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Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

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Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

Hi. I found a scanned picture online of the customs declaration form used at manila international airport. I do not know if its current so please advise of any changes. One question that got me over thinking was if I should be checking YES on this portion or if it is referring to me as a merchant.

"Are you bringing in (check box) jewelries, (check box) electronic goods, and (check box) commercial merhcandise and/or samples purchased or acquired abroad?"

I'm just a tourist and I will have my cell phone, ipad, and battery pack. Its safe to check the box "electronics) and "YES"?

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1. Re: Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

That is not the latest form. I am not sure the same question is on the current form.

Basically, if in doubt, declare.

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2. Re: Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

Come on Jim, I have landed at NAIA too many times to remember and if every passenger stopped and declared their cell phones, laptops cameras you would never get out of the arrivals area ! I think the correct answer is "of course not"

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3. Re: Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

Hi Sam T,

The air hostesses give you that form, that you can fill in on route to Manila, it's a short form. (the size of a wallet) Tick yes, for bringing in electronics from your home country. Do not check yes on the form, if you are not a merchant. If you purchase items from any stopovers (duty free stores), before getting to the Philippines, they will require you to declare it at customs. I hope this will help you, and i'm sure that other tripadvisor members will also assist you with your question. Have an awesome trip.

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4. Re: Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

WOW! Thanks for the speedy response. I know I'm just over thinking it but I just dont want to be hassled or held up by customs.

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5. Re: Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

From my understanding, foreigners no longer need to fill in Customs Declaration. Only Filipinos need to.

This is based on my travel experience in Nov 2014.

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6. Re: Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

@mousehunt - correct - Unless they have something to declare.

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7. Re: Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

Yes mousehunt is correct, no need to fill up those form. If you don't have much luggage it would be likely that you will not be bothered by Customs. In my last 4 arrivals at Terminal 1 & 2 even me and other Filipinos need not surrender a Customs form even if we already filled it out.

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In November, I was given a customs declaration on the plane. I filled it out regardless. I just happened to have stuff to declare. The internal customs inspector at terminal 2 wanted to see what I was declaring, before putting a yellow tag on my bag to show it had passed customs. Then asked me to give the declaration form to the external customs inspector on the way out.

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9. Re: Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

I received a leaflet in the plane.

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10. Re: Customs Declaration form upon Arrival

as tourist declare nothing unless you are intent to sell. IF its new, take it out of the box and turn it on before you board. New items are supposed to be declared, tourist or not. It is now a verbal declaration on arrival.

Edited: December 30, 2014, 5:44 pm
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