“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”

Lin Yutang

The fact that you are reading this means you are ready to get on board on a plane and explore places, be it domestic or international. Hence, let me tell you that getting ready for a trip should not be worrisome and stressful for you. You just need to know the proper guidelines and documents to prepare for a smooth sailing departure.

Guidelines for Philippine Domestic Departures

Travel Documents for Domestic Flights

  • airplane ticket
  • a valid government ID, school ID or company ID

Check-in and Boarding Procedures for Domestic Flights

  • Go to the airport 2 hours before your flight.
  • Check-in your baggage(s), if you have any, at the check-in counter.
  • Claim your boarding pass at the check-in counter.
  • Pay the domestic terminal fee(if not included in the purchased airfare ticket).
  • Proceed to the gate number specified on your boarding pass.
  • You must be at the boarding gate at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
  • Wait until you are allowed to board the plane.

Guidelines for Philippine International Departures

Travel Documents for International Flights

  • Main requirements
    • a printed copy of roundtrip airplane ticket
    • a valid passport/a valid passport with visa label(passport must be at least 6 months valid from your date of travel for international trips)
  • Supporting documents
    • a printed copy of hotel bookings
    • a printed copy of your itinerary
    • company ID
    • documents to serve as proof(if you have a sponsored travel)
    • health and travel insurance(can be considered as a mandatory document in the “new normal”)

Check-in and Boarding Procedures for International Flights

  • You should be at the airport 3 hours before take-off.
  • You need to present your airplane ticket and passport to the guards upon entering the airport.
  • Pass through the first security check.
  • Pay your travel tax amounting to PHP 1,620 at the TIEZA counters inside the airport.
  • Drop your check-in luggage(s) at the check-in counter of your airline. To find your designated check-in counter, check the airport’s LED Bulletin Board, and look for your flight number and country of destination.
  • Present your passport and travel tax receipt to claim your boarding pass at the check-in counter.
  • Fill-up a departure form before proceeding to the immigration counter.
  • Get interviewed by an Immigration Officer at the immigration counter.
  • Pass through the second security check.
  • You must be at your assigned boarding gate at least 30 minutes before your flight.
  • Wait until you are allowed to line up and board the plane.

Carry-on Luggage Allowed for Domestic and International Flights

  • 56cm x 36cm x 23cm (22in x 14in x 9in) total dimension
  • 7 kgs maximum weight
  • Some airlines allowed their guests to bring additional small handbag, purse, coat, jacket, and laptop bag along with their hand-carry suitcase, while some do not.

9 Replies to “Guides For First-Time Travelers Departing From The Philippines”

  1. The most amazing feeling is traveling honestly! Giving you the adrenaline and also makes you see that theres a lot more than just what you used to see or what you used to know.

  2. Glad that I found an easy reference to share about first time fliers. I also receive some inquiries about it and only able to answer based on my actual experience. This is a good guide.

  3. This would have been very helpful when the first time I flew. I tend to get very OC and want to make sure I’m prepared for anything. Totally keeping this blog for when I get to travel again soon!!

  4. I’ve never been to any country ever before, just missed the chance last April, we were about to go to Thailand, but since the pandemic hit us, it was cancelled. Now, I already have a chance to be prepared even more when we planned to travel again. Especially the limit for luggage. Thank you for this.

  5. You forgot to mentioned travel health insurance which is a vital necessity whenever we travel. Many travelers usually overlooked this, not knowing that this will save travelers when sh*t happens.

    1. It is always suggested but is not obligatory. Siguro ngayon lang mauuso due to the pandemic. Even me, I’m not availing one whenever I travel. But thanks for your suggestion, I can include it as an option in the list.

  6. my first international travel was when I was 4 years old so shempre guided talaga ng mommy. but my first na as someone na me isip na was when i was 22 years old and i remember medyo kabado ako hahaha!! pero nairaos ko naman malamang. it was me and my 19 year old cousin ang kasama ko and we were going to go to visit his dad who lives in Xiamen China.

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