Now that you have all your travel plans finalized, it is time to think about a few in-country expenses for which you may need to plan. The biggest one, I believe, that you may be unaware of is the Airport Users’ Charge. This fee varies depending on whether your flight is international (leaving the Philippines) or national (continuing to another destination within the Philippines) and is one more stop along the boarding process (immigration, security, airport fee). You must have cash to pay this fee. From the information I gathered at the Manila International Airport Authority website, http://188.8.131.52/miaa/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=78&Itemid=89 , for those leaving the country via this airport there is an “Airport Users’ Charge of Php750.00. For domestic travel, it is the Passenger Terminal Fee at Php200.00. The collection booths are situated at the entrances to the pre-departure hall.” Other sites I checked list the international departure fee is listed as Php550.00, so I’m guessing that the fee has just gone up and that it would be better to plan for Php750.00. That is approximately US$17.00.
I found another good web site that can give you information about fees within the Philippines. For those of you who may be spending a bit more time in the Philippines on your own either before or after the conference, you will undoubtedly find this site useful. Although the Airport Users’ Charge listed on the site is outdated, there is a lot of good information about fees and such while in the Philippines that you might find helpful, if not definitive:http://www.silent-gardens.com/fees-taxes-prices.php .
I look forward to seeing everyone in a week or so!
Welcome to the Philippines!