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In order 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 in.

Visitors 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.



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