Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:32 PM
Have now arrived back to Liloan Cebu, after making my Visa Run ,as I have heard it called, to Singapore then Malaysia.
My 16 month stay here ended officially on July 1, 2012. After getting all the necessary documents, I left on June 30th for Singapore then to Malaysia.
The following is my experience.Yours may vary depending on time of day, person or persons involved, law or rule changes, your mood, their mood.
I had many concerns before leaving about customs, immigration, airport costs, airport rules and regulations at both Cebu international and Singapore international airports.
Having experienced the tremendously painful and at times embarrassing and even humiliating airports, customs, and immigration of the American airports I had no idea what to expect.
Upon arriving for my 19:50 flight to Singapore at the Cebu Mactan Airport International flight departure area at 18:20. I took only a carry on bag with clothing for 5 days and a laptop and my phone. The first thing I found out is that only the person named on the itinerary is allowed entry.
My girlfriend and our friend were not allowed to go up to the ticket counter area. So we had to say our goodbyes just inside the airport doors.
After waiting in line for about 30 minutes at the Cebu Pacific ticket counter I was asked for my Itinerary and passport. They did not ask to see anything except my Passport as proof of who I am. I was also asked if I had any check in luggage. Even tho I had paid for check in luggage I told them that I had decided to just take a carry on. I was asked to put the carry on on the scale and then they put a tag on my carry on. I was then given my airline ticket and airport fee ticket. Both of which are really just a small paper receipt.
I then proceeded to the entryway going to the departure area. There I waited in another line to pay my Airport Terminal Fee. This is where I ran into a small problem. Once I showed the young lady at the desk my passport and ticket she informed me that I had been in the Philippines for more than 12 months and therefore I had to pay the Philippine Travel Tax. So I proceeded back to the Philippine Travel Tax desk where I was asked to present my Passport, Airline Ticket and then 1620.00 pesos. I then received my Philippine Travel Tax receipt.
I then proceeded back to the entryway to the departure area and got in line once again at the airport terminal fee desk and presented my passport, airline ticket and this time my Philippine Travel Tax receipt. I was then informed that I had to pay 550.00 pesos Airport Terminal Fee. After paying I then was told to proceed down the short hallway to the immigration area.
After walking the very short distance I then stood in line once again and awaited my turn to stand behind the yellow line before seeing the immigration officer. This was a bit of a difficult task to stand behind the yellow line due to the pushing and shoving going on behind me. Something I have experienced on occasion. However I did manage to stand my ground, so to speak.
Once it was my turn at the window I handed the Immigration officer my passport, airline ticket, and exit clearance. After a couple of stamp stamps and a quick look at the computer I was handed back my passport, airline ticket and receipt portion of my exit clearance.
I then proceeded to the departure waiting area. While there I had just enough time for a smoke and a cup of coffee. in the smoke and coffee special area. ( at least they allow smoking ). I then proceeded to the departure gate and after getting in another mass mess line I was allowed entry onto the airplane.
I expected to pay the Terminal Fee and deal with all the lines. The only thing I was not aware of was the Philippine Travel Tax. Total cost at airport to go from entry door to airplane was 2170.00 pesos. Cup of Coffee not included.
For complete details of arrival in Singapore and Malaysia as well as departure information please refer to my post in Where have you Been?.
I had to show my way out ticket in Singapore to get my airline ticket via Cebu Pacific to return to Cebu.
Upon finally landing at Cebu Mactan International Airport on July 5 at 04:40 am. 40 minutes late. The first thing I did was thank god and kiss the ground. It was warm, wet and tasted like crap but I was alive.
I then proceeded inside the terminal and went directly to the Immigration counter. There I showed my Passport, Airline Ticket, Return Ticket and Immigration form, to the Immigration Officer. The Immigration officer looked at my passport and then looked at me and asked where I had been, why I had gone there and then asked why I had been in the Philippines so long before. I then proceeded to tell him the story of wanting to get married to my girlfriend and the difficulties we were having with the birth certificate.( for the full story SO FAR please refer to my post in Getting Married, Going to USA to Get Married ) I did not notice at first but my voice was getting louder and my tone was getting angrier as I was unfolding my story. Although I did not mean for it to. I had not yet gotten to the part about the many trips to Tacloban when he quickly stamped my passport and pointed to the customs counter. Total time was less then 3 minutes.
I then proceeded the short distance to the customs counter with my carry on luggage, at almost a dead run, I could see them all looking at me and laughing. I held out my customs deceleration form. I almost slowed down and stopped, The Customs officer reached out and took it as I passed him and said thank you and pointed to the door I continued passed him and out the door still at almost a dead run. I could hear them laughing louder even after I went thru the door. I guess they heard my answer to why I had been there so long before.
I finally stopped running after exiting the airport and standing in line for the next taxi at the taxi stop.
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