Why are Filipinos required to have a return ticket?

There is one reason why Filipinos are required to have a return ticket when they travel out of the country, and three reasons why it's non-sense!

Return ticket, check! Body weight... what? Manila, PH
Airlines are required to check your return ticket if you're traveling outside the country, especially as a tourist, to ensure that you will return home and not become one of the thousands of undocumented immigrants/ workers in other countries.

And here are three reasons why this doesn't make any sense:

SQ: Is Philippine Immigration OK with multi-destinations?

If only international travel is as hassle free as domestic. Komodo, Indonesia.

At our Facebook fan page, a follower asked the following question: "Would I have problems at the Philippine Immigration if I have multiple destinations outside of the country?"

First, a disclaimer: I am not an immigration lawyer. My answer to this question is guided by my own experiences having gone out of the country more than twenty times in the last ten years.

For those who do not understand the context of this question, Philippine Immigration requires Filipinos going out of the country to posses a return ticket upon their check in for their outbound flight. If you're wondering why, here are my thoughts on the issue:


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