Tuesday, August 28, 2012

PHILIPPINES - RSO travel to the Philippines

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By LLR:
Can anyone tell me what I can expect when I travel to the Philippines for the first time in September? I am an oriented RSO and have to register 2 years yet. From what I know if you stay under 21 days you will not need a visa, just on arrival. My lawyer is also an immigration lawyer and told me my name is not on an interpool database. I was worried when they scan my passport what happens? I've only heard of a few sex offenders that were refused entry to Philippines, but they were frequent vistors. I am assuming there had to be a red flag on them ahead of time. From what I read about a dozen RSO's have got their passports in 2008-2010 and went to the Philippines and one even went to Japan. Any advise, I know on my return trip I will go through an intense interview process.


11 comments :

SteveRSOonline said...

Although it's been a few years I often had to travel there for business. Never had and issue or problem with the Philippines.

My issue was on returning to the US!

So I'd suggest you be very careful of any pictures or other content on your computer/phone when you return.

llr said...

Thank you for the infoe, I was unsure what happens, do they scan your passport and does our RSO show up? I guess others have gone with no problems. LLR

Bill said...

My wife and I won a trip to the Dominican Republic one year ago. I was convicted in 92 of second degree sexual abuse of a child and was forced to register in 96 four years after my sentence. I have been on the registry since. My wife and I had no problem getting visas in 2011. However on the way back from the Dominican into the US my hellrasment began. When standing in line at the Dominican Air port I was pulled from the line and taken over to a table. My bags were completely torn apart. I was told to strip to my pants removing all clothing except my pants. I was told to turn on my Zune tablet and phone then to surrender them to an agent who spent several minutes going through the files. After 45 minutes I was told to redress and get back in line. I bought my tickets back to the US. I moved to the line for international flights. I was pulled from the line again, I went through the same shake down except I was allowed to keep my clothes on. I lost my place in line again for about 35 minutes. After finally getting into the international departures I walked over to the customs line. In customs I went through just as an intense shake down as the first one. The man in customs spoke english so I ask what in the hell is going on? He told me that Tahiti is the child porn capitol of the world and that they were looking for child porn. I connected the dots and relized I was being profiled. What a bunch of crap. Other than that my wife and I had the best time of our lives.

Michael said...

Yes, the US border agents scan your passport, and their database will red flag you. Other nations do not have access to this database. I advise you not to bring a laptop on your trip, and take no photos of kids. The US agents will assume the worst, especially if you travel alone.

SteveRSOonline said...

Yes they do, expect to be singled out for extra scrutiny! One time I was actually met at the Jetway by two large and armed men.

The degree of treatment depends a great deal on the airport. For example SF, NY, and Miami were horrible with SF being the WORSE! But Atlanta seems to be a bit better.

Still going to search, but in Atlanta the agents were much nicer and more professional.

DULA said...

I have traveled to the Philippines 4 times. I have a wife there. We have not yet filed for Visa because of automatic denial that would be given due to Adam Walsh Act. In May 2013 I was denied entry because of moral turpitude. I am a rso here in wa state. She can't come here because I can't sponsor her.. (AWA), and I can't go there. I have talked with an imm. att. here. No help. I dont know how they discovered i was a rso perhaps through the passenger list of Delta flight. It is very sad and was the most awful and disappointing time of my life..not to mention very expensive. If you have questions or some helpful advice, you are welcome to email me @ dusty.g@hotmail.com. Thanks.

DULA said...

Recently I found this amicus brief on the Adam Walsh Act (AWA). It is a very good read and may be very helpful to all. It is a immigration law firm in Portland. Please check this out. There is hope for you and yours. I think I might be able to help with some answers and suggestions for you because of our own experience. Please call or email me at dusty.g@hotmail.com. Or call 206-999-1062.

.http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=42682

larry said...

i want to go to the philipprines to meet my grilfriend, im a reg. sex offrender can i get in.

lou said...

no they will deny you.

angel said...

If you've never been there, you'll most likely be allowed in. When you come back, you'll be detained and luggage checked. By law you have to report that you're leaving the country. Though I know of many who don't. when you come back that is when the US will notify them. Lately, 2013 and 2014 US has been more aggressive in notifying high sex tourist countries.

mike said...

Ok i been reading up on this a lot! and i been seeing a lot of yes and no answers i want to know has any 1 been there since the AWA was in effect.