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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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Overstay in the Philippines

If you are a Philippines citizen, you are legally entitled to stay in the Philippines as long as you like and cannot "overstay", regardless of what passport you used to enter. If you are ...
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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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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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Lost passport and overstay for 1 year in the Philippines

I lost my Italian passport and was overstaying for 1 year and more in the Philippines. Have you reported your lost passport to the Italian Consulate? Are you registered in the A.I.R.E. system? ...
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Evergreen visa runs between Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines

It will work fine until one day it doesn't, and then you'll be in a pickle. That said, if you're cycling between three countries and spending half a year "out" before returning, it ...
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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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Which other travel destinations have the same or similar vibe to Bali?

There's nothing quite like Bali, but some ideas: Gili Trawangan, off Lombok; only a few hours by boat from Bali Ko Samui, Thailand: nightlife in Chaweng, hip boutique hotels in Bophut and Choeng Mon, ...
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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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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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US citizen overstayed for 11 months in Philippines

Highly unlikely. According to How much are the Penalties for Overstaying as a Tourist in the Philippines? he’d be best to leave immediately - leaving aside the fine, overstaying for 12 months or more ...
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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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Is it really forbidden to take extension cords out of the Philippines?

I agree with @jcaron's comment (and I am shamelessly converting it to an answer): Security screening usually do not care about export regulations (that’s for customs, though in some cases both are ...
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Evergreen visa runs between Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines

The only country among the 3 that doesn't like visa runs is Malaysia – the other two seem to welcome "grey area" tourists: if I remember correctly, the Philippines even offer tourist visa ...
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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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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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How many beaches are suitable for swimming in Cebu City?

There isn't swimming, not in Cebu City itself. The Cebu City waterfront is on reclaimed land that forms Cebu International Port along the Mactan Channel, the narrow strait between Cebu and Mactan ...
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