Wednesday, March 3, 2010

How much is the Overstaying Fee for Tourists in the Philippines?

I think as a rule of thumb for any traveller staying in any country, don't show up at the airport with an expired visa. And don't throw a fit if they won't clear you for your flight. If you had time to overstay, you could at least endure a day in queue at the Bureau of Immigration.

Yes, they have a counter at the airport that deals with overstaying tourists. But NAIA doesn't want to encourage this among tourists. Overstaying shouldn't be taken lightly. In other countries, overstayers are detained then deported.

As of March 2010, a balikbayan friend of mine paid P2,500 for a 30 day overstay.

The penalty for overstaying is P500 per month plus extension fees which usually adds up to P2,520. The common figure I encountered when I ask overstayers, the ones who are drunk as shit in Boracay and the last thing they could care about are their passports.

Travellers can pay up at the immigration counter in NAIA on the day of their flight. A risky move and if you have insufficient funds they will not allow you to board your flight. Its a no pay, no flight policy.

So save yourself from the stress and get a proper extension at the Immigration office.

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  2. hi i just wanna ask if its ok if my daughter will get a dual citizen coz shes an american citizen. is there any disadvantage for her being an US citizen? - mary from cavite

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  3. just pay at the airport,i never had any problems at the airport,, from 21 day to 59 days it costs 3200 psesos plus and you dont have to line up at the immigration lines, just walk thru to the xray machines// the immigration office is a waste of a day,,

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  5. Hi I would like to ask how much is the penalty for overstaying here in the philippines fir a US citizen? My nephew is sn american citizen and has been staying here for a long time? Please we really wanted to know. Thanks

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  6. I have 2 US Citizen children who have a filipino Citizen Father. We never got a chance to apply for their Dual Citizenship now the Philippine Governtment is asking us to pay half a million pesos for the penalties they accrued during the 11 yrs period. They were booked to fly October 9, 2012 and I was asked to cancel their flights. I was told that if I applied for Dual Citizenship for both child that I will not need to pay for the penalties but will have to pay the processing fees for dual citizenship. Is this information accurate??

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    1. Don't be easily fooled as there are many around. Ask a relative or a reliable source about your situation. Half million is a lot of money. Think before you act.

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  7. I was in the Philippines in March 28 2012 and stayed for 26 days so I was over staying by 5 days. I didn't even think about the overstay until I was in line and I payed the airport fee and then I went through the customs line and I was informed I was an over stayer by 5 days and I needed to go back to the chashier and tell him, so I did, and told him the custon agent told me to go back through and pay. The man looked at me and said just go and walk between the to custom booths and I will be fine. So I did and they did not stamp my Passport, what an weird event although it was my fault for not paying attention to my time there.The customs search my baggage but that was it and I did not pay any fines but keep in mind I only have a stamp for entry and not an exit so what will happen if I decide to go back and visit again. Since the custom agents let me go am I still responsible for any late charges they forgot to impose on me ?

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    1. Hmm, having NO exit stamp on your passport means you are still in the Philippines.. and did not exit the country at all, I never heard any something like this
      Probably bcoz you overstayed for only 5days, so they waived your penalies. The only thing that is weird is you dont have EXIT stamp.

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    2. I think the best work around this dilemma is to renew or get another clean passport and tell them you lost your passport. You will get a new one and start anew. It is their fault for not having your old passport stamped Exit. They will know you are NOT in the Philippines when you come back for another visit.

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  8. You might be misunderstood by the cashier? That was weird. The only thing I can think of is never go back to the Philippines coz once they get you, you're gonna be in big trouble. haha!

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  9. I just left Manila and overstayed by 1 day. I have been visiting there for the past 9 years and I have my wife and a house and car there. I just really did not look at the stamp when I came this time thinking I had booked my stay for 21 days. It was 1 day past when I went to leave. The immigration officer at the gate told me to go to the cahsier. The cahsier told me it would be 4000PHP,,, I was thinking there is no way this is correct, I asked to speak to a supervisor as I did not have the money. The supervisor kept calling me a liar and that I knew I was over day and was just trying to avoid the fine. I was trying to tell her I just was thinking in my mind I was just on time, and I honestly did not look at the stamp, it clearly stated I had until the 6th. Anyway, she asked me which counter I was at. She called that immigration officer over and she was telling the supervisor that I spoke some tagalog and I had family, the supervisor told me I was lucky because that officer felt sorry for me and was willing to let me slide. I am thinking they just tried to pull a fast one trying to rake me for 4000 peso for 1 day. Anyway bottom line I got lucky, it could have been much worse if I had not remained calm. I can't imagine being black listed with all my possesions and family there. Yes you can try to just pay as you go out,, but it really is better to go to an immigration office before and keep your vise updated. It's not that expensive and it could save you a lot of money.

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  10. Jeez, get a visa from local Embassy/Consulate before you leave for philippines; pay the fee and get an extended, multiple entry visa. Do this every time, it saves hassles and scams in Philippines airports.

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