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A valid passport is required to enter the Philippines. All visitors, except those from countries with which the Philippines has no diplomatic relations, may enter the country without visas, and may stay for a period of 21 days provided they have tickets for onward journey. Holders of Hong Kong and Taiwan passports must have special permits. Visas and special permits may be obtained from Philippine embassies and consulates. Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and Mactan International Airport on the Island of Cebu are primary entry points for international visitors. The international airports have adequate traveler facilities including tourist information and assistance counters, hotel and travel agency representatives, banks and ATMs, postal service, telephone booths, and even medical clinics. Baggage carts and porter services are available free. Visitors carrying more than US$ 3,000 are to declare the amount at the Central Bank of the Philippines counter situated at the Customs area. Foreign currency taken out upon departure must not exceed the amount brought in. Departing passengers are not allowed to bring out more than 1,000 Philippine Pesos.


March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy. November to February is cool. Average temperatures: 78F (25C) to 90F (32C); humidity: 77%.


Unit of currency: Peso (P) = 100 centavos. Bank note denominations: P10, P20, P50, P100, P200, P500 and P1,000. Coins: 5c, 10c, 25c, P1, P5, P10.

Authorized foreign exchange dealers (money changers) and banks will be able to give you the official exchange rates. They are located at airports and in commercial establishments. International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, MasterCard, and American Express Card are accepted by many businesses. US dollars, are not widely accepted as payment and traveler's checks are only accepted at banks.


UTC / GMT (+8 hours)

Business Hours

Private and government offices are open either from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm or from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm. Most commercial establishments are open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Banks are open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Mondays to Fridays, with automated teller machines (ATM) operating 24 hours.


Most national dailies are in English. There are seven national television stations, which broadcast mainly in Filipino. Cable TV is available as well. Internet connections are readily available as is IDD service.


220 volts AC 60 cycles. 110 volts AC is also used, especially in major hotels.


Filipino is the national language. English is the business language and spoken widely. Approximately 111 languages and dialects are spoken in the country.

Dress Code

Light, casual clothes are recommended. Warmer garments are needed for mountain regions. When visiting churches and temples, propriety dictates that shorts and scanty clothing be avoided. Formal occasions require dinner jackets and ties (or the Philippine barong tagalog) for men and cocktail dresses or long gowns for women.


Metered and fixed rate taxis are widely available in major cities nationwide. Jeepneys and buses are inexpensive ways of getting around most places. In Metro Manila, the fastest way of commuting is via the railway system. LRT connects Monumento in the north to Baclaran in the south. MRT traverses the length of EDSA from North Avenue to Taft Avenue. You can also make use of the Metro Ferry in Manila, which runs on the Pasig River from Escolta to Guadalupe in Makati. There is long distance bus service on all the islands. Getting to Cebu or Mindaneo is easy by ferry or aircraft. Air travel is recommended for longer journeys, as there is a wide variety in the service and reliability (safety) of the ferries. Car rental is another option with outlets in most major cites.

Health Facilities

Hospitals are numerous in urban areas and are listed in the "Yellow Pages" of the local telephone directory. Health centers or clinics, provide emergency medical attention in remote towns and cities.

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