Philippines Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import:
1. all passengers (18 years of age and over) (duty free allowance only once per year per passenger):
a. 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grammes pipe tobacco;
b. 2 bottles alcoholic beverages of not more than 1 litre each;
2. once a year the following categories of passengers may bring in goods as specified below duty free:
a. returning residents who have stayed abroad more than 6 months:
used electronic or electrical appliances and personal effects up to the value of PHP 10,000.-;
b. contract workers:
used personal effects up to value of PHP 10,000.- and
used home appliances, limited to 1 of each kind, up to the value of PHP 10,000.-.
Prohibited:
1. printed subversive, obscene and pornographic materials;
2. drugs or substances for abortion;
3. gambling machines and articles, jackpot or pinball machines, lottery sweepstakes tickets, coin operated video machines;
4. articles of gold, silver and precious metals without indications of actual fineness of quality;
5. misbranded and/or adulterated drugs or foodstuffs.

Arms and Ammunition regulations::

Prohibited:
firearms and firearm parts, replicas, explosives and ammunition.

Wild Fauna and Flora::

Prohibited:
1. marijuana, poppy, coca leaves, heroin, opium or any other prohibited drugs; opium pipes and parts thereof;
2. transport of all plants, planting materials, fruits and vegetables, regardless of quantity, if not accompanied by a valid quarantine documents (Import Permit/Authority to Import).

Export regulations::

Free export by passengers (18 years and over):
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500 grammes of tobacco;
- 1 quart of alcoholic beverages.

Pets::

All animals must be accompanied by:
 - veterinarian good health certificate issued at the point of origin stating that the animal has not been exposed to communicable disease; and
- prior import permit obtained from Bureau of Animal Industry.
Cats and dogs must also have a certificate of inoculation against rabies (issued at point of origin). Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.

Baggage Clearance regulations::

Baggage is cleared at the first port of entry in the Philippines. Crew members should clear their luggage at the Customs Crew Counter.

Exempt: transit passengers with a destination outside of the Philippines.



Airport Embarkation Tax

Travel Tax: is levied on the following passengers departing the Philippines:
1. Nationals of the Philippines;
2. Permanent Alien Residents of the Philippines;
3. Non-resident aliens, who have resided in the Philippines for more that 1 year.
Fee: varies.
Place of payment: for tickets purchased in the Philippines, through the airline or travel agency. For tickets purchased outside the Philippines, at Manila (MNL), Cebu (CEB) or any Regional PTA Travel Tax Office.
Exemptions apply.

Airport User's Charge is levied on all passengers embarking for:
1. International travel: PHP 550.-.;
2. Domestic travel: PHP 200.-.
Place of payment: Airport of departure.
Exempt:
1. Children under 2 years of age.
2. Transit passengers remaining in the transit area and not leaving the airport.
3. Crew members



Currency rules

Currency Import regulations:

Residents and Non-residents: local currency (Philippine Peso-PHP): up to PHP 10,000.-. Exceeding amounts require an authorisation from the Central Bank of the Philippines. foreign currencies : up to USD 10,000.-, or its equivalent. Amounts exceeding USD 10,000.-, or its equivalent must be declared.

Information must be furnished on the source and purpose of the transport of such amount. Violation will be subject to sanctions under Philippine customs law and regulations.
Note: Only banknotes and coins, which are legal tender must be declared (travellers checks, credit cards etc. are exempt from declaration requirement).

Currency Export regulations:

Residents and Non-residents: local currency (Philippine Peso-PHP): up to PHP 10,000.-. Exceeding amounts require authorisation from the Central Bank of the Philippines. foreign currencies : up to USD 10,000.-, or its equivalent. Amounts exceeding USD 10,000.-, or its equivalent must be declared.

Information must be furnished on the source and purpose of the transport of such amount. Violation will be subject to sanctions under Philippine customs law and regulations.
Note: Only banknotes and coins, which are legal tender must be declared (travellers checks, credit cards etc. are exempt from declaration requirement).




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