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Good day to you and god bless you, I cannot get a straight answer. I recently got everything together to go to the philippines to get married. I was convicted in 1980 and have a felony record for drug possesion. I have been told that I will not be allowed to enter or, stay in the philippines at all and will be deatained and sent away. My fiancee and I have waited a year to do this. I really need to know because it will be a year before I can afford to do this again. I had planned a one way ticket and a round trip would break me.  Thank you and god bless.

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Harry, Told by who? seems the most important point. There is no shortage of foreigners living here in the Philippines with past criminal records. I usually advise anybody who is experiencing fear and anxiety about making such a move to simple GO FOR IT!!! What's the worst thing that could happen, be refused entry? And don't volunteer such details upon arrival passing through customs and immigration. Because of the recent additional homeland security etc etc in the States you might be delayed only if you apply for a US spousal immigrant visa for your wife. But if you plan to stay here in the Philippines no worries. The only guys I know who have been refused entry are those with past sexual abuse ( pedophile type criminal records) and only recently in the last 3 years. Take it easy, smile and be relaxed as you reach the immigration official upon arrival; nervousness or too much unnecessary talk can "smell" foul to such officials. GOOD LUCK and CONGRATULATIONS!!! Mabuhay Philippines! Welcome Aboard!

HARRY buy a RETURN FLIGHT because they cost only U$150 more maybe than a one way which are always nearly twice the price of half. Otherwise your flight attendant may not allow you to check-in; if possible ask for a one year validity at no extra cost. Also a One Way Ticket will be a red flag when you arrive so buy the best deal you can find on one year valid Return ticket.  

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Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.

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I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

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Suite101.com, eDreams.com, expertcentral.com who asked me to apply with allexperts.com

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some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

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Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

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3000 to 4000 world travelers and guests on a budget pass through our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel each year since 1986 so we do get a lot of feedback and share a lot of experiences with people which we can then pass on to help others with their questions and problems

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