So you are traveling abroad as a tourist because Schengen visa has just been approved which might be a big deal for some Filipinos but before you get too excited and start packing for your best costumes, it pays well to read and know your rights.
I heard it many times before how immigration officers can be a pain at international airports because they tend to demand all sorts of documents but you got to admit that we also have thousands of Filipinos with illegal plans.
According to the website of Bureau of Immigration, Filipinos traveling abroad need only to present the following:
1. Valid passport – at least 6 months;
2. Valid Original visa for port of entry (when required); and
3. For tourists, a return ticket. (Memorandum Order No. MCL – 07 -019 issued on October 24, 2007).
Restriction only applies if you are a minor, has a hold departure order, a watch list order, a contract worker, an emigrant, a government official and a dual citizen. Check the Immigration website for details.
To fully ascertain that you do not belong to any of the people in the restricted list especially as a contract worker or a newly married spouse of a foreigner who will live abroad and that you are traveling as pure tourist only, I suppose it will not hurt to bring the following for a totally stress-free holiday:
1. Company ID – to make sure that you haven’t quit your job after you receive your visa because you plan to overstay in other countries.
2. Copies of ALL documents you submitted to the embassy to get the visa which may or may not include invitation letter, hotel bookings and employment leave certificate – to make sure that your connections in Philippines and abroad are in order still.
3. Money – to make sure that you have some spending money I suppose and can stand on your own feet in case of emergency.
These additional requirements are all based from what little experience I have and if they happened to ask you of other documents not listed here, please feel free to share. Danke!