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Overstayed in the Philippines for years: How to go back to the US without paying a big fine?

As noted in one of the comments, your fine could be as much as 300,000 Philippine pesos, which is about $6300 at the moment. Being unable to pay, particularly given your very lengthy overstay, will ...
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Check in to 2 hotels at same location

It is allowed. Booking a hotel for the night gives the obligation to pay for it, not to use it. If the people of the dormitory are the caring kind they might worry something happened to you, but you ...
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Overstayed in the Philippines for years: How to go back to the US without paying a big fine?

There's an online site liveinthephilippines that covers this: If you have overstayed, and go to the airport to leave, they will catch you, there is no way around it. What happens if you don’t ...
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Name too long for e-ticket. Should I be worried?

Don't worry! Full middle names are never required on flight tickets, and even the initials are usually not needed. As long as the rest of the name and the initials match the passport, she will be ...
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What happens if a Filipino/Australian overstays in the Philippines?

To answer your questions, starting with your last one: Losing and retaining/reacquiring Philippine Citizenship Per Philippine Commonwealth Act. no. 63 (section 1, paragraph 1), you automatically ...
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I am stuck in transit in Malaysia from Australia

The traveller owns the responsibility for ensuring they have all relevant valid travel documents or ability to transit or enter into countries, either their destination or any transit stop along the ...
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Passport renewal and six-month rule

Yes. Six-month rules do not apply to people who are traveling to the country of citizenship. No. You can even renew your passport after it expires. The Schengen area has a six-month rule for short-...
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Overstayed in the Philippines for years: How to go back to the US without paying a big fine?

Actually, you can ask the US Embassy for help. The consul will write a letter to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration. They will let you out, the consequence would then be going back. Because ...
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What should I do when my bags have been planted with bullets (or any malicious content)?

It's called Ninoy Aquino International Airport because that's it's name, it was renamed on August 17, 1987 with the intention of honouring Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., who was assassinated at the ...
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Which toilets in the Philippines are more likely to have seats? And why are toilet seats often missing there?

Toilet seat theft is a common and real problem in the Philippines. One of the major reasons listed for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 being voted the worst in the world to ...
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Adapter voltage different to both mains power and appliance expectations

While a lot of people will say this is probably fine — and it probably is fine — I would definitely not do it myself, because given the difference between "probably" and "definitely" here could in the ...
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What is a good way to find new western friends in a foreign city?

There is no one solution for this. Some suggestions... Irish pubs. Quiz nights. Walking tours. Hash House Harriers. Toastmasters. Internations. Critical Mass. @Taladris' answer made me realise there ...
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What is a good way to find new western friends in a foreign city?

Virtually any country or city with a foreign community also has an expat forum online, and these often organize social get-togethers. I'm not familiar with the Philippines expat scene, but googling "...
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Who to contact regarding exit date stamped in passport?

The British Embassy or UK Foreign Office can't help you here, this is an internal matter in the Philippines. Fortunately, Tuguegarao is the capital of the province of Cagayan, so it has a Bureau of ...
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Who to contact regarding exit date stamped in passport?

The Bureau of Immigration has now released the below statement. After speaking with them, they have confirmed that once the restrictions (Enhanced Community Quarantine) are lifted and the offices are ...
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Is scooter rental in Philippines as common among tourists as it is in Thailand?

Let me answer my own question. I just got back from the trip and I found out that motorbike rental shops are abundant in Philippines (but usually not advertised online) . The price is usually about ...
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Overstaying in the Philippines. Can I pay the fine and continue my stay?

You are mistaken. You could be in serious trouble. See Overstaying Foreigners in the Philippines Foreigners who have overstayed for more than twelve (12) months regardless if their stay is ...
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Is a naturalization certificate required as well as a valid passport for reentry into the United States from the Philippines

Definitely not true. A U.S. passport is enough.
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How does President Duterte's anti-drug campaign affect travelers in the Philippines?

This is the kind of question is often answerable by looking at the travel advice of a few Western countries. That is exactly what those advisories are for. Usually those tend to warn for likely and ...
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How should one prepare for a business trip to Manila?

This answer is going to focus on going to Manila for business, which is pretty different to going to Cebu on a beach holiday! The single most useful tip I can give is to choose your hotel's location ...
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Will I be interviewed by Immigration Officer even when I travel Domestic in their country?

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 ...
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What is the immigration process when leaving the Philippines?

First, you must be sure that your sponsor is legitimate. The Philippine government put that process in place because a lot of pinoys have been tricked into slavery or prostitution in foreign countries ...
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Travelling with expensive jewelries gift from my princess employer

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 ...
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Am I over-staying in the Philippines? Japanese Dual citizen

UPDATE: So, I spoke to an immigration officer and they said because I have an Identification certificate that recognizes me as a Filipino citizen, I can stay here in the Philippines regardless of me ...
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How to leave the Philippines by boat to Taiwan, China or Hong Kong?

I am an American who was raised and grew up in the northern Philippines. There is a way to travel to Taiwan from Aparri or Santa Ana, both in Cagayan. Santa Ana by RoRo or from Aparri by pump boat. ...
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Anywhere in the Philippines with fee-free ATMs?

As of May 2016, I used my Fidelity Check Card in every ATM, from the local ones to those of foreign banks. So far, the only ATM that didn't charge a fee was the HSBC ATM. For reference, I used the one ...
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Best prepaid SIM card for a short visit to the Philippines?

So I was hoping somebody with more experience would answer, but since not... The short story is, SIM cards in the Philippines work a bit differently from many places: you pick your plan after buying ...
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Which denomination banknotes should I take to Philippines?

1000 php notes are not uncommon at all. Like all over the world you will supposingly have some problems if you want to pay small amounts. Trike or taxi drivers e.g. often do not have enough change if ...
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