Travel Tax Philippines – Are you travelling in the Philippines or abroad? What is Philippine travel tax? How much is the terminal fee for international and domestic flights? Before you check-in or check-out, you’re bound to head over to the travel tax counter to pay your dues. If you’re wondering why though before you fly, there are some important things to know about the Travel Tax in the Philippines.
Whether you’re travelling domestic or abroad, you need to secure a budget to pay off plane tickets, accommodation, airport taxes and fees. The latter may be heavy on the pocket, so don’t forget to keep a budget for that. Below are the airport fees you need to prepare for when travelling around or outside the Philippines.
The Travel Tax is a levy imposed by Philippine government on individuals who are leaving the Philippines irrespective of the place where the air ticket is issued and form or place of payment, as provided for by Presidential Decree (PD) 1183.
You need not worry about the travel tax if you’re a foreigner travelling in the Philippines on a short visit or simply transiting as this fee only applies to citizens of the Philippines, permanent resident aliens and non-immigrant aliens who have stayed in the Philippines for a period of not less than one year.
If you fall under the following demographic, you are required to pay the Travel Tax:
- 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
These individuals are also exempted from the travel tax: Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), infants (2 years and below), Overseas Filipino contract workers and Filipino permanent residents abroad whose stay in the Philippines is less than one year. You can check the TIEZA’s (Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority) website for the full details on the Philippines travel tax exemptions and reduced fees. TIEZA acts administration of the collection of the Philippine Travel Tax.
Depending on your ticket, your Travel Tax fee will vary. See the table for a more detailed chart:
You can pay your Philippine travel tax in advance, well before your trip, in several malls like SM. Make sure to look for the Travel Tax Service counter. 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. Meanwhile, there are also provincial offices and other government offices where you can pay Travel Tax.
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.
Selected airlines including Cebu Pacific offer the option of paying the Philippine Travel Tax online on their website. This is highly recommended if you want to skip lining up at the airport. You can also pay the travel tax online on the TIEZA Online Travel Tax Payment System (OTTPS) website.
- Click the link located on the landing page (https://traveltax.tieza.gov.ph/) and Create an Account if it’s your first time using the online portal.
- 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).
- Take the electronic receipt afterwards and bring it with you when you fly. Present it with your travel documents.
OTTPS is currently payable through Visa credit and debit cards; Over The Counter (OTC non-bank). Other credit cards and payment channels will be added soon according to TIEZA. Card payments will receive an acknowledgment receipt through the mail. OTC payments will receive a reference code used to pay at any of the channel partners or via Touchpay kiosks. After payment, you should receive the acknowledgment receipt. Print two copies and submit both at the airport check-in counter on the date of your flight. There is no need to go through the travel tax counter!
For inquiries and assistance:
TIEZA Central Office
☎️ (02) 249 5987
Monday to Friday 👉 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (except for Holidays)
Bayad Center Customer Care
☎️ (02) 672 5777
Monday to Friday 👉 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM
As per Section 73 of the Republic Act No. 9593, the money earned from the Travel Tax has 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
TIEZA CENTRAL OFFICE (PASAY CITY)
6th Floor, Tower 1, Double Dragon Plaza
Macapagal Avenue corner EDSA Extension
1302 Bay Area, Pasay City
Depending on your case, you will more or less need:
- 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.
- 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.
- Pay a ₱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.
Accidentally paid for a Travel Tax? First, check if you qualify for a refund..
- 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
- The tax was paid twice for the same ticket
- Undue taxes
Depending on your case, prepare the following ID to present to get a refund..
- 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 Philippines travel tax basics. Make sure you keep them in mind when you plan your travel.