Essentials Required for the Travel to Philippines

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Travel to the Philippines Entry / Exit Information According to the U.S. Department of State (2010), U.S. citizens may travel to Philippines with a U.S. passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of entry into the Philippines. Travelers must also possess a valid return ticket to the United States or a ticket to another country. If the visitor is traveling to the Philippines for tourism, Philippine immigration officials will stamp the passport with a 21 day visa. If the visitor would like to extend the stay past 21 days, he must apply for an extension with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration and Deportation. Persons who overstay their visas are subject to fines and detention by Philippine immigration authorities. Travelers who plan to stay beyond 21 days must apply for a visa in advance from the Embassy of the Philippines prior to travel. Immunization Requirements The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2012) recommends that travelers be current on routine vaccinations including: Influenza Chicken pox Polio Measles/mumps/rubella (MMRP) Diptheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) In addition, the CDC recommends immunization against the following vaccine-preventable diseases: Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Typhoid Japanese encephalitis Rabies Finally, the CDC recommends taking an anti-malarial drug if the traveler will be visiting rural areas <600 m (1,969 ft) on the islands of Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro, and Palawan. Diseases

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