My travel buddy/sponsor was my sister. I booked our ticket during the Peso Fare promotion of Cebu Pacific on July 5, 2014. Our scheduled flight from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was on February 1, 2015 (8:50 PM-12:25 AM- February 2, 2015). I have read too many posts on how to survive the Bureau of Immigration (BOI). Most of them were really extremes, so I was also very worried because it was going to be my first time.
I found this blog useful and you can also check this out. It has simplified information and the author travels a lot.
My sister and I prepared the requirements from the blog and we were all set.
I am a student so here are the things I brought with me:
2. valid school I.D
3. School Registration Form (Form 5)
4. Bank Certificate
5. round-trip travel tickets (Iloilo-Manila-Iloilo, Manila-KL-Manila)
7. hotel booking
My sister served as my sponsor since I am unemployed. She used to be a nurse in Riyadh. Here are the things that she brought:
2. employment contract and other work-related papers
3. bank certificate
4. round-trip travel tickets (Iloilo-Manila-Iloilo, Manila-KL-Manila)
6. hotel booking
*We also brought our NSO to prove that we are indeed related.
During the actual encounter with the BOI representative, I did not talk or say anything. I just smiled and smiled until she was finished interviewing my sister.
Their conversation was like this:
*My sister gave our passports and tickets to the BOI representative.
BOI: Kaano-ano niyo po siya? (What’s your relationship with her?)
Sister: Kapatid ko po. (She’s my sister.)
BOI: Saan ka nagtratrabaho? (Where do you work?)
Sister: Sa Riyadh po. Kakauwi ko lang. (I worked in Riyadh. I just got home).
BOI: For tour?
BOI: Meron ba kayong itinerary at hotel booking?
*My sister presented our itinerary and hotel booking.
Our passports and tickets were approved. We waited for our flight smiling. We couldn’t believe it was smooth and easy as compared to other posts. By the way, the representative wasn’t rude or authoritative. She was polite and young maybe from 25-28.
1. Be confident
Don’t be anxious looking while answering the questions and be straight to the point.
2. Avoid showing too many papers unless the representative asks you to do so
My sister had brought her employment contract and other related papers but she did not even use them. She only showed our itinerary and hotel booking when the representative asked for them. Just present your passport and ticket first as stated on the list of the “What-to-bring” items of the BOI.
3. Dress like a tourist
Be presentable. If you are going as tourists then dress like one. Don’t wear too flashy clothes or the opposite.
I prayed at the airport’s chapel in the morning to help us see the Pandas. (Yes! There are pandas in Malaysia).
After that, when we went to Mall of Asia, I saw some signs like a girl carrying a panda, socks with panda faces, an I Love KL shirt, and other things.We also got a lucky penny on the jeepney. Crazy! 🙂
Goodluck to you!