It used to be very expensive to travel either within your own country or outside. Today, with the advent of budget airlines and affordable accommodations, more and more folks are able to set their feet on new lands. In the Philippines, traveling outside the country involves the payment of travel taxes. The current travel tax rate (as of 12 August 2010) is pegged at 1,620 pesos per person. If you are traveling with a child aged between 2 and 11 years, it may be good news to know that a half-price discount is offered when you apply for a reduced #travel tax certificate from the Department of Tourism along T.M. Kalaw Avenue in Manila. If this is too far for you, there is another processing center located in the Clark Economic Zone.
The popularity of online air #ticket booking has been rising exponentially, especially when Philippine budget airline, Cebu Pacific, launched their website a few years ago. However, payments made online do not include relevant travel taxes associated with the air ticket. Instead, travelers are required to settle their travel taxes in the airport on the day of departure. If you would like to spare yourself the long queue at the airport, you should consider settling your travel taxes at the Department of Tourism either in Manila or in Clark. At the same time, you can apply for your child (or children's) reduced travel tax certificate from there as well. There is no long queue and the trip is worth it especially if you are applying for more than one child.