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General Information in getting to Philippines

Updated on September 20, 2018
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General Information about Philippines

How to get to my country? Well, it's easy. The international gateways are Manila, Cebu, Laoag, Clark and Subic.

In Manila, the premier gateway is the NAIA which is The Ninoy Aquino International Airport served by many airlines which fly from different countries around the world. The MIA which is the Mactan International Airport  in Cebu has flights from Australia, Singapore and Japan with chartered flights from United States and Hongkong as well as other travel capitals. The flights from Indonesia and Singapore can use also the Davao International Airport. While in Central Luzon both chartered and cargo planes, the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and Subic Airfied are popular. The regular flights from Taiwan and Macau are available in Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte. Major cruise liners also call on the port of Manila but the popular carrier of my country's flag is the Philppine Airlines.

If you want to know the entry and health regulations, here are some tips: Valid passport only for your entry except for those from countries with which the Philippines has no diplomatic relations. Holders of Hongkong and Taiwan passports must have special permits. But all the visitors can enter my country without visas and stay for 21 days provided that they have tickets for onward trip. For those who want to get visas and special permits, you can obtain that from Philippine embassies and consulates. For those travelers coming from the infected area, a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required.

NAIA is located 7 km from the city center while the domestic airport is 1 km from the NAIA. As a traveler, you may observe the facilities of the airport. We have the Duty Free and souvenir shops, car rental services, banks and automated teller machines, postal service, national and international direct dial telephone booths, medical clinics, baggage deposit areas. If you want to meet the personnel for assistance, just visit the tourist information and assistance counters.

When you arrived here in the Philippines as visitors, you are advised to fill in the Baggage Declaration Form before disembarking to facilitate custom examination. What are the things that allowed? Of course the reasonable quantity of clothes, toiletries, and jewelries. For cigarettes, only 400 sticks are allowed or two tins of tobacco. While for the bottle of wine, only two bottles of not more than 1 liter each.

You may see also porters around the area and the baggage carts are available for free of charge. Traditionally, we give tips to the porters but its optional only. You can avail also the accredited fixed rate or metered taxis at the arrival area. But in Domestic Airport, the services are available on pre-paid coupon basis only for their accredited transfer services.

At the airport, the departure fees are required. For international airport, the fee is 700 while in domestic 200 paid in Philippine pesos only. 

You can find the Duty Free Philippines near the NAIA which is well known as the country's largest duty-free outlet carrying selected Philippine export products and quality imported items.

Do you know what to wear in my country? The recommended are the light and casual clothes. The warmer garments are needed for mountain regions only. Shorts and scanty clothing should be avoided in the church and temples. For formal occasions, dinner jackets and ties are required or the Philippine Barong Tagalog for men and cocktail dresses or long gowns for women. 

The currency here is in Philippine peso PhP which is equivalent to 100 centavos. Our bank notes here are in P10, P20, P50, P100, P500 and P1000. For the coins are 5c, 10c, 25c, 1P, 5P and 10P. When you go to restaurant or any other establishment, tipping is expected for any services but again its only optional. If you want to give tips, the standard practice here is 10% of the total bill. Sometimes, no tipping at all because that already include a 10% service charge. Just check in your receipts.

© 2011 Robelyn Yambao


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