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Manila Departure Guide

Leaving Manila without problems.

You leave Manila from:

Departing from Manila Airport (MNL) can be annoying. Airlines demand that you check-in early and afterwards you got a lot of time to kill.

Follow our guided and illustrated* tour and enjoy your departure from Manila NAIA airport by clicking on the corresponding terminal where you leave Manila.

(*) Please note that there are no pictures of security sensitive areas and checkpoints. For connecting flights see our Transfer Guide and our Arrival Guide.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Filipino Travelers

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on March 14, 2014 issued strict guidelines: no (Filipino) tourist will be allowed to leave the country unless he can show proof of financial capability to travel, proof of work and financial support from benefactors.

The guidelines are designed to deter the exodus of undocumented Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs) by making the said blanket requirement for all who travel as tourists.

The new procedure is aimed at protecting Filipinos from being victims of human traffickers. The BI adopted the policy to fight the nefarious activities of human trafficking syndicates

At this moment we do not know what kind of proof is accepted. Until further notice we recommend to carry with you: A credit card with a recent account balance; enough cash in foreign currency because one is only allowed to carry PHP 10,000 in cash; an invitation that clearly states that all your travel and living costs will be paid; or maybe a legal work contract.


Departure from NAIA-1

[International flights only]

You should be at the airport 2 to 3 hours before departure. Do not come earlier because you won't be admitted to the departure lobby. The check-in desks usually open 3 hours before scheduled take-off.

If you should be really too early then you may visit the "Window of the World" restaurant. Read more in our Transfer Guide.

At the entrance you have to show your ticket and your passport. Then you have to pass a first security check.

Once inside you see big displays opposite of the entrance. On these displays you find the check-in desk numbers of your flight.

The next step depends on whether you are a foreigner or a Philippines citizen.

Travel Tax

[Philippines citizens and visa 13A to 13G aliens only]

Tourists with a visa-waver or a 9A visa do not have to pay this tax.

Pinoys and Pinays and some categories of expats (visa 13A to 13G only) have to pay the TIEZA Travel Tax.

Unfortunately some airlines include the travel tax in their ticket prices and others do not.

If you are not sure if the tax is included in your ticket, we strongly recommend to go first to the check-in counter for your flight and inquire about the travel tax. Otherwise you risk to pay the tax twice. And then try to get a refund in the Philippines ...

If you have to pay the travel tax, then return to the entrance check-point. The travel tax counter is just on the left hand of the entrance (seen from inside). Be early, you may have to queue up for a while.

For more information about travel tax and other fees read our Taxes and Fees page.

Check-in

The check-in counters usually open 3 hours before scheduled departure.

You must have with you:

  • Your ticket
  • Your passport
  • The original credit card, if you had bought your ticket on-line
  • All your luggage (check-in and hand carry)

There are usually 4 to 8 economy class counters and 2 or 3 business class counter per flight. Sometimes there is still a first class counter.

Most airlines do now a preselection before you can queue-up. Your luggage is weighed and the dimensions of your hand-carry bags are checked.

You will need between 10 and 60 minutes to check in.

Terminal Fee

Good news first: The Terminal Fee in Manila has been reduced down to PHP 500.00 (only). The ticket in the picture shows an old one.

You leave the Philippines. So you are already used to this omnipresent terminal fee. In other countries you have also to pay it, but it is already included in your ticket price. It's more fun in the Philippines!

The staff at the counter prefers Philippine Pesos (PHP). You also can pay in US-Dollars (USD) but change will be given in Pesos. At some of the counters you can also pay with your credit card (Master and Visa).

Depending on the number of open counters you may need 1 to 10 minutes to get your terminal fee ticket stapled on your boarding card.

Immigration

NEW by March 1, 2014:

All Filipino departing passengers are required to fill out the new Philippine immigration departure cards while foreigners and Philippine passport holders with immigrant status will no longer be required to fill out the departure cards.

 

Probably you do not have anymore the departure part of your "Arrival/Departure card". There is no problem. At the walls on your left and right side are desks with tons of these cards. Fill one in, you will have to give it to the immigration officer.

The queueing system in NAIA-1 changes permanently. At this moment (summer 2013) they test a single s-shaped queue with a despatcher at the end.

The immigration officer needs your passport and your departure card. Pinos, Pinays and aliens with 13A to 13G visa have to show their travel tax receipt.

Some expats have also to show their Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC).

Have a look at our Visa Information page for further details.

You need between 5 and 20 minutes to proceed through immigration.

Waiting / Shopping

First you have to undergo a final security check. This one is though. Depending on the officer who supervises the controls, you may have to get rid of all, but really all, metallic items, empty all your pockets, get off your shoes. But keep smiling :-)

After this check you are immediately in the duty free shopping area.

WARNING: Do not buy liquids if your flight does not reach directly its final destination. At any stop-over in the world, you will have your liquids confiscated.

If you are (still) a smoker, there is a bar called "Tinderbox" on the left side. This bar is smoker-zone.

NAIA-1 has 3 lounges accessible for economy class passengers: Sampaguita, Club Manila and PAGS lounge. Sampaguita and Club Manila are cheaper than PAGS but PAGS is quieter, brighter and doesn't charge for alcohol (Sampaguita does). Look for the hostesses at the point where the Y separates into two legs. Entrance fee is PHP 500 to 600

Business class passengers get their invitation to an airline lounge at the check-in counter.

Boarding

Your last half mile on Philippine's ground. The alleys are long - very long. So get on your way at least 30 minutes before boarding time.

Several airlines have a last check-point before you are admitted to the gate lounge. Again you have to show your passport and your boarding card.

Your last station in the Philippines. Here you wait until the boarding counter is open and you take your seat for the next long hours.

At the gate you also find rest rooms (CR) and some food stalls. Sometimes you even find some small mobile shops, where you can buy a last "pasalubong", the Filipino's traditional homecoming gift.

Thank you and come soon again.


Departure from NAIA-2

[For international flights]

You should be at the airport 2 to 3 hours before departure. Do not come earlier because you won't be admitted to the departure lobby. There is nothing around this terminal where you can quietly kill your waiting time. The check-in desks usually open 3 hours before scheduled take-off.

[For domestic flights]

You should be at the airport 90 to 120 minutes before departure. Do not come earlier because you won't be admitted to the departure lobby. The check-in desks usually open 90 minutes before scheduled take-off.

Both entrances (domestic and international look similar.

International flights are from the north-wing (foreground in the aerial photo. Domestic flights are from the south-wing.

At the entrance you have to show your ticket and your passport or ID. Then you have to pass a first security check.

Travel Tax

[International flights only]
[Philippines citizens and visa 13A to 13G aliens only]

Tourists with a visa-waver or a 9A visa do not have to pay this tax.

Pinoys and Pinays and some categories of expats (visa 13A to 13G only) have to pay the TIEZA Travel Tax.

Unfortunately some airlines include the travel tax in their ticket prices and others do not.

If you are not sure if the tax is included in your ticket, we strongly recommend to go first to the check-in counter for your flight and inquire about the travel tax. Otherwise you risk to pay the tax twice. And then try to get a refund in the Philippines ...

If you have to pay the travel tax, then return to the entrance check-point. The travel tax counter is just aside. Be early, you may have to queue up for a while.

For more information about travel tax and other fees read our Taxes and Fees page.

Check-in

[International flights only]

The check-in counters usually open 3 hours before scheduled departure. You must have with you:

  • Your ticket
  • Your passport
  • The original credit card, if you had bought your ticket on-line
  • All your luggage (check-in and hand carry)

[Domestic flights only]

The check-in counters usually open 90 - 120 minutes before scheduled departure. You must have with you:

  • Your ticket
  • Your passport or a valid ID with photo
  • The original credit card, if you had bought your ticket on-line
  • All your luggage (check-in and hand carry)

You will need between 10 and 60 minutes to check in.

Terminal Fee

Good news first: The Terminal Fee in Manila has been reduced down to PHP 500.00 (only). The ticket in the picture shows an old domestic one.

More good news: The Terminal Fee in Manila for domestic flights is now included in the ticket price. But there is still an inspection.

The staff at the terminal fee counter prefers Philippine Pesos (PHP). You also can pay in US-Dollars (USD) but change will be given in Pesos. At some of the counters you can also pay with your credit card (Master and Visa).

Depending on the number of open counters you may need 1 to 10 minutes to get your terminal fee ticket stapled on your boarding card.

Immigration

[International flights only]

NEW by March 1, 2014:

All Filipino departing passengers are required to fill out the new Philippine immigration departure cards while foreigners and Philippine passport holders with immigrant status will no longer be required to fill out the departure cards.

 

Probably you do not have anymore the departure part of your "Arrival/Departure card". There is no problem. There are cards available on desks. Fill one in, you will have to give it to the immigration officer.

The immigration officer needs your passport and your departure card. Pinoys, Pinays and aliens with 13A to 13G visa have to show their travel tax receipt.

Some expats have also to show their Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC).

Have a look at our Visa Information page for further details.

You need between 5 and 20 minutes to proceed through immigration.

Waiting / Shopping

First you have to undergo a final security check. This one is though. Depending on the officer who supervises the controls, you may have to get rid of all, but really all, metallic items, empty all your pockets, get off your shoes. But keep smiling :-)

In the international section you find duty free shops.

WARNING: Do not buy liquids if your flight does not reach directly its final destination. At any stop-over in the world, you will have your liquids confiscated.

If you are (still) a smoker, there is a bar called "Tinderbox". This smoker zone is situated between the international and the domestic section.

There are no lounges for economy passengers but some food stalls and some shops. Business class passengers get their invitation to the PAL lounge at the check-in counter.

Boarding

In NAIA-2 it's a short way to the plane if you found a seat near the gate.

At the international section you have to show your passport and your boarding card.

At the domestic section only your boarding card is required.

Have a nice trip.


Departure from NAIA-3

[For international flights]

You should be at the airport 2 to 3 hours before departure. If you come earlier, you won't be able to check-in. Then you might go up to the top floor where you find shops and a food-court. I have already stayed a whole night there. The check-in desks usually open 3 hours before scheduled take-off.

[For domestic flights]

You should be at the airport 90 to 120 minutes before departure. The check-in desks usually open 90 minutes before scheduled take-off.

There are no separated entrances for domestic and international flights. The selection starts after check-in.

At the entrance you have to show your ticket and your passport or ID. Then you have to pass a first security check.

Travel Tax

[International flights only]
[Philippines citizens and visa 13A to 13G aliens only]

Tourists with a visa-waver or a 9A visa do not have to pay this tax.

Pinoys and Pinays and some categories of expats (visa 13A to 13G only) have to pay the TIEZA Travel Tax.

Unfortunately some airlines include the travel tax in their ticket prices and others do not.

If you are not sure if the tax is included in your ticket, we strongly recommend to go first to the check-in counter for your flight and inquire about the travel tax. Otherwise you risk to pay the tax twice. And then try to get a refund in the Philippines ...

If you have to pay the travel tax, then head right. There is a big Cebu Pacific ticketing shop. The travel tax counter is just on its left hand. Be early, you may have to queue up for a while.

For more information about travel tax and other fees read our Taxes and Fees page.

Check-in

[International flights only]

The check-in counters usually open 3 hours before scheduled departure. You must have with you:

  • Your ticket
  • Your passport
  • The original credit card, if you had bought your ticket on-line
  • All your luggage (check-in and hand carry)

[Domestic flights only]

The check-in counters usually open 90 - 120 minutes before scheduled departure. You must have with you:

  • Your ticket
  • Your passport or a valid ID with photo
  • The original credit card, if you had bought your ticket on-line
  • All your luggage (check-in and hand carry)

You will need between 10 and 60 minutes to check in.

Terminal Fee

Good news first: The Terminal Fee in Manila has been reduced down to PHP 500.00 (only). The ticket in the picture shows an old domestic one.

More good news: The Terminal Fee in Manila for domestic flights is now included in the ticket price. But there is still an inspection.

The staff at the terminal fee counter prefers Philippine Pesos (PHP). You also can pay in US-Dollars (USD) but change will be given in Pesos. At some of the counters you can also pay with your credit card (Master and Visa).

Depending on the number of open counters you may need 1 to 10 minutes to get your terminal fee ticket stapled on your boarding card.

Immigration

[International flights only]

NEW by March 1, 2014:

All Filipino departing passengers are required to fill out the new Philippine immigration departure cards while foreigners and Philippine passport holders with immigrant status will no longer be required to fill out the departure cards.

 

Probably you do not have anymore the departure part of your "Arrival/Departure card". There is no problem. There are cards available on desks. Fill one in, you will have to give it to the immigration officer.

The immigration officer needs your passport and your departure card. Pinoys, Pinays and aliens with 13A to 13G visa have to show their travel tax receipt.

Some expats have also to show their Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC).

Have a look at our Visa Information page for further details.

You need between 5 and 20 minutes to proceed through immigration.

Waiting / Shopping

First you meet the Terminal Fee control agent who checks if you have paid the fee. Then you have to undergo a final security check. This one is though. Depending on the officer who supervises the controls, you may have to get rid of all, but really all, metallic items, empty all your pockets, get off your shoes. But keep smiling :-)

In the international section you find duty free shops.

WARNING: Do not buy liquids if your flight does not reach directly its final destination. At any stop-over in the world, you will have your liquids confiscated.

If you are (still) a smoker, there are smoker rooms with a bar. This smoker zones are one both gate levels in the domestic section and on main level in the international section.

There are no lounges at this moment. There are some food stalls.

Boarding

Now you are sitting at your gate and are waiting for boarding. Well sitting is sometimes difficult, because there are not enough seats and some airlines handle up to 3 flights at the same gate.

But at least you have a nice view on the aircraft cemetery on the other side of the runway. maybe you spot the remains of a once wonderful "Super Constellation".

Unfortunately most of the finger-docks in NAIA-3 are not operational. So you will have the pleasure to ride on an old Korean airport bus.

Have a nice trip.


Departure from NAIA-4

NAIA-4 is changing. at this moment a complete overhaul is executed and a new International section is beeing built. We'll inform you as soon as the international section will be operational.

[Domestic flights only]

Manila Domestic Airport currently serves all AirAsia/Zest, Tiger Air and Sky Pasada flights.

You should be at the airport 90 minutes before departure. Do not come earlier because you won't be admitted to the departure lobby. The check-in desks usually open 90 to 120 minutes before scheduled take-off.

If you should be really too early then you may visit one of the restaurants (e.g. the Lin-Lu) just around the corner. Read more in our Transfer Guide.

At the entrance you have to show your ticket and your passport or any valid ID with photo. Then you have to pass a first security check.

Once inside you see the row of check-in counters just ahead of you.

Check-in

The check-in counters usually open 90 to 120 minutes before scheduled departure.

You must have with you:

  • Your ticket
  • Your passport or any valid ID with photo
  • The original credit card, if you had bought your ticket on-line
  • All your luggage (check-in and hand carry)

You will need between 10 and 20 minutes to check in.

Be prepared! The free luggage allowance chances frequently. At this very moment it is 15 kilograms per person. For Caticlan (Boracay) it is only 10kg and your body weight together with all your baggage is noted.

Excess luggage must be paid at the cashier desk on your left. Fortunately excess luggage charge is only PHP 100.00 to 150.00 per kilogram.

Terminal Fee

The Terminal Fee in Manila for domestic flights is now included in the ticket price. The Terminal Fee ticket stall and the ticket check-point have been removed.

Are you (still) a smoker? Sorry, there is no more smoker's lounge. The old one has been replaced by a shop. At this very moment you cannot smoke anywhere inside the terminal building.

If you are in transit (same day) within the Philippines, e.g. you fly Cagayan de Oro - Manila - Caticlan, you do not have to pay the terminal fee in Manila. But may have to show the Terminal Fee ticket from Cagayan de Oro.

You can now proceed directly to security check #2.

Waiting / Shopping

Congratulations! You are now in the passenger waiting area. The most important word is WAITING! I have already passed 7 hours in this most awful place, so I know about what torture I am writingt.

There are toilets. The cleaning staff tries to keep them clean - emphasis is on the word "tries".

There are also a newsstand and food stalls.

One thing we can really recommend is a massage. In the very first boot after the security check #2 you find immediately on your right hand a massage cabinet. The staff is composed of blind masseurs. They do a really good job. While relaxing, you help this people to keep their self esteem and earn their lives.

Boarding

When your waiting time is over, you pass through the gate check.

Here you have to present your boarding card.

Then you walk over the tarmac to your aircraft. When it rains or when the sun is burning down on your head, you'll get an umbrella.

Have a nice trip.


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