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What are some entry and exit requirements for travel from the U.S. to the Philippines?

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A valid U.S. passport and a return ticket are required to enter the Philippines for tourism purposes. Passports must be valid for more than six months from the date of entry into the Philippines. Travelers are prohibited from carrying ammunition or firearms into or out of the Philippines.

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Travelers wishing to stay more than 30 days may request a 59-day visa prior to arrival or seek a 29-day extension after their arrival.

As of May 2015, travelers must declare sums of currency or financial instruments exceeding 10,000 Philippine pesos or $10,000. Purchasing pirated or counterfeit goods is illegal, as is transporting such goods into the United States.

Travelers possessing illegal or controlled substances, even with medical permission, are subject to arrest and prosecution unless clearance is obtained from the Philippine government before entry.

Transgender individuals are required to provide supporting documentation if their apparent gender does not reflect the gender listed on their documentation. Philippine law requires that an individual’s sex match that assigned at birth as reflected on the official birth certificate.

Passengers arriving from countries with reported Yellow fever cases are required to submit a certificate of vaccination upon arrival.

In order to travel between the Philippines and other destinations, a multiple-entry transit 9(b) visa, a confirmed onward ticket to another destination and the appropriate visa for that destination are required.

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