What should I know healthwise?
No vaccinations are currently required for traveling to the Philippines. However, you may consult with your family doctor regarding old vaccines that should be refreshed. Should you travel to Palawan or Mindanao, you need to contact your nearest tropical institute. The sunlight in the Philippines is very strong. Don’t forget to bring good sunscreen with you! Sipalay has a “health center“, which can help you with minor health problems. Severe and acute problems have to be treated in the hospital in Kabankalan or preferably in Bacolod.
What about security?
The north of the Philippines and the Visayas are considered a safe travel destination. You will be impressed by the friendliness and helpfulness of the Filipino people!
When do I need a visa?
The visa policy is depending on your nationality. Please inquire at the Philippine Embassy in your home country or online. You can enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for exactly 30 days. Should you wish to extend your stay, you need to go to the Immigration Office in Bacolod, Dumaguete, Cebu, Iloilo or Manila on your 29th day at the latest. Your visa will be issued for 59 days, but it will be valid for another 29 days only, as your first 30 days are already included.
What payment options do I have in the Philippines?
The Philippine currency is the Peso. The best exchange currencies are EURO or USD. Don’t buy USD traveler’s checks! Banks in the Philippines don’t know how to handle them. Credit card payments are accepted in most city hotels and restaurants. But in rural areas, cash is king. There are two ATMs in Sipalay that take foreign credit cards, but are sometimes offline, and you can change foreign currencies at Western Union in Sipalay near the Plaza.
What's the climate in the Philippines?
Here in Sipalay, we have a dry season (approx. November-May) and southwest monsoon (Habagat) starting June until September/October. The daily temperatures are at an average of 30°C all year around. Therefore, light summer clothing and a light sweater (to protect yourself against too cold air-conditioning) are all you need.
How can I make telephone calls?
The mobile phone network is very well developed in the Philippines. With prepaid cards of SMART and GLOBE you can call and text throughout the country at low costs.
Country codes for outbound calls from the Philippines:
List of country codes
Country code for calls to the Philippines: 0063
What should I know about customs?
You are allowed to import 400 cigarettes and two bottles of wine or other alcohol of 1 l. You have to declare currencies amounting more than 10,000 Pesos’ worth. Pornographic works are prohibited. Corals, shells or products of snakeskin and tortoise shells may not be exported. Customs allowances in the EU: 200 cigarettes or 250g tobacco, 1 l spirits over 22% vol or 2 l alcohol under 22% vol, 500 g coffee as well as other items not exceeding the value of 430 Euro.