Passport / Visa
The Philippines can be visited visa-free for up to 30 days by citizens of Schengen countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. A valid return or onward ticket and a passport that is valid upon entry and for at least six months beyond the period of stay are required to enter the Philippines. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country.
Best Time to Visit
The dry period between November and April is the peak tourist season in the Philippines. Hidden areas and remote islands are fully accessible, and temperatures are very mild, especially from December to February.
During the wet season, May to October, you still have the chance to enjoy sunny days, but bear in mind that typhoons can occur.
The months of May and November are considered low season, which means fewer crowds and lower prices for flights and accommodation. However, the weather is still pleasant and you can experience the Philippine way of life in its entirety.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is 7 km from the centre of Manila, located south of the city, and southwest of Makati City's Central Business District.
From Manila airport, you can take the bus to various points in Manila. There are nine bus routes; eight of them go via Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), and one through Circumferential Road 5 (C-5). The bus departures once every 30 minutes.
Taxi is for sure the quickest and most efficient way to travel to and from the airport. You can book a taxi at an official desk at the airport or grab a taxi outside the terminal. The journey can take between 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the time of day and the traffic. There are two types of taxis: yellow and white. The yellow taxis are the official registered and certified taxis at the airport and one of the best and safest means of transportations. The white taxis (street taxi) are not allowed inside the airport's arrival (only arriving on the departure level) and if you decide to take one of these, be careful, the driver can give you a higher fixed price without using the meter.
Another option is to arrange for a hotel transfer to pick you up. This you should arrange in advance but it is one of the most expensive options.
Address: Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila
Manila has a rail system comprising the two lines of the Manila Light Rail Transit System (LRT) and the single line of the Manila Metro Rail Transit System (MRT), also known as the Metrostar Express or Metrostar. The LRT is open 5am-9.30pm, the MRT for one hour later. Pricing is different for each line and you can buy your tickets at the ticket booths.
The rail system is the cheapest way to travel in Manila and easiest way to avoid the traffic but be aware during rush hours the trains are usually packed and there will be long queues to the ticket booths.
16-seat Jeepneys will take you on pre-set routes for a fixed fare. The colourful Jeepneys were originally made from converted US war jeeps. Routes are written on the front of the vehicle. Just flag the driver down and let him know when you want to go off.
Taxi in Manila is a very inexpensive way of getting around. You can flagging a taxi in the street or book by phone but make sure to take a registered and metered taxi. If the taxi driver says that the meter is not working then find another. Also make sure to have small peso notes to pay for the taxi fare, otherwise it could end up you paying too much because they tell you that they don´t have the change, even if they do.
Central Post Office Building:
Address: Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila
Drug stores abound in Metro Manila, many operated by market leader Mercury Drug.
Address: 660 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila
Phone: +63 2 523 1696
Country code +63
Area code: 02
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