There are new screening processes set to see delays for passengers travelling to this part of Asia.
If you’re travelling to the Philippines in the coming weeks you should plan more time to get through the airport as there’s a new baggage screening procedure when you land.
The country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) wants to screen more baggage than usual from Saturday October 28th until Saturday November 4th as a precaution.
All 42 airports in the country are required to comply with this rule, which include travellers arriving on flights from the UAE.
It’s advised to plan extra time before exiting the UAE and arriving in the Philippines as the delays may impact both sides.
CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio shared the update at a public briefing Philippine News Agency (PNA) report and added that they would be adding additional staff at the airports to cope with the workload.
Flying to Manilla from the UAE takes just 8 hours and 30 minutes, and travelling around the lush tropical country allows visitors to see epic sights such as Palwan and idyllic island spot Boracay.
The country has become popular with tourists and digital nomads for its low cost living expenses and beautiful beaches, with a blend of Filipino, American and Spanish cultures.
Tourists can also check out the historic Spanish fort called Santiago, the oldest church in the Philippines, San Agustin Church, and the Walled City, which is the remains of Spain’s former empire.
You can fly there direct with Emirates or get a budget flight with their local airline Cebu Pacific (CEBU).