You have planned this vacation or move for years and your plane has finally landed in the Philippines, Manila, Cebu, or Angeles. What necessary steps do you have to take now. Change money for local pesos, customs and immigration check-in, taxi to hotel or resort, etc.


  1. Davao also has international flights. From 5 airlines. I have only used the My bus from cebu airport from only 25 pesos. There is only one free atm in cebu at the HSBC. Ayala business park.

  2. I already done all of the above and more, but only through trial and error, very good advice Rod, nice informative video as always, take care and stay safe.

  3. Thanks for the video. I was wondering why there are no jeepneys in cebu? lots of them in manila. Jeepneys are the cheapest means of transportation in the philippines and since there are none of them in cebu how can ordinary people travel from one end of the city to the other end? not all can afford taxis. thanks

  4. Thank you . Please keep up on the international flights. As you know many men need to make a visa run ๐Ÿƒ so let us know. Please

  5. Good volg Rod have picked up a few things over the past years from you. Best is to have a Philippino partner so they can do all the chatting lol. But even with my partner she has the ability to misunderstand what ive said fun and games lol. As we all say ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES

  6. Most of this video is for sometime in the future. Right now it’s difficult to get into the Philippines, even for Filipinos.

  7. Manila and Angeles City july/September 2021. It is pointless to travel now with this 14 day qurantine rule. Don’t waste your money guys travelling to the Philippines in 2020 unless you are long term resident.

  8. There are so many dialects in the country, Tagalog and English can be used๐Ÿ˜€Cheaper but you could get carried awayโ˜บ๏ธso much requirements now in traveling, bit of work! Thanks for the tour๐Ÿฅฐ

  9. Rod,
    I literally was about type the following question when you explained the picture of the Filipina, ” Is this the elusive “GF behind the camera” finally showing her face? Very useful information especially about taxi service from the airport. It’s pretty much universal that most taxi drivers are going to overcharge a person that they know to be an “out-of-towner.” It looks as thought the Marcelo Fernand Bridge is similar in design to the one that’s under construction that featured in an earlier post. The Philippine police should be involved in curbing panhandling from airport taxis in high traffic areas. That’s how those kids end up ran over and disabled for life or killed.

  10. Good info Rod… I know you have mentioned in the past, but that Sim card, and load is important when you first get here.. Thanks my Friend… Bruce

  11. Rod, the rules actually say that if you are bringing more than $10,000 you Must get prior permission from Banko Sentral Ng Pilipinas Before! You arrive. If you just show up with $10k it could all be confiscated. I know some people don’t get the prior permission but it’s a risk. If you actually get searched, which I never have, you could have a bad day. I do know of one guy who claimed he showed up with $50k in cebu and he had to bribe security to not lose it all.

  12. In 9 visits to Cebu since 2006 I’ve never had a problem with taxis.
    However on only 1 visit to Manila we were taken the long way to our destination there and back to the airport. Very unfriendly there

  13. Stay positive in my experience. Even taxi scammers tend to only rip you for $2 to $3 ( a few hundred pesos.) I know its irritating but you can just consider it a tourist tax. Stay alert but really focus on your personal security and dont worry about little scams so much.

  14. Bought a book last year Tagalog for chance!! I haven’t got past the first chapter…I’ve got a theory that I should learn to speak a language FIRST …then learn how to read and write it …after all that’s what we all did from childhood….??..I’ll throw the book away then?…great vid

  15. Great information and advice Rod, it will help alleviate some of the stress of setting foot in a new country for the first time, thank you

  16. Yes I had an issue at Manila intl airport arrivals in 2019.
    I went to the white metered taxis area and was told there was a flat fee. I smiled, shrugged my shoulders and said “no thanks” I’ll find another way into town. When I turned to leave, someone shouted “taxi and something else in Tagalog” and a taxi appeared right away.

  17. I hope you[re right about tourist visas in a couple of months. I don’t mind the coronavirus test and even 14 day quarantine, but I hope we could travel to our final destination without having to quarantine all along the way.

  18. In February I took the ferry from Tagbilaran to Cebu & a taxi/van driver was walking around the terminal lot & kept asking me “where you going. where you going sir”. I told him that condo I stayed at near IT Park & his flat rate was double what the metered cab charged me. I’m always leery on those going out of there way to try to help. I do agree there are pitfalls here like bad internet/water pressure/ etc. but overall I’m grateful & much more content here than there….

  19. Thank you for the insightful knowledge and information that you share on this channel. I am blind and I am half Filipino, but born and raised in America. I have never been to the Philippines. Thank you for describing everything that one may encounter. Your descriptions are very helpful and you are excellent at presenting everything straightforward. I will continue to be a subscriber of your channel and to enjoy your videos.

  20. Good informative video!
    When married to Philippine citizen you get an automatic one year visa. Even though the signage directs visitors and citizens to separate lines, if your married stay together and go through the visitor line.

  21. It’s kind of hard watching these familiar sights from Wales. I get along just fine there because I am always polite and courteous and with my wife’s help I have learned a good bit of Cebuano which really is key if you want to know what’s going on around you.

  22. Great advice but just to let you know of a great way of exchanging cash while in Philippines is to send western union to test for a flat fee and best exchange rates.Simple and easy and probably more than 75% saving in all transaction fees

  23. Low Country South Carolina at one time we where a nice relaxed community, but BLM fix all that. What i love about Philippines is no BLM. We need Hiya in America…

  24. Bringing a pen is a good reminder. It seems that every time I travel I forget one. I always seen to find a nice person that will let me use theirs….

  25. I watch your videos over and over again because they are so good and informative.. I figure if I keep watching them when I arrive maybe I will feel more at home and familiar with my surroundings and what I have to do to get where I am going..of course I am going to have a girlfriend meet me at the airport but what if she does not show up.. like the boy scouts say always be prepared and it seems like you always are.. thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜

  26. I have a question to ask you Rod, I been there several times And something that bugs me is that when I’m waiting in lines to buy coffee or something at a store I’ll be standing in line and The Filipino natives just cut in front of me quite often. Does this happened to you too ?

  27. My G/F met me at the AP in Cebu a 1 1/2 Yrs, ago and we have been together since then. She goes with me about anywhere I go and if you are with a Filipina you are a lot less likely to get scammed then if you are by your self. They just know there way around then U do when you first get here.

  28. Good information for first timers Rod. Myself, being married to a Filipina am fortunate. Hoping to book a flight for September. I really would like to get together with you in Cebu before going over the mountain to Toledo City. โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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