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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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    InCorp Philippines (Formerly Kittelson and Carpo Consulting) provides consulting and assistance to local and foreign companies starting and doing business in the Philippines. Our main areas of expertise are incorporation, business registration, fda, immigration/visas, payroll, human resources, and recruitment.

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