INFORMATION FOR TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES
17 November 2015 | Manila, Philippines
The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), with its partners the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) and the Asia Society Philippines, is delighted to welcome all guests, speakers and exhibitors to the APEC SME Summit 2015.

We are pleased to provide in the site some useful information that will help you prepare more effeciently for your upcoming visit to the Philippines.

SUMMIT VENUE


Delegates from outside Manila are requested to book directly with the Green Sun Hotel via this link http://reservations.directwithhotels.com/reservation/selectDates/19487/

If you have any queries about hotel reservations, please kindly email: reservations@greensun.com.ph or reach the hotel by phone at (+63-2) 548-9200.

GREEN SUN

2285 Chino Roces Avenue Extension,
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines

http://greensun.com.ph/hotel/
reservations@greensun.com.ph
(63)998-964-8718

Green Sun Map

TRAVEL GUIDE

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Information on the entry of temporary visitors to the Philippines is available in the following link:
http://www.dfa.gov.ph/consular-services/visa-information

Holders of APEC Business Travel Cards valid in the Philippines do not need a visa. It is valid for entry if the Philippines is one of the economies listed on the back of the card.

CUSTOMS AND PASSPORT CONTROL

All foreign passport holders entering the Republic of the Philippines shall undergo customs control. Customs Declaration forms are required to be filled in by visitors who carry legal tender Philippine notes and coins or checks, money order, and other bills of exchange drawn in Philippine Pesos against banks operating in the Philippines in excess of PhP 10,000, or the equivalent of USD 10,000 in foreign currency.

ARRIVAL AT MANILA AIRPORT

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (IATA: MNL) is the main international airport of the Philippines, servicing Metro Manila and its neighbouring cities. There are four (4) terminals at the airport:
  • Terminal 1 (NAIA Terminal) – international flights, non-Philippine Airlines flights
  • Terminal 2 (Centennial Terminal) – international and most domestic flights of Philippine Airlines
  • Terminal 3 (NAIA International Terminal) – international and domestic flights
  • Terminal 4 (Domestic Terminal) – domestic flights

For departures, there is an Airport Terminal Fee of PhP 550 (for international passengers) or PhP 200 (for domestic passengers). This fee is usually included in the purchase of the ticket.

BRINGING MONEY IN AND OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES

Foreign currency in excess of US$10,000 carried by the traveller must be declared at the Bureau of Customs Desk in the airport. Travellers arriving in the Philippines must submit to the Bureau of Customs Desk in the airport Arrival Area a Declaration Form stating the amount (foreign currency in excess of $10,000.00) being brought in. The source of the money (e.g., personal income) must be stated.

Travellers departing the Philippines must submit to the Bureau of Customs Desk in the airport Departure Area a Declaration Form stating the amount (foreign currency in excess of $10,000.00) to be brought in or taken out of the Philippines. The source of the money (e.g., personal income) must be stated.

Following the regulations of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines), Philippine currency brought in or taken out of the Philippines must not be more than PhP 10,000.

CURRENCY

The currency in the Philippines is the Peso (PhP) and the Centavo. Coin denominations are: 1, 5, 10, and 25 centavos, P1, P5 and P10. Bill denominations are: 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 pesos.

Delegates may wish to change their currencies at the airport after clearing immigrations and customs. The average exchange rate is USD 1 = PhP 44.67.

Credit cards are accepted at most establishments. However, only cash payments in Philippines Pesos are accepted in public transportations, small shops, and small restaurants.

POWER AND WATER SUPPLY

The power supply in the Philippines is 220-240 volts, 60 hertz. Outlets are mainly made for two-flat pronged plugs. Please check the voltage requirements of your appliance before using the wall socket.

The tap water is not always potable. Thus, we advise the participants to consume bottled water, which can be purchased at the hotels or any nearby convenience stores and groceries.

TIPPING

In general, tipping is not a mandatory practice in many hotels, restaurants, taxis, and other services in the Philippines. However, if you are satisfied with the service, you may wish to add 10% of the total bill as gratuity.

DIALING CODES

The international country code for the Philippines is +63. The local code for Manila/Makati is 02 for calls from within the Philippines and 3 for incoming international calls.

WEATHER

The average temperature in Manila is 77°F/25°C to 90 ° D/32 ° C.

TIME ZONE

The Philippines’ local time is GMT plus 8 hours.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

After clearing customs, we encourage passengers to take either the Yellow Airport Metered Taxi or White Coupon (contracted) Taxi. Both are airport accredited transport services which issue a Dispatch Slip prior to boarding and a receipt upon arrival at the destination. These transport services are located in areas visible after exiting the terminal. Having the exact fare ready will help and tipping the taxi driver is optional.