3 – 6 months prior to travel
Book your flight and make a note of the itinerary – Double check that all dates, times, baggage allowance and seat allocations are correct. If changes need to be made, it’s best done early.
Arrange transportation – It’s always good to plan your travel arrangements while in the Philippines, especially if you’re visiting more than one destination in the Philippines. For more information on this, head to our Getting Around section.
Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months – Check the expiry date on your passport and book an appointment to renew if required
Organise travel insurance – Travel insurance means you’re always prepared for the unexpected.
Enquire with your doctor about the required vaccinations or visit smartraveller.gov.au – it’s best to do this a month or two before you leave, as some vaccinations and medication may require time to become effective.
At least a week before
Notify the airline of any special requirements you may have – Best to do this as early as possible so they can cater to your needs.
Register travel and contact details on smartraveller.gov.au – This is a precaution that enables you to be located and your family notified should there be an emergency.
Get some local currency and American Dollars – Although ATM’s and foreign exchange locations are available in most major cities in the Philippines, it’s still a good idea to have some pesos and American Dollars (widely accepted in tourist areas) on hand before you leave. You can check the latest exchange rates on xe.com
Double check the Australian or New Zealand customs laws – Be ahead of the curve and find out what you can and cannot bring back with you. Head here for information on customs restrictions for Australia or New Zealand.
Note the location of the Australian or New Zealand Embassy – This can be helpful if you run into problems on your trip. To find out more, visit your Embassy’s website.
Double check restrictions on carry-on luggage and baggage allowances – This should be on your ticket or the airline’s website. Remember if your bags are overweight, you could be charged a fee at check in.
Pre-organise the luggage you’d like to check-in – Consider getting travel locks for your bags, and label your luggage with contact details. It’s best to have any medication labelled correctly and attached to a prescription.
On the day
Travel in comfortable clothing and footwear – Keep in mind that the Philippines has a warm, tropical climate.
Double check that you’ve packed your important documents – Have your passport and airline ticket somewhere handy in your carry-on luggage.
Be in the airport early – Information about the recommended time to arrive before your flight should be on your ticket. Generally, you’ll be required to arrive at least two hours before your flight.
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