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Departing from Manila's International Airport
For passengers departing Manila for the first time the departure procedures can be a bit daunting. However, knowing
what to expect can make your departure much less intimidating, so here is an 8-step checklist that explains the
procedures you will have to go through.
When you arrive at the departure level at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport expect to find hordes of
people outside the entrance. Not all of these will be departing passengers. In fact the majority will be family
members who have come to say goodbye.
Step 1 - Entry Check
where you join the first queue - the airport entrance queue.
Before you can enter the building you must show both your passport and your airline ticket, so have them ready.
Now is a good time to remove metal objects from your pockets or purse and place them in your hand carried luggage
that will be x-rayed. These items include watches, pens, cell phones, coins - anything that will trigger the metal
detector. Doing this early will save delays later.
Once you have shown your passport and ticket you will have to place all your luggage on the x-ray conveyor belt
before walking through the metal detector.
Step 2 - Airline Check-in
If all goes well you can collect your
luggage and proceed to your airline check-in counter. Expect huge queues so get there early - in 2009 airport was
rated as the 48th busiest in the world!
While waiting in the check-in queue be prepared to have your baggage sniff tested for explosives.
After checking in and getting your boarding pass you now proceed to the departure area - but your queuing is not
Step 3 - Pay Departure Tax
Before entering the departure area you must
show your passport and your boarding pass. Once cleared you now go to the counter where you pay your departure tax.
This tax is currently 750 pesos per passenger.
At the counter you must give the counter operator your boarding pass and the money. She will return your boarding
pass along with a receipt.
Step 4 - Immigration Clearance
The next step is Immigration Clearance.
Here you present your passport and your boarding pass.