International Departure from Manila: Tips and Reminders

This post is for first a time traveler of international flight coming from the  Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) (or for those who have not traveled for the longest time). Foremost, take note that NAIA has 4 separate terminals so check your airline ticket first which terminal will you be departing from.


Tips and Reminders


At Check-in

  • It’s best to come to the airport about 2-3 hours before your departure time to anticipate for anything, such as long queues in the airport especially during peak season.
  • If you arrive there early and the check-in counters (for your check-in baggage) are not yet open, you can immediately proceed to pay for the Travel Tax. This is paid separately from your plane ticket. The rate is PhP1,620 for international departure* and be ready to present the print-out of your ticket itinerary upon paying.
  • If you don’t have a luggage for check-in, you can avoid long queues at the airport if you check in online called “web check-in” say, about 3 days before your flight (or up 14 days before departure for AirAsia). Just print your boarding pass at home and bring this form during your departure. Note however that with web check-in, flight changes and cancellation can no longer be made.
  • If you’re traveling in a group, you can have a group check-in so you can share your baggage weight limit.


At the Immigration Counter

  • Bring your ID and a print-out of your return ticket to Manila in case the Immigration Officer asks for it. For a government employee, be ready to present your “Authority to Travel” if asked.
  • You can also proceed to the immigration counter, as a group, like if you’re traveling as a family, etc.
  • Smile and be courteous.



  • Don’t forget to bring a ball pen. You will need the pen to accomplish the embarkation/disembarkation forms that will be handed to you by a flight attendant during your flight, which will be presented to the immigration officer of the country of destination.

* the airport fees/rates mentioned above are as of November 2014.


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