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It is my understanding that if you plan to move to the Philippines you can't go there on a one way ticket just to the Philippines, you need to have a "throwaway" ticket to a 2nd destination. What would be the cheapest throwaway destination?. I would be coming from the good ole USA. So as i see it i would buy a one way to the Philippines buy show a ticket to another destination and just not leave but start the process of Visa and extensions?

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You need an onward ticket to anywhere out of the country, AirAsia usually has inexpensive flights to Malaysia. I would not refer to it as a "throwaway" to anyone in authority, including airline employees.

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since we(I) have no information on your exact situation.

WHY NOT have a ROUND TRIP ticket which is some cases maybe actually lower than a 1-way.

So in case something doesnt "go right" you have a ticket to depart.

 regarding the "outward bound" ticket, why not have it in 2-6 months OUT (than what some do which is 20-30days)

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How long do you plan to stay? What you could do is just book a round trip ticket with Philippine Airlines. They have an option to rebook the flight for a $100 fee. My thought would be to book your return flight for 28 or 29 days from your arrival date. Then check with the airline about rebooking at a later date. Or earlier if things do not pan out like you would hope. I believe you can rebook within a years period if I read the disclaimer right. Always have an exit stragety.

 

Wife and I arrived in Manila Dec 28th. Immigration stamped wifes USA and Philippine passport and my USA passport with a balikbayan visa. He asked if we had return tickets. My reply was "I hope so!" That is as far as they checked.

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When I moved over here I payed for a return ticket as it was not much dearer than a one way with a throwaway ticket and only half the messing about.

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When I checked in for my flight in Bangkok to Manila with CebuPacific the check in agent asked for my onward ticket which happened to be a return to BKK in 30 days. He then checked that it was a valid ticket, which I haven't experienced before. I have always been asked for an onward ticket, though.

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