Thursday, March 3, 2011

Travel Tax Rate In The Philippines

Payment of Philippine travel tax is imposed by law for all Filipino Passport holders, returning resident (immigration status 13 A,B,C,D,E,G) , Recognized Filipino Citizens (RFC) & Permanent Residents (immigration status RA 7919 & RA 7837), as well as other nationalities staying longer than one (1) year in The Philippines.

It must be paid only upon leaving The Philippines. It is charged by the airline on top of the purchase price of your international ticket. Foreign nationalities may therefore be requested by their travel agent or airline to show their passport with visa status, or in its absence, the latest stamp of arrival in The Philippines.
The amount is Php 1,620.00 per adult for econo class.

Every Filipino Tourist has to pay the travel tax each time they're going out of the country. But, the tax rates depends if you're on a first class or an economy class or how old is the tourist.

If the tourist is a newborn below 12 months, he or she is exempted. However, they will still ask you to pay 200 pesos for the certificate and to me, it sounds crazy! Why? because if it's really FREE there is no need to pay any cent as the word "free of tax" means but when you say paying 200 pesos just for the certificate saying it is free sounds ridiculous to me! Why don't they just stamped the plane ticket saying it's free?

Below is the Travel Tax Rates as of February, 2011, rates may increase in the future (I hope not, jeeezz!). I took a picture of it so I will know how much I should prepare next time.



Upon paying the travel tax at the Department of Tourism or at the airport, (when your plane ticket does not include the travel tax) they will ask you to provide your passport and the airplane ticket. A Filipino tourist has to pay a travel tax and a boarding fee of 750 pesos each time they leave the country.

The amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act now exempts OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers from paying documentary stamp tax (DST) on their remittances, travel tax and airport fee.


The law exempts Overseas Filipino Workers and migrant workers from the payment of travel tax, documentary stamp tax or DST and airport fee upon showing of proof of entitlement from the POEA or Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

According to Section 22 of Republic Act 10022 “The remittances of all OFWs, upon showing the same proof of entitlement by the OFW beneficiary or recipient, shall be exempted from the payment of documentary stamp tax.’’

http://www.philtourism.com/ttax.html

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