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The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago in South-East Asia consisting of 7,107 islands located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam, and north of Sabah and Borneo. The Philippines is an archipelago abundant in nature, rich in culture, and filled with pleasant discoveries. Experience the Philippines, its 7,107 islands, its natural wonders, colourful history and warm, engaging people. Over a hundred ethnic groups, a mixture of foreign influences and a fusion of culture and arts have enhanced the uniqueness of the Filipino race and the wonder that is the Philippines. Manila is the national capital.
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR PHILIPPINES TOURS
A passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR PHILIPPINES TOURS
Both Canadian and American citizens may enter the Philippines without a visa. This may be different for citizens of other countries.
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All passengers must pay the local terminal fee upon departure. In Manila, this fee is set at 750 PHP. All other airports it is around 200 PHP. This is subject to change and you will be advised of this fee upon arrival so you can ensure enough cash is on hand.
INSURANCE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PHILIPPINES TOURS
Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PHILIPPINES TOURS
Currently, there are no vaccinations required to enter the Philippines. It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
MEDICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PHILIPPINES TOURS
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. It is also advised to take iodine tablets to purify water if bottled water is not available. It is also strongly advised to take over-the-counter diarrhea medication. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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WEATHER, SEASONS AND CLIMATE IN PHILIPPINES
The climate in the Philippines is tropical with warm temperatures throughout the year. The average annual temperature is 26°C, and the year is generally split up into two categories: the dry season and the wet season. The dry season (summer) runs from March until June, although it has been known the last until July.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
CLOTHING AND ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR PHILIPPINES TRAVEL
Light weight clothes are recommended all year round. The temperature is very warm, so be prepared for tropical temperatures. Light sweaters are suggested for evenings and early mornings, and rain gear is especially necessary during the wet season. As a rule shoulders and knees should be covered when entering religious sites.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Video camera, camera with zoom lens in a dust-resistant case, sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery and charger. Photography is not allowed in certain religious buildings, especially temples. So be sure to ask permission before you take a photo.
ELECTRICITY, PHONE AND INTERNET IN PHILIPPINES
CURRENCY IN PHILIPPINES
Generally speaking, we advise bringing US$70-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). The Philippine Peso (PHP) is the official currency of the Philippines. The PHP comes in both paper notes and coins, with notes coming in denominations of ?20, ?50, ?100, ?200, ?500, ?1000. Coins come in denominations of ?1, ?5, ?10, ?25.
We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted.
For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
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