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Travel Tax in the Philippines: Everything a Traveler Needs to Know

Headed out of the country? Before you check-in, you’re bound to head over to the travel tax counter to pay your dues. If you’re wondering why though, or if you even have to, then here’s everything you need to know about the Travel Tax in the Philippines.

 

What is the Travel Tax?

The Philippine Travel Tax is an additional fee you need to pay every time you go abroad.

You can read up on it in even greater detail under the Presidential Decree 1183 (amended), but all you need to know about it is that you are required to pay this fee no matter where you’re headed, or where you bought your ticket.

 

How much do I have to pay?

Depending on your ticket, your Travel Tax fee will vary. See the table below for a more detailed chart:

TRAVEL TAX RATES FIRST CLASS PASSAGE ECONOMY CLASS PASSAGE
Full Travel Tax PHP 2,700 PHP 1,620
Standard Reduced Travel Tax PHP 1,350 PHP 810
Privileged Reduced Travel Tax for a Dependent of an OFW PHP 400 PHP 300

 

Where do I pay the Philippine Travel Tax?

You can pay your travel tax in advance, well before your trip, in several malls like SM. Make sure to look for the Travel Tax Service counter.

Check out the following SM Branches, and one Robinsons branch, that accept travel tax payments:

  • SM City North EDSA
    Government Service Express
    The Annex Lower Ground Floor, Beside SM Bowling Center
    Tel. No.: (632)533-5026
    Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • SM City Manila
    5/F Government Service Center, SM City Manila
    Tel. No.: (632) 463-9934
    Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
  • SM City Cebu
    Government Service Center
    North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
    Monday to Saturday, 10am – 7pm
  • SM City San Fernando, Pampanga
    3/F Government Service Center,
    SM City Pampanga, San Fernando, Pampanga
    Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm
  • Robinsons Galleria Travel Tax Counter
    Edsa Cor. Ortigas Ave., Ugong Norte, Quezon City
    Tel. No.:(632)475-6347
    Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm

You can also pay your travel tax on the day of your flight in the NAIA terminal counters. All of them operate 24/7. You need to show your ticket and passport.

  • NAIA Terminal 1 Travel Tax Counter
    Departure Lobby, NAIA, Pasay City
    Tel. No.: (632) 879-6038
  • NAIA Terminal 2 Travel Tax Counter
    Departure Lobby, Centennial Terminal 2, Pasay City
    Tel. No.: (632) 879-5160
  • NAIA Terminal 3 Travel Tax Counter
    Departure Lobby, NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City
    Tel. No.: (632) 877-7888 loc. 8166

Meanwhile, there are also provincial offices and other government offices where you can pay Travel Tax:

  • Laoag Travel Tax Unit
    Departure Lobby, Laoag International Airport
    Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
    Telefax: (077) 772-1162
    Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm
    Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 9pm
  • Baguio Travel Tax Unit
    Department of Tourism Building
    Governor Pack Road, Baguio City
    Tel. No.: (074) 442-6226
    Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm
  • San Fernando, La Union Travel Tax Unit
    Mabanag Hall, San Fernando, La Union
    Telefax: (072) 607-1963
    Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm
  • Clark/DMIA Travel Tax Unit
    Departure Lobby, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
    Clarkfield, Pampanga
    Monday to Sunday, 4am – 1am
  • Kalibo Travel Tax Unit
    Departure Area, Kalibo International Airport
    Kalibo, Aklan
    Monday to Sunday, 8am – 12midnight
  • New Bacolod-Silay Airport Travel Tax Unit
    Departure Area, New Bacolod-Silay Airport
    Brgy. Bagtic, Silay City
    Monday to Sunday, 5am – 7pm
  • Iloilo Travel Tax Unit
    DOT Region VI Bldg., Capitol Grounds, Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City
    Tel. No.: (033) 366-0480
    Telefax: (033) 335-0245
    Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm
  • Iloilo International Airport Travel Tax Unit
    Departure Area IIA, Cabatuan, Iloilo
    M-T-TH-F-Sunday, 8am – 11pm
    W and Saturday 8am – 5pm
  • MCIA Travel Tax Unit
    International Departure Area, Mactan Cebu International Airport
    Lapu-lapu City, Cebu
    Tel. No.: (032) 236-3481
    24/7 Operation
  • Cebu Travel Tax Unit
    Cebu Travel Tax Field Office
    Andres Soriano Avenue, cor. P.J. Burgos Street, Mandaue City
    Telefax: (032) 253-3532
    Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm
  • Cagayan de Oro Travel Tax Unit
    2nd Floor Lingkod Pinoy Center
    Robinsons Cagayan De Oro
    Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm
  • Davao Travel Tax Unit
    Door 12, Tourism Complex, Ramon Magsaysay Park, Davao City
    Telefax: (082) 221-7123
    Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm
  • Davao International Airport Travel Tax Unit
    Departure Area, Davao International Airport
    Sasa, Davao City
    Monday to Sunday, 3am – 6pm

 

How to pay Travel Tax online?

For convenience, you can also pay online. All you need to do is to go to the Online Travel Tax Payment Portal, at the TIEZA website: https://tieza.gov.ph/online-travel-tax-payment-system/

  1. Click the link located in the landing page (https://traveltax.tieza.gov.ph/) and Create an Account if it’s your first time using the online portal.
  2. Prepare the following information: Your flight details, the type of ticket you have, and your Credit Card information (which is the only accepted mode of payment at the moment).
  3. Take the electronic receipt afterwards and bring it with you when you fly. Present it with your travel documents.

 

Where does that money go?

As per Section 73 of the Republic Act No. 9593, the money earned from the Travel Tax is divided accordingly:

  • 50% TIEZA (or the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority)
  • 40% Commission on Higher Education’s tourism-related educational programs and courses
  • 10% goes to the National Commission for Culture and Arts

 

Who is required to pay Travel Tax?

If you fall under the following demographic, you are required to pay the Travel Tax:

  • Filipino-citizen;
  • A foreigner who is permanently residing in the country, OR an immigrant to the Philippines;
  • A foreigner who has stayed in the country for more than one year

 

Who is exempted from paying the Travel Tax?  

  • A Filipino citizen who is permanently residing abroad;
  • A Balikbayan visitor, or if you’re just in the country for less than one year;
  • Overseas Filipino Contract workers

 

Is there more to travel tax exemptions?

Besides the three listed categories previously mentioned, there are other individuals who are exempted from paying the Travel Tax. Please note that in all these cases, you must bring your Original Passport to qualify for the exemption.

In summary, you are also exempted from the travel tax if you are:

  • A foreign diplomat, or a member of the Consular Office/are part of the staff;
  • An Official, Consultant, Expert, Employee, or any member of the United Nations (UN), and all its agencies;
  • A part of the US Military, including dependents and other US nationals with fares
  • A Philippine Foreign Service Personnel officially assigned abroad and their dependents;
  • An Official and/or Employee of the Philippine Government traveling on official business (excluding Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations);
  • A grantee of a foreign government funded trip;
  • A bona-fide Student with approved scholarships by appropriate government agency;
  • An infant; up to the second birthday on date of travel;
  • A part of Personnel (and their dependents) of multinational companies with regional headquarters, but not engaged in business, in the Philippines;
  • Those authorized by the President of the Republic of the Philippines for reasons of national interest;
  • A family member of former Filipinos accompanying balikbayans under 1 year of stay in the country
  • paid for by the US government or on US Government-owned or chartered transport facilities;
  • A crew member of an airplane flying international routes;

 

I fall under the Travel Tax Exemption — what do I need to avail of it?

Depending on your case, you will more or less need:

  1. Original documents required by your embassy or agency, which can be but not limited to: Proof of permanent residency, a copy of your original passport, Certification of Work, an Overseas Employment certificate, and/or a marriage certificate.
  2. Travel to the nearest TIEZA Travel Tax Field Office in the Philippines, either in the airports or in the provincial field offices. Show your original documents, complete with photocopies.
  3. Pay a PHP 200 processing fee per person. Wait for your Travel Tax Exemption Certificate to be released, and present this to the authorities at the airport upon demand. You can visit the TIEZA website for more information, if you have a very specific case.

 

How do I get a refund?

Accidentally paid for a Travel Tax? First, check if you qualify for a refund with the list below:

  • Unused tickets
  • Non-coverage, aka non-immigrant foreign passport holders who are not subject to the Philippine travel tax because they were in the country for less than a year
  • Downgraded ticket (from first-class to economy-class)
  • Double payment
  • Undue Travel Tax
  • Offloaded passengers or on cancelled flights
  • Tax was paid twice for the same ticket
  • Undue taxes

 

What do you need to present to get a refund?

Depending on your case, prepare the following:

  • Original passport, plus photocopies
  • The TIEZA Refund Application Form No. 353
  • Airline ticket showing travel tax collection
  • Any supporting documents that prove your claim, especially if you fell under the previous Travel Tax Exemptions
  • The official receipt of your travel tax if you paid directly to TIEZA
  • Proof that your ticket was not subject to tax
  • Certification from an Airline Authorized Signatory

 

Now you know your travel tax basics. Make sure you keep them in mind when you plan and book your trips with Traveloka!

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