INTERNATIONAL PORT OF ENTRY
Visitors must hold
a valid passport. Except for the stateless persons and
those from countries with which the Philippines has no
diplomatic relations, all visitors may enter the
country without visas and may stay up to 21 days
provided they have tickets for onward journey.
Although Zamboanga City airport is an international airport, there are no direct flights from the city to a foreign countries or vice versa at the present time. There are however a direct flights from Manila and Cebu City both an international port of entry. On domestic travel, Zamboanga City has a direct flights to Manila and Cebu by Philippine Airline, Seair & Cebu Pacific with connecting flights to different cities. The following cities has an international airport: Manila, Cebu, Zamboanga, Davao, Laoag, & Subic City (Olongapo)
Manila, Cebu, Davao, Subic, Clark and Laoag are the
international gateways. Manila is the premier gateway
and it is served by the Ninoy Aquino International
Airport (NAIA), 7 kms. from the city center; and by
the Manila Domestic Airport, 1 km. from the NAIA.
It is served by more that 30 airlines which fly to
different cities around the world. Cebu City is served
by Mactan International Airport (MIA). Cebu handles
regular flights from Japan, Singapore, and Australia
as well as chartered flights from Hong Kong, the
United States and other major travel markets The
airport is actually located on Mactan Island. A 2 mile
bridge span the island to the City of Cebu, 45 minutes
from the city center. Davao International
Airport in Davao handles regular flights from
Indonesia and Singapore. Subic, Clark and Laoag
International Airport in Ilocos Norte service regular
and chartered flights from Taiwan and Mainland China.
This international airports have adequate traveler
facilities: duty-free shopping centers, souvenir
shops, ATM's, tourist information centers, hotel and travel
agency representatives, and car rental services. The NAIA has banks, postal service, a medical clinic, and
a baggage deposit area.
The Port of Zamboanga is an international port of entry. It has a schedule passenger trip to Sandakan, Malaysia, a cruise ship destination and several shipping lines offer regular trips from and to Davao. Cotabato, Dipolog/Dapitan, General Santos, Pagadian, Jolo, Bongao, Isabela, Cebu, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Bacolod, Manila etc.
Most interisland ship or ferry boat has a special cabin and a special sleeping and eating areas for first class, 2nd class or 3rd class passenger. You can make this arrangement when you buy your ticket.
On the first 120
days upon arrival to the country, a non Philippine
resident may operate a vehicle using a valid
unexpired license issued by the any state of
the U.S.A. or any foreign country who
reciprocate the same requirements as in The
Philippines. If you stay longer (more than 120
days) then you will be required to obtain a
Philippine Drivers License. You can go to any local
Land Transportation Commission office (LTC) to get a
license. The applicant must be a least 16 years
old. International Drivers License is also
For long distance there are several scheduled public transportation that goes from one city to another.
A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for those coming from infected areas. Children less than one year old are exempted but may be subject to isolation when necessary. Visitors must check with their travel agents before departure as regulations may change without notice.
To facilitate customs examination, visitors are advised to fill in the Baggage and Currency Declaration Form before disembarking. Visitors are allowed to bring in the following articles duty free: reasonable quantity of clothes, jewelry and toiletries, 400 sticks of cigarettes or two tins of tabacco and two bottles of wine or spirits of not more than one liter each.Visitors carrying more than US$ 3,000 are to declare the amount at the Central Bank of the Philippines counter situated at the custom area. Foreign currency taken out upon departure must not exceed the amount brought in. Departing passengers are not allowed to bring out more than PhP 1,000 in local currency.
Penalties for carrying or trafficking illegal drugs are extremely severe, ranging from long prison sentences to the death penalty.
The Philippines use the Metric System in most of trade and legal transactions,
Most residents and business centers in the Philippines are using 220 volts a/c. However, a number of major hotels also have 110 volt a/c outlets.
The Philippines is basically light industry and agriculture, the chief products being rice, corn, coconut, pineapple and sugar. It is also rich in copper, cobalt, nickel, silver, iron and gold deposits. A number of food processing, textiles, clothing and home appliance industries are available, with a fast growing aquaculture, microcircuits and furniture sectors.
The significant structural reforms, initiated by the present leadership, which liberalize almost all sectors of the economy, have pushed the Philippines into the mainstream of economic development in the heart of the fastest-growing region in the world. - the Asia-Pacific. Further enhance by its strategic location as a gateway to the most economically dynamic part of the world, the Philippines development pathways for the future are clear...a newly industrializing country (NIC) status by the year 2002.
monetary unit is the peso, divided into 100 centavos.
Foreign currency may be exchanged at any hotels, most
large department stores, banks and authorized money
changing shops accredited by the Central Bank of the
Philippines. International credit cards such as Visa,
Diners Club, Bank Americard, Master Charge and
American Express are accepted in major establishments.
January 1 New
1 Labor Day
June 12 Independence Day from Spain
July 4 Philippine US Friendship Day
Last Saturday of August National Heroes’ Day
November 1 All Saints’ Day
November 30 Andres Bonifacio Day
December 25 Christmas Day
December 30 Rizal Day