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International flights arrive and depart from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). There are 3 terminals so it is important to take note which terminal your airline uses. All flights of Philippine Airlines use terminal 2 or the Centennial Airport. Other airlines are distributed between terminal 1 and 2.

Upon arrival, all passengers are required to go through immigration. All tourists may enter the Philippines without a formal visa and stay for21 days. A longer stay will require a visa. After immigration, passengers may proceed to claim their luggage. There are a lot of porters who will be offering their services to help you carry your bags and bring you to the pick-up point for arranged car services or to the taxi bays.  Tipping $1-2 or Php 50-100 is common practice should you require hire them to carry your bags.

Customs should be quick especially for business travellers who have nothing to declare.

Ground Transportation

At the airport, one will see 2 kinds of taxis – yellow and white. The yellow ones are airport taxis registered at the airport. They are a bit more pricey with a flag down rate of Php 70.00. They are required to pass only on major thoroughfares and avoid shortcuts.

White taxis are the regular city taxis which charge a base rate of Php 40.00. Always make sure that the meter is on and do not settle for a fixed rate. 

Intramuros

Learn more about the Philippines’ history “within the walls,” (the English translation of Intramuros). During Spanish colonial time, Intramuros was the seat of government in the country.

Ideally, one should tour Intramuors during daytime. There are various tour packages being offered at the Visitor Center in Fort Santiago.

Manila Cathedral

Within the vicinity of Intramurosis one of the country’s oldest churches and the highest seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the country. Despite several restoration works, the Cathedral is a rich source of Philippine culture and history.

Taal Volcano

Just a 2-hour drive south of the city is Taal Volcano offering not just a breathtaking view but an adventure as well. Tourists may go horse backriding or trek towards the crater or opt to take a boat. Overnight and day tour packages are available on-site.

Weather

The Philippines has a tropical climate with heavy rainfall from June to August, and cooler temperatures from late November to early February. The summer season begins in March and ends in May.The weather is relatively dry and humid most of the time hence lightweight clothes made of cotton are recommended.

Time Difference

GMT +8

Money

The local currency in the Philippines is pesos. Money changers are conveniently located in commercial areas – in malls or commercial buildings in the business district. Credit cards are also widely accepted VISA and Mastercard are most common.

Within a 3-5 kilometer radius is a wide selection three to five-star hotels.
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