My brother who I love to hate is about to embark on a journey that would hopefully be life-changing for him. He just turned 28 yesterday, July 25, 2015. He’s a full grown adult but somehow still lost somewhere the age of 14. Other than that I love him to bits and he’s a family.
While I was in Cebu, I helped him get his passport in April 10 this year; asked a friend at the DFA to help get a courtesy line; and paid for his passport fee (950 pesos for normal wait time). (For more info, see: DFA Cebu Passport Renewal/New Application Need-to-Know) It was ready for pick-up around the 2nd or 3rd week of May. Now, he’s leaving for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in a week’s time.
Our uncle who’s about the same age as mine is going to pick him up from the airport. Travelling to another country is not as easy as you might think. You may be the richest person or an ordinary person; there are RULES and REGULATIONS to follow. You may have heard of people who were not allowed entry to the country they’re visiting. No, we don’t want that to happen to us. That means a total waste of time and money. Therefore, let’s equip ourselves on the know-how of SOCIAL VISIT.
Based on my experience, one of the things the Customs Officer will ask you before putting a stamp on your passport is the reason for entering their country. Some officers will ask for an invitation or guarantee letter as a supporting document. You’d be lucky if they don’t. You better have one ready though or be sorry.
UPDATE: My brother was not able to board his plane to Malaysia. The local Immigration has denied him to board due to lack of documents to prove sanguinity between my mother and my Uncle. He was born in Malaysia. He went to the Philippines for a few years that’s when we met and went back to live in Malaysia.
Now, we are just waiting for my Uncle to process the necessary documents. We’ll try again. These two documents below are not enough to support his visit. He needs a notarized Affidavit of Invitation sent from Malaysia to Cebu.
In order to avoid hassle, ask these 2 documents be faxed or mailed to you by a relative or friend days prior to your flight:
- Invitation or guarantee letter
- Copy of the Host’s Identification ( or National Identification Card of the person inviting, if he’s native to that country)
Here’s is a sample invitation letter:
Date: July 25, 2015
To Whom It May Concern:
I would like to extend an invitation to (FULL NAME OF VISITOR) to visit me in (COUNTRY TO BE VISITED). (NAME OF VISITOR), who is my (RELATIONSHIP TO SPONSOR), will visit me for tourism on July 30, 2015 and will be staying with me at my residence during his visit. The expenses for his stay will be shouldered by. For the duration of the visit, he will be under my responsibility. He will return to the Philippines on August 25. Please see my details below:
My home address is:
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
My work address is:
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. My phone numbers are (PROVIDE PHONE NUMBER/S OF THE PERSON INVITING). Please see attached copy of my National Identification Card (NIC).
NAME and SIGNATURE OF THE HOST
Another thing to remember is that you have to have a return ticket. For Malaysia, tourists are only allowed to stay for 30 days or less.
If the host is a citizen of that country with work or assets that will show financial capacity, then that will be somewhat an advantage but not a guarantee. For countries like Malaysia, Singapore or Indonesia where human trafficking is a rampant issue, they are quite strict in making sure that tourists entering their country will not be working illegally and are only visiting when they say they are.
Good luck to my brother! And I hope this blog is helpful to you. If you have any questions and comments, please feel free to post below.