Planning a trip to the PI

  • Visas & Passports
  • Customs Regulations
  • Health & Insurance
  • Money Matters

Most foreign currencies can be easily exchanged at banks, hotels and authorized foreign exchange dealers which can be found in malls and airports. Remember to transact only with banks and licensed foreign exchange dealers. When visiting rural areas, plan how much currency is needed since these places may not have easily accessible money changers.

International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard, American Express Card and JCB are accepted in major establishments. Most souvenir shops, even in malls, would only be able to accept cash. It is advisable to use credit cards for major expenses. Always keep receipts of transactions.

  • Electricity

Electric outlets supply 220V as input. This can damage electric appliances from countries where AC input is 110V.

  • What to wear

Bring appropriate attire depending on the month you are visiting.

  • Tourist Information

The Department of Tourism has a 24-hour Tourist Assistance Unit located at T.M Kalaw Street, Rizal Park, Manila.

Telephone number: 524-1728 / 524-1660.

  • Getting There

Most who travel to the Philippines arrive by air.  For reasons of safety, travel by sea is not as popular.  However, there are freighters and cruise ships that stop in the Manila bay.

  • Airports and Facilities

The Philippines has four (4) international airports: the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Angeles City, Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu and the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City.

The NAIA is the main international gateway of the country. It is seven (7) kilometers south of Manila and southwest of Makati City’s Central Business District. It has three (3) terminals that serve Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area. Manila is also served by the Manila Domestic Airport which is one kilometer from the NAIA.

DMIA, also called Clark International Airport, is the main airport serving the immediate vicinity of the Clark Special Economic Zone and the general area of Angeles City.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport serves as the southern hub of the air transportation system of the country. The airport is strategically located making the travel time only 3-4 hours to 14 cities in Asia Pacific.

The Francisco Bangoy International Airport, also called Davao International Airport, is the main airport serving Davao City. It is the busiest airport in the Mindanao region and is the only international airport in Mindanao serving actual international flights on a regular basis.

These international airports have adequate traveler facilities: duty-free shopping centers, souvenir shops, tourist information counters, hotel and travel agency representatives and car rental services. The NAIA has banks, postal service, a medical clinic, a pharmacy, chapels, salon, sauna and massage services.

Hotel Transfers: Hotel transport can be arranged with hotel representatives at designated counters at the arrival lobby of the airport.