How to get a free swab test for domestic tourists in the Philippines

In preparation to my trip to Bicol region, I took the free COVID-19 RT-PCR test at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center located at Quezon Avenue, Corner Agham Road in Quezon City. This free swab test is part of the Department of Tourism/ Tourism Promotions Board (DOT/TBP)’s extensive efforts to promote the country as a safe …

Free COVID-19 swab tests for domestic tourists starting November 1

Starting November 1, tourists can have free COVID-19 swab tests for domestic travels around the Philippines.  According to a report from the Department of Tourism (DOT), the program is part of the Department’s extensive efforts to market and promote the country as a safe tourism destination and pave the way to a more robust recovery …

What to Pack for a Boracay Adventure

It’s common for some people to pack last minute and regret what they brought or didn’t bring for the beach trip afterwards. I used to procrastinate on organizing what I should pack and end up forgetting some useful items or feel bad leaving an extra pair of sandals that could have made my trip better …

How to travel to Siargao during the pandemic: Documents you need, expenses breakdown, tips

With new normal travel protocols, Airlines continue to work hand in hand with relevant government authorities, especially when it comes to domestic flights travel requirements. If you are traveling to Siargao, here are important reminders from the province’s tourism office you should know. 1. Download e-Health Pass The provincial tourism office collects tourists’ contact information …

Traveling through Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) during COVID-19 crisis

If you are planning to travel outside or across the Philippines post-COVID-19 Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), here are the guidelines implemented by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) adopted by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) from the new protocols set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr).   These protocols aim to prevent further spread of …

Online Philippine Travel Tax Payment

No need to queue to pay your travel taxes at the airport. You can now do it online! But first, the question: Who pays full travel tax? The following people are subject to paying full travel taxes: 1. Citizens of the Philippines 2. Taxable Foreign Passport Holders (Table 1) 3. Non-immigrant foreign passport holders who …

Filipinos can now travel to Russia visa-free for up to 8 days

Nationals from a total of 53 countries (listed below), including the Philippines, can now take advantage of VISA-FREE ENTRY into Russia FOR UP TO 8 DAYS, thanks to the new decree announced by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last Thursday, September 19, 2019. The free electronic visa (e-visa) entry will take effect on October 1, …

Travel Restrictions Imposed Upon DOST Scholars Lifted, Tuesday, June 14

2019 Note: This blog post was originally published in 2013, but since it is one of my most popular posts, I have updated it to include the latest research, up-to-date information, and most helpful tips in this topic.  Please check the comments section especially THE FEATURED COMMENT on the Disqus thread. As of today, travel …

Travel Restrictions Imposed Upon DOST Scholars Lifted, Tuesday, June 14

2019 Note: This blog post was originally published in 2013, but since it is one of my most popular posts, I have updated it to include the latest research, up-to-date information, and most helpful tips in this topic.  Please check the comments section especially THE FEATURED COMMENT on the Disqus thread. As of today, travel …