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The Philippines is open to international travel

The Philippines are open to all foreign nationals. Fully vaccinated foreign visitors are allowed to enter the Philippines quarantine-free, while unvaccinated visitors have to quarantine for 14 days. A pre-departure PCR/RAT test is only required for unvaccinated arrivals.

Transit through Philippine airports is allowed, although some restrictions may still be in place.

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Things to know before flying to Philippines
Airlines flying to PhilippinesAirAsia, Air China, Air Hong Kong, Air New Zealand, AirSWIFT, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, CebGo, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Central Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Gulf Air, Hong Kong Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Oman Air, Pan Pacific Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air, Royal Brunei Airlines, Saudia, Scoot, SF Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SWISS, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, Vietnam Airlines
Airlines of PhilippinesPhilippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Philippines AirAsia, Cebgo, PAL Express, Pan Pacific Airlines, Sunlight Air, SkyJet Airlines, AirSWIFT, Sky Pasada, Royal Air Philippines

Main airports in PhilippinesNinoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) — Manila
Mactan–Cebu International Airport (CEB) — Cebu
Laguindingan Airport (CGY) — Cagayan de Oro
Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (MPH) — Boracay
Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) — Davao
Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport (TAC) — Tacloban
Iloilo International Airport (ILO) — Iloilo
Bancasi Airport (BXU) — Butuan
Zamboanga International Airport (ZAM) — Zamboanga
Clark International Airport (CRK) — Angeles City
General Santos International Airport (GES) — General Santos
Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS) — Puerto Princesa


Best stopoversBeijing, Guam, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo (from US)
Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Goa, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Singapore, and Taipei (from Europe)
Regular price (roundtrip)✈ €800 – €1200 (from Europe)
✈ $700 – $1100 (from USA)
ATC price✈ 40% — 80% off regular price
Official websitesPhilippines Travel (official travel website)
Visa Information For Foreigners (Office Of Consular Affairs)
Philippines Travel Advice (UK citizens)
Philipines Travel Advisory (US citizens)
Philipines Travel Advisory (Australian citizens)
Philippine Airlines (national airline of the Philippines)

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for flying to Philippines

Philippine Airlines: bid for a cabin upgrade

When booking Economy Class tickets, Philippine Airlines allows you to upgrade to a higher class seat - Premium Economy or Business - through a bidding procedure on their website. If you're not willing to pay the full fare for a premium/business ticket, it may be a good way to upgrade at a discount. You can only make an offer within a pre-determined price range, and the bidding ends 36 hours before flight departure.

Once you’re successful, you can enjoy the airline perks like more comfortable seats, better meal options, priority check-in and boarding, airport lounge use, etc. It's worth to try!

Duty-free rules

The Philippines is serious about the duty-free concession. There is a limit for bringing in certain items. Alcoholic drinks such as wine, spirits or beer cannot exceed one liter per person, and you can carry 2 cartons of cigarettes (or 2 tins of pipe tobacco). In addition to personal items, you may also carry items in reasonable quantity up to a value of $1,000.

Anything above those limits must be declared – at the airport, head to the Red Lane to declare your goods.

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Airports in Philippines

Philippines has over 70 airports handling international, domestic, and charter flights – among the largest airports are: Manila MNL, Cebu CEB, Cagayan de Oro CGY, Boracay MPH, Davao DVO, Tacloban TAC, Iloilo ILO, Butuan BXU, Zamboanga ZAM, Angeles City CRK, General Santos GES, and Puerto Princesa PPS.

As in any country, airports with the largest volume of flights are located near major cities – about 10 to 20 kilometers from the city center – with public transport and airport shuttle service available. These are hubs for major Philippine airlines, with large passenger terminals, first class lounges, shops, and restaurants.

Manila (MNL) from

Cebu (CEB) from

Boracay (MPH) from

Best airports for populartourist destinations

The Philippines - one of the world's largest archipelagos - is known for its rich biodiversity, sunny weather, spectacular beaches, unique and complex culture, and friendly locals. "It’s more fun in the Philippines" - as the Philippine tourism slogan goes. Whether planning a trip or just exploring possibilities, here’s a list of the best places to visit in Philippines and the nearest (or most convenient) airports to fly into.

Destination in the PhilippinesBest airport
Boracay IslandGodofredo P. Ramos Airport MPH
Bohol IslandBohol-Panglao International Airport, Tagbilaran TAG
Palawan IslandPuerto Princesa International Airport PPS
Coron IslandFrancisco B. Reyes Airport, Busuanga USU
Samal IslandFrancisco Bangoy International Airport, Davao DVO
Siargao IslandSayak Airport IAO
BanaueCauayan Airport CYZ
SagadaTuguegarao Airport TUG
El NidoPuerto Princesa International Airport PPS
PagudpudLaoag International Airport LAO

Flights from United States to Philippines (airports nearby Mountain View)

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Avoid currency exchange kiosks at airports

Airports are infamous for making an exuberant amount of money from their currency exchanges due to the extremely high margins, and Philippine airports are no exception. Airport kiosks usually charge higher fees which are sometimes hidden within the poorer exchange rates they offer – their business is based on charging extra for being a convenient, last-minute option.

Plan ahead and exchange some money for the Philippine peso at home.

Use Grab to get around town

Uber is no longer available in the Philippines - it ceased business in March 2018 and has been replaced by its Asia alternative - Grab. It’s a good way for a cross-city journey: the cars are safe, secure and usually air-conditioned. Similarly to Uber, it has fixed distance-based fees, so drivers can’t overcharge you for journeys. If you don’t have Grab Taxi yet, download it for your Philippine vacation and set up your account, payment options, etc, before arriving.

In case you’re having a hard time booking a ride with Grab, there are other ride-sharing apps that you can use in the Philippines; among the most popular are ePickMeUp, GoLag, Hirna, Hype, and MiCab.

 

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Stopover options for traveling to Philippines

Direct flights to Philippines can be expensive. So if you’re looking at a long-haul trip with at least one connection, rather than simply transiting an airport, why not take an opportunity and plan a longer stopover? It won’t only break up your journey but will become a legitimate part of your vacation.

When booking flight tickets, many airlines include a stopover en route to your final destination. Those flights are usually cheaper than non-stop flights, and they can be a great way of seeing more than one place on your trip. You can often add it at no additional cost, just by looking for multi-city flights with longer layovers.

Check flight prices and other details for these great stopover options when traveling to Philippines:

Flights to Philippines fromUnited States and Canada

  • Most flying routes from North America to Philippines are over the Pacific, even if the departure airport is on the east coast. Travel times for these routes vary between 16 -24 hours depending on the point of departure, length of layover, etc.
  • For long-haul flights choosing a reputable airline is crucial. Comfortable seats, inflight entertainment, food and drinks, and just the general atmosphere of the flight can make a big difference to the trip. For flights from the United States or Canada to Philippines, we recommend legacy carriers such as Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, and Turkish Airlines.
  • There are no direct flights from the United States or Canada to Philippines. However, most main hubs in SE Asia have direct flights to Philippines, as do some larger airports in the Middle East – your journey will have at least one stop.Currently, only Philippine Airlines offers year-round direct flights from the US/Canada to the Philippines. It flies out from the biggest cities in North America: Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver. All scheduled flights arrive in Manila at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Expect to spend between 11 and 17 hours on a plane.
  • When flying to Philippines you have plenty of convenient layover or stopover options. Flights with one or more stops depart from most major North American airports, including Atlanta ATL, Dallas DFW, Denver DEN, Chicago ORD, Los Angeles LAX, Las Vegas DFW, Miami MIA, Seattle SEA, Houston IAH, New York JFK, and San Francisco SFO in the United States and Toronto YYZ, Vancouver YVR, Calgary LAS, and Montreal YUL in Canada. Your chosen airline will most likely dictate which airport you transit through – among the best stopovers are Beijing, Guam, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo.
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"Hot seats" on long-haul flights

Those days seat selection is considered an optional, extra paid service - seats with extra legroom (front and exit rows) are usually priced higher. However, if you’re about to take a long-haul flight, those “hot seats” are worth considering - expect to pay $50-$100, which is much less than upgrading to Premium Economy.

If you want to choose your seats, do this early (ideally during the booking) for a more extensive selection of available options.

Don’t wait for the last-minute

Booking last-minute flights almost always never work out. You should never wait until the last minute unless you have to. If you want to find a great deal, be quite flexible with your travel dates and book well in advance – the best fares for international routes can be spotted around 2-3 months before the departure date.

Try to plan far in advance and you will pay at least a few hundred dollars less for the trip.

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Airlines of Philippines

Airlines in the Philippines range from high-end carriers to no-frills budget airlines:

Philippine Airlines is the Philippines’ flag carrier, certified by Skytrax as a 4-star full-service airline. With its fleet – nearly 80 aircraft – it connects the Philippines to the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and North America (it is the only airline that offers direct flights between US/Canada and the Philippines). Its regional subsidiary PAL Express provides domestic flights between the various islands of the Philippine Archipelago, connecting smaller airports with major destinations such as Manila and Cebu.

Cebu Pacific and Cebgo are low-cost carriers headquartered in Manila, and The Cebu Pacific Group operates both. They offer more affordable fares compared to Philippine Airlines, however, you need to pay extra for your check-in luggage. They also have the widest domestic network, covering more than 30 destinations in the Philippines.

Philippines AirAsia is a Filipino wing of AirAsia – Asia’s biggest budget carrier. The flights are one of the cheapest, however, there are several trade-offs and minor inconveniences that you will have to endure. Frequent travelers give the airline a low rating of 3/10 – pointing at the fact that the onboard facilities and customer service are minimal.

When traveling domestically in the Philippines, you may also be flying with other, smaller local airlines, such as Pan Pacific Airlines, Sunlight Air, SkyJet Airlines, AirSWIFT, and Sky Pasada. They usually don’t have any free baggage allowance and serve only free snacks and drinks instead of full meals onboard.

Flights to Philippines from Europe

  • There are no direct flights from Europe to Philippines. There's a limited choice when it comes to direct flights from Europe to the Philippines. Currently, only KLM offers a non-stop connection from Schiphol Airport AMS in Amsterdam to Ninoy Aquino Airport MNL in Manila. The flight time is 15 hours and 35 minutes, and the ticket prices average around 700-900 euros (one way).
  • To break the trip and stretch your legs, consider transit through popular Asian airport hubs, extending your total journey time by 1–3 hours. A 1-day stopover in Bali, Bangkok, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Goa, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Singapore, and Taipei will be a great option to reduce your jet lag at the final destination and do some extra sightseeing.
  • The best chance for a cheaper flight is when you are flexible about the departure point. Especially look for larger cities with airports that serve as hubs for multiple airlines: London LHR and Manchester MAN in the United Kingdom; Frankfurt FRA, Munich MUC and Berlin BER in Germany; Paris CDG and Nice NCE in France; Munich MUC and Berlin BER in Germany; Amsterdam AMS in the Netherlands; Madrid MAD in Spain; Stockholm ARN in Sweden; Zurich ZRH in Switzerland; Brussels BRU in Belgium; Oslo OSL in Norway; Warsaw WAW in Poland; and Dublin DUB in Ireland.
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Two+ flights on a single ticket

Fly on a single ticket if your itinerary involves two or more flights with the same airline. Typically, any connecting itinerary booked as a single ticket conforms with whatever connecting times apply. At big hub airports, the airlines try to ensure that their flight gates are close to each other. Also, a single ticket usually allows for checking baggage from origin to destination, including transfers.

Fly early in the morning

Early morning flights (6 am or earlier) are usually cheaper than other day schedules. It's because of lower demand – most people are not willing to go to the airport so early. Use it to your advantage.

Moreover, airports are also less crowded, and there tend to be fewer delays if you fly early in the morning. Due to increasing air traffic, delays get worse throughout the day - starting around 8-10 am and reaching a peak at 4-6 pm.

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Air Traveler Club.How to book a superdeal to Philippines?

Every superdeal you receive from Air Traveler Club includes a link you can use to book a flight. It always directs you to the website that offers the lowest price. Sometimes it’s an airline website; in other cases, Google Flights or a similar flight booking platform.

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Flights from Asia

  • Asia is probably the best continent for short-haul and mid-haul flying. The sheer scale of this most populous region on Earth is reflected in the type of aircraft operating many short-haul flights: intra-Asia flyers benefit from comfortable, wide-bodied aircraft by the likes of Boeing 777, 787 or Airbus A350, A330, and A380.
  • When flying within Asia, you’ll often use regional airlines. The budget carriers offer tens of weekly flights to Philippines with relatively comfortable flight experience and the cheapest fares – check the prices from AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Cebu Pacific, Jetstar Airways, Lion Air, Scoot, and Tigerair Taiwan.
  • For more comfort and top-notch customer service, consider flying with recognized full-service airlines such as ANA, Asiana Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and Thai Airways.
  • Mentioned airlines operate direct or 1-stop flights from primary Asian hubs such as Bangkok BKK in Thailand, Singapore SIN, Bali DPS in Indonesia, Hong Kong HKG, Seoul ICN in South Korea, Tokyo HND in Japan, Dubai DXB in UAE, Kuala Lumpur KUL in Malaysia, Hanoi HAN and Ho Chi Minh City SGN in Vietnam, Phnom Penh PNH in Cambodia, Delhi DEL in India, Beijing PEK in China, Taipei TPE in Taiwan, Manila MNL in the Philippines), Doha DOH in Qatar, Istanbul IST in Turkey, and others.

Flight prices can vary considerably. Here are some real-time examples:

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Tight airport connection?

Always check the airport terminals if you have a connecting flight with a different airline or separate point-to-point tickets. Make sure you have enough time to transfer between these terminals so you don’t miss your next flight.

If your airport connection is tight (1-hour layover or less), pick a set near the front of the plane. It can shave 5–10 minutes off your deplaning time, especially on larger planes. Some airlines place their "hot seats" there and charge extra fees, but it still may be worth it.

When flying domestically, try not to book the last flight out of your connecting airport. In case of a cancellation, the airline will put you on its next flight, but it will require an overnight stay and arrival a day later.

Dealing with the jet lag

Jet lag affects people differently depending on age, physical fitness, and genetics. The most accepted rule suggests that you should allow one full day to recover from jet lag for every time zone (hour gained) you traveled east and a number of days equal to half the time zones crossed when you traveled west.

The most effective natural jet lag remedy is to force your body into its new routine. You can begin before getting off the plane: set your watch to the time in your future destination, then do your best to sleep and eat based on the new time zone. Close the window shade when it's time to simulate darkness. During your first day on the ground, get outdoors, stay physically active during the day, and absorb sunlight.

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