Sunday, August 22, 2010

Singapore Bound: Tax Exemptions and Reduced Travel Tax Info

The travel tax is a levy imposed by the Philippine government on the following individuals:

  • Philippine Citizens
  • Permanent resident aliens
  • on-resident aliens who have stayed in the Philippines for more than one(1) year
who are leaving the country irrespective of the place where the air ticket is issued and the form or place of payment, as provided for by Presidential Decree (PD) 1183 


Travel Tax Exemptions

1. Singapore Permanent Resident Card Holder For Migrant Filipinos

  • NOTE:  Certification from Embassy NOT required
  • Requirements by PTA:

    Original & photocopy of the Singapore Blue IC and/or the Re-entry permit stamped on the passport which is valid for multiple journeys within three years from date the travel document is valid.  Holder is authorized to re-enter Singapore for permanent resident so long as the permit is valid;

    Original & photocopy of the passport (first page & latest arrival/departure stamps in RP.

2. Overseas Filipino Workers Who Are Direct Hires And Did Not Pass Through POEA In Manila But Later Become OWWA Member In Singapore

  • NOTE:  For Employment Pass card holders
  • Travel tax exemption could be availed of provided one of the following requirements by PTA is submitted:

    - Possession of an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) and/or E-card
    - Possession of valid employment contract duly authenticated by the Embassy
    - Possession of Certificate of Employment issued by the Embassy 

  • A certificate of employment from the local company should be presented together with the copies of the valid employment pass card and first page of passport.

3. Dependents Of OFWS

  • NOTE:  Certification from Embassy NOT required
  • Travel tax exemption could be availed of under BALIKBAYAN LAW provided the following PTA requirements were met:

    - At least 1 YEAR away from the Philippines as evidenced by the latest departure from and latest arrival in the Philippines.
    - Copy of plane ticket used in traveling to the Philippines.

Reduced Travel Tax For:

  • Legitimate spouse
  • Legitimate children below 21 years of age

    Reduced travel tax could be availed of provided the following PTA requirements were met:
    - Original & photocopy of marriage contract
    - Original & photocopies of birth certificates
    - Copy of the worker’s valid Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC)/Exit Pass and/or E-card



  First class (ticket) Economy class (ticket)
Full rate P 2,700 P 1,620
Standard Reduced P 1,350 P    810
Reduced rate for dependents of OFWs P    400 P   300

*Processing fee for every certificate issued by the PTA is P200.00


Sources: Philippine Embassy Singapore And Philippine Tourism


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