Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Customs in the Philippines

Items for personal use are not a problem. Duty-free allowances are 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars or 500g (18 oz) of tobacco and two bottles of alcohol of not more than 1 litre each. Prohibited items include weapons, ammunition, explosives, obscene material and gambling equipment. Foreign currency in excess of 3,000 USD must be declared on entry, and it is wise to keep all certificates of currency exchange until you leave. In theory you can reconvert pesos to hard currency at the airport before you leave, but the banks may be closed. Up to 500 pesos maybe exported, but they have no value outside the Philippines. It is best to spend any excess of local currency, just an advice from a filipina, someone who is a native here, and that is ME.

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