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New guy here. I have to have a ticket to leave for within 30 days of when I arrive? I understand the reasoning but I don't plan to leave, just throw the ticket away? Does my ticket have to be back to my point of origin in the US, or just out of the country? Say Hong Kong or whatever is cheapest.

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Your exit ticket doesn't have to be within 30 days.  You can book it way into the future.  I booked to Kota Kinabalu as it was very cheap. Realistically you can stay in the Philippines for 3 years on a tourist visa but I think the maximum an airline will give is one year.

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Any nearby country will do.  The reasoning for an onward ticket is, in the event the Philippine government requires you to leave, for any reason, the government won't have to pay for your ticket.  

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Thank you gentleman for the help. I did get my ticket today to Manila. Exit ticket to Kuala Lumpur in October. I have leased a house in Antipolo. I have read this forum and others for many months. I fully expect to represent the expat community well.

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