Sea Jewel Beach Resort in White Beach Puerto Galera, Philippines

Travel Guide - Information for International Travelers

San Antonio Island, Puerto Galera    

Visa Information


Nationals from countries (click list) who are travelling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding twenty-one (21) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay. However, Immigration Officers at ports of entry may exercise their discretion to admit holders of passports valid for at least sixty (60) days beyond the intended period of stay.


Nationals from countries allowed to enter the Philippines without Visas for a stay not exceeding 21 days


 

List of Philippine Embassies and Consulates


- Excerpt from: Republic of the Philippines - Department of Foreign Affairs

Customs


Upon Arriving: Visitors are allowed to bring in duty free personal belongings, two cartons of cigarettes or two tins of pipe tobacco and up to one liter of alcohol. Balikbayans have separate rules and should check with the Embassy or Consulate in their home city.


You may bring in unlimited amount of foreign currency.


Upon Leaving: Any antiques you may have acquired during your stay must be accompanied by a certificate from the National Museum. You may also not take more than PhP5,000.00 (five thousand Philippine pesos) out of the country.

- Excerpt from: Republic of the Philippines - Department of Tourism



Useful Words and Phrases


Tagalog speakers in the Philippines have many ways of greeting other people. It is common also to hear them say "Hi" or "Hello" as a form of greeting, especially among close friends. There are no Tagalog translations for these English greetings because they are basically borrowed terms, and any English-speaking person will be readily understood by Filipinos in general (Yes, Virginia and Joe, English is widely spoken in the Philippines, a former colony of the US of A for nearly 50 years!). Here is a list of Tagalog greetings that are importart to learn if one wants to endear himself/herself to Filipinos.



Travel Tips

  • Dress for the weather hot! Light clothing is ideal year-round, and absolutely during the hot and dry months from March to May. Temperatures average from 78F/25C to 90F/32C. Mean humidity is at 77%.
  • Never leave home without your rain gear, umbrella, and heavy clothing during the rainy months from June to October as well as when setting out to the mountainous areas.
  • When shopping in a public market, it is perfectly acceptable to haggle for the cheapest price.
  • English is the most widely spoken next to Filipino/Tagalog, the national language. Learning the basic local phrases may come in handy. Over 111 local dialects are spoken in the country.
  • Comfortable yet sturdy footwear are best, as travelling the islands will often involve some walking.
  • When headed to the remote areas, come prepared with an insect repellant and even your own water in handy containers. Always have the island map with you.
  • Prepare to hop in a jeepney, tricycle, or pedicab exotic modes of land transport that are the most commonly available for going around. Always bring loose change when taking public transport
  • Know the transport schedules. Some destinations are only being serviced intermittently, not to mention extreme weather conditions that will affect these schedules.
  • Air-conditioned taxis should cost PhP40 on the meter. An extra PhP2 will be added for every 500 meters.
  • Casual clothing is acceptable inside churches and business offices. Dining establishments and hotels impose no dress code but shorts and slippers are deemed improper.
  • For formal occasions, the traditional Barong Tagalog, the Philippine national costume for men, is just as suitable as the suit-and-tie.
  • When travelling by car, be mindful of the number coding ordinance for vehicles that is being implemented strictly in selected cities.
  • Do not miss visiting during the summer, when there is a concentration of major festivals, celebrations, and events.
  • Adopt to local customs; accept local differences. The Filipinos are divided culturally into regions a total of 16, at present, each with its own distinct traits and traditions.
  • Tipping is expected for many services. The standard amount is 10% of the total bill. Tipping is optional on bills that include a service charge, which is often 10% as well of the total bill.

- Excerpt from: Republic of the Philippines - Department of Tourism


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