Flights: Australia to Manila

Flights from Sydney or Melbourne to Manila

For Australians flying to the Philippines, are these Cebu Pacific flights of interest?

  • Melbourne to Manila for $199
  • Sydney to Manila for $219

Bookings must be made by the 8th October 2019, with flights between 15th October 2019 and 31st March 2020.

Click the image for more info, or https://book.cebupacificair.com

Flights Australia to Manila 2019-20

It may not be first class travel, but it’s a good price.

Taxi Fares In the Philippines 2017

Increase in Taxi Fares in the Philippines 2017

Taxi fares had not increased since 2010, but in February 2017 some increases (for White Taxis) were mandated, as follows:

Taxi Fares in Metro Manila and Most Provinces 2017

40php Flagdown Rate, for the first 500 meters
2php Travel Time per minute
13.5php Per km rate

Taxi Fares in Cordillera Administrative Region 2017

40php Flagdown Rate, for the first 400 meters
2php Travel Time per minute
13.5php Per km rate

Source: ltfrb.gov.ph

Increase in Taxi Fares In the Philippines 2017

Taxi Fares in Cordillera Administrative Region 2017

Increase in Taxi Fares In the Philippines 2017

Travel Home to the Philippines with an Expired Passport

Can a Filipino Travel Home to the Philippines with an Expired or Lost Passport

You might need a One Way Travel Document.

Your local Philippines consulate will issue this. (Contact them first to double check your eligibility)

The details below are for Filipinos in ....

Can a Filipino Travel Home to the Philippines with an Expired or Lost Passport

You might need a One Way Travel Document.

Your local Philippines consulate will issue this. (Contact them first to double check your eligibility)

The details below are for Filipinos in Australia where travel to the Philippines is required in an Emergency and your Philippine passport has expired or is lost.

Please note that the Travel Document is recognised for entry into the Philippines only. Whilst in the Philippines you must renew your passport before you can gain entry back into Australia, or any other country.

Fees: AU$54 per document​ (Payable to the Philippine Consulate)

Processing Time: During Appointment at Consulate Office (via Appointment Only).

What to Bring: One way ticket to the Philippines, expired passport, 2 x passport photos, 1 x duly accomplished Application for Travel Document Form, Valid reason for Emergency, one form of Photo Identification with Signature clearly visible.

With a travel document, you are not allowed to get a flight where you might have to go through immigration at another country. A direct flight is best.

Notes from Philippine Consulates around the World

USA: A travel document is allowed only for applicants who cannot be issued a Philippine passport and have an emergency travel to the Philippines such as due to medical or legal reasons or death in the family.
It is valid for 30 days from issuance and can only be used one-way to the Philippines. In order for you to leave the Philippines, you will need to apply for a new passport. Travel Document fee $30.00 (March 2018)

Singapore: Filipinos who have lost their passport and need to travel immediately to the Philippines can apply for a Travel Document at the Embassy. The Travel Document issued by the Embassy can be used only for direct one-way travel to the Philippines and not for travel to any other country. The Travel Document is also issued to Filipinos with an expiring or expired passport and who must travel to the Philippines immediately. Travel document fees SGD 93.50

Australia: The Travel Document service is offered where travel to the Philippines is required in an Emergency and your Philippine passport has expired or is lost. Fees: AU$54 per document​ (Payable to the Philippine Consulate)

AirSWIFT Flights: Clark to El Nido

AirSWIFT Flights: Clark International to El Nido Airport

AirSWIFT would like to inform you that they will now fly from Clark International Airport (CRK) to El Nido Airport (ENI)

AirSWIFT's CRK – ENI – CRK flights begin on March 14, 2018 and operate daily.

AirSWIFT Flight Schedule

AirSWIFT Flights: Clark International to El Nido Airport

AirSWIFT would like to inform you that they will now fly from Clark International Airport (CRK) to El Nido Airport (ENI)

AirSWIFT’s CRK – ENI – CRK flights begin on March 14, 2018 and operate daily.

AirSWIFT Flight Schedule

Flight No. 210
Departure Time: 0700H (7:00AM) Clark International Airport
Arrival Time: 0820H (8:20AM) El Nido Airport

Flight No. 225
Departure Time: 1655H (4:55PM) El Nido Airport
Arrival Time: 1820H (6:20M) Clark International Airport

Senior Citizens or Persons with Disability, who are Filipino Citizens, are eligible for Discounts on normal fares.

AirSWIFT Office Locations:

2nd Floor ALPAP Building,
Andrews Avenue, Pasay City,
Philippines, 1300

3rd flooor Alveo Corporate Center
728 28th Street Bonifactio Global City
Taguig City, 1634 Philippines

Car Transport: Manila – Angeles City – Manila

Car Transport between Manila and Angeles City

Angeles city has many options for travel between Manila Airport or Hotels and Angeles City. A few of them are listed here

Car Transport between Manila and Angeles City

First Published on: Apr 7, 2014

Angeles City has many options for travel between Manila Airport, or Hotels, and Angeles City.

A few of them are listed here. Prices were first checked in 2014, and the 2018 prices are not really any different.

Some of the Angeles City based Taxi/Travel services allow a friend to travel from Angeles to the Airport to meet you, and return, at no extra charge.

Margarita Station

940 Fields Avenue, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines 2009.

Landline: 045 892 6548
Mobile:
Website: Margarita Station Airport Pick-up

Angeles City to Manila Airport
Car: 2,700p
Van: 2,900p  (Price checked 2018, same as in 2014)

Manila Airport to Angeles City
Car: 2,800p
Van: 3,000p  (Price checked 2018, same as in 2014)

Angeles City Taxi

295 Rosario Street, Angeles City, Pampanga, Central Luzon, Philippines 2009.

Prices from P3,000 (Price checked 2018) for a car between Angeles City and Manila Airport for 2 people.

Landline:
Mobile:
Website: Angeles City Taxi

Beeway Travel and Tours

2153 Don Juico Avenue, Josefa Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga Philippines 2009.

Landline: 045 436 3597
Mobile: 0906 583 5872
Website: Beeway Travel

Angeles City to Manila Airport or Manila Airport to Angeles City
Car: 2,500p
Van: 3,000p  (Price checked 2018, same as in 2014)

Passengers can be picked up and taken to Airport to meet you or brought back to Angeles after seeing you off at Airport at the slightly higher cost of a wait and return fare. (P3000)

AC Transport Services

Angeles City, Philippines

Mobile: 0977 770 6189
Website: AC Transport Services

2,700 pesos between Manila Airport and Angeles City
2,500 pesos between Subic and Angeles City

Percival Gonzales Tourist Transport Service

Based in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Landline: 045 888 0977
Mobile: 0917 811 3514 (Globe)
Mobile: 0918 912 4024 (Smart)
Website:

Angeles City to Manila Airport
Car: 3,000p
Van: 3,500p  (Price checked 2018, same as in 2014)

Otokoto Car & Van Rentals

Based in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Prices from P2,500 (August 2014) (was 2,300 in April 2014) for a car between Angeles City and Manila Airport (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) NAIA.
Fuel and Tolls included.

Landline: (045) 866 5504
Mobile: 0907 454 4444 (Smart)
Mobile: 0915 701 7777 (Globe)

Romy Car Service

Based in Makati, Metro Manila.

Prices from P3,000 (February 2014) for a Van from Makati to Angeles City.

Mobile: 0920 608 5847 (Smart)

Websites for Angeles City Travel Services

Beeway Travel
Percy Gonzales Transportation Services
Angeles City Taxi
Margarita Station Airport Pick-up
AC Transport Services

Deakin University is coming to the Philippines

Deakin University is visiting the Philippines in February and March 2018

Representatives from Deakin's School of Nursing will be visiting the Philippines from February 24 to March 9 in 2018 to meet with prospective students.

This is a great opportunity to chat with their friendly team about your study options at Deakin University, Australia.

Deakin’s School of Nursing will be visiting the Philippines in 2018

Deakin University is the most popular university for Filipino students in Victoria.

Representatives from Deakin’s School of Nursing will be visiting the Philippines from February 24 to March 9 in 2018 to meet with prospective students.

This is a great opportunity to chat with their friendly team about your study options at Deakin University, Australia.

Learn about living in Australia, course information, scholarships, internships, accommodation and have all of your questions answered.

To find an upcoming event near you, and to make an appointment, visit their website: www.deakin.edu.au/…/philippines

Locations:

Sat 24 Feb Cebu
Sun 25 Feb Makati
Tue 27 Feb Quezon City
Tue 27 Feb Ortigas, Pasig City
Thu 1 Mar Baguio, Benguet
Thu 1 Mar San Juan City, Manila
Thu 1 Mar Makati
Fri 2 Mar Makati
Fri 2 Mar Makati
Sat 3 Mar Makati
Sun 4 Mar Cebu
Mon 5 Mar Cebu
Mon 5 Mar Cebu
Mon 5 Mar Cebu
Tue 6 Mar Bacalod
Tue 6 Mar Makati
Tue 6 Mar Bacolod
Wed 7 Mar JaroIloilo, Western Visayas
Wed 7 Mar Iloilo, Western Visayas
Thu 8 Mar Bacalod
Fri 9 Mar Cebu

Scholarships available to Filipinos who have something special to offer the university and community

Deakin International Scholarship – worth 25% of your tuition fees
Deakin Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship – worth 50% and 100% of your tuition fees respectively.

Source:

www.deakin.edu.au/…/philippines

Taking Currency In or Out of The Philippines

Taking Currency In or Out of The Philippines

Laws on bringing money into the Philippines, and taking it out, need to be looked at from both Philippine Currency and Foreign Currency separately.

No permit is required from the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas to bring in to or to take out from the Philippines of foreign currencies, but money in excess of the limit must be declared, or forfeited.

Authorization by the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (Bsp), is required for the taking in and bringing out of the Philippines, of Philippine currency in excess of php 50,000.

The anti-money laundering act of 2001 requires all money transactions involving amounts in excess of php 400,000 to be reported to the anti-money laundering council (even if the transaction is done through the banks).

Some people who are caught breaking this law have had the excess money confiscated.

Bringing Foreign Currency into the Philippines

Arriving in the Philippines with Foreign Currency In Excess Of US$10,000

Travelers arriving in the Philippines must submit to the bureau of customs desk in the airport arrival area a declaration form stating the amount (foreign currency in excess of $10,000.00) being brought in. The source of the money (E.G., personal income) must be stated.

If a person wishes to bring more that the equivalent of USD 10,000, a written declaration must be made in the form of the BSP’s “Foreign Currency and Other FX-Denominated Bearer Monetary Instruments Declaration Form”.

Some websites say that there is no limit, but omit to mention the requirement to declare. eg:

The official rules state:

Rules on Foreign Currency www.bsp.gov.ph/…/faqfxreg.pdf (16 page PDF File. Section 10 and 11 on page 4 are relevant.)

Taking Foreign Currency out of the Philippines

Leaving the Philippines with Foreign Currency In Excess Of US$10,000

Travelers departing the Philippines must submit to the bureau of customs desk in the airport departure area a declaration form stating the amount (foreign currency in excess of $10,000.00) to be brought in or taken out of the philippines. The source of the money (e.G., personal income) must be stated.

Bringing Philippine Currency into the Philippines

Arriving in the Philippines with Philippine Currency In Excess Of Php 50,000

The taking in and bringing out of philippines of philippine currency in excess of php 50,000 is strictly prohibited, and any need to carry any currency in excess of the said amount must be given authorization by the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (Bsp) Cash Division.

Taking Philippine Currency out of the Philippines

Leaving the Philippines with Philippine Currency In Excess Of Php 50,000

The taking in and bringing out of philippines of philippine currency in excess of php 50,000 is strictly prohibited, and any need to carry any currency in excess of the said amount must be given authorization by the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (Bsp) Cash Division.

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How Much Money Can You Take into or Out of the Philippines

How much in Philippine currency can you take in or out of the Philippines? The figure has recently increased from Php 10,000.00 to Php 50,000.00 in local currency.

How much Currency can you take in or out of the Philippines

Most people know that there is a limit of US$10,000 or equivalent for money to be carried in or out of the Philippines.  It is a similar figure in most countries.

However, what about Travellers Cheques or Philippine Pesos?

How much in Philippine currency can you take in or out of the Philippines

Circular No. 922 Series of 2016 23rd November 2016 Increase from Php 10,000 to Php 50,000

The DFA wishes to inform the public that the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has approved the issuance of Circular No. 922 Series of 2016 increasing from Php 10,000.00 to Php 50,000.00 the amount of legal tender Philippine currency that may be imported/brought in and/or exported/brought out of the country physically or electronically without prior authorization from the BSP.
This is part of the continuing efforts to ensure that regulations are attuned to the need of providing greater flexibility to travelers to and from the Philippines. The new policy became effective on 15 September 2016. www.dfa.gov.ph

Prior to 2016 the figure was just 10,000 pesos, enough to last you a day or two when you arrive.

How much in Travellors Cheques can you take in or out of the Philippines

The answer to this appears to vary, depending on what part of the Philippine Government you listen to…. Or more appropriately as to whether you have got on the plane yet.

If you read a Philippine Consulate website you see this:

Residents and Non-residents: local currency (Philippine Peso-PHP): up to PHP 10,000.-. Exceeding amounts require an authorisation from the Central Bank of the Philippines. foreign currencies : up to USD 10,000.-, or its equivalent. Amounts exceeding USD 10,000.-, or its equivalent must be declared.
Note: Only banknotes and coins, which are legal tender must be declared (travelers checks, credit cards etc. are exempt from declaration requirement).

So you think… Hmm travelers checks are exempt. That’s good.

But, then you are on the plane and you get the “Customs Declaration Form” which says:

3: Are you carrying foreign currency or other foreign exchange denominated bearer negotiable monetary instruments (including travelers checks in excess of US$10,000 or its equivalent?

So, which is right ? Well it is too late now. You have to fill in the “Customs Declaration Form”, or argue with Philippine Customs..

Play it safe is often best.

From the Philippines Consulate in Canada

Philippines Customs declaration rules

then the form to fill in on the Plane:

From the Philippines Department of Finance: Bureau of Customs, 2015

Philippines Customs declaration form

Balikbayan Visa and Return Air-ticket Requirement

Does a Visitor to the Philippines need a Return Ticket if they are Married to a Philippine Citizen

A Balikbayan Visa holder, is a person who gets a special Passport stamp to allow them to stay in the Philippines, for one year, if they are married to a Philippine Citizen.  They get this stamp on ENTRY into the Philippines, not before.

Most visitors to the Philippines normally need a Return or onward air-ticket before being allowed to fly into the Philippines.  (I have read that the airline faces a $1,000 penalty if a passenger is found to be not holding an onward ticket)

Most airlines will NOT give return tickets up to a one year period.

So, does a Balikbayan Visa holder need a Return Air-ticket ? And if so, how ?

There are many questions on this, on various Internet Forums etc, going back for years, with various different answers.

A quote from the Philippine Consulate states:

Under the Balikbayan Law, a Filipino citizen’s (including dual citizens and former Filipinos) foreign spouse and children are entitled to a visa-free entry to the Philippines and visa-free stay for a period of one (1) year, provided they enter the Philippines with the said Filipino and they have a return air travel ticket.
http://www.philippineconsulate.com.au/dual-citizenship/introduction-note.html

This does appear to be the legal viewpoint.

Yes. You do appear to NEED a return/onward ticket.

Clark Airport Metered Taxis

Metered taxi at Clark International Airport

The rate for a metered taxi at Clark International Airport is currently 70 pesos flag plus 4 pesos for each 300 metres.

This appears to be a new attempt at bringing in metered taxis in the area, but with many people expecting it will revert back to the very expensive non metered taxi service after the APEC meetings in the Philippines end again.

Arrival Tax at Philippine Airports

Is there an Arrival Tax at Manila and Cebu Airports

This question crops crops up at times, and the answer has always been:

There is no Arrivals Tax, only the departure taxes.

You can see current Travel Tax rates at: www.tieza.gov.ph/index.php/travel-tax/travel-tax-rates

Current Philippines Departure Tax is:

P1,620 + 200 (certificate fee) for Economy Class

and

P2,700 + 200 (certificate fee) for First Class

Who pays the Philippines Departure Tax?

1. Citizens of the Philippines
2. Taxable Foreign Passport Holders
3. Non-immigrant foreign passport holders who have stayed in the Philippines for more than one (1) year
More: www.tieza.gov.ph/index.php/travel-tax

Thailand on a Tourist Visa from the Philippines

Philippines to Thailand on a Tourist Visa

Filipino Citizens are allowed to enter Thailand without a Visa, and are allowed a 30 day Tourist stay if entering via international airport.

Entry via a land border checkpoint only allows a 15 days stay.

Philippine Immigration on leaving the Philippines

Philippine Immigration will need to be assured that you are a valid traveller for tourist reasons, and that you have sufficient funds to cover your trip.

Many people, younger females especially, will be interviewed under rules set down for anti human trafficking laws, and some may not be allowed to depart, if the Philippine Immigration Officials deem them to be at risk.

More: www.in-philippines.com/filipinos-offloaded-at-manila-cebu-clark-airports

Thai Immigration on entering Thailand

Thai Immigration will want to see:

A passport valid for at least 6 months following your departure date.

A confirmed travel itinerary

Proof of accommodation and funds of at least THB 10,000 per person.

How Many Filipinos Visit Thailand each Year

 Philippine Visitors to Thailand by year
tba 2015
304,813 2014
321,571 2013
289,566 2012
268,375 2011
246,430 2010
217,705 2009
221,506 2008
205,266 2007
198,443 2006

How many Balikbayan Boxes in a Cubic Metre

Is it 5, 7 or 11 Balikbayan Boxes in a Cubic Metre

After being quoted a price for a shipment of one cubic metre, and being told that is 5 standard Balikbayan Boxes, I wondered what the size is for a standard Balikbayan Box.

The answers depend on where you buy them.

I have seen Large or Jumbo balikbayan box sized at: 24″ x 24″ x 18″, others say: Medium: 18″ x 18″ x 16″, Large: 24″ x 18″ x 18″ and Extra large: 24″ x 24″ x 18″.

So: How many Balikbayan Boxes to a Cubic Metre ?

1 cubic metre = 1,000,000 cubic centimetres or 61,023 cubic inches. (ci)

Balikbayan Boxes are sized in Inches, so the results are:

One 18″ x 16″ x 16″ box = 5,184 cubic inches
ELEVEN (18″ x 18″ x 16″) boxes to a cubic metre (57,024 ci)

One 20″ x 20″ x 20″ box = 8,000 cubic inches
SEVEN (20″ x 20″ x 20″) boxes to a cubic metre (56,000 ci)

One 24″ x 24″ x 24″ box = 13,824 cubic inches
FOUR (24″ x 24″ x 24″) boxes to a cubic metre (55,296 ci)

One 24″ x 24″ x 18″ box = 10,368 cubic inches
FIVE (24″ x 24″ x 18″) boxes to a cubic metre (51,840 ci)

One 24″ x 18″ x 18″ box = 7,776 cubic inches
SEVEN (24″ x 18″ x 18″) boxes to a cubic metre (54,432 ci)

This is the number of boxes per cubic metre rounded down, so that the 61,023 cubic inches does not get exceeded.

The answer to my question ended up as: The size for a standard Balikbayan Box, at that particular shipper, is: 24″ x 24″ x 18″, as they allowed FIVE boxes. OR, so I thought, but I got an email later saying it was actually 21″ x 21″ x 21″.

One 21″ x 21″ x 21″ box = 9,261 cubic inches
SIX (21″ x 21″ x 21″) boxes to a cubic metre (55,566 ci) even though they said FIVE in the email.

After all that above, I then found another two “standard” sizes.

Balikbayan Box – Large (23″ X 20″ X 17.5″) One Box = 8,050 cubic inches =
SEVEN (23″ X 20″ X 17.5″) boxes to a cubic metre (56,350 ci)
Balikbayan Box – Jumbo (25″ X 24″ X 17″) One Box = 10,200 cubic inches =
FIVE (25″ X 24″ X 17″) boxes to a cubic metre (51,000 ci)

Then I found a page on the Philippines Department of Trade and Industry that states 24″ x 24″ x 24″ is the standard size.

I think that the best option is to use SEVEN easy to find (20″ x 20″ x 20″) boxes, which gives a total of 56,000 cubic inches and fits in the price for 1 cubic metre.  I saw these at Robinsons Supermarket for 100 pesos each.

What is a Balikbayan Box

I suppose that some people may not know what a Balikbayan Box is and what is allowed in it, so the answers are at: customs.gov.ph/balikbayan-boxes

Filipinos Offloaded at Manila, Cebu, Clark Airports

Many Filipinos are being reported as being offloaded at airports for often unknown reasons. The word "offloaded" is technically incorrect, as they never get to board the plane in the first place.

Filipinos offloaded at airports are not allowed to travel

Many Filipinos are being reported as being offloaded at airports for often unknown reasons. The word “offloaded” is technically incorrect, as they never get to board the plane in the first place.

What happens is that the Immigration Officer checking their papers on leaving, may request an interview for one of many possible reasons.

This interview may show probable cause for the Immigration Officer to decide that the passenger should not be allowed to travel.

BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison said the Bureau and Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking (IACAT) has come up with a set of clear-cut rules under the Guidelines on Departure Formalities for International Bound Passengers approved by the Department of Justice.

The said Guidelines were formulated by a technical working group pursuant to RA 9208 or the Anti Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 and is in effect since January 2012.

BI Commissioner Siegfred Mison said: “Offloading is not a policy but a consequence of the implementation of the Guidelines.”

How do people travelling, especially alone, get past this possible problem of being offloaded?

Passengers heading for Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, are considered transit points accounting for high incidents of human trafficking, and therefore will be more closely targetted.  Maybe choose a different holiday destination?

I was reading a BoI notice to All Philippine Airports etc, and one part said this:

Partners and spouses of foreign nationals intending to depart to meet and/or marry his/her fiance without the CFO Guidance and Counseling Certificate, will be subjected to secondary inspection.

This has caused problems in that past when a BoI officer relied on the wording exactly.
The young lady was going overseas to meet her boyfriend, and therefore came under the above section. However, the CFO did not apply to her as he was not emigrating.

The Young lady did the right thing.
The CFO did the right thing in not giving a CFO stamp to a Tourist
The BoI officer followed the rule correctly, as printed.

No-one was wrong, other than the rules not being specific enough and overlapping in the wrong way.

So… What chance do you have ?

  • Know were you are going, know everything about who and where you are visiting, have ALL the right paperwork. Avoid giving the BoI officer cause for concern about your safety.
  • Have enough funds to support your stay.
  • If you travel with your boyfriend/partner etc., you have a better chance of leaving, even without own funds in a bank account. Even without having a bank account.
  • But nothing is guaranteed.

Some Numbers to put it Offloading in perspective:

According to the Bureau of Immigration, about 40 Filipinos get offloaded at the Manila NAIA Terminal 1 every day for various reasons. That is almost 15,000 each year.

However, over 1 million Filipinos travel overseas each year. That means at least 985,000 of them do NOT get offloaded.

2,700+ are OK to leave each day
40 are offloaded each day

Visiting the Philippines as a Tourist

What are the Requirements for visiting the Philippines as a Tourist?

VISA

Most visitors do not need a Visa to enter the Philippines, and will be given a FREE stay of 30 days on entry.  Some countries are excluded from this option though, and need a Visa before they arrive.  www.in-philippines.com/who-can-enter-the-philippines-without-a-visa

If the visitor intends to stay more than 30 days, they MUST get an extension from a Bureau of Immigration Office [BoI] before that 30 days expires.

This first Extension will be given for 29 days, at a cost of 3,030 pesos (as at April 2015)

If staying longer than 59 days, then another extension is needed and an Alien Certificate of Registration [ACR-I Card]

This next extension is often done for 2 months, but can be done for 6 months at the major BoI offices.

The current price for a 1 month extension is quoted as: 4,400 pesos
The current price for a 2 month extension is quoted as: 4,900 pesos
– See: www.in-philippines.com/philippines-visitor-visa-extension-cost
The current price for a 6 month extension is quoted as: 11,500 pesos
– See: www.in-philippines.com/6-month-tourist-visa-for-philippines

The ACR-I card has a cost of US$50 + 500 pesos

Visas for most visitors can be extended up to a maximum of 36 months, before they MUST leave the country.

RETURN TICKET

Most airlines will not allow a traveller to board a plane to the Philippines unless they have an onward ticket to depart the Philippines.

Some people will buy a cheap one way ticket to Hong Kong, or similar, to get around the need to have an expensive return ticket back to their home country if they do not know when they will be returning.

Very rarely though do Philippine Immigration actually check if you do have a return ticket. But.. sometimes they do.

How Much do Taxis Cost in the Philippines?

Taxi rates in the Philippines

Most taxis in the Philippines have Meters to calculate the final charge based on distance traveled and time spent waiting.

These rates vary a bit in some areas, but one of the worst examples I can compare is this:

Two separate one kilometre trips:

Manila:

Mall of Asia to Sea Residences – cost 70 pesos

Angeles City, Pampanga:

SM Clark to Teodoro Street – cost 350 pesos. And they showed me the chart stating the minimum taxi fare for the area. It said 350 pesos.

How much are the normal metered rates?

Metro Manila

In 2010 the official Taxi rate for Metro Manila was

P40.00 for first 500 metres
+
P3.50 per 300metres
+
P3.50 for every 2minutes waiting time

Source: http://ltfrb.gov.ph/media/downloadable/fare_rates_MM.pdf

Provinces

That source shows no rates for taxis and I wonder if taxi rates are regulated in every part of the Philippines or not.

2GO Travel: St Leo The Great ferry

Manila to Cebu Ferry Service

The ‘St Leo the Great’ ferry runs the 2GO ferry service between Manila and Cebu.
The trip normally takes 22 hours, and runs at various different schedules.

Cebu departures in June 2015 are scheduled as:

10:00 PM Wednesdays
01:30 PM Sundays

Manila departures in June 2015 are scheduled as:

07:30 PM Mondays
09:00 AM Fridays

Example of prices (in pesos) on this route are shown below:

MV St Leo the GreatJune 2015

1,190  MEGA VALUE CLASS
1,307  TOURIST CLASS
1,431  CABIN FOR 4 (per person)
4,202  STATEROOM FOR 2

Prices may vary depending on the exact date.
for example, on another day:

1,605  MEGA VALUE CLASS
1,831  TOURIST CLASS
5,425  SUITEROOM FOR 2

2Go Schedules

St Leo the Great is the former SuperFerry 21

All staterooms are with private bathroom with bathtub, 2 twin beds, sitting area, and a front view of the ship

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Actual Costs of a Trip on St Leo the Great in 2015

We booked a trip on the St Leo the Great Ferry after being told we could take 75kg of baggage each, included in the ticket cost.
We checked the price, and decided to take a suite room, as the price was cheaper than flying.

This was the quoted cost on the online booking system:
St Leo Actual Booking Quote

BUT… at the final payment stage, they requested an extra 794 pesos for the taxes for the second person. The original price quoted was for two people for the ticket, but only one person for the taxes… It was easier to pay than have the hassle of arguing their booking system.

These were the final two booking tickets (one for each passenger – with names etc removed):
St Leo Actual Cost 1 St Leo Actual Cost 2.
So, up from 4,672 to 5,465 pesos. Not too bad still.

We arrived at the Ferry terminal in plenty of time, and began to book in. Porters were needed to take our bags in board. We didn’t pay the porters themselves, but had to pay this fee to the booking/checking in desk, with the Excess Baggage Fee!. The fixed charge for this porter fee was 520 pesos. (From check-in desk to the room).
The first three bags were included in the ticket charge, but the next three (six between two people) we had to pay an extra charge for. Another 450 pesos for Excess Baggage!! We were told we could have 75 kg each, and actually only had 60 kg each, but still had to pay, as we had too many bags !! This was not mentioned when booking, and I did email the office to check first.

So, now it is up from 4,672 to 5,915 pesos. (excluding porter fee) Not too happy now.

On departing, the porter fee for six bags was 600 pesos, but this time arranged and paid direct to the porter.

Total cost was now 7,035 pesos, (including porter fees) compared to the original idea of 4,672 pesos. Maybe Flying was cheaper after all.

However, the suite room did have much better legroom than the plane 🙂

The Official Photos above were probably taken when the ship was last refurbished.  I will add some more recent ones soon.

Cebu Airport Transfer Costs

How much is a taxi from Cebu Airport to:

I was looking at options for getting from Cebu Airport to Minglanilla, by pre-arranged taxi, and saw one website that quotes prices for most Cebu Airport to Cebu Province locations.

This was the example that I saw, for my own needs:

1,350 Peso Taxi Cebu Airport to Minglanilla (34 km – about 1 hour travel)

I decided to stick with a car service I have used before, who charge just 500 pesos for a Toyota Avanza.

Cebu Taxi Service

Even this company are higher than a standard white taxi, but not much higher:

eg: White Taxi between SM City Cebu and Minglanilla was 350 but a Cebu Taxi Service car was 400.  Only 50 pesos extra for a pre-arranged car, and that could have been different of there was more traffic.

Other Examples that I have seen quoted (at what I consider high prices) are:

2,660 pesos Taxi car to Alcantara  : 105 km and about 3 hours
2,855 pesos Taxi car to Alcoy  : 113 km and about 3 hours
2,020 pesos Taxi car to Alegre (Beach)  : 63 km and about 2 hours
3,375 pesos Taxi car to Alegria  : 135 km and about 3.5 hours
2,770 pesos Taxi car to Aloguinsan  : 110 km and about 3 hours
2,660 pesos Taxi car to Argao  : 102 km and about 3 hours
2,158 pesos Taxi car to Asturias  : 67 km and about 2.5 hours
2,990 pesos Taxi car to Badian  : 118 km and about 3 hours
2,226 pesos Taxi car to Balamban  : 83 km and about 2 hours
2,158 pesos Taxi car to Barili  : 81 km and about 2.5 hours
2,504 pesos Taxi car to Bogo  : 97 km and about 3 hours
3,060 pesos Taxi car to Boljoon  : 123 km and about 3 hours
2,092 pesos Taxi car to Borbon  : 78 km and about 2.5 hours
1,742 pesos Taxi car to Carcar  : 60 km and about 1.5 hours
1,450 pesos Taxi car to Carmen  : 37 km and about 1 hours
1,560 pesos Taxi car to Catmon  : 53 km and about 1.5 hours
1,050 pesos Taxi car to Compostela  : 21 km and about 0.7 hours
3,272 pesos Taxi car to Daan Bantayan/Maya  : 132 km and about 3.5 hours
3,060 pesos Taxi car to Daan Bantayan/Proper  : 124 km and about 3.5 hours
2,649 pesos Taxi car to Dalaguete  : 105 km and about 3 hours
1,350 pesos Taxi car to Danao City  : 29 km and about 1 hours
2,437 pesos Taxi car to Dumanjug  : 94 km and about 2.5 hours
3,762 pesos Taxi car to Ginatilan  : 155 km and about 4 hours
1,000 pesos Taxi car to Liloan  : 15 km and about 0.5 hours
1,879 pesos Taxi car to Lutopan  : 55 km and about 1.5 hours
3,551 pesos Taxi car to Malabuyok  : 145 km and about 3.5 hours
2,855 pesos Taxi car to Medellin  : 115 km and about 3 hours
1,350 pesos Taxi car to Minglanilla  : 34 km and about 1 hours
2,770 pesos Taxi car to Moalboal  : 109 km and about 3 hours
1,560 pesos Taxi car to Naga  : 41 km and about 1 hours
3,408 pesos Taxi car to Oslob  : 139 km and about 3.5 hours
3,045 pesos Taxi car to Panagsama  : 119 km and about 3 hours
2,330 pesos Taxi car to Pinamungahan  : 84 km and about 2.5 hours
2,660 pesos Taxi car to Ronda  : 101 km and about 3 hours
3,980 pesos Taxi car to Samboan  : 160 km and about 4 hours
1,670 pesos Taxi car to San Fernando  : 49 km and about 1.5 hours
2,660 pesos Taxi car to San Remegio/Hagnaya  : 105 km and about 2.5 hours
3,705 pesos Taxi car to Santander/Bato  : 154 km and about 4 hours
2,055 pesos Taxi car to Sibonga  : 70 km and about 2 hours
1,890 pesos Taxi car to Sogod/Proper  : 56 km and about 1.5 hours
2,286 pesos Taxi car to Tabogon  : 89 km and about 2 hours
2,330 pesos Taxi car to Tabuelan  : 83 km and about 2.5 hours
1,100 pesos Taxi car to Talisay  : 27 km and about 1 hours
2,022 pesos Taxi car to Toledo  : 70 km and about 2 hours
2,660 pesos Taxi car to Tuburan Lugo  : 105 km and about 2.5 hours
1,747 pesos Taxi car to Uling Naga  : 55 km and about 1.5 hours

How much do you pay for a Taxi from/ to Cebu Airport?

My recent examples are:

Talisay and Tulay, Minglanillia Taxi fares

February 2015
350p White Taxi Cebu Airport to Talisay
170p White Taxi Talisay to Tulay
140p White Taxi Tulay to Talisay
400p White Taxi Talisay to Cebu Airport (Midnight)

March 2015
700p Yellow Taxi Cebu Airport to Tulay

May 2015
260p White Taxi Tulay to SM City Cebu
330p White Taxi SM City Cebu to Tulay
400p Tulay to Cebu Immigration Office
350p Cebu Immigration Office to Tulay

Taking Currency In or Out of the Philippines 2015

How much money can you carry going into or out of the Philippines in 2015

Philippine Pesos:

A maximum of PhP10,000 is allowed to be taken out of or brought into the Philippines. Any figure above that amount must be authorised in advance by the Central Bank of theh Philippines (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas)

March 2015 Section 14 of Rules on Foreign Exchange at the PDF at www.bsp.gov.ph

14. Can a person bring in or take out of the country any amount of Philippine currency?
A person may, without prior BSP approval, import or export, or bring in or take out of the country, or electronically transfer, legal tender Philippine notes and coins, checks, money orders or other bills of exchange drawn in pesos against banks operating in the Philippines in amounts not exceeding P10,000.00. Prior authorization from the BSP, through the International Operations Department (IOD), is required for the export and import of Philippine currency exceeding P10,000

Foreign Currency

An amount not exceeding US$10,000 can be taken into the Philippines without any conditions, but any amount OVER that figure must be stated on the Declaration Form normally given on the airplane for visitors by air.
There is no restriction on the money itself, and this declaration is similar to most other countries who have a similar reporting requirement. Failure to report may result in forfeiture, as again applies in many other countries.

March 2015 Section 15 of Rules on Foreign Exchange at the PDF at www.bsp.gov.ph

15. Is there any restriction or limit in the amount of foreign currency that a person may bring in or take out of the Philippines?
There is no restriction or limit on the amount of foreign currency that a person may bring in or take out of the Philippines. However, any person bringing in or taking out of the Philippines foreign currency, as well as other FX-denominated bearer monetary instruments, (whereby title thereto passes to another by endorsement, assignment or delivery), in excess of US$10,000.00 or its equivalent in other foreign currency must declare such fact in writing and furnish information on the source and purpose of the transport of such currency or monetary instruments using the prescribed Foreign Currency and Other FX-Denominated Bearer Monetary Instruments Declaration Form. The form is available at the Bureau of Customs desk in the arrival/departure areas of all international airports and seaports.
Failure to do so shall subject the violator to sanctions, including confiscation of the foreign
currency or monetary instruments involved.

Customs Declaration Form

http://customs.gov.ph/customs-declaration-form

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