Living in the Philippines guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in the Philippines with the expat guide

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General information
  • Located in South-East Asia, the Philippines is a conducive destination for expatriation thanks to its pleasant environment and stability in all aspects.

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  • Tambobo Bay is an amazing place for those who are looking for peace and calm and try to avoid popular tourist's spots.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Before traveling to the Philippines, it is best to inquire on related entry formalities and procedures. In general, you will have to apply for a visa.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • If you intend to move to the Philippines, you can choose from different types of visas, including student visas, work visas, investor visas, etc.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Cagayan de Oro is deemed to be Northern Mindanao's economic center, hence providing various professionals opportunities for expatriates.

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  • As Cebu is one of the most developed Philippine provinces, expatriates should not have much trouble in finding a job there.

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  • Located in Mindanao, Davao is a very dynamic city in economic terms, providing many professional opportunities for foreigners.

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  • Iloilo, nicknamed the Heart of the Philippines, is mainly an industrial region that provides many career prospects for skilled foreigners.

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  • Manila is very welcoming towards qualified and skilled foreigners looking for job opportunities thanks to its developed economy.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Cagayan de Oro, which is the capital city of the oriental Misamis province, provides a range of accommodation options for foreigners.

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  • Cebu is one of the most popular Philippines cities as it provides not only various opportunities but also a range of accommodation for expats.

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  • Located in the Mindanao region, Davao is a metropolitan region in the Philippines, providing many accommodations for expatriates.

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  • Iloilo is one of the Philippines' provinces. Located on Panay Island, it hosts a range of housing units, especially in the city-center.

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  • Manila, the Philippines capital city, consists of several districts where foreigners have settled due to the availability of accommodation.

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Student visa, University registration
  • The Philippines is a very welcoming towards foreigners wishing to pursue their higher studies there provided they have obtained a study visa.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Health care will probably be one of your major concerns during your stay in the Philippines. No need to worry: health services are easily available.

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Open and manage a bank account


Tax system, income tax
  • Different types of taxes apply to locals and foreigners in the Philippines, namely income tax, value added tax (VAT), among others.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Besides the public means of transport in Manila, such as the bus, boat, subway, etc., you can even hire a taxi or rent a car.

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  • Moving around the Philippines has never been easier, thanks to the country's developed transport network including buses, subway, pedicabs, etc.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Foreign nationals who wish to drive in the Philippines either have to convert their existing driver's license or obtain a local driver's license.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to the Philippines requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities for you.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office


Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • If you are moving to Manila, you can probably find some time to discover the city and enjoy various leisure activities that are available.

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  • During your leisure time in the Philippines, you will be able to enjoy several activities such as fishing, diving, water sports, etc.

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  • Ideas and experiences on family fun in Manila.

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  • Life in the Philippines, through a white girls escapes! The best and closest ways to blow the Manila dust off your shoulders #1: TAGAYTAY

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  • I being an explorer, am keen to explore as much of the country as possible. Following is an account of my experience in the PANAGBENGA 2010 festival held at Baguio

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  • If you are moving to the Philippines, your pet can also accompany you provided it complies with specific criteria and it is vaccinated against rabies.

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  • Before moving to the Philippines, it is best to be aware of the lifestyle of more than a hundred million Filipinos living on 7,107 islands.

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