Will I be interviewed by Immigration Officer when I travel Domestic in their country?

For example I will be going to the Philippines from Korea and will be staying in Manila for a couple of days. Then will go to one of their provinces via air like Cebu. I have a round trip ticket but I was thinking that I may not be using the exit ticket for some reasons and might stay for few more weeks (not sure when). So I was planning to book one way ticket going back to my country once I am decided with what exact date.

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    Which country? Can you give an example of an itinerary you're thinking of? "Domestic" means within one country, not to a country from elsewhere. Aug 9 '16 at 16:10
  • I was able go get to kuala lumpur malaysia for dew days and of course went to immigration check. After few days had my flight going to other state in malaysia and didn't went through immigration check at all. Just went straight to departure gate. Oct 19 '16 at 3:10

The rules are different in every country and every airport, but in general, you will not go through an immigration check when flying domestically within a single country. You will generally go through an immigration check when flying internationally in to a country, with some exceptions, namely when flying between countries that are part of the Schengen Area in Europe (e.g. a flight from France to Germany is treated as a "domestic" flight even though they are two different countries, but a flight from the United States to France is still an international flight, and you will be interviewed by an immigration officer).

Note however that territories, exclaves, islands, etc... may be considered part of a country, but still separate from the immigration and/or customs territory of that country. Travel to/from these areas may be subject to special immigration rules and you may be subject to an immigration interview. The exact details depend on the territory and country concerned and should be the subject of a separate specific question.

However, you may be required to show ID at some point in the process, and in some cases there may be specific immigration checks, either a permanent set of systematic checks or through random controls. Passengers may be pulled aside for further checks at this point, and those staying within the country illegally could be caught. The risk of this depends greatly on the country involved and your circumstances.

  • I have a roundtrip ticket but I was thinking that I may not be using the exit ticket for some reasons and might stay for few more weeks (not sure when). So I was planning to book one way ticket going back to my country once I am decided with what exact date. Aug 9 '16 at 16:25
  • That should work (the country doesn't care what airline tickets you use), but the important part is that you not overstay in the Philippines. You likely will be admitted for 30 days (and you must have a return ticket when you arrive, the other half of your roundtrip is fine), and you must leave the country within those 30 days unless you get an extension. Aug 9 '16 at 16:30
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    Nevertheless, sometimes you go through passport controls even on domestic flights. I know of two such places: Ireland (as far as I understand, their domestic flights are so rare that they don't bother themselves by organizing a domestic arrival area in Dublin airport) and flights from Jeju island to mainland Korea (a more open visa regime in Jeju - suppose it must be the same in other places like this, such as Melilla or Hainan, but don't know).
    – ach
    Aug 9 '16 at 21:15
  • Yeah there's a lot of strange things that come up with territories that have different immigration laws. Aug 9 '16 at 21:28
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    @CptEric, This is actually another question. Many countries have dedicated (often automated) passport control lanes for their own citizens (or legal equals of their own citizens). If you had flown to Belfast from outside the EU, you'd undergo the same procedure. If you had flown to Belfast from another place in the UK, you'd skip passport control altogether.
    – ach
    Aug 16 '16 at 19:19

I can only speak from my personal experience, and the only time I've flown domestically is inside the U.S. A domestic U.S. flight does not involve any immigration procedures, which is why your luggage can be transferred automatically (which is not the case if you're at an American airport and you've flown in from a different country).

A Schengen flight is usually immigration free, but you still need some form of I.D. (the same with domestic U.S. flights). However, considering the huge immigration influx, Schengen is not always applied anymore (consider that even though Switzerland is part of Schengen, they often do immigration checks). As with domestic U.S. flights, there are no immigration officials nor immigration booths. I've flown intra-Schengen many times as well, so this is from experience.

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    Luggage transfer and immigration checks have nothing to do with each other. If you fly US-Schengen-Schengen luggage is transferred but you still need to go through immigration authorities the first Schengen airport. Also, a lot of Schengen flights don't have regular ID checks (you still need to have it on you) and Switzerland does not do more immigration checks than other members (they do perform custom checks though which is unrelated).
    – neo
    Aug 9 '16 at 16:42
  • @pnuts The question was a general one, so I don't see why we can't include other situations for a general reference.
    – user49558
    Aug 9 '16 at 16:46
  • @neo Luggage transfer? Are you referring to connecting flight? Aug 9 '16 at 16:49
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    As I said this is customs, not an immigration check.
    – neo
    Aug 9 '16 at 16:51
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    Switzerland is in Schengen, but it is not in the EEA. This is why there are customs checks at land borders. Aug 9 '16 at 21:45

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