Traveling Tips

  • Driving License

You can get a international driving license and it is valid for up to three months.

  • Drinking Water

In many parts of the Philippine the  tap water is not suitable for drinking.  It is advisable to either buy mineral water or boil tap water prior to drinking.

  • Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 60 Hz. Two-pin flat blade attachments and two-pin round plugs are used. A transformer is necessary for appliances with electrical current of 110 volts.

  • Weights/Measures

In the Philippines the metric system predominates. Temperatures are listed in Centigrade. Weights are expressed in grams and Kilograms.  Distances are listed in meters and kilometers.

  • Media
  • Postal Services
  • Telecommunications – Cell phones, Wi-Fi Spots etc.

There are providers that offer international roaming. Phone units are rented in malls at a reasonable price. Internet facilities are available in most hotels and resorts and in several internet or cyber cafes all over the country.

  • Telephone Codes

Philippines country code is +63.  The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code.

  • Time Zone

The Philippines is 8 hours ahead of (GMT). Sunrise and sunset occur around 6am and 6pm.

  • Tipping

Tipping is expected for many services. The standard practice is 10% of the total bill. However, most hotels and restaurants include a 10% service charge, making additional tipping optional. The relatively low cost of travel in the Philippines makes it easier for foreign visitors to be generous.

  • Consulates & Embassies
  • Customs

Visitors are allowed to bring in the following items duty-free: reasonable quantity of clothes and jewelry; two bottles of wine or liquor of not more than one liter each; and 400 sticks of cigarettes or two tins of tobacco.

  • Visas & Passports
  • Women Travelers
  • Traveling with Kids
  • Disabled Travelers
  • Religious Travelers
  • Medical Services
  • Security & Crime