Compare travel insurance for the Philippines

With 7,107 islands to choose from – plus the buzzing capital of Manila – the Philippines offers lots of opportunity for travellers. In 2018, more than 7 million visitors came to the archipelago. Here’s what you should know about getting the right travel insurance for your holiday. 

Wouter Van Rijn From the Travel team
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How much is travel insurance in the Philippines?

If you’re travelling to the Philippines, worldwide travel insurance could cost from £10 for a week or £16 for annual travel, based on Compare the Market data in February 2019.

What kind of travel insurance could I need for the Philippines?

The type of cover you need for the Philippines depends on the length of your stay and the activities you’ve got planned. If you’re intending to do little more than strolling along one of the country’s many beaches, then basic travel insurance should offer the cover you need. But if you’re planning water sports, such as scuba diving, you’ll probably need to think about extra cover such as water sports travel insurance.

The Philippines occasionally suffers from natural disasters, including earthquakes and typhoons. With this in mind, you might want to look into a specialist policy that offers insurance cover for these types of infrequent events.

Always check what’s covered by a travel insurance policy before you buy it. If you need to change your plans while you’re away, contact your insurance provider to see if you can amend your policy and get extra cover.

Do I need a visa for the Philippines?

Brits can visit the Philippines for up to 30 days without a visa. If you intend to stay between 30 and 59 days, you’ll need to get a visa from the Philippine Embassy before you travel. UK passport holders need at least six months validity on their passport on entering the Philippines.

Any other travel tips for the Philippines?

Vaccinations Visit your doctor four to eight weeks before your trip. You might be advised to get some vaccines, most of which should be free on the NHS, such as hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid.

Climate The Philippines has a mixed climate but much of the archipelago can be characterised by high temperatures and, at times, very high humidity.

Time differences The country is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Tipping It isn’t typically expected, so restaurant staff aren’t likely to be offended if you choose not to leave a tip.

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