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The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago in South-East Asia consisting of 7,107 islands located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam, and north of Sabah and Borneo. The Philippines is an archipelago abundant in nature, rich in culture, and filled with pleasant discoveries. Experience the Philippines, its 7,107 islands, its natur ...Show More
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Passport Requirements for Philippines Tours

A passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.

Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.

Visa Requirements for Philippines Tours

Both Canadian and American citizens may enter the Philippines without a visa. This may be different for citizens of other countries.

For more visa information please visit:

America: www.travisa.com

Canada: www.travisa.ca

All passengers must pay the local terminal fee upon departure. In Manila, this fee is set at 750 PHP. All other airports it is around 200 PHP. This is subject to change and you will be advised of this fee upon arrival so you can ensure enough cash is on hand.

Insurance Recommendations for Philippines Tours

Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.

Vaccination Requirements for Philippines Tours

Currently, there are no vaccinations required to enter the Philippines. It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:

  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Malaria
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever

For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:

World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.

Medication Requirements for Philippines Tours

If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. It is also advised to take iodine tablets to purify water if bottled water is not available. It is also strongly advised to take over-the-counter diarrhea medication. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.

Other recommended Items:

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, sunglasses
  • Insect repellent with a high concentration of DEET (at least 30 percent)
  • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
  • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol. Also, re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations.
  • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness

Weather, Seasons and Climate in Philippines

The climate in the Philippines is tropical with warm temperatures throughout the year. The average annual temperature is 26°C, and the year is generally split up into two categories: the dry season and the wet season. The dry season (summer) runs from March until June, although it has been known the last until July.

For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.

Clothing and Essential Items for Philippines Travel

Light weight clothes are recommended all year round. The temperature is very warm, so be prepared for tropical temperatures. Light sweaters are suggested for evenings and early mornings, and rain gear is especially necessary during the wet season. As a rule shoulders and knees should be covered when entering religious sites.

FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Video camera, camera with zoom lens in a dust-resistant case, sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery and charger. Photography is not allowed in certain religious buildings, especially temples. So be sure to ask permission before you take a photo.

Electricity, Phone and Internet in Philippines

Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Type A American plugs are the most common in the Philippines. Do not use 110V outlets marked ‘FOR SHAVERS ONLY’ for anything else as they will not work and may even get damaged.

Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options.

Internet: Internet access is available in all but the most remote towns. Internet cafes are available in most tourist spots. Connection speeds are high, especially in the big cities. Many hotels and restaurants provide free Wi-Fi or terminals for their guests. If you bring your own phone and/or laptop, several providers offer mobile internet services (EDGE/3G) services as well.

Currency in Philippines

Generally speaking, we advise bringing US$70-100 per day, per person, for spending money. Be sure to bring lots of small bills for porters, wait staff and housekeeping (not obligatory and based on your satisfaction). The Philippine Peso (PHP) is the official currency of the Philippines. The PHP comes in both paper notes and coins, with notes coming in denominations of ?20, ?50, ?100, ?200, ?500, ?1000. Coins come in denominations of ?1, ?5, ?10, ?25.

We recommend that you get local currency from your bank before you leave home or from a bank machine in-country which is much cheaper than an exchange service at the airport or in tourist areas. Your bank card may work, but Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted.

For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com

Quick Facts for a Philippines Tour

Capital: Manila

Language: English and Filipino

Currency: Philippine peso

Religion: Christian

Time Zone: UTC+8

Electricity: 220 V

Telephone: +63

Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number

Emergency numbers in Philippines: Dial 117 for any type of emergency.

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Lisa U., January 15, 2016
"Our guides were very knowledgeable and gave us great historical background for our tour."
Lauretta S., November 22, 2015
" It was a memorable trip with Kensington."
Ruth R., October 11, 2014
"My husband, who we all call "the reluctant traveler" said, halfway through the trip, where are we going next? "
SixtoCastenada J., September 29, 2014
"The tour guides, hotel accommodations and transportation arrangements were all excellent. We will be using Kensington Tours again!"
Jeanne Tarvin, March 18, 2014
"The tour was absolutely fabulous. I was apprehensive about going to China not knowing the language but it worked out great!"