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July 14, 2023

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Preparing for a trip can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially when it comes to navigating airport departures. As a Filipino traveler, it's essential to be well-informed about the procedures, regulations, and facilities at the airport to ensure a hassle-free journey. We will walk you through the process of navigating airport departures in the Philippines, covering everything from check-in to boarding, and provide you with valuable tips to make your travel experience more enjoyable.

Plan Ahead and Arrive Early

To avoid unnecessary stress, plan your departure in advance. Consider traffic conditions and the time it takes to reach the airport. It is recommended to arrive at least three hours before your scheduled departure time to complete check in, immigration (for International travelers), and security procedures.

Check Required Travel Documents

Ensure you have all the necessary travel documents before leaving for the airport especially when you’re traveling abroad. This includes your passport and visa (if applicable), and any additional documents required by your destination country. It's also a good idea to make copies of your important documents and keep them in a separate place.

Baggage Allowance and Restrictions

Familiarize yourself with the baggage allowance and restrictions set by your airline. Each carrier may have different rules regarding the number, weight, and size of both checked and carry-on luggage. Be mindful of prohibited items and pack accordingly to avoid any inconvenience during security checks.

Check-In Process

Most airlines offer online check-in options, allowing you to print your boarding pass or receive it electronically on your smartphone. Online check-in saves time and reduces the need to stand in long queues. If you have luggage to check-in, locate your airline's check-in counter and proceed accordingly.

Security and Immigration

Passing through security and immigration checkpoints is an important part of airport departures. Ensure you have all necessary identification documents readily available. Follow instructions given by airport staff, remove metal objects, liquids, and electronics from your carry-on bags, and be prepared for a thorough inspection. Keep calm and cooperate to ensure a smooth process.

Present your passport and other required immigration forms to the officers. After, proceed to the customs area if applicable, where you may need to declare any goods or items you're carrying.

Before boarding the aircraft, there is usually a final security check at the gate. Be prepared to remove your shoes, jackets, and place personal belongings in bins for screening. Cooperate with airport staff and follow their instructions to ensure a safe and efficient process.


The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) reassigned airline terminals to relieve the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)'s congestion.  Double check your ticket to ensure that you are at the right terminal at the right time to avoid inconvenience