I am a Filipino citizen and I have a single itinerary ticket for a one-way trip to Tahiti, French Polynesia with a connecting flight in Narita, Japan on February 20 (Cebu -> Narita -> Tahiti). Unfortunately, I recently learned that my two airline carriers (Air Philippines and Air Tahiti Nui) are not partnered, so my luggage will not be tagged all the way to my final destination.
Air Tahiti Nui replied to me and said there is a chance I will have to personally collect my luggage, which would entail passing through Immigration/Passport Control (the person I spoke to didn't seem to know much). I do not have a visa (I did not bother to get one since I am only in the same terminal for arrival and departure) and my layover is only three hours.
I am wondering if the transit desk will be able to tag my luggage to Tahiti? If not, what do I do if I have to pass through immigration? I only intend to collect my luggage to check it in for my next flight (without leaving airport premises if possible). Would I be eligible for a transit pass/shore pass?
I already asked PAL and they said the Cebu check-in desk can't give shore pass applications. Is there any way I can have my baggage retagged at Narita? The airline carriers of my trip haven't been giving me clear answers. I am also still waiting for a response from the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines.