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The Philippines is situated in Southeast Asia and surrounded by the South China Sea to the west and the Philippine Sea to the east. The Philippines is one of the most populous countries in the region. The capital of the country, Manila, is famous for being home to an authentic Chinatown and waterfront promenade.
Visa and Immigration Procedures to Philippines
It is recommended that travelers apply for a Philippines visa before booking an air ticket or a sea ticket to the Philippines. For all EU nationals, no visa is required to enter the Philippines if the stay will not exceed 30 days. However, a return ticket to the immigration officer must be shown. The same requirement applies to US, Canadian and Australian citizens. For other nationals, a visa is required to enter the Philippines. An application form must be submitted to the Embassy of the Philippines, along with a booked air ticket or sea ticket, and a bank statement to prove that you have sufficient funds.
Things/Items Allowed into Philippines
Passengers aged 18 or above are permitted to bring no more than 400 individual cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco into the Philippines. For alcohol, passengers aged 18 or above are permitted to carry 2 bottles of alcoholic beverages not exceeding 1 liter each. Valuable items such as jewelry, laptops and cameras must be declared on your air ticket and passport, in order to carry the items when departing from the Philippines.
Things/Items Forbidden out of Philippines
・Currency value exceeding PHP 10,000
Things/Items Forbidden into Philippines
・Explosives, Firearms, and Ammunition
Voice of Travelers to Philippines
The best beaches in Asia are in the Philippines
Book your ticket to Boracay in the Philippines, which is ranked as 'the best island in the world'. The soft white sand, the clear turquoise ocean, and the palm trees along the beaches were lovely. In addition, if you enjoy snorkeling and water-sports, this is the right place to book a ticket. You can catch a 15-minute boat ride and start your amazing and unforgettable trip. If you are seeking something special and are a water-sports enthusiast, book your ticket to Palawan, where you will encounter the most photogenic seascapes ever. The Philippines is among the best countries in Asia with spectacular spots to visit.
The Spectacular Barracude Lake in the Philippines
I’ve tried asking some friends who booked their tickets to the Philippines in the past for recommendations and all of my friends have recommended Barracude Lake. The lake is full of rocky paths, ladders, wrecked ships, and a narrow entrance, and very adventurous. In addition, it consists of brackish and salt water. The water temperature gradually gets colder the deeper you go. Therefore, if you are a diver, the dive will be most challenging. This lake was a former volcanic crater and is a unique diving spot.
Visiting multiple great metropolises, through just one ticket
The Philippines has some of the world’s greatest metropolises. In the Philippines, you can enjoy the famous Spanish colonial city centers. Manila is a large city full of street vendors, shops, and restaurants. I booked my stay at the Fairmont hotel in Makati, a stylish hotel located in the heart of Manila. I checked into the hotel with no issues and my room had a great view overlooking the main street. The food there was awesome. I also booked a ticket to a theater to watch a ballet performance with a friend in the Philippines who spoke good English. I think all the locals can speak good English so there are no language barriers in the Philippines. They even had instructions for using public transport in English. I’ve decided that the next ticket that I book will be back to the Philippines.
Philippines Travelers' Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are the major places to book my ticket to in the Philippines?
A. Tubbataha Reef, located in the Sulu Sea, is a marine sanctuary for diving and an enjoyable destination for many. Visitors should book a ticket in advance for San Agustin Church, which is a must-see spot located in Manila and quite popular. It is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. In addition, the Mayon volcano, which rises 8,000 feet above sea level, is a great place for hiking, however, be sure to book your ticket with a tour guide as hiking alone is dangerous in unfamiliar terrain. The Mayon volcano is an active volcano.
Q. What is the best season to book an air ticket to the Philippines?
A. By booking your ticket during the dry season, you will be able to access many places in the Philippines. The temperature there is warm from November until April. If you book your ticket between March to April, you will experience the Philippines when the temperature is very hot. December through February is the coolest time of the year but you will still be able to enjoy the beaches.
Q. What is banned in the Philippines?
A. Before booking your ticket to the Philippines, you will need to check local rules and regulations. Smoking in public areas is forbidden and is also banned in bars and cafes in the Philippines.
Philippines - Direct Flights to Major Airports
Airports handling direct flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport ・Beijing Capital International Airport
・Hong Kong International Airport
・Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Airports handling direct flights to Mactan–Cebu International Airport ・Singapore Changi Airport
・Dubai International Airport
・Incheon International Airport
・Kunming Changshui International Airport
・Daegu International Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Francisco Bangoy International Airport ・Singapore Changi Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Kalibo International Airport ・Kuala Lumpur International Airport
・Gimhae International Airport
Airports handling direct flights to Iloilo International Airport ・Puerto Princesa International Airport
・Godofredo P. Ramos Airport
Flight Routes to Philippines
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the Philippines is known as Manila International Airport and is the major hub serving the capital of the Philippines, Manila. Air tickets can be purchased from Air China flying from Beijing International Airport. Direct flights from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport can be booked with China Southern Airlines to the Philippines too. Tickets from Dubai International Airport with Emirates Airlines to the Philippines are available and along with direct flights from Taoyuan International Airport through EVA Air. NAIA is the only airport serving the Manila area and connects the Philippines to the other major international airports in the region.