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Currency information

Code PHP
Symbol
Coins
₱1, ₱5, ₱10
Banknotes
₱20, ₱50, ₱100, ₱200, ₱500, ₱1000

Expert tip

Study your currency! In 2010, the Peso paper bills underwent a redesign, and now both the old and new bills are in circulation. Memorise the different colour allocated to each denomination in order to save confusion.

ATM access

5/5 stars  there are ATMs everywhere. 

Tipping

It is not customary or expected to tip in the Philippines.

However, a small tip at your own discretion is greatly appreciated if you believe the service provided is outstanding. Staff in the Philippines are often paid minimum wage, or less, so although tipping is not expected, it will be accepted and highly appreciated.

Bargaining scale

5/5 stars  bargaining is expected.

Haggling and bargaining is extremely common all throughout the Philippines. It is expected that you will haggle for a better price no matter where you are in the country, but it is especially common throughout the many markets. Remember to be friendly and courteous at all times.

Card access

Most major cities will accept international debit and credit cards. There may be additional charges on top of your own bank’s international transaction fees.
Consider using a prepaid currency card to ensure you aren’t wasting your money on hidden fees. Be sure to get in touch with your bank before you leave on your holiday to advise them of your travel plans. This will ensure your activity overseas does not raise red flags and cause your accounts to be frozen.

Cost of a coffee

P 94.65 (regular cappuccino)

Transport

Public transport in the Philippines is very affordable. Buses are used for longer distance travelling across the country, whereas jeepneys, multicabs and tricycles are used for shorter trips. Jeepneys are the most commonly used form of transport by tourists. They cost P4 for the first three kilometres, and P1 for each additional kilometre. They have mostly fixed routes to take passengers around the city or from town to town.

Pickpocket security rating

2/5 stars  theft is common.

Pickpocketing is common in the Philippines, and thieves tend to target tourists. Hotspots for pickpocketing include public transport and around popular tourist destinations that draw large crowds. Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, and try to keep your belongings close to your body or out of sight, if possible. Don’t keep any valuables in your back pockets and hold your bag on the front of your body, not on your back.

Scammers and ripoffs

Scams often occur in the Philippines, and tourists are generally targeted. Keep an eye out for taxi drivers not turning on their meters andovercharging you for your trip and locals telling false tales of personal hardship and requesting money from you.

Departure tax

There is no longer a departure tax from Manila International Airport. However, if you are departing from Cebu Mactan Airport, a fee of 750 Philippine Pesos (PHP) applies.

Visa costs

New Zealanders do not require a visa when visiting the Philippines for tourism or business for 30 days or less. A valid passport is required, and although it is no longer a legal requirement, it is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return. If you need more information regarding visas and other travel document requirements for your trip, please ask your travel consultant or contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines.

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