How much really is the extra airport costs in Philippine airports?
Leaving the Philippines for an expat or even a local for a vacation or to return to your own country can involve some extra airport costs that really mount up. Also, not being aware of them can cost you getting on that flight too. The Philippines has a reputation to try and squeeze money from everywhere. This can be certainly true of traveling by air.
Sometimes when you book a great deal online you get through six pages of entering everything and avoiding insurance and seat placings as well as ordering food, and you get to the last page! Then, the price jumps through the roof from the original onscreen price. Sometimes the fuel surcharge can be higher than the original ticket.
I found Cebu Pacific use to be worse for that, although lately they have improved. They still advertise great offers, but when you go online they rarely seem to appear. PAL seems to be more honest on its upfront costs.
Assuming you have your flight and you are an expat having been here more than six months on a tourist visa you have to get a permission to leave visa. This requires you getting finger printed and filling in tonnes of repetitive forms in a main immigration office. This can take a day or two if they are busy and the costs range from p500 to p3000 depending on where and who serve you.
At the airport you pay p550 for international terminal fees. Make sure you check those scales as the cost of excess luggage really hurts. It also seems some of the scales may have had a little problem with the tare settings too- no point arguing.
If you are a Filipino the costs get slapped on you too. Apart from the terminal fee there is a tax to leave the country which is around p1620. When you consider some of the flights to Bangkok from Manila can be around p600, you have just paid a third of that again before you get to your plane.
PHP1,620.00 for the following:
– ADULTS with Philippine Passports and without Exemption Certificate
– CHILDREN without Reduced Travel Certificate
– INFANTS without Reduced Travel Certificate or Exemption Certificate
– Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) without Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) or POEA Official Receipt
– Dependents of OFWs without Reduced Travel Certificate
– Foreign Nationals with immigration status is 13, 13A, 13B, 13C, 13D, 13E/RP#, 13G/NB, TRV, RA7919, RA7837 or RC/RFC/RECOG/IC, EO 24
– For CHILDREN with Philippine Passports (more than 2yrs old up to 12yrs old) and with Reduced Travel Certificate.
– For Dependents of OFWs with Reduced Travel Certific
The Philippine Travel Tax is not included in the total fare quoted online. For international journeys, the Philippine Travel Tax, if applicable to the passenger, shall be collected by the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) at Philippine Airports.