Philippines/Travel Tax


I am permaent resident but only spend 6 months of the year on average in PI. This trip I stayed 5 months and over the last few years I have noticed that when I travel out from Manila I do not have to pay Travel Tax, but on two occassions that I travel out of Cebu they make me pay travel tax.  This has nothing to do with what is included in the purchase of my airline ticket because I purchase always outside of the p.i. Cebu stated to me that maybe when I travel out of Manila it is already taken out in the airline ticket but this is not correct. I have been permanent for many years even before the ICard was brought in and only when I leave via Cebu and I charged the travel tax. I never stay more than 12 months as stated usually 5-7 months. Very frustrating. Also I just heard that all I-card holders now cannot leave the country without, two weeks prior going to immigrastion, to get exit permit, i.e. they now cannot do this at the sirport is this correct.?

Sorry Gary but Issues like this depend alot on the individual officer on duty at the time of departure so it doesn't really matter if it's CORRECT or not. Regarding the latest immigration and residency regulations; they change every year or two so the interpretation is up to the individual officer in charge. One of my 10 travel tips for the Philippines is "eliminate the words "should" and "why" from your vocabulary otherwise you give yourself a constant headache"


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Bill and Lorna Collings


Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.


I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

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some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

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Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

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