The Philippines Travel Tax

If you are a frequent traveler, you have definitely paid for the Philippine Travel Tax. What is that for? I actually once asked..."I"m a Filipino, why do I have to pay for it?" All those times, I thought that it was a fee meant for aliens or non-Filipino visitors but I'm wrong.

According to,

The travel tax is a levy imposed by the Philippine government on the following individuals who are leaving the country irrespective of the place where the air ticket is issued and the form or place of payment, as provided for by Presidential Decree (PD) 1183, as amended:
    A. Citizens of the Philippines;
    B. Permanent resident aliens whose immigration status maybe any of the following:
    C. Non-resident aliens who have stayed in the Philippines for more than one(1) year

So no one is exempted except for the following:
  •      Filipino Overseas Contract Workers
  •     International carrier crew
  •     Filipino permanent residents abroad whose stay in the Philippines is less than one (1) year.
  •     Philippine Foreign Service personnel assigned abroad and their dependents
  •     Philippine government (excluding government-owned and controlled corporations) employees on official travel
  •     Grantees of foreign government-funded trips
  •     Students with approved scholarships by appropriate government agency
  •     Personnel (and their dependents) of Philippine offices of multinational companies not engaged in business in the Philippines
  •     Balikbayans whose stay in the Philippines is less than one (1) year
  •     Family members of former Filipinos accompanying the latter
  •     Minors from 2 to 12 years
  •     Filipino journalists on journalistic assignment
  •     Those authorized by the President of the Republic of the Philippines
  •     Legitimate spouse of overseas contract worker (OCW)
  •     Legitimate unmarried children of OCW below 21 years old  
If your category does not fall on the mentioned exempted above, then you really have to pay for the travel tax which is:

  First Class Passage Economy Class Passage
Full rate
PHP 2700 PHP 1620
Standard reduced rate
PHP 1350 PHP 810
Privileged reduced
rate for Overseas Contract Workers'
(OCWs) dependents
PHP 400 PHP 300
Processing fee = Php 200.00
per Certificate
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