Philippines destination information

All you need to know before visiting Philippines

Philippines summary

Philippines is a medium sized country with around 103M Philippine. Official languages are Filipino and English. Philippines uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is UTC+08:00. Currency used in Philippines is Philippine Peso (PHP).

🎫 Border Rank #️⃣ 11
🗺️ Passport Rank #️⃣ 153

ATMs in Philippines are Common. Internet speed in Philippines is on average 3.2 Mbps. In Philippines you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

🏙️ Manila
🗣️ English
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 103M ☀️ ~26 °C 🌧 ~201 mm 👍 Developing 🚩 342k km2 (132k mi²)
🎫 Visa Exemption
🗺️ Passport Strength
📧 Philippine visa Online
🏥 Health regulation
🛃 Customs rules
🏛️ Embassies


Socket 🔌

Philippines uses 220V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A, Type B and Type C.

Languages 🗣️

  • English


Currency 💱

1 PHP = 0.01 USD

Philippines uses the Philippine peso (symbol: ?), code PHP.Banknotes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 pesos. Peso is subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 10, 5 and 1 pesos and 25, 10, 5 and 1 centavos.

ATM 🏧🏦


Automatic teller machines are common in Philippines. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping 💁🏽

Not expected, but can leave extra tip

Tipping is usually not expected in Philippines. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.

Card 💳


Mobile Phone 📱

Philippines uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800.

Roaming 🌐

If you don't want to buy SIM card in Philippines upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Emergency Calls 🚨

Police :

223 171 63, 800 220 46

Ambulance :

589 705 88

Fire department :

800 220 46

Calling ☎️


To call Philippines, dial +, then 63 (the country code for Philippines), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.


For local calls within Philippines, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 2 .

international: + 63 2 1234567
calling local: 02 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in Philippines is on average 3.2 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

WiFi coverage in Philippines is low. It is not as easy to find one.

SIM Card #️⃣

You can buy a SIM card for about 1,199.04 PHP, which includes 5 GB of data plan. You can choose from 2 telecoms: Globe or Smart.


Rules 🚗

In Philippines you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Limits 🚦

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 20-60 km/h (12-37 mph) on undivided highways, 40-60 km/h (24-37 mph) in all built-up areas, 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on motorways and 60-100 km/h (37-62 mph) on expressways.


Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

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Visa Exemption

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Passport Strength

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Philippine visa Online

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