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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Information on visas from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Information on passports from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visa HQ
Diplomatic Representations
List of diplomatic representations of the Philippines
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

For traveling within Manila, the taxi is the most recommended means of transport. The bus network is very developed but has reached saturation. There are three metro lines which serve part of the town.
Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Manila Intl - Ninoy Aquino (MNL) 8 km / 5 miles PHP 380-450 or USD 6-9 / 15-30 min PHP 50 / 45 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The Philippine islands are well provided with air lines, bus networks, as well as ferries. On the other hand railroads are used only in the southern part of the islands (connection between Manila and Legazpi).
Rail Companies
Philippine National Railways

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Air Philippines low cost domestic flights No
Cebu Pacific low cost domestic flights Yes
Philippines Airlines Major domestic flights Yes
SEAIR Major domestic flights

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

It is not advisable for foreigners to drive because of bad road conditions, and the rather risky driving of the Filipinos. It is thus recommended to rent a chauffeur-driven car.
Road Maps
Omni Maps
Find an Itinerary
Maps of World

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Different Forms of Tourism

The Saint - Agustin church, the cathedral of Manila, the Chinese cemetery of Manila, the Casa Manila, the Rizal park, the Santiago fort, intramural Manila, Manila metropolitan area.
The national museum, the Jumalon museum, the Arcenas collection, the Aznar - Alfonso collection.
Rice plantations of Banaue, island of Palawan (diving and discovery of natural phenomena ), volcanoes of the islands of Visayas, Mindanao, mountain ranges on the island of Luzon.
Our Lady of Antipolo Church, Tonay Church, Saint - Jerôme Church, Baras Church, Church of the ruins of Boso - Boso.
Hot springs in Cebu, and Manila.
The Philippines being an archipelago, one finds numerous fine sand beaches there.
Winter Sports
Outdoor Activities
Jet ski, windsurfing, surfing, diving, and hiking.
 Makati (Manila) Ermita District.
Tourism Organizations
Philippines - Travel Guide

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required from travelers who are more one year old and coming from infected zones. The risk of malaria exists throughout the year in zones below 600 m, except in the provinces of Bohol, Catanduanes and Cebu and in the suburbs of Manila. The risk is low in the provinces of Aklan, Biliran, Camiguin, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Leyte del Sur, Northern Samar and Siquijor. It is estimated that there is no risk in the urban areas and the plains. Resistance of P. falciparum to chloroquine has been reported. Disease prevention recommended in the risk areas: C+P.
International Hospitals
It is recommended to get care in private hospitals, or to go to Singapore if there is a serious problem.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the Philippines
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
US State Department
Foreign Affairs Canada

Emergency Numbers

Emergency services 117
Police 168
Tourist assistance in Manila 02-524-1660
Firemen 816-25-53
Treatment center for poisoning cases 524-10-78

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Manila (GMT+8)
Summer Time Period

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Annual average temperature is approximately 27°C, rains occur during the summer monsoons from May to November.
For Further Information
National Weather Service Office

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
Kare-kare: ox tail stew, served with spicy hot peanut and bagoong sauce. (Bagoong is a sort of nuoc mâm, a salty sauce made from fermented fish and crab.)
Sinigang: meat or fish broth. Adobo: spicy meat stew. Lechon: roasted sucking pig, prepared for high days and holidays. 
Buko (juice of a young coconut which one drinks straight from the shell), and juice of calamansi (lime). Among alcoholic beverages, San Miguel beer is known as one of the world's best beers; also one finds sugar cane red wine, rice wine and coconut wine.
Dietary Restrictions
They vary according to the religion. In the southern part of the island, the Muslim minority consumes neither alcohol nor pork.

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Domestic Currency
Philippine Peso
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Exchanging American dollars is not difficult. Bureaux de change are scattered over all the tourist areas. Hotels also offer foreign currency exchange.
Possible Means of Payment
One can pay in cash (the most current method), and by credit card (more and more accepted) in the big cities of the country.

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Official Language
Filipino and English.
Other Languages Spoken
There are nearly 70 languages in the islands, but the most prevalent minority languages are Visayan (Cebuano), and Ilokano. Spanish is hardly used by the population.
Business Language
English. One may however meet Spanish speaking people.
Getting Some Knowledge
The Tagaloglang site (in English) offers an initiation into the Filipino language.
Free Translation Tools
ATS Group : English - Tagalog translator
Your dictionary : English - Tagalog translator

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Hotels in the Philippines

Ministry of Tourism
Lonely Planet
To Find an Apartment
Pearl's Letting Agency

Islands Properties
Move in the city
To Find a Job

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