Travel

With over 10 countries represented at DH6, conference delegates will be flying in from all over the world to the Philippines. As you prepare for your travels, from near and far, please keep these facts and tips in mind.

If you find yourself wanting to explore all that the Philippines has to offer, head on over to our blog to check out the tour options - totally optional yet absolutely enjoyable.

As always, you can contact us on Skype (daihoi6) or via email (daihoi6@lenduong.net) for any questions. Tingnan mo sa Pilipinas!

About Manila
Fourteen cities and three municipalities make up what is officially known as Metro Manila, referred to by most residents and visitors simply as MANILA. The city of Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Asia.

Manila was founded in 1571 and was colonized by Spain for nearly three centuries, thus leaving its its architectural imprint throughout the city in its cathedrals, monuments and forts.  Additionally, malls, boutiques, flea markets, and antique shops offer endless surprises for shoppers and souvenir hunters. Posh restaurants and sidewalk eateries entice gastronomic adventurers. A premier gateway to the many islands and tourist destinations north and south of the Philippines, Manila has many attractions to suit every type of traveler.

Airport Fees
When departing from Ninoy airport, a travel tax is levied: PhP 750 for international departure and PhP 200 for local departure (paid in Philippine pesos only). This will happen after check-in and before you arrive at your departure date.

Currency
The currency in the Philippines is the Philippines Peso or PhP, divided into 100 centavos.
  • The exchange rate is 1 USD = 42-43 PhP; a dinner meal costs about 15 USD or 630 PhP
  • You can get a better exchange rate at the kiosks at the mall, which charge the black market rate (better than at the airport kiosk)
  • ATMs are available throughout the Philippines; major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants
Customs
Visitors carrying more than US$3,000 are to declare the amount at the Central Bank of the Philippines counter at the Customs area. Foreign currency taken out upon departure must not exceed the amount brought in. Departing passengers are not allowed to bring out more than PhP 1,000 (about $24) in local currency.

Electricity
200 volts, A.C. 60 cycles. Most hotels have 110-volt outlets. 

Immunizations The following recommendations are for short-term trips originating in North America or Europe and limited to Manila. For all other trips, please see the Philippines (complete). All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure.

Vaccinations:

Hepatitis A

Recommended for all travelers

Typhoid

For travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants and hotels

Polio

One-time booster recommended for any adult traveler who completed the childhood series but never had polio vaccine as an adult

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given

Tetanus-diphtheria

Revaccination recommended every 10 years

Language
Tagalog (pronounced “Tah-GAH-lug”) is the national language. English is the business language and spoken widely.

Passport & Visa Requirements
For Australia, Canadian, US, European, ASEAN citizens:
  • Travelers are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding 21 days, 30 days for ASEAN citizens. A passport, valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into the Philippines, is required for entry. Travelers must also be in possession of a return ticket or an onward ticket to another country.
  • Philippine Embassy in Australia website
  • Philippine Embassy in Canada website 
  • Philippine Embassy in US website 
*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with your respected passport office before traveling.

Timezone
GMT plus 8 hours

Travel Resources
  • We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines’ baggage policies and travel safety trips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Manila. While traveling abroad you should register with your respected Embassy/Consular Offices:

    • Australian citizens, check the government's travel advisory and consular information service and register with DFAT
    • Canadian citizens, check the Foreign Affairs and Int'l Trade Department and register your trip 
    • US citizens, check the State Department's latest travel alerts and register with the STEP program
      • Overseas Citizen Services: If you a U.S. citizen traveling abroad, you may call: 1-888-407-4747

Weather

The Philippines has a tropical wet and dry climate that borders a tropical monsoon climate. Its proximity to the equator means that the temperature range is very small. Typhoons and tropical storms are a common occurrence during the rainy season, particularly in the northern part of the Philippines, occurring from late May until early November.

What to wear @ DH6
  • Opening Ceremony on August 4th: áo dài or business dress for ladies / dress slacks, collar shirt, and necktie for gentlemen
  • For workshops: business casual
  • For Saturday night gala: dress for “night on the town”
  • Closing Ceremony on August 7th: business casual or your now-worn-out DH6 conference t-shirt
  • Conference name badges (obtained at check-in) must be worn for all conference functions
....And more

Travel Tips 
  • Pack & travel light; leave expensive jewelry or clothing at home -- dazzle your fellow delegates with your wit not your bling
  • Passport, credit cards and cash should be kept at a safe place
  • If possible make copies of your passport to carry with you and leave your passport in your hotel safe
  • Avoid handbags, fanny packs and outside pockets that may be targets for pickpocketers
  • Keep your medications in their original containers with the label instead of bringing a pill dispenser and take your prescriptions with you
  • Try and carry travelers’ checks and more than one credit card with you
  • Place your name and address on each tag for each bag.
  • It may be convenient to carry a calling card. Make sure you can place outbound calls within the country you are traveling to.
  • Please check with your cell phone company prior to your travel to another country regarding voice and data charges to decide whether you need to add an International voice and data plan
  • Check the expiration date of your passport; it should be valid for at least six months exceeding your return date.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, passport, passport photos, and the serial # of travelers’ checks with friends or family.
  • Make sure to inform your credit company of international travel before you leave your home country
  • ATMs are available throughout Manila – be sure to inform your bank before travelling abroad and let them know your dates of travel; similarly, find out what the fees are for cash withdrawals during your trip
  • Some private insurance policies may also not cover health insurance abroad; please check with your health care providers
  • Do not discuss travel plans with strangers
  • Do not look as if you are lost. Appear confident, even when you are actually lost
  • Make a note of emergency phone numbers in your local area while traveling
  • Do not take unofficial taxis, which are not marked or metered
For more travel tips, travel guides, and information about the Philippines, visit Lonely Planet.

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