VISA AND OTHER PROCEDURES
The Philippines does not require a visa for CPLP citizens. You only need a passport valid for another six months and you are granted up to 30 days of stay (59 days for Brazilian citizens).
HEALTH AND SAFETY CARE
No specific vaccinations are required to enter the Philippines but you must be vaccinated at least against hepatitis A.
There is a moderate or low risk of contracting malaria in certain areas of the country.
For more information on traveling health, see the Health Portal of the Ministry of Health and Tropical and Traveler Medicine Clinic. In FitForTravel find country-specific health and disease prevention advice (in English).
TRIP TO THE PHILIPPINES
Internal flights are plentiful in the Philippines and have become cheaper since the airline Cebu Airlines started to compete with the national company Philippine Airlines. Cebu tin, however, little presence in the Calamian group of archipelagos. THE SEAIR, ITI and ASIAN SPIRIT dominate this area of the country and charge higher prices than CEBU due to the smaller size of their planes and the smaller number of passengers interested in flying.
They cover most of the largest islands – Luzon, Cebu – and are the most economical solution to explore it, with fares that, depending on the distance, can be below €5. Even if some buses are modern and relatively sophisticated, the Philippine roads are of poor quality and make for dangerous driving, with dangerous overtaking too frequent. Among the dominant bus companies in the Philippines are:
Philippine roads, like most of the your conductors they are usually too fearless and unpredictable. Some of the roads are in a deplorable condition and exploring the country in a rented vehicle invariably proves to be an adventure in itself.
The Philippines is one of the archipelagos with the most islands on Earth. Unsurprisingly, an endless fleet of ferries, speedboats and bangkas (local vessels) connect the nearest islands and points on the same island, not always with the best comfort and safety conditions, so you should carefully investigate which vessel will make a particular trip (and under what conditions) before purchasing tickets.
The most influential ferry companies in the country are:
Negros Navigation 02-245 5588 in Manila
Sulpicio Lines 02-245 0616 in Manila
WG&A/Superferry 02-528 7000 in Manila
The Philippines' national land transport is the jeepney, a jeep to which an extension was adapted and which gave rise to a kind of eccentric and very polluting bus, but, as a rule, economical for the passenger and profitable enough for the owners. You'll find them – and most likely use them – all over the place.
Complementary to the jeepneys, a fleet of tricycles patrol the streets always ready to serve passersby.
The dry season, from November to May, is ideal for visiting most of the Philippines. During these months, in most of the territory, the sky is almost always clear, there is therefore no threat of hurricanes and it is rarer to rain. The temperature is pleasant, tempered by sea breezes.
The currency of the Philippines is the Philippine Peso (PHP). ATMs are common only in major cities and, as a rule, work with foreign cards. Credit cards are accepted in most upscale establishments.
The Philippines is one of the most accessible countries in Asia. If you're on a low budget, know that, if you sacrifice some comfort and refinement, it's possible to travel across the country for less than €60 per day, except for days when you have to change island, in which case flights will force you to spend more.
One of the most affordable in Asia. It will never be for the price of meals that you will not miss visiting the Philippines and, if you want to eat with refinement, you will almost always have to choose from.
The same principles as food. With the exception of Manila, in high season, you will always find small guest-houses and hotels with vacancies at very affordable prices. At the same time, the country is well endowed with sophisticated resorts, especially on its most irresistible coastlines.
The problems intensify as the distance from the biggest cities increases. Still, even with speeds and stability that leave a lot to be desired, you'll find Internet cafes with connections at the price of rain all over the nation.