Many airlines will require you to show one before you are even issued your boarding pass. I have been asked to show an outbound ticket (or resident visa) roughly 75% of the time. Buy an outbound ticket and save the hassle of quickly buying one on your phone at the airline counter. Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Taiwan, Bangkok are usually very cheap flights from Manila or Clark ($40-$100 USD). You are setting yourself up for a headache if you don't. And don't be one of those guys that yells at airline staff and causes a scene for your own lack of preparedness/ignorance, knowing and following the rules is 100% on you, they don't make the rules.
Balikbayan Visa Best Posts in Thread: Balikbayan Program
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I am aware of people returning within a few days and receiving a Balikbayan Stamp again, shortest period for me has been a couple weeks (no issue or even a question from BI agent)
Related question might be "If I am on Balikbayan and leave without my wife, can I come back on it if still within the one year period?" The answer is No, it expires as soon as you leave the country, even if you leave the next day.
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#2 Her new passport was in the delayed batch so we didn't have it when we went to Hong Kong but we did have reservations in her married name and our marriage certificate. I handed the boarding passes, marriage certificate, and both passports to the BI official.
#3 Did not have or need an onward ticket. If I did I would have got one on Expedia and canceled it in Manila so wasn't worried if I did. Didn't need it because either the ticket agent and BI obviously saw we had enough proof of marriage and qualified for Balikbayan OR the ticket agent was distracted by the ticket in her married name and old passport and the BI agent had too much fun giving me a tourist Visa instead of Balikbayan to ask.
As always YMMV
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Back from the States on tourist Visa, got 59 day at the airport and just did a 6 month extension, another 2 month extension in December and we will try for Balikbayan again in Feb 2018
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My backup plan was to purchase on-the-spot with a credit card a fully refundable return seat three weeks later, then cancel once I got my feet on Philippine soil. I wrote to Delta to explain that they need to add SRRV information to their database. Who knows if they will?
Entering the Philippines Immigration was a non-event. Passport and SRRV card...."Have a nice day, sir." Done.
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What I noted is that there is no requirement in the law to have an onward ticket if you arrive on the balikbayan program. So my question would not be to show me the law that says you do NOT need the onward ticket, I would want to see the law that amends R.A. 9174 and insists you DO need it. I know there are amendments because I saw a letter to say the rule about balikbayans staying out of the country for one year has been relaxed so you can leave with your wife and come right back and get a BB.
And that's the problem. There are so many amendments and letters floating around that it would take a panel of Supreme Court judges to answer these kinds of questions. Seems to me an exit ticket is cheap insurance.
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I once had the luck of being in line behind a guy in Thailand that was "demanding" to be boarded without an onward ticket. Absolutely lovely guy. I didn't mind him wasting my time, almost making everyone else late for the flight and making expats look like complete twats at all just because he didn't understand the rules/laws and wanted to act like a man-child. /sarcasm
Note: He didn't get on that flight even with all his "demands". I don't blame the airlines for turning people away as it is them that get slapped with huge fines when they don't follow the rules of the country they are flying into. Since the Balikbayan visa is given at the discretion of the immigration officer there is no way for the airlines to know for sure if their customers will be given one (marriage certificate or not) or will be getting a tourist visa, which does require an onward ticket.
Walking up to a ticket line without an onward ticket is not a good idea if you don't have the appropriate visa (and you don't have a Balikbayan visa until immigration gives you one upon your arrival....you are nothing more than a tourist in the eyes of the airlines). I have absolutely no sympathy for anyone that tries to bully their way on to a flight and gets smacked down by the ticketing personnel.....actually, I quite enjoy seeing it happen to the arrogant ones that go around demanding things they aren't entitled to. The ones that didn't know the rule I gladly tell them how to go about getting around the rule.
Maybe there is a rule/law that says an airline doesn't need to see an onward ticket if you are married to a Filipino? I've just never seen it.
I am curious though: What is it about the Philippines that attracts these arrogant trailer park mentality pricks? Maybe one can chime in here and reply to this to let us all know. I think it is just due to being low-class scum their whole lives and p*ss-poor parenting (or none at all). Perhaps it is more prevalent in one child households? Spoiled little brats that were never taught any manners or disciplined? The are (usually) tall and fat and think their size is intimidating? Their mommy didn't give them enough hugs as a kid? Too many hugs? I dunno......
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