Philippines Travel Safety Information
Philippines Travel and Safety Information
Philippine Visa Requirements - When traveling to the Philippines, you must have a valid passport with an expiration date of at least six months beyond your arrival date. You will either arrive with a visa already in your passport (known as a 9a) or you will get a 21-day visitor visa stamp put in your passport when you arrive.
Once you arrive and you find that you want to stay longer, we can help you get your Philippines visa extension if need be. Some men do this as they really enjoy the Philippines and want to do some sightseeing while they are here.
Philippine Currency - The basic currency in the Philippines is the Philippine Peso. The current exchange rate is around 44 Pesos to the US Dollar (USD). The Philippine Peso is broken down into Centavos. There are 100 Centavos to One Peso. Coin denominations are; 1, 5 and 10 Pesos. There are also 5, 10, and 25 Centavo denominations. Paper Notes consist of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Peso notes. You will also hear Pesos being called Pisos in the Philippines.
Philippine Banking Facilities - Credit Cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted throughout the Philippines. Just about every store in the mall takes a credit card when shopping or dining. Traveler checks can be exchanged for cash at Business Centers in the malls or at many of the Money Exchanges. Hotels also exchange Travelers Checks, but at a lower exchange rate. The best option is to bring some cash and your ATM card so you can do cash withdrawals. There are many ATM Machines that are open 24 hours. Many of the ATM Machines now charge a 200 Peso fee for using an international ATM Card. There are many banks of different variety here and you can do just about any type of banking you need. The major banks are BPI and BDO.
What to bring - When you come to the Philippines be sure to bring some casual clothes and summer attire. It is also a good idea to bring some nice dress clothes, including slacks and dress shirt, for when you are being introduced to the ladies. This way you can look your best. Also bring your swim suit. If you forget something, there are plenty of shops to get it.
Philippine Weather - The climate of the Philippines is hot and humid most of the year round. It has dry and rainy seasons. You can expect temperatures ranging between 84 to 90 degrees most of the year. Some areas like Cebu are less prone to the high winds and rains as some other areas. The Philippines is also part of the typhoon belt so it's best to check the weather before traveling.
Philippine Language - The official language of the Philippines is Tagalog or Filipino. English is also their official language so most Filipinos speak and understand English very well.
Philippine Food - Traditional Filipino foods might be a little different than what you are used to back home. The food is very good and generally safe to eat. You can eat Filipino foods very cheap and you will love their seafood! You will have no problem finding many of the main brands of restaurants in the bigger cities like Manila, Cebu, and Davao. There are places like Outback Steakhouse, Chilis, TGIFs, Bubba Gump Shrimp, and many more international restaurants.
Medical Care - No shots are required when visiting the Philippines. If you need medical care, there are many excellent medical clinics and hospitals throughout the Philippines. Drug stores are everywhere. Also quality dental work can be done in the Philippines at a fraction of the cost of most other countries. Some come to visit us just for dental work. We can arrange that.
Local Transportation - For local transportation, we recommend using taxis as they are fairly cheap and air-conditioned. You can find other modes of Philippine transportation like planes, trains, buses, Jeepneys, trikes, pedicabs, and ferries. All depends on where you are going.
Philippines Travel Ideas - For the most part Philippines travel is very exciting and there are many things to do and see. We offer full service travel and tour options for the Philippines. We offer guided tours to some of the hottest tourist destinations.
Philippines Travel and Safety - There are reports of travel and safety issues in the Philippines. For the most part crime is low in the provinces and the Philippines is just as safe as any other country.
In the larger cities, tourist may experience beggars on the streets and kids asking for money. There are also episodes of pick-pocketers in the cities. It's best to carry just enough cash you need for the day and leave your wallet and money at your hotel in your in-room safe.
Philippines Travel and Safety Awareness
Travel Alert - It's advisable to not be exploring the Philippines down in the most southern part of the Mindanao. There are problems with rebel groups and muslim extremists in that area. They normally don't bother tourists, but you will hear of occasional kidnappings for ransom so it's best to not wander down there sightseeing! For the latest Philippine Travel warnings visit here.
Philippines Survival Handbook
Philippines Secure Storage Service - We have secure storage facilities for you to store your stuff while you are out exploring the Philippines.
Philippines Driver's License and Vehicle Registration Assistance - Forget about standing in line all day and dealing with the crowds. Get your license or vehicle registered in a hurry.
Philippines Real Estate Locator Assistance - Whether searching for an apartment, condo, house, or lot, we are here to assist you in finding the home of your dreams.
Complete Visa Services - We specialize in processing Fiancee and Spouse Visas to many parts of the world.
Relocate to Philippines Assistance - Everything you need to know about relocating to and living in the Philippines.
Philippine Visa Extension and Renewal Service - Get your Philippine Visa extended fast and easy. No need to stand in line and deal with the crowds. Same day service available.
Cheap Hotel Rates in the Philippines - We are connected with all the hotels in the Philippines and offer great room rates.
Guided Tours and Personal Introductions - We provide guided tours to some of Philippines hottest tourist destinations and give you personal introductions to some of the most beautiful women on the planet with our Romance Tour.
We also offer these services to Filipinos, Expats and Visitors...
Cheap Flights to the Philippines - We are connected with all the major airlines and offer deep discounts.
If you have comments or questions about Philippines travel safety or anything else, then please don't hesitate to Contact Us!
Information about the Philippines
Luzon Region, Philippines
Visayas Region, Philippines
About Philippine Women
Retire and Live in the Philippines
Mindanao Region, Philippines
Luzon Region, Philippines (cont)
Visayas Region, Philippines (cont)
Philippine Women Gallery
COPYRIGHT - All Rights Reserved Copyright © 1995-2012 Pacific Island Tours
Unless explicitly stated otherwise, this website and all of its contents are protected by International Copyright. All rights are owned and controlled by Pacific Island Tours at pacificislandtours.com. Except as otherwise expressly permitted, the content of this website and services may not be copied, reproduced, republished, downloaded, posted, broadcasted, or transmitted in any way without first obtaining written permission from Pacific Island Tours.
HOW PEOPLE FOUND US - People found us by searching for Philippines Travel, Travel to Philippines, Travel Safety to Philippines, Philippines Travel and Safety, Philippines Travel Safety.