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Do NOT bring more than 10,000 pesos into the country!

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tokyoman

Ok, there are lot of silly laws but this one has to take the cake!

 

It is illegal to bring more than 10,000 pesos (in pesos of course) into the PHIL.

 

They want us to bring foreign currency in  and convert it into Pesos .

 

When I questioned this at Manila customs on entering the country the customs officer comment was "YES,THIS IS  INSANE " but

you must follow our laws , Sir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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no one

are you sure its not 10 000 usd 

as that is standard at least where i have travel 10 000 usd is a max or any currency that will in total make up 10 000 usd 

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shadow

are you sure its not 10 000 usd 

as that is standard at least where i have travel 10 000 usd is a max or any currency that will in total make up 10 000 usd 

I believe it is against the law to take more than P10,000 in Philippine currency in OR out of the Philippines.

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BobX

I didn't know about this rule when I brought in about p17,000 as emergency money, my first trip overseas, and I hadn't confirmed that my new ATM cards worked out of the country.  I ticked the form saying that I had more than 10,000, wasn't sure what to do, but decided that honesty was the best policy.  Looked around for a money changer before immigration (as is the case in Singapore) but there wasn't any.

 

Upon getting to customs, I was very apologetic, but the lady was quite nice about it, there wasn't any issues.  I wouldn't recommend anyone do this, just use another currency (less than $US10,000) and take the conversion hit.

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no one

lol now that is funny 

what are you to do with 10 000 pesos 

get a lunch and go back home where you come from lol 

http://www.tourism.gov.ph/sitepages/customs.aspx

 

CURRENCY REGULATIONS

 

It is illegal for any incoming or outgoing passenger to bring in or out Philippine Pesos in excess of P10,000.00 without prior authority from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Any violation of this rule may lead to its seizure and civil penalties and / or criminal prosecution. (BSP Circular 98-1995)

The transportation of foreign currency or monetary instruments is legal. However, the carrying of foreign currency in excess of US$10,000.00 or its equivalent in other foreign currencies must be declared to a Customs Officer or the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Violation of this rule may lead to seizure and sanctions, fines and / or penalties.

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BobX

Really, this topic should be pinned.  

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seaman

I didn't know about this rule when I brought in about p17,000 as emergency money, my first trip overseas, and I hadn't confirmed that my new ATM cards worked out of the country.  I ticked the form saying that I had more than 10,000, wasn't sure what to do, but decided that honesty was the best policy.  Looked around for a money changer before immigration (as is the case in Singapore) but there wasn't any.

 

Upon getting to customs, I was very apologetic, but the lady was quite nice about it, there wasn't any issues.  I wouldn't recommend anyone do this, just use another currency (less than $US10,000) and take the conversion hit.

 

You were very lucky that you did not have to surrender the excess amount.  I heard many stories of people having to pay fine (meaning bribe) for bringing in more than P10,000.  Interestingly the fines were usually the amount above the P10,000 so in your case you would have been hit with P7,000 fine.

 

I know it is stupid (nothing new since this is PI afterall) but you can bring in $10,000 USD but in pesos you can only bring in $250 (P10,000).

 

 

seaman

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goldote

That really slows down the guy who just printed 10 million pesos on his fancy foreighn printing press. 

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Paul

I have personally known people who have brought in considerably more than $10,000 USD in currency, into the Philippines.

 

I have personally known people who have brought in considerably more than Php 10,000 into the Philippines. 

 

Personally, I wouldn't take more than either limit allows into the country, ever. I would advise anyone else to follow suit. 

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Britishandproud

When I went to Davao I took 6k pesos and then took £400 hidden in my jacket shoulder pocket. I know it wasn't illegal to bring that much in but before I went I had read a lot about scams that go on and I go paranoid lol.

 

The only thing the security at Manila got out of me was a box of chocolates.

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tokyoman

Now if you do honestly declare that you have more than 10,000 peso what they do is give you the same form again and ask you to fill it out and lie saying you do not have  more than 10,000 pesos

 

Then again it could depend upon the customs officer but that is what the female officer told me

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quit_yume

i never really gave it much thought before this thread.. but i have taken way more than 10K pesos in and out of the country several times...   i just kept it in my wallet.    cant remember if i checked the box or not

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BobX

Now if you do honestly declare that you have more than 10,000 peso what they do is give you the same form again and ask you to fill it out and lie saying you do not have  more than 10,000 pesos

 

Then again it could depend upon the customs officer but that is what the female officer told me

 

Yeah, in my case she said that I had to tick the box saying that I didn't have more than 10,000, and asked me to sign the change.  Maybe she was the same person?  It's nice to know that there is an immigration official who is "on our side", but really, the limit has to change.

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tokyoman

Yeah, in my case she said that I had to tick the box saying that I didn't have more than 10,000, and asked me to sign the change.  Maybe she was the same person?  It's nice to know that there is an immigration official who is "on our side", but really, the limit has to change.

And what is you arrive at a place with ATM's or banks there are out of service...or worse still none at all?.How are we supposed to get Pesos? Beg?

I was at SM bicutan mall yesterday in Manila and there was not one BPI atm machine

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