Checklist for tourists visiting the Philippines

Checklist for tourist visiting the Philippines

  • Restricted foreign nationals are required to secure an entry visa before they can enter the Philippines
  • Unrestricted foreign nationals can travel to the Philippines without an entry visa but needs to secure return or outward bound ticket
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months
  • Research your destination(s)
  • Chinese Nationals, including citizens for Hong Kong and Taiwan will need a special permit
  • Study differences in culture
  • In most restaurants, there is a 12% VAT comprised in the price but service charge is often excluded and calculated separately
  • Buy your tickets and make any necessary reservations ahead of time
  • Review your finances
  • Determine your health insurance coverage for the trip
  • Consider travel time and traffic flow to your destination particularly if you are planning to visit Makati and Manila
  • Double check that you’ve packed your necessary documents
  • It is illegal for any inward or outward tourist to bring in or take out Philippine Pesos more than P10,000 without prior authority from the Central Bank of the Philippines
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