It's been a long time since I traveled to the Philippines so I need to know if the immigration authorities in the Philippines would require me to produce a return ticket when I get there. Here's a possible scenario: I am not sure yet (until I arrive in Manila) what type of visa I can get. My brother recently traveled to Manila and he simply showed his U.S. Passport and told the agent he would like to have a one-year Balik-bayan visa. He spoke to the agent in Tagalog....and told him he was born in Manila....which is what's shown on his passport...and the immigration agent promptly stamped the one-year visa on his passport.
I plan to do the same thing...and my U.S. Passport shows I was born in Manila. If that doesn't work, the usual 1 month visa will do, of course. Now...do I buy a round trip ticket? Would I be required to show that I have a return ticket? Can I travel to the Philippines without a return ticket? If, say the agent grants me a Balikbayan visa...but my round trip ticket is good only for one month's stay? I know I can change my return ticket for a later one...but doesn't the airline always charge extra to change the ticket with a later travel date? How do you guys do it? Thanks for your help.