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Philippines Transportation Guide
Arriving into the Philippines is normally via jet airplane. Manila, Cebu, and Subic Bay are the major international airport entry points. There are many regular daily scheduled flights between the Philippines, and Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, and the USA.
Confirm your onward flights at least 72 hours before departure. When purchasing international tickets, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of your international travel otherwise you may not be able to enter the international country your flying to, and most likely incur cancellation penalties on your ticket.
There are several airlines providing nationwide flights between Philippine cities. There is one railway line between Manila to Naga in southern Luzon. Long-distance buses are the common main overland long distance mass transportation. There are plenty of ferries, ships, boats, and jet fast crafts operating between the Philippine Islands.
Car rentals are available with or without drivers. It's normal and affordable to have a car driver here. Also the driver can double as a guide and security guard too. International and local car rental agencies have offices in the major airports and hotels. Local public transport includes taxi's, jeepney's, motor tricycles with sidecar, and motorcycles.
Automobiles and Auto Liability Insurance for Third Parties
Foreigners can obtain a Philippine drivers license, buy own a car in their name and drive it.
If you own a car, and are the driver or even have a driver, its highly recommended that in case of an accident, your auto liability insurance coverage for third party injuries be P500,000. This amount is enough to cover even the worst injuries. Auto liability insurance in the Philippines is very affordable to being very cheap. Be sure to obtain insurance from a well known reputable Philippine insurance company.
The minimum P100,000 liability insurance coverage required by law is not enough coverage for some injuries, and you could be held liable if the accident is found to be your fault if you were driving thus the possiblity of you having to go to jail, and court.
The Philippine police are very corrput, and you being a foreigner, the police will likely take advantage of you if they think they can. If you do get into an auto accident and you are driving, don't say anything to anyone or the police until you get a lawyer.
If you have a driver and there's and accident while you are a passenger car, the driver can only be charged, and not you as the passenger. Also if the driver is found to be guilty of negligence in the accident, you cannot be charged or held liable for any monies due to the other party. Many foreigners and locals alike, have a driver for these types of reasons, along with the convenience, and low cost to hire a driver.
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