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My First Time Experience in Immigration Officer Q&A at NAIA T1

When my travel date is approaching, I was so excited yet a kind of nervous since this is my first time to travel abroad. I read a lot of blog posts regarding on how to handle the immigration and not being offloaded. 

The time has come I fly to Manila from Kalibo Airport. The departure was supposed to be at 5:25pm via Airasia, unfortunately as always the turnaround aircraft was delayed for 1.5 hours. We depart around 6:45pm and arrived in NAIA T4 at 7:50pm. My connecting flight was in Terminal 1. I used the free transfer service of MIAA instead of taking a taxi, so I waited again almost 30 minutes. 

The shuttle picks me up in the waiting area of the terminal and bring me to NAIA T1. This is my first time to step foot in this terminal since most of the domestic flight depart from Terminal 2, 3 and 4.

I arrived in NAIA 1 around 8:30pm and the check-in counter is still close, I fall in line at the Jet star counter and waited until 9pm. While waiting I keep on chatting with my friend Paula to keep me relaxed because my heart is beating so fast.

Finally the check-in counter is open for the flight going to Narita and Nagoya. The staff called me and I gave my passport together with my Travel Tax Receipt

She returned my passport with boarding pass and departure card, before I headed to the immigration to get my passport stamp and for the final security check I messaged Paula asking what to do next and ask her not to go to bed until I get through in the Immigration, hehe I love friend Paula so much. Hehe

I filled up the departure card and preparing myself for a long interview as I expected. While approaching the immigration I look around to check where's the girl IO assigned and decided to fall in that line.

Before my trip I collect all the documents needed as much as possible at least to be prepared in case.

It was my turn now, I gave my passport together with my boarding pass and departure card to the beautiful young lady (Immigration Officer). My heart is beating so fast and I can't stop it. I am so nervous, but I keep myself calm, so that the IO will not notice. One question, One Answer as Paula said and I did it.

Our conversation with the immigration Officer.

While checking my passport she looked my face and stared in my eyes in returned I keep my eyes busy with other things around because I don't want to make an eye to eye contact.

IO: Where are you going?
Me: Tokyo, Japan
IO: New passport or first time to travel abroad?
Me: First time to travel abroad.
IO: Are you traveling solo?
Me: Yes
IO: How many days intended to stay in Japan?
Me: 3 days
IO: Do you have a return ticket?
Me: Yes
IO: Can see it?
Me: Sure
    I gave my onward ticket afterward she returned it
IO: What is your work?
Me: I worked in a hotel in Boracay Island
IO: Do have company Id? May I borrow?
Me: Yes, I have.
    I gave my company ID, she returned after checking it.
IO: Do have hotel in Japan?
Me: Yes, I have.
IO: May I borrow your hotel voucher?
Me: Sure,
IO: Do have Itinerary in Tokyo?
Me: Yes, I have.
IO: May I borrow.
    While checking my Itinerary my heart will burst because of     nervousness, she returned my itinerary.
IO: Why 3 days only? It's very short for Japan
Me: Because 4 days is the only vacation leave that I can file     in the office.
IO: Ahmmmm!!
    Look to the camera, few seconds okay done.
    Passport stamppppppp.
    Enjoy Japan! (With smile on her face).
Me: I will thank you so much.

After getting in the final security check, I felt relief and that time I want to shout YES!. I was thinking why she's not making more question? Maybe because I have a Visa on my passport? Or maybe I wear a sky blue long sleeve or because of my hair style just like Dr. Jose Rizal? Or in my smile? Hehe, I don't know, but thanks G for helping me. And of course to the most beautiful lady my friend Paula. :-)

Make sure to bring all the documents needed to show that you are capable to support your travel abroad as a tourist. Our Philippines Immigration Officer, they're making sure that we will arrive at our destination safe and to avoid Human Trafficking. That's why they're strictly for the first timer especially to solo traveler


  1. hahahahahaha! kaloka ka! Lol

    I am glad nakaraos ka na! :d


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