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Move to the rhythm of modern Manila

With a population of over 20 million, 16 districts and a young demographic, the capital city of the Philippines is a teeming metropolis evolving with the times. To visit modern Manila is to discover an energetic city filled with friendly and passionate people, eager to move forward and to reach new heights.

Visas

Visas are required for all international travellers entering the Philippines except the following: 

  1. Travellers carrying passports from Hong Kong and Macau SAR are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days.
  2. Travellers carrying passports from the following countries can enjoy visa-free access to the Philippines for up to 30 days: Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil*, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel*, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  3. Travellers carrying passports from Brazil and Israel can enjoy visa-free access to the Philippines for up to 59 days.

View visa requirements from the official website of Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines


Currency

The local currency is the Philippine Peso (PHP). The units of money are pesos (for bills) or centavos (for coins). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and shopping malls.

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

PHP 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.027 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.019 Euro (EUR)
0.016 British Pound (GBP)
0.16 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
1.36 Indian Rupee (INR)
2.29 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.14 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)

Taxes

A 12.75% surcharge, including government tax, is applicable in most hotels, restaurants, salons and spas.


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-end hotels, restaurants, salons and spas include a 10% service charge.  
If there is no service charge reflected on the bill, a tip of 10-20% is accepted.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday.
Banks inside shopping malls are open 9am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.

Office Hours
9am - 6pm, Monday through Saturday

Shopping Hours
10am - 9pm or later throughout the week


Public Health

Visitors entering the Philippines are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in the Philippines except on social, diplomatic or government occasions, when a suit and tie / long gown or Barong Tagalog / Filipiniana (national dress) are appropriate. Light clothing is appropriate for the tropical humid weather.


Weather

Manila has a temperate climate ranging from very warm during April to June (28 C to 39 C) to cool during December to February (20 C to 25 C).

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Month High Low
Jan 30ºC 24ºC
Feb 30ºC 24ºC
Mar 32ºC 25ºC
Apr 33ºC 27ºC
May 33ºC 27ºC
Jun 32ºC 26ºC
Jul 31ºC 26ºC
Aug 31ºC 26ºC
Sep 31ºC 26ºC
Oct 31ºC 26ºC
Nov 31ºC 25ºC
Dec 30ºC 24ºC
Facts

Population
20 Million

Language
English, Filipino

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric system

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
  

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / PCS 1800 / CDMA / WCDM