Getting there

By plane or by sea

The international airports are located in Cebu, Clark, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Manila, Puerto Princesa, and Zamboanga. Major cruise liners also stop at the port of Manila.

Philippine Airlines

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1, 2 and 3 in Manila are the premier gateways. They serve more than 30 airlines that fly to different cities around the world.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Lapu-Lapu City handles regular flights from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Doha and China as well as chartered flights from the United States, and other major travel capitals.

Davao International Airport (also known as Francisco Bangoy International Airport) handles flights from Singapore and other chartered flights.

The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City, Pampanga currently services low-cost or budget airlines and chartered flights while Subic in Olongapo City services both chartered and cargo planes.

Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte services flights from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

Philippine Airlines (PAL), the country’s flag carrier, flies to and from 14 cities in eight countries.

The younger Cebu Pacific Air, also a flag carrier, is known for its budget flights and frequent seat sales.

Entry Regulations

Nationals from Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Sweden may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a maximum of thirty (30) days, provided they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines, and present a return or outward bound ticket to their country of origin or to a next country of destination.

If you wish to stay for more than 30 days, you can also get a tourist visa from the Philippine Embassy before you travel, which will allow you an initial 59 day stay. Please see our Visa section for more info.

If you wish to extend after the initial 59 days, you can apply to extend your stay at the offices of the Bureau of Immigration Overstaying without the proper authority is a serious matter and can lead to detention pending payment of outstanding fees and fines and voluntary deportation at your own expense.