|General Information for Israeli Tourists|
Arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
Israelis are not required to secure visas for a maximum stay of fifty nine (59) days in the Philippines. There are cases however, that the Bureau of Immigration limits the stay of tourists. Be sure to check the allowed number of days stamped on your passport by the Bureau of Immigration. It is also advisable to have a return ticket with a precise date of departure. Passports should be valid for a least six months upon entry to the Philippines.
Please take care of your belongings. Like any other major cities and airports in the world, pickpockets may be present.
The international airports have adequate traveler facilities: tourist information & assistance counters, hotel & travel agency representatives, banks & ATMs, postal service, telephone booths, and medical clinics, among others. Baggage carts and porter services are available for free. The airports are handicapped-friendly. Wheelchairs are available on request from the airline ground staff.
Taxis and limousine rentals are available outside the terminal. It is recommended that you have the exact address and telephone numbers of your hotel/destination. Although US dollars are accepted by taxi drivers and rental services, it is advisable to exchange Philippine peso at the airport for tips and urgent purchases. (Approx. US$1.00 = Php 47.00) You may find some difficulty in exchanging shekels but for purposes of conversion, NIS1.00 = Php 12.00, approximately.
There are four popular modes of public transport in Metro Manila and surprisingly, they are easy to use.
Buses : Both air-conditioned and regular buses travel most of the major routes in Metro Manila. On an air-con bus a short ride costs PhP 9.00, adding a few peso for every succeeding kilometer. The regular bus' minimum fare is PhP 4.00. Just tell the conductor where you are going and he will tell you how much it costs. Keep your bus receipt as it is your proof of payment.
Other Modes of Transport
Other useful information:
LANGUAGES: Two official languages --- Filipino and English. Filipino which is based on Tagalog, is the national language. English is also widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher education. Eight (8) major dialects spoken by majority of the Filipinos: Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense. Filipino is that native language which is used nationally as the language of communication among ethnic groups. Like any living language, Filipino is in a process of development through loans from Philippine languages and non-native languages for various situations, among speakers of different social backgrounds, and for topics for conversation and scholarly discourse. There are about 76 to 78 major language groups, with more than 500 dialects.
CURRENCY: The currency in the Philippines is the Peso (PhP) and the Centavo. 100 centavos = P1. Coin denominations are: 1, 5, 10, and 25 centavos, P1, and P5. Bill denominations are : 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1, 000 pesos.
Foreign currency may be exchanged at your hotel, and in most of the large department stores, banks and authorized money changing shops. Exchanging money anywhere else is illegal and the laws are strictly enforced.
Most large stores, restaurants , hotels and resorts accept major credit cards including American Express , Visas and MasterCard. Traveller' s checks preferably American Express are accepted at hotels and large department stores. Personal checks drawn on foreign banks are generally not accepted.
UNIT OF MEASURE: The Metric System is used in most trade and legal transactions.
ELECTRICITY: 220 volts a/c is the common standard. 110 volts a/c is also used, especially in major hotels.
WATER: Water supply in Metro Manila and in all the other major cities are considered potable. Bottled purified water, spring water or mineral water is often supplied by hotels and resorts, and sold in all grocery stores.
TELEPHONE AND MOBILE PHONE: Telephone service is modern and you can direct dial anywhere in the world. Public phones are plentiful. Public phones require a minimum of two one-peso coins for a local call.
Bayantel - Bayan Telecommunications, Philippines.
Country code: 63
Important Telephone Numbers: (24-Hour Hotline)
EMBASSY OF ISRAEL
The post offices are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays only. Stamps for postcards are frequently available from the Concierge Desk at most major hotels. The Philippines uses ZIP codes, please include them in addressing local mail.
NOTE: The Standard lunch hour is noon to 1:00 PM. Most businesses and government offices are closed.
TIME DIFFERENCE: Local time is GMT plus 8 hours. Time difference between Israel and Manila is + 6 hours
TIPPING: Tipping is expected for most services. The standard practice is 10% of the total bill. Tipping is optional on bills that already include a 10% service charge.
ANTI-SMOKING LAW in Enclosed Places, etc.
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
Rehov Bnei Dan 18
Tel Aviv-Yafo, 62260 Israel
Sunday to Thursday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
In case of emergency, please call the Duty Officer at 054-4661188
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