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No Need to Show Printed Plane Tickets in Philippine Airports

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) in the Philippines has lifted its rule that requires passengers in airports to present their printed plane tickets when leaving the country, the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced.NAIA

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The DOJ said in a statement that passengers may now leave the country by simply presenting electronic copies of their tickets in smart phones or tablets instead of hard copies of tickets to BI counters at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals and all other international airports in the country.

The new policy is by virtue of Operations Order No. SBM-2013-003 entitled “Removing the Requirement of Presentation of the Printed Hard Copy of Return and/or Onward Passage Ticket,” which was approved last Aug. 12.

The DOJ said the new policy is effective immediately. “This is another step to improve access to basic government services. We shall continue to work with all stakeholders to inject common sense and process logic into our systems,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima explained. (source: PhilSTAR.com)

Kudo's to the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Immigration for adopting such a progressive policy. Though, I personally do not own a smart phone or tablet at this time, and have not gone back to the States since my arrival over four years ago, this new policy is welcome news. 

6 thoughts on “No Need to Show Printed Plane Tickets in Philippine Airports”

  1. Ditto on no smartphone, but I do have a Nexus 7 e-reader that is fully WiFi enabled and would likely be in your hands during a plane trip anyway.  Full web access and the relevant documents would be easy to show.

    I recommend it.  It's very cheap.  And . . . I typed this message on it.

    • Dave,

      I still would prefer to use a hard copy rather than electronic copy. We are heading to Macau tommorrow by ferry for the last leg of our trip. We are tired because we have been busy all day everyday on this vacation. Looking forward to getting back to the Philippines. Having a great time seeing everything though

  2. Nod.  The Nexus 7 and Kindle's latest version essentially compete head to head and are somewhat interchangeable.  Both have blown the IPad mini away.  Nexus is loaded with Google+ links and of course Kindle won't let you move without Amazon popping up. 

    It's almost a coin flip, but the Nexus is more purely Android and has just a tiny bit more flexibility.  I have a zillion ebooks on it now that when I'm doing nothing else I set it to upload to a cloud account so I'll have them if there's theft or breakage. 

    They are cheap.  If one breaks or is stolen, it's only a few hundred dollars.  Compare that to IPad, and frankly the Nexus is better.  I have a leather case on mine.  I could probably drop it safely.  Not planning on that test tho.

  3. Don't have a smart phone or tablet and I am not planning on leaving the Philippines anytime soon. I am old school. Like having a hard copy with me. Well to be honest I am just OLD. 😛

    I am having trouble subscribing to updates on posts. HELP!!!

  4. I must be living in another time zone or something. As many times as I have entered the Philippines, I have never had to show plane ticket. When entering my wife and I step up together and show our passport and the only thing they ask is how long we are staying and if we want a B&B stamp just incase we change our minds on staying.The only time we have shown a ticket is to get into terminal when leaving. After checking in with airline, only thing we shown was boarding pass to get on airline.

    • I think I get it now. If you are a tourista on a visa you are required to have on going ticket or return so Philippines doesn't end up supporting you.But if you are married not needed for one year. I wonder if my super duty Philippine driver license and property tax certificate will get me in without an onward ticket.? I have found that Asiana Airlines will supposesly allow you to change your return time 3 times with in year before they charge you. Not like PAl who trys to suck every nickel out of you that they can.

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