renewals so, an onward ticket within 30 days is not required. An onward ticket a year out should be fine. You can also get a 59 day visa at the airport when you come in if you want.

My first trip here was for 45 days. I got a 30 day visa at the airport and the immigration official told me that I will need to get a visa extension in order to be compliant until my next flight leaves.
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Only my experience Charliebrown but as a tourist to countries that we have visa arrangements with you will need a return or onward ticket or they won't let you on the plane to your destination.
Good info also here from contributors.

Cheers, Steve.
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Great, Thanks.

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Great, Thanks Steve.

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Always check the latest regulations....

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news...arrival/story/

BI recommends non-extendable 30-day visas upon arrival

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has recommended to the Department of Justice (DOJ) a non-extendable 30-day validity for visas issued to foreign nationals upon their arrival in the Philippines.

Bureau spokesperson Dana Sandoval said the BI has submitted its position to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra after its operations team reviewed "possible weak points" of the visa upon arrival (VUA) policy.


"The management recommended to the DOJ that recipients be given a maximum of 30 days, with no extensions, as well as base allowed stay on itinerary presented," Sandoval said in a message.

Deputy spokesman Melvin Mabulac said the BI submitted its recommendation to the DOJ last week.

In the current policy, VUA recipients may stay in the country for 30 days and are allowed to apply for an extension of up to six months, Mabulac said.

Asked for comment, Justice Undersecretary and department spokesman Markk Perete said the DOJ sees the shortening of the visa's validity period as a measure to prevent possible abuse, adding that it was a proposal that had been raised by the DOJ.

"What we are interested in are the other measures proposed by the BI intended to further prevent any abuse of the VUA," Perete said. "We will review and evaluate the recommendation ASAP."

The bureau started its review of the policy even before Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. raised a need to end the policy amid concerns on the influx of Chinese nationals into the country, Perete said earlier this month.

He said "the entire mechanism and processes" behind the policy.

For Chinese nationals, the visa upon arrival privilege was issued by former Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in 2017, prompting the BI to issue "landing visas," which allow a traveler to receive their visa at the airport of destination.

The BI program was reportedly opened to Chinese nationals who are members of tour groups organized by tour operators accredited by the tourism department, businessmen endorsed by local and foreign chambers of commerce and other government agencies, and athletes and delegates to conventions and exhibitions. — RSJ, GMA News
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