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Tax exemption for Filipino seafarers

This week we have released a special feature to our booking platform. The special feature is relevant for crew managers and crew operators arranging flights for Filipino seafarers. By Philippian law, Filipino seafarers are allowed to travel from Manila to elsewhere in the world with a travel tax exemption. This effectively means cheaper flights for Filipino seamen. The tax exemption only goes when the seafarer is Filipino and flying from Manila.

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The following Filipino citizens are exempted from the payment of travel tax pursuant to Sec. 2 of PD 1183 (Philippian Law), as amended:

  • Overseas Filipino workers
  • Filipino permanent residents abroad whose stay in the Philippines is less than one year
  • Infants (2 years and below)

There are other individuals qualified to avail of exemption. Please review the complete list here. The table also shows requirements to avail of the exemption. Note: In all cases, you will be required to bring your Original Passport.

Tax Exemption for Filipino Seafarers

Does a passenger qualify to get a discount?

One of the items below has to be presented for check-in at the Manila (MNL) airport:

  • Overseas Employment Certificate
  • Balik-Manggagawa Documents
  • NAIA Authority Exemption Certificate

If a passenger cannot present the required documents, the tax shall be paid directly at the airport. Any associated penalties imposed by airlines can apply.

Happy bookings 🙂



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