Import Regulations by the Bureau of Customs, Philippines

March 14, 2011

Imports of the following are limited or regulated:

  • Tobacco: 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams pipe tobacco
  • Alcohol (Alcoholic Beverages): 2 bottles

The following cannot be imported without sufficient clearance/ permits from the government/ military:

  • military ammunition
  • drugs
  • food
  • live animals,snails,insects
  • vaccines and viruses

Additional information:

Export regulations by Philippines customs

The following items are not allowed to be exported from the country:

  • Firearms,
  • explosives,
  • pornographic materials,
  • seditious or subversive materials,
  • narcotics and other internationally prohibited drugs (unless accompanied by a medical prescription),
  • gambling articles and machines and
  • misbranded and adulterated foodstuff.

Other Philippines customs information

  • Typhus vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age arriving within six days from infected areas. A certificate is also required by those arriving from small pox or plague infected areas.
  • Following WHO guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination certificate is not a condition of entry to the Philippines, unless travelers arrive from infected areas. However, cholera is a risk in this country and precautions are essential.
  • Vaccination against typhoid is advised.

Malaria risk exists throughout the year in certain areas… But the major tourists destinations have no concerns:

  • Bohol,
  • Boracay
  • Cebu and
  • Metro Manila area.

*Note: No risk is considered to exist in urban areas or in the plains. The malignant falciparum strain is present and is reported to be resistant to chloroquine.


Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay. The fourteen (14) day observation period are usually not recommended for tourists.

Hospitals and Health care: There is no reciprocal health agreement with the UK and health insurance is necessary. Approximately 3/4 of hospitals here are privately owned.

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