CURRENCY & LANGUAGE
Philippines currency is Philippine Peso (PHP) and currency exchange is available at banks, ATM's, money changers, hotels and international airports. The most commonly accepted credit cards are American Express, Bankcard, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.
Philippine’s official language is Filipino/tagalog and English.
Philippines has one time zone, Philippine Time (PHT), which is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 8 hours (UTC +8).
COMMUNICATION & ELECTRICAL POWER POINTS
Philippine’s country code is +63. Mobile phone network coverage is available across Philippines, however coverage may be limited in some remote areas. Internet access is widely available at internet cafes, restaurants and accommodations.
Electrical current is
220 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. 110 volts a/c is also used, especially in major hotels.
Emergency number are as follows:
National emergency hotline - 911
Police - 117
Red Cross - 143
Due to poor sanitation and water quality it is highly recommended NOT to drink tap water in the Philippines. Bottled water are plentiful and often complimentary during hotel stays.
TIPPING & BARGAINING
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.
When shopping in a public market, it is perfectly acceptable to haggle for the cheapest price.
AIRPORT TERMINAL FEES
Passenger Terminal Fee is levied on all passengers embarking for:
International travel: Php 750.00
Domestic travel: Php 200.00
- Children under 2 yrs of age
- Transit passengers and not leaving the airport