Travel/Entry Arrangements

Participants are expected to make their own flight arrangements.

Except for stateless persons and those from countries with which the Philippines has no diplomatic relations, visitors are generally allowed to enter the country without visas for a stay not exceeding twenty-one (21) days, provided that they hold tickets for their return journey and passports valid for at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay. Visit the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs website for complete listing of countries whose nationals are granted entry to the Philippines without visa for a period of twenty-one (21) days. For visits longer than 21 days, a temporary visitor’s visa must be secured from the Philippine embassy or consulate in your country.

The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:

  1. Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports
  2. Holders of Portuguese Passports issued in Macao

The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days:

  1. Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports
  2. Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports

For holders of Lao People’s Democratic Republic passports, per Foreign Service Circular No. 21-10 dated 22 February 2010, Lao PDR is a country with which the Philippines has an agreement on the abolition of entry visas for holders of regular or ordinary passports who are coming for business and pleasure. Duration of stay is indicated as 30 days for both nationals.

For the complete listing on visa-required nationals, please visit the Philippine Bureau of Immigration website:

All arriving passengers will be subjected to immigration and customs screening. For more information on Philippine visa requirements, immigration and customs regulations, please visit:     

Meanwhile, a directory of Philippine embassies and consulates may be accessed via


Airport Transfers

For airport transfers, metered or accredited fixed-rate taxi services are available at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The venue of the Forum and hotels listed here are located at the Makati Central Business District, approximately 8 kilometers from the international airport.

Note on Departure: Participants are advised to reserve PhP550 for the terminal fee at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport upon departure. 


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