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Cebu is an island province of the Philippines in the central part of the country, north of Malaysia.

Cebu is one of the most economically developed provinces in the country, and offers a perfect balance between urban life and nature trips, with a wealth of tropical beaches, breezy hills, historical sites, and one of the best opportunities to experience the diversity of Philippine culture.

Visas

Most foreign visitors do not need visas for stays of less than 21 days. Three-month visas can be obtained in advance and cost around USD 35.

The official website of Bureau of Immigration, Philippines


Currency

The national currency of the Philippines is the Philippine peso (PHP).

Coins come in denominations of 5, 10 and 25 centavos, 1, 5 and 10 pesos; and 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 notes.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

PHP 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.02 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.02 Euro (EUR)
0.01 British Pound (GBP)
0.18 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
1.39 Indian Rupee (INR)
2.34 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.03 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.03 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.02 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 12% VAT tax applies to all food, shopping and hotel purchases in the Philippines. In addition, a 0.75% local government tax applies to purchases in Lapu-Lapu City.

Local government taxes vary per city.


Tipping

A service charge of 10% is usually added to hotel and restaurant bills. If not, a 10% tip is appropriate for waiters.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am - 3pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours
8am -5pm, Monday through Friday (Government)
9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday
9am - 1pm, Saturday (Commercial)

Shop Hours
10am - 8pm, Monday through Sunday


Public Health

A health certificate is not required for entry into the Philippines. Medical services in Cebu are of international standards and are readily available.

The resort recommends drinking bottled water during your stay. Bottled water will be provided in your room free of charge.


Dress

A lightweight t-shirt and shorts or jeans are appropriate for daily wear. Light jackets or windbreakers are good to have during rain storms or on occasional cool period.

For formal occasions, men wear coat and tie or a traditional Barong Tagalog, tailored slacks and leather shoes. Women often wear cocktail dresses with a light shawl.


Weather

Cebu is tropically warm year-around. Temperature ranges from 22°C (72°F) to 33°C (92°F). The rainy season is from July to October.

Today

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly cloudy and breezy

High: 32°C / 89°F
Low: 25°C / 77°F

Tomorrow

Thunderstorms

Couple of thunderstorms

High: 32°C / 89°F
Low: 25°C / 77°F
Friday:
Thunderstorms High: 32°C / 89°F Low: 25°C / 77°F
Saturday:
Thunderstorms High: 32°C / 89°F Low: 25°C / 77°F
Sunday:
Thunderstorms High: 30°C / 86°F Low: 26°C / 78°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 30ºC 24ºC
Feb 30ºC 24ºC
Mar 31ºC 25ºC
Apr 32ºC 25ºC
May 33ºC 26ºC
Jun 32ºC 26ºC
Jul 31ºC 25ºC
Aug 32ºC 25ºC
Sep 32ºC 25ºC
Oct 31ºC 25ºC
Nov 31ºC 25ºC
Dec 30ºC 24ºC
Facts

Population
3 million

Language
Tagalog and Visayan; English is widely spoken

Time Zone
GMT +8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 / 250 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800