Are you traveling in the Philippines or abroad? There are some important things to know before you fly.

This detailed guide answers frequently asked questions about Philippine airports and flights.

Philippine Travel Tax and terminal fees

First, here’s a lowdown on fees that you might have to pay at airports in the Philippines. Followed by helpful tips about individual airports.

What is the terminal fee?

The terminal fee should already be included in the flight ticket price upon booking, on all flights departing from Manila-NAIA Airport and nearly all Philippine domestic flights.

You only need to be concerned about paying the terminal fee at the airport (after check-in/before boarding) if you’re flying via Clark Airport or departing on an international flight from Cebu, Clark, Kalibo, Davao, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa or any international airport except Manila.

The airport terminal fee or “Philippine passenger service charge” is an airport tax/exit fee for passengers departing from airports in the Philippines. The terminal fee ranges from P50 to P200 per person for domestic flights or P550 to P700 per person for international flights. OFWs are exempted from paying the terminal fee at Manila Airport.

What is PH Travel Tax?

The Philippine travel tax is a fee imposed by the government for Filipinos traveling abroad. The full travel tax is P1,620 for passengers on economy class plane tickets and P2,700 when flying first class. As stated by Presidential Decree 1183, Philippine citizens have to pay the appropriate travel tax, regardless of the place where the airline ticket is issued or the form of payment.

You need not worry about the travel tax if you’re a foreigner traveling in the Philippines on a short visit or simply transiting as this fee only applies to citizens of the Philippines, permanent resident aliens and non-immigrant aliens who have stayed in the Philippines for a period of not less than one year.

These individuals are also exempted from the travel tax: Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), infants (2 years and below), and Filipino permanent residents abroad whose stay in the Philippines is less than one year. You can check TIEZA’s website for the full details on PH travel tax exemptions and reduced fees.

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Do I need to pay the terminal fee at the airport?

Here’s a list of major Philippine airports and information on when you need to pay the terminal fee. Scroll down to know more about individual airport terminal fees and lots of helpful tips for arriving and departing passengers.

AirportDomesticInternational
ManilaIncluded in ticket priceIncluded in ticket price
CebuIncluded in ticket pricePay at the airport
KaliboIncluded in ticket pricePay at the airport
Boracay-CaticlanIncluded in ticket pricePay at the airport
Puerto Princesa, PalawanIncluded in ticket pricePay at the airport
Tagbilaran, BoholIncluded in ticket pricePay at the airport
ClarkPay at the airportPay at the airport
DavaoIncluded in ticket pricePay at the airport
IloiloIncluded in ticket pricePay at the airport
Cagayan de OroIncluded in ticket pricePay at the airport
BacolodIncluded in ticket pricePay at the airport
Other PH airportsIncluded in ticket pricePay at the airport

 

Manila-NAIA International Airport (MNL)

The terminal fee is not collected at Manila Airport for both domestic and international flights. The P550 terminal fee for international flights and P200 terminal fee for PH domestic flights should already be paid for / included in the plane ticket price, at the time of booking.

How to go — The airport is located in Pasay and Parañaque, Metro Manila. To get to your destination in the metro / city center, you can either ride a taxi or shuttle.

By taxi — Go on a yellow metered airport taxi or the fixed-rate coupon taxi. You can also use Uber or Grab Taxi mobile apps, which are very popular in Manila. If you’re a first-timer in Manila, do not get the regular white taxi because they are known to overcharge passengers with exorbitant prices. Metered taxi rates and travel time vary greatly depending on traffic jams, which almost always happens, and distance to your destination.

By shuttle — To get to the MRT / LRT train station, you can ride the airport shuttle bus (P20 fare) from Terminal 3. To get to other parts of the metro, check out the new UBE Shuttle Bus System.

By train — The MRT / LRT train network in Manila is not connected to the airport. You have to go by shuttle or taxi to the nearest station, LRT-EDSA Station / MRT-Taft Station.

How to go between the terminals — There is a regular shuttle service that loops around the different airport terminals (Terminals 1, 2, 3, 4) including an air-side shuttle (available only for passengers with connecting flights) and an exclusive air-side shuttle for Philippine Airlines passengers.

Manila Airport transfers & tours — Click below to see discounts on hassle-free airport transfers, tours, and activities.

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Hotels near Manila Airport — For a comfortable and convenient stay, book a room in Resortsworld Manila area / Newport City located right across the street from Terminal 3. Or, Manila Bay / Entertainment city area, which is conveniently connected to Terminal 3 via the newly opened skyway. Click the links below to check rates and promos.

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1. One Palmtree Villas

Budget | Newport City

2. Wings Transit Lounge

Budget | Manila Airport Terminal 3

3. Red Planet Aseana

Budget | Manila Bay

4. Remington Hotel 

Mid-range | Newport City, Pasay

5. Belmont Hotel Manila

Mid-range | Newport City, Pasay

6. City of Dreams – Nobu

Splurge | Manila Bay

7. Solaire Resort & Casino

Splurge | Manila Bay

8. Marriott Hotel Manila

Splurge | Newport City, Pasay

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Mactan–Cebu International Airport (CEB)

The Cebu Airport passenger terminal fee is P750 per person for international flights. If you are on a domestic flight, you do not have to pay the P300 terminal fee at the airport because it should already be paid for / included in the plane ticket price, at the time of booking.

How to go — Cebu Airport, located in Mactan Island, is around 15 kilometers away from the center of Cebu City. Travel time may take 1 hour or more, depending on traffic jams, especially crossing Mandaue. Without traffic, the drive should take around 45 minutes. 

By airport shuttle — MyBus Shuttle offers convenient and affordable transfers to/from Parkmall, SM City Cebu, SM Seaside City and up to Talisay City. Fares start at P20 per person, per way.

By public transport — By public transport, ride the airport multicab to Mactan Marina Mall. From there, you can find a jeep that can take you to Cebu City.

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Hotels near Cebu Airport — Click the links below to find out where to stay or book a cheap room nearby.

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1. The Stopover Hostel – Mactan

Budget Backpacker | Mactan

2. Anthurium Inn

Budget Backpacker | Mactan

3. Park Hill Hotel Mactan

Budget | Mactan

4. Goldberry Suites & Hotel

Mid-range | Mactan

5. Dulcinea Hotel and Suites

Mid-range | Mactan

6. Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino Mactan

Splurge | Mactan

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Kalibo International Airport (KLO)

The Kalibo Airport passenger terminal fee is P700 per person for international flights. If you are on a domestic flight, you do not have to pay the P200 terminal fee at the airport because it should already be paid for / included in the plane ticket price, at the time of booking.

How to go — Kalibo airport is located near the town center, just 4 kilometers away or under 10-minutes by car. Travel time to Boracay takes around 1 hour.

By shuttle — If you are headed to Boracay, you can either take a 1-hour shuttle or bus to Caticlan Jetty Port, where you can find ferries that go to Boracay Island. You can find them outside the arrivals area or book the trip online easily.

By public transport — Ride a multicab by taking a short walk to the highway or hire a tricycle from the airport. Then, drop off near the bus / shuttle terminal.

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Boracay-Caticlan Airport (MPH)

Boracay Airport terminal fee should already be paid for / included in the plane ticket price, at the time of booking. You do not have to pay the P200 domestic terminal fee at the airport.

How to go — Caticlan Airport, located in Malay, Aklan, is barely one kilometer away from Caticlan Jetty Port. You can take a shuttle, tricycle or even walk if you are not bringing heavy luggage. Go on a short ferry ride from the jetty port. Then, ride a shuttle or multicab to your resort / destination in Boracay Island.

Boracay Airport transfers & tours

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Hotels near Boracay Airport — There some options to stay near the airport, but most of them are not good. Head straight to Boracay if you can. If you get stuck in town, click below to check rates on places to stay nearby.

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Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS)

The Puerto Princesa Airport passenger terminal fee is P700 per person for international flights. If you are on a domestic flight, you do not have to pay the P200 terminal fee at the airport because it should already be paid for / included in the plane ticket price, at the time of booking.

How to go — Puerto Princesa Airport, located in Palawan, is located right within city proper. Puerto Princesa has a small city center, so getting around usually takes 15-minutes or less.

By shuttle / public transport — There are shuttle vans stationed near the arrivals area that can take you directly to El Nido and other towns in the island. Or, go on a tricycle from the arrival area or airport exit gate to get to your destination in the city.

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Tagbilaran Airport (TAG)

Tagbilaran Airport terminal fee should already be paid for / included in the plane ticket price, at the time of booking. You do not have to pay the P100 domestic terminal fee at the airport.

How to go — Tagbilaran Airport is located on the outskirts of the city. Travel time takes around 30 minutes to 45 minutes to Alona Beach and other popular beaches in Panglao Island.

By shuttle / taxi / public transport — Ride a shuttle van, taxi or tricycle from the arrivals area. Or, ride a tricycle to Dao Bus Terminal (near Island City Mall). Then, go on a jeepney commute to Panglao.

By ferry — Tagbilaran ferry port is less than 10 minutes away from the airport by shuttle / taxi.

Bohol Airport transfers & tours

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Bohol ferry transfers

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Clark International Airport (CRK)

The Clark Airport passenger terminal fee is P150 per person for domestic flights or P600 per person for international flights. Payment of the terminal fee is done at the airport.

How to go — Clark Airport is around 15 kilometers away from Angeles City proper or 95 kilometers from Manila. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.

Shuttle bus — You can find shuttle buses parked outside the terminal to take you to Metro Manila.

By public transport — By public transport, you can ride a jeepney to Dau Terminal near Angeles City Center and go on bus from there to Manila, Baguio, and other places in North Luzon.

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Davao International Airport (DVO)

The Davao Airport passenger terminal fee is P700 per person for international flights. If you are on a domestic flight, you do not have to pay the P200 terminal fee at the airport because it should already be paid for / included in the plane ticket price, at the time of booking.

How to go — Davao Airport is around 10 kilometers away from Davao City Center. You can ride a metered taxi, which takes around 30 to 45 minutes. 

By public transport — Take a short walk to the airport gate / main road and ride a jeepney to the city center.

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Iloilo International Airport (ILO)

The Iloilo Airport passenger terminal fee is P700 per person for international flights. If you are on a domestic flight, you do not have to pay the P200 terminal fee at the airport because it should already be paid for / included in the plane ticket price, at the time of booking.

How to go — Iloilo Airport, located in Cabatuan-Santa Barbara is around 20 kilometers away from Iloilo City proper. Travel time is around 25 to 40 minutes.

By shuttle / taxi / public transport — From the airport, you can ride a shuttle or taxi to get to Iloilo City. By public transport, ride an airport multicab to the highway / airport gate. Then, ride a jeepney to the city.

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Cagayan de Oro-Laguindingan Airport (CGY)

Cagayan de Oro Airport terminal fee should already be paid for / included in the plane ticket price, at the time of booking. You do not have to pay the P200 domestic terminal fee at the airport.

How to go — Cagayan de Oro Airport, located in the Laguindingan town, Misamis Oriental, is around 35 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro City proper. Travel time to Cagayan de Oro or Iligan cities takes up to 1 hour.

By shuttle / taxi / public transport — You can easily find a taxi or shuttle to get to Cagayan de Oro or Iligan from the arrivals area.

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Bacolod-Silay International Airport (BCD)

Bacolod Airport terminal fee should already be paid for / included in the plane ticket price, at the time of booking. You do not have to pay the P200 domestic terminal fee at the airport.

How to go — Bacolod Airport, located in Silay City, Negros Occidental, is around 18 kilometers away from Bacolod City proper. Travel time takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

By shuttle / taxi / public transport — You can take a taxi or shuttle to get to Bacolod City. You can also ride a tricycle to Silay City proper. From there, you can find a jeepney that can take you to Bacolod City.

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PH Airports & Terminal Fees

Other airports (not listed above) with scheduled flights. Terminal fee for domestic flights is included in the booking. Terminal fee for international flights is paid at the airport.

AirportTerminal FeeTravel tips
Basco (BSO)P100

Basco Town Proper — 750 m; 3 mins

Hotels near Basco Airport

Busuanga-Coron (USU)P100

Coron Town Proper — 22 km; 20 mins

Hotels near Busuanga Airport

Butuan (BXU)P150

Guingona Park — 12.3 km; 17 mins

Hotels near Butuan Airport

Calbayog (CYP)P50

Calbayog City Proper — 6 km; 11 mins

Hotels near Calbayog Airport

Camiguin (CGM)P50

Mambajao Municipal Hall — 1.3 km; 13 mins

Hotels near Camiguin Airport

Catarman (CRM)P100

Catarman Town Proper — 2 km; 6 mins

Hotels near Catarman Airport

Cauayan (CYZ)P100

Cauayan City Proper — 3.5 km; 10 mins

Hotels near Cauayan Airport

Cotabato (CBO)P150

Cotabato City Plaza — 9.1 km; 13 mins[/pp-div]

Dumaguete-Sibulan (DGT)P150

Dumaguete Boulevard — 3.5 km; 10 mins

Hotels near Dumaguete Airport

Dipolog (DPL)P150

Dipolog Cathedral — 1.8 km; 4 mins

Hotels near Dipolog Airport

Laoag (LAO)P200

Laoag City Proper — 7.5 km; 15 mins

Hotels near Laoag Airport

General Santos (GES)P150

General Santos City Hall —  14.5km; 23 mins

Hotels near General Santos Airport

Jolo (JOL)P100

Jolo Municipal Hall —  1.5km; 4 mins[/pp-div]

Legazpi (LGP)P150

Legazpi City Proper — 3.5 km; 10 mins

Hotels near Legazpi Airport

Masbate (MBT)P100

Masbate City Center — 850 m; 2 mins

Hotels near Masbate Airport

Naga (WNP)P100

Naga City Proper — 11 km; 24 mins

Hotels near Naga Airport

Ozamiz (OSZ)P100

Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral — 4.8 km; 10 mins

Hotels near Ozamiz Airport

Pagadian (PAG)P150

Pagadian City Hall — 6.5 km; 10 mins

Hotels near Pagadian Airport

Romblon-Tablas (TBH)P100

San Agustin Pier — 34 km; 34 mins

Odiongan Town Proper — 25 km

Hotels near Romblon Airport

San Jose (SJI)P150

San Jose Town Proper — 2.5 km; 5 mins

Hotels near San Jose Airport

Siargao (IAO)P150

Dapa Ferry Terminal — 15 km; 20 mins

Cloud 9 Boardwalk, General Luna — 32 km; 43 mins

Hotels near Siargao Airport

Surigao (SUG)P150

Surigao City Hall —  4.5 km; 8 mins

Hotels near Surigao Airport

Tacloban (TAC)P150

Leyte Provincial Capitol — 10.5 km; 23 mins

Hotels near Tacloban Airport

Tandag (TDG)P100

Tandag City Proper —  4 km; 8 mins

Hotels near Tandag Airport

Tawi-Tawi (SGS)P50

Bongao Municipal Hall —  6 km; 8 mins

Hotels near Tawi-Tawi Airport

Tuguegarao (TUG)P150

Tuguegarao City Proper — 4 km; 10 mins

Hotels near Tuguegarao Airport

Virac (VRC)P100

 Virac Town Proper — 3 km; 6 mins

Hotels near Virac Airport

Zamboanga (ZAM) DomesticP150

Zamboanga City Hall —  3.5 km; 9 mins

Hotels near Zamboanga Airport

Zamboanga (ZAM) InternationalP700

F.A.Q

How do I know if the terminal fee is included in the airline booking?

Check the breakdown of taxes and fees on your booking receipt or when booking the flight ticket. The terminal fee is usually labeled as PH Passenger Service Charge, Domestic Passenger Service Charge or International Passenger Service Charge. There’s usually also a corresponding Aviation Security Fee (ASF) and separate Value Added Tax for the terminal fee.

Do I still need to pay the terminal fee, even after paying the travel tax?

Yes, the terminal fee and travel tax are separate fees. If you’re not exempted, then you need to pay both.

Do I need to pay the terminal fee and travel tax when I arrive in the Philippines?

The airport terminal fee and Philippine Travel Tax does not apply to arriving passengers.