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Tourists are strongly advised not to visit central Mindanao, parts of Mindanao south. West of, and including Davao City and the Sulu archipelago. For further information consult your government travel advice department.


Philippine Airlines (PR) is the Philippines’ national flag carrier. The other airlines available in the Philippines are Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Northwest Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Silk Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.

Note: During the Easter period from Good Friday to the following Bank holiday and sometimes beyond, and also Christmas and New Year are major holidays in the Philippines. Flight availability may be more difficult during these periods.

Approximate flight times to Manila

 from London: 20 hours;
 from Paris: 16 hours and 30 minutes;
 from Los Angeles: 14 hours and 25 minutes;
 from New York: 17 hours and 30 minutes;
 from Singapore: 3 hours and 40 minutes;
 from Hong Kong: 2 hours and 35 minutes;
 from Bangkok: 2 hours and 30 minutes;
 from Tokyo: 4 hours and 50 minutes,
 from Sydney: 8 hours.

International airports

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is 12 kilometres or 7 miles south of the capital, Manila. The airport has duty free shops, baggage deposit area, banks, post office, medical clinic, and car hire. There are taxis and buses to the city. The travel time is about 25 minutes by taxi or 60 to 90 minutes by public bus.

Mactan International Airport (CEB) on Cebu Island is 45 kilometres or 28 miles from the heart of the city. Hotels and tour agencies offer their own transportation; taxis are available.

Departure tax: International departure tax is P550. Passengers in transit and children below 2 years of age are free of charge.


Manila, the capital, is a main seaport and a central place of trade in the Asia-Pacific region. Shipping lines calling at Manila include American President Lines, Far Eastern Shipping Lines, Premier Shipping Lines, Lloyd Triestino and Evergreen Lines. Rates and schedules are listed in the shipping pages of daily newspapers.
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