to ease customs examination, tourists are advised to fill in the Baggage
and Currency Declaration Form before getting off the plane. Personal belongings,
a moderate amount of clothing, jewelry and toiletries for normal use and
a small quantity of perfume are allowed in, duty free. Apart from the
items listed, tourists are also permitted to bring in 400 sticks of cigarettes
(20 packs) or 100 sticks of cigars or two tins of tobacco, or a variety
of these and two liters of alcohol duty-free. As for cars and other vehicles,
these items are allowed duty-free entry as long as they have Carnets de
Passages in Douanes and a letter from the Philippine Motor Association.
They must show guarantee that the exportation of the car is within a year
from the date of arrival or else face the payment of duties and tax. Articles
like illegal drugs, firearms and obscene and pornographic media are strictly
prohibited in the country.
It is a
prerequisite for tourists carrying more than US$3,000 to declare the amount
at the Central Bank counter situated at the customs area. Foreign currency
taken out upon departure from the country must not exceed the amount brought
entering the Philippines are permitted to own up to 5,000 pesos in banknotes
or other form while departing passengers are only allowed to bring out
no more than 1,000 pesos in local currency.