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Im worried because one of my relative from philippines told me i cant go home with this expensive jewelries that my employer gave me because she love that i work good for her. She told me that philippine airport will question me because of this.

  • You may be taking a risk even posting the photos here. Do you need all the boxes? Jewelry gets stolen from checked in luggage regularly I believe. The security ppl tell the handlers where it is. It looks like too much to carry on your person, so maybe Fedex or something is better.
    – Tomas By
    Sep 4, 2018 at 10:09
  • Ok if you intend to take all of this one go, it sure is going to raise some red flag at the customs. Unless you are a filthy rich celebrity, the customs would surely like to know the origin of all this. I seriously doubt they will believe your employer gifted you all of this.
    – DumbCoder
    Sep 4, 2018 at 11:27
  • What's the total value of all this? It's impossible to tell pretty costume jewelry (worth 5 or 10 bucks a piece - like Coco Chanel would wear) from retail "gem" jewelry (which can have a retail value of 100s or 1000s of dollars) (but can be resold for very little), in a photo. What's it all worth ?!
    – Fattie
    Sep 4, 2018 at 13:06

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Per Philippine customs regulations, returning contract workers who have been overseas for over 6 months can bring back "used personal effects up to value of PHP 10,000.-" duty free. Since this is only about US$200, it is highly likely that your jewelry is worth more than this, and you will need to pay large Customs duties and potentially also face interrogation about where you acquired all this. In addition, traveling with valuable jewelry like this on your person seems quite risky: you will definitely not want to put it in checked luggage!

Unless you are planning on keeping all the jewelry, I would strongly suggest you sell off the pieces you don't need and transfer the money back to the Philippines instead. Alternatively, you can also bring back up to US$10000 cash without declaring it, although this too is quite risky.


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