According to ManilaTimes.net, the Philippines Bureau of Immigration has already denied 1,500 foreigners at NAIA airport during the first 4 months of 2018.
Yes, this does happen to foreigners. You can get black listed in the Philippines and essentially be banned from entering the country.
Top 5 Reasons Why Philippine Immigration Banned You from Entering The Philippines
- Commenting or getting involved in Philippines domestic issues. Filipinos do not tolerate foreigners getting involved in their politics. No offense to my white members, but this is always a white person doing social activism in the Philippines.
- Soliciting prostitutes – This is a complete joke. No one that I have heard of has ever been black listed in the Philippines for buying a trick. For one thing, Angeles City is the Red Light district of the Philippines with open solicitation day and night. This law/rule was something thrown in to look good, I guess. You would have a greater chance of being arrested for J-walking in the roughest ghetto of America than you would for soliciting a prostitute in the Philippines.
- Polygamy or having multiple wives – I don’t know who actually openly has multiple wives in the Philippines, but I guess they didn’t want to start a trend. Every Filipino man has a mistress there, so….another BS rule.
- Getting arrested – This is obvious. Keep your nose clean and stay out of trouble. Filipino men are highly friendly but there is always that one smart ass from time to time. Suck it up and avoid confrontations as much as possible. However, once again, I never had a problem with any Filipino man….except for a security guard who I had to talk to once in regards to his jokes about how many women I would bring to my place.
- Having an infectious disease – This should be obvious. No one wants a foreigner coming into their country spreading diseases.
These are the most common reasons for being denied entry. Lately, there have been reports of being turned away for “acting rude” towards Philippines immigration officers.
Don’t argue or create a scene at NAIA aiport. Please remember to be respectful and obey any and all orders from the BI.
For a complete list of objections, please refer to the Bureau of Immigration website to read all the listed reasons.
How to Check If Your Name is Still Currently on the Blacklist
There is no online database that keeps track of the names on the blacklist. The most common occurrence is finding out you’ve been banned when trying to enter Philippines soil.
If you would like to double check if you are on the list prior your trip to Philippines you can contact the Visa Division (Telephone numbers: 834-4854, 834-3707, and 834-4810), Department of Foreign Affairs, 2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City or to any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad.
Getting blacklisted and banned from the country is an extremely frustrating event, but you’ll have to keep calm and take certain steps to correct your situation.
How to Remove Your Name From the Immigration Blacklist
There is a lengthy process you must undergo to remove your name from the ban list. Here’s what you need to do:
- Write a Letter – Submit a Letter of request addressed to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and a Photocopy of your passport. Indicate in the letter the nature of your request. The letter should be detailed where it indicates the reason why you were blacklisted and the reason why you need the blacklist be lifted.
- Seek Legal Advice – It would be best to seek professional advice with this, you can always consult a lawyer who can assist you all throughout the process. There are many Metro Manila lawyers that can help you with your problem. Search Google for “immigration attorneys” and contact them immediately.
- Be Prepared to Pay – Depending on why you were blacklisted, you may have to pay additional fees to the Bureau of Immigration to settle the matter. It’s a good idea to set aside some money for this very reason.
For clarification on their process, you can always contact BI Helpdesk Hotline at (632) 524-3824 or (632) 524-3769 or www.immigration.gov.ph/contact-us/main-office.
Still Need Help?
If you have been blacklisted and denied entry into the Philippines, we’d be happy to assist you with this matter.
Our services include:
- Figuring out exactly WHY you got blacklisted
- Helping you find a Metro Manila lawyer
- Drafting a professional letter for submission to the Commissioner of Bureau of Immigration
- Consulting you on what steps to take while you await the decision of your case.
Please contact us to discuss your situation in detail. Good luck and stay positive!