Here in the Philippines, individuals who leave the country need to pay travel taxes. The Philippine travel tax is actually a levy imposed by the government. Filipino citizens, foreign passport holders and non-immigrant foreign passport holders who have stayed in the country for more than one year are usually required to pay full travel taxes when they go abroad. Currently, the Philippine travel tax rates are Php 1,620 for economy passage and Php 2,700 for first class passage.
I’m sure frequent travelers like myself will agree that the queues at the travel tax payment booths can be time consuming. To address this, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) has launched a system for travelers to pay their Philippine travel tax online. Here’s how you do it.
* Photo from TIEZA
1. Go to the official TIEZA website — http://www.tieza.gov.ph Select the clickable image just like the one above.
2. Keep your passport nearby as you’ll need it when you register. Create an account by filling out the registration form. Once registered, fill out the form for the payment of travel tax.
3. Check your email and click on the confirmation link sent to you. Once that’s done, go back to your TIEZA account then provide details like your flight number, type of ticket etc.
4. Pay online via credit card. You will be given an electronic receipt that you need to print out. Bring the printed receipt with you on the day of your flight.
I already registered for an account since I have upcoming overseas trips.
A few observations, though. First, maybe TIEZA can introduce more payment options since not a lot of Filipinos have credit cards. Perhaps over-the-counter arrangements soon and that passengers will given 24 hours to pay for the fees? Secondly, I got a little bit turned off with the need to have the receipt printed. I no longer own a printer and it’s a bit of a hassle for me to go to a shop and have a page printed. I’d rather queue at the airport, if that’s the case 🙁 Maybe TIEZA can allow the passenger to save the receipt on his/her gadget (maybe PDF form?) and the passenger can just show that to the airline counter. Thirdly, I read in other online forums that you still need to have your receipt validated at the travel tax booth. Doesn’t that pretty much defeat the purpose of online payment? Anyway, the fact that the online payment gateway has already been launched and introduced to the public is already a great development! Looking forward to updates!