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Reader Comments on 'Bringing electrical and electronic equipment to the Philippines'

When you want to bring electrical or electronic equipment to the Philippines, there are a number of issues to take care of. This article provides some details about voltage, plugs, television systems, cell-phones, etc.

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Roel wrote:
Friday, 18 April 2014 19:14:31 PHT
Is there a store here in u.s.a for tv electronic equipment for me to bring to Philippines
beachguy wrote:
Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:09:27 PHT
hi, i would like to ask if i got an iphone 5s that came from jeddah? will it work in the philippines? what needs to be done? unlock? jailbreak? and will it allow me to update the software in the future. thanks!
lyn wrote:
Sunday, 26 January 2014 12:53:58 PHT
hi guys,from U.S to Philippines puwede bang e check in ang 50 or 40 inch do I have to pay anything? Im going to Philippines in 2 months. thanks.
Leah wrote:
Tuesday, 7 January 2014 19:48:25 PHT
please check the site below: for your future reference. http://customs.gov.ph/faqs/privileges/
Dulce wrote:
Monday, 9 December 2013 06:47:26 PHT
Hi I'm working in KSA and planning to go home in Cebu, Philippines by next year. Can you please give me details like the costs and documents needed if i will be bringing my 40inch LED samsung TV? I do hope for your positive response. Thank you
allan abecilla wrote:
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 20:30:49 PHT
Hi can I ask if my aircon is 220v-240v 50hz can I use to Philippines? Thank you
Jose wrote:
Saturday, 9 November 2013 05:26:40 PHT
Im working in Saudi Arabia is there a chance that i can bring home my car? what is the requirements and whom forwarder can i inquire is the any agency in KSA can assist me. my car is Ford Expedition 2012 model 6 cylinder the acquired value is 120,000.00 SAR
Gilbert Camiguing wrote:
Thursday, 24 October 2013 08:46:16 PHT
Can somebody help me im going back to the phil this coming november and im planing to bring my used 40 inch lcd tv do I have to pay tax and how much pls I need some answer ASAP thanks
Brandon wrote:
Thursday, 24 October 2013 05:30:19 PHT
I'm from KSA and I'm going for vacation to the Philippines this November. I would like to bring two (2)digital cameras, 1 laptop, 1 netbook(new) and 1 tablet. All of the items, except the netbook, are already used. Will the customs charge me for the items? I'm flying direct to Cebu. I need your favorable reply.
Norbs wrote:
Friday, 18 October 2013 13:46:14 PHT
Good day. I am Norbert from ksa. I would like to ask if i would like to bring 2 32" led tv in the philippines, are they going to allow me or they will charge me for tax
Emma montes wrote:
Thursday, 26 September 2013 01:47:53 PHT
Can I carry 42inches.t.v and printer from turkey to Philippines in airplane.thanks
Roy wrote:
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 10:41:41 PHT
Hi Good Day! if you are in need of a licensed customs broker here in Cebu City just contact me. Less hustle on your part because I am the one to facilitate in customs I am reliable and trustworthy in all transactions, we can released cargo in just two days and will deliver door to door. Just email me at brod_roy@yahoo.com or contact me at 09329129711.
princess wrote:
Friday, 13 September 2013 12:28:33 PHT
hi my boyfriend want to send 2 used laptops from u.s.a , how much tax will it cost us..tnx
Jayson wrote:
Saturday, 31 August 2013 16:55:47 PHT
Is there any tax if I bring 40 inch TV...
roy wrote:
Friday, 30 August 2013 13:27:59 PHT
Hello everyone if you are planning to send cargo in volume containerize or not just email me at brod_roy@yahoo.com or call me at 09329129711. I am a licensed customs broker with prc contol number 0005650 currently practicing my profession here in cebu.we can released cargo in just two days and will deliver it at your house. Very reliable and honest. Tnx!
Maricar wrote:
Monday, 19 August 2013 14:30:31 PHT
Tanong ko lng po pag inuuwi ko po b yung 40 inch n tv na bgong bili mgbbyd po b ako ng tax aswa po ako ng ofw ng tourist lng po ko dito sa sg
Maricar wrote:
Monday, 19 August 2013 14:30:18 PHT
Tanong ko lng po pag inuuwi ko po b yung 40 inch n tv na bgong bili mgbbyd po b ako ng tax aswa po ako ng ofw ng tourist lng po ko dito sa sg
Mike D wrote:
Sunday, 18 August 2013 01:05:47 PHT
Can I ship things from the USA to the Philippines, like a toaster, electric can opener. Will they work there? Is there a difference in the electric power? thanks
arvinacma wrote:
Thursday, 1 August 2013 22:40:43 PHT
give me advice of my parcel. i have a parcel in manila company of STC freight services at andrews avenue pasay city but he told me that they have a charges if i send the charges they deliver it to bohol then affter that i pay the charges then after that it can't deliver because they found a money in the parcel.i dont know what should i do..please help me this to forward my parcel...
Anton wrote:
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 01:52:04 PHT
Will my washing machine here in dubai work if i bring it to the philippines?
Victor Olle wrote:
Thursday, 25 July 2013 18:00:14 PHT
Just want to ask what is the allowable size of television set from abroad. Thanks
Bong wrote:
Saturday, 20 July 2013 06:36:55 PHT
OFW can allow to bring 4 tablets and 1 laptop. The laptop and 1 tablet is my personal used and the 3 remaining tablet will be given to my family is there any charges for the said gadget and laptop?
Manny wrote:
Sunday, 7 July 2013 17:23:39 PHT
As per Custom tax regulations.. Returning residents or OFW's, All personal effects and household goods used abroad for at least 6 months and the dutiable value of which is not more than Ten Thousand (P10,000 pesos) are exempt from duties and taxes. Any amount in excess of P10, 000 pesos is subject to 50% duty to the first P10,000 exemption across the board as provided for under Section 105 (F) of the TCP. But for some other cases this is really tax free especially LCD TV 32" TO 40".
paul fernandez wrote:
Saturday, 6 July 2013 22:23:06 PHT
do you i have to pay any taxes if i bring my 39" LED TV going back home from saudi arabia. thanks..
Joy wrote:
Monday, 24 June 2013 11:52:26 PHT
I hope someone can answer, is an old branded purse is taxable. came from UK send here in Philippines. thanks
Adelaide electrician wrote:
Monday, 29 April 2013 13:15:54 PHT
Nice information and guidelines about electrical equipments given through this blog which help people in many ways and they can get right option for their electricity work.
Adelaide electrician wrote:
Monday, 29 April 2013 13:14:45 PHT
Nice information and guidelines about electrical equipments given through this blog which help people in many ways and they can get right option for their electricity work.
Valentin wrote:
Sunday, 14 April 2013 11:52:10 PHT
Where are the answers from all the questions they ask, because I have the same question.
Cely wrote:
Friday, 5 April 2013 06:19:17 PHT
Just want to ask kung ang 40-42 inches ba na brand new tv pagdinala sa pinas may tax na??
Emma wrote:
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 02:35:49 PHT
Do I need to use a transformer for a digital photo frame to be used in the Philippines? Thanks in advance.
archie arandia wrote:
Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:56:55 PHT
i have plan to buy 39" LED TV here in Dubai and i want to bring it in Philippines, i just want to know if their is tax for 39" TV at Philippine custom aiport.. i had already ask some of kabayan here and they have one anwser, No!! tax started at 40", and i ask also my friend going back in philippines last wednesday and asking the personel at custom at airport, they said "if your are more than 36 months in Dubai no more tax for it".. it is true??
Elmer A. wrote:
Monday, 25 February 2013 20:16:54 PHT
Hello, Meron po akong LCD TV na 42" at balak ko po dalhin sa pag uwi ko, Meron po bang bayad na tax?at magkano naman po? Thanks, Elmer
Jhonet wrote:
Sunday, 20 January 2013 08:34:59 PHT
Hi po.ask ko lang po if uuwi kami ng pinas galing canada maari po ba kaming mag dala ng 42" tv?magkano po bayad para d2..more info po pls...thanks :) have a good day
Andrew wrote:
Monday, 14 January 2013 15:06:54 PHT
Want to send girlfriend a laptop, wondering if the type N built in wireless adapter will work on the Philippines, Cebu city to be exact wireless systems there, or do i need a install a special usb wireless adapter for there wireless signals, pretty sure the power adapter for laptop is 110-240v auto-switching, but not so sure bout internet there, any help be greatly appreciated.
John G. wrote:
Saturday, 12 January 2013 06:11:39 PHT
I see some refrigerators for sale in the Philippines that are 110V with a 220/110v transformer included. Will these use twice as much power as a 220v one?

No, a modern transformer has a pretty high efficiency, and will cause a loss of less than 5%. It still is a small loss though, you'll pay for on your electricity bill. Power (measured in Watt) is voltage times current (measured in Ampere). The transformer will turn 220 volts into 110 volts, and the same time the current on the 110 volt side will be double that of the 220 volt side.--Jeroen.

Brenda Lynne Chasten Saycon wrote:
Monday, 17 December 2012 14:36:27 PHT
I am planning to go to Philippines on January 2013 and bring 5 laptops as a present to my friends. I am from China. Does the Philippine Government of Bureau of Customs allow passenger to bring several device at a time without any charges and fees?
William wrote:
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 18:25:34 PHT
As the Bureau of Customs in The Philippines are starting to use more and more x-ray equipment, I would highly suggest bringing what you can as carry-on. I have never seen an x-ray of carry-on, which checked in luggage may be scanned before it makes it to the baggage claim carousel. You can bring up to a 21" for I will be moving there soon for school and of course, with the high price of electronics in the Philippines has made utilizing places like the Sony Outlet and Apple Store a must before moving. Consider he newest iPhone unlocked and ready for the Philippines costs $650 in the USA whereas the same iPhone will be $800+/- in he Philippines. The same iPhone dock clock radio I purchased at a Sony outlet for $80 runs for $150 in the PI. Just some food for thought.
Rom wrote:
Sunday, 8 July 2012 16:31:31 PHT
Hi Jeroen, after reading all the questions and answers, I still could not find any specific answer to what I'm supposed to ask you. I have a Sony Bravia 52" LCD TV and I'm using it in Australia for the last five years. It's 220V-240V AC, 50 hertz only. Is taking analog & digital broadcast. If I take and use it in the Philippines, would I encounter problems when it comes to signals, systems and hertz? (60Hz in the Phil.) Appreciate any comment. Thank you.
Bob P wrote:
Monday, 18 June 2012 07:11:58 PHT
Hello Jeroen, I am flying to th philippines to stay and am taking with me a new mobile phone and a camera as gifts each about 100, Is it neccessary for me to mention on the little form that I am carrying "electrical goods". Do you have any idea what the duty will be, should I keep the receipts? Dank u wel!
John S wrote:
Sunday, 17 June 2012 23:20:28 PHT
I'm a US citizen, frequent traveler to the Philippines. I carried two laptops with me last trip and left one there with a friend. As far as I can tell, customs makes no notes about such things on entry.
Mark wrote:
Thursday, 24 May 2012 00:20:32 PHT
I'm going home to Philippines on may 27 and i would like to bring home with me my used 32inches lcd tv how much do i pay to custom ...im from japan...please help me

Please check out the Philippine Bureau of Customs website for more information on this matter--- Rodelyn.

Gina wrote:
Sunday, 20 May 2012 19:48:34 PHT
I'm planning to bring 1 LCD tv 40-42 inches to Philippines, im coming from Kuwait. do i have to pay to customs even i am ofw? thank u i will really appreciate if anyone can answer me.
JJ wrote:
Thursday, 10 May 2012 00:19:26 PHT
Hi. I'm going home in about two weeks from now from U.S. I will bring a set of my personal DSLR movie kits such as Camera itself, Led lights, microphone, tripod, rigs etc all for personal use. Will the custom restrict these things, or do I have to pay something to get these in the country. And oh, I'm a Filipino Citizen just went to US for schooling. Information please, anybody.
RIA CRUZ wrote:
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:59:29 PHT
my husband wants to send our appliances in holland to philippines. but we have issue with hertz. holland uses 50 hertz and philippines uses 50/60 hertz. is there become a problem with our applliances from holland if we use them here in philippines?
Bud wrote:
Saturday, 10 March 2012 22:41:05 PHT
I have a laptop that i will be bringing from the US to my girlfriend in Philippines will i be able to leave it with her. It is new other than i set it up for her.
Ardee wrote:
Thursday, 2 February 2012 03:30:19 PHT
Hi i just want to ask kng my tax ang brand new LCD 42"?im OCW from DUBAI UAE,

Please check out the Philippine Bureau of Customs website for more information on this matter--- Rodelyn.

Rolf wrote:
Friday, 13 January 2012 21:32:12 PHT
What ever you write here, it's not true to TV's. I compared the price of a Sony Bravia EX 720. Price in the Philippines is 143000 PHP, I can buy the same in Switzerland for 1325 SFR. So I wonter why is this Price difference.
Julian wrote:
Monday, 26 December 2011 03:11:32 PHT
Hi i just want to ask kng my tax ba brand new lcd 42?im OFW from DUBAI,

Please check out the Philippine Bureau of Customs website for more information on this matter--- Rodelyn.

Steph wrote:
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 15:53:25 PHT
Hi! uuwi ako sa pinas ngayong pasko. Plan ko bumili ng 46" LED. Registered OFW ako pero last sept lang yung huling uwi ko sa pinas. May babayaran ba akong tax? Or exempted ako since Christmas season. Salamat :)
jean wrote:
Monday, 7 November 2011 09:27:00 PHT
Your Comment hi, i want to send a branded dvd PAL player from UK to my relatives in the Philippines. The intention is to connect the Pal dvd player( 50 hertz) to a NTSC 60 hertz TV and the role of the PAL player is to play region 2 disc only send to them from UK. Are there any implication to this with regards to the voltage? Could you recommend what made of NTSC TV in the Philippines that would work well with PAL dvd player. Your advise is very much appreciated.
Jaja wrote:
Tuesday, 1 November 2011 15:31:12 PHT
i am a tourist here in singapore. i would like to buy a LED tv here and bring home to Philippines..do i need to pay a tax?how much it would cost?thanks
Jr Menor wrote:
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 14:37:44 PHT
yes it was true it is a tax free for LCD TV, i just called their custormer relation department, you can try if you want +632-917-3201 her name is Sarah
Mize wrote:
Tuesday, 18 October 2011 05:32:50 PHT
I am an OFW in singapore and i was able to bring a 40" LCD tv in the philippines last august 2010 without paying tax. As per my understanding an OFW is entitled to bring home one appliances in the philippines without tax if we it is more than six month from our last depature from philippines specially if during christmas season.
Peter Ryan Mejia wrote:
Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:01:57 PHT
Im here now in UAE and i'm planning to buy a HOME THEATER SYSTEM worth 13,000 pesos in philippine money, here in UAE there is no tax, my question is do i have to pay taxes for my HOME THEATER SYSTEM if i arrive in the philippines im an OFW, how much it will cost me if ever there is a taxes in manila?
Brisbane Electrician wrote:
Monday, 15 August 2011 18:05:10 PHT
Electronics nowadays like Television and LCD monitors are really costly. Well, I'm just waiting for some promotions on eBay and Amazon. http://www.myelectricianbrisbane.com.au
Victor wrote:
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 04:46:09 PHT
I called Vizio TV technical support, regarding bringing TV in the Philippines, Some model Vizio TV can plug in AC 110-240 volt, But I was told that TV purchased in USA, it won't work in the Philippines because they have different coding,I would like to know if this is true? It only work when playing DVD format.Thanks.
Jean wrote:
Friday, 27 May 2011 05:55:13 PHT
I'm going back to Philippines in June and i'm planning to bring w/ me my 40' LCD TV (used one), this is just a second hand when i brought from a friend & it cost less than 10,000 in philippine currency. And i have no official receipt to show to custom since it was just brought from a friend. Do i need to pay custom tax for these? and how much?
Ace wrote:
Thursday, 10 March 2011 06:41:23 PHT
For the Digital TV in the Philippines, they using an ISDB-T system. I would like to bring an ATSC TV Tuner from Canada, and I want to bring it in the Philippines. Canada uses ATSC, and The Philippines uses ISDB-T. Is ATSC works in ISDB-T ?
Arnel1222 wrote:
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 05:22:30 PHT
If you want to take an LCD television to Philippines, make sure it`s 220 volts 60 hz.you can find this at the back of the tv and make sure the tuner is multi system,means you can change from PAL or NTSC system.I recommend Toshiba TV because it`s multi system.
Wilfred wrote:
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 22:19:14 PHT
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Miss cavite wrote:
Saturday, 18 December 2010 13:35:45 PHT
Anybody knows how to set-up a tv tuner card here in the Philippines? i been having a hard time setting up this thing it won't accept my postal code . i am here in Bacoor Cavite
Geico wrote:
Sunday, 31 October 2010 03:37:57 PHT
Up to how many cell phones can i bring back to the philippines? I'm planning to give them as gifts this Christmas to my family as it's way cheaper to buy it here in sg
Jason wrote:
Tuesday, 12 October 2010 17:15:21 PHT
If i bring my laptop with me to the Philippines, am i going to pay a electronics fee at customs? i brought an xbox one time for a friend and had to pay almost $100. i was pissed. this was in manila. since then ive been going through Clark air base outside angeles city. but ive never brought my laptop with me.
Janet wrote:
Tuesday, 8 June 2010 15:26:54 PHT
Im going home this July 2010,is there any tax to be paid if I bring 42 inches flat tv to the philippines, upon arrival.Thanks!
Ronald Rosales wrote:
Friday, 9 April 2010 12:55:49 PHT
I'm working hear at Saudi Arabia, I want to buy a flat TV 32" Sony brand. Did I pay tax when I bring to Philippines? Thanks.
Jed wrote:
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 13:14:18 PHT
Hi Ann, Sino nag sbing d pwede? before you buy the tv, dka ba nag tanung? Pwede po yan, need lng ng cable, punta ksa sa pinoysg com may mga sagot dun abt your prob..gsto ko din kc mag uwe ng tv.
Ann wrote:
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 12:51:21 PHT
Hi..I bought LCD tv here in Singapore..they said i cannot use this in the Philippines... Is there any other way so I can use this TV? like converter? is it possible? please help to answer my questions...thanks
annjoy wrote:
Monday, 19 October 2009 16:38:26 PHT
i want to bring the freezer that i bought from dubai, it is 220 voltz 50 hertz...while i know in the philippines is 220 voltz 50/60 hertz...i am wondering if it will work,,,or is there a converter available in the philippines.
Marjing Osorio wrote:
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 08:15:38 PHT
I am Filipino citizen stay here abroad for 8 yrs,i want to bring new LCD TV 65 inch.how much should I pay in custom? thank you
Michael wrote:
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 15:41:00 PHT
QUESTION; I want to take my laptop when I go to Quezon and leave it with my friend to use when I come back home. Is there any problem with doing this?
paolo wrote:
Monday, 6 July 2009 02:00:28 PHT
i bought a new lcd tv from singapore to the philippines and unfortunately i have a problem with the reception from my external antenna and no sound was coming out. pleasse help what to buy to resolve it like a tv tuner, a converter, booster or what ever... thanks and more power...by the way it has only 3 countries inside namely singapore, austalia and new zealand... they said it must be usa to be used in the philippines.
Jerome wrote:
Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:10:09 PHT
Hello, I just wanna ask if the frequency will be a big deal in using a small motor which will be used in a food processor like the blender because the input voltage of the item is 220V 50Hz and in the Phils. we use 220V 60Hz will it affect the item performance? Please advice URGENT!!!! Thanks
Carsten Madsen wrote:
Tuesday, 12 May 2009 19:20:40 PHT
I want to move and settle down in bohol. If I bring my 2 cars with me - do i have to pay any tax for getting these cars registred in PH ?
Odine wrote:
Thursday, 22 January 2009 13:44:06 PHT
I wanted to bring in LCD TV price around 32,000 peso from singapore. how much is the tax for the goods? thank you
Jay wrote:
Saturday, 29 November 2008 16:31:51 PHT
Hi, Just a quick question... I'm flying back in the philippines soon for vacation here in the states and I want to bring with me a 40-50 inch plasma/lcd TV. So my question is, what is the best way to bring it to the philippines? Should I buy a new or a used one? And what's the deal about the customs and how much will it costs me? I'd appreciate any help/suggestion.. Thanks!
Nick wrote:
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 05:19:46 PHT
Are the phone plugs on land line phones the same in the Philippines as they are in the US?
Josie wrote:
Friday, 16 May 2008 15:11:13 PHT
Hello... I'm confused with what i read from #1 power compatibility.. television and dishwasher cannot be adjusted and then from #2 TV and DVD compatibility says ..Tv and dvd uses American ntsc and if you're coming from North America you will have little trouble? They're confusing statements. Just to clarify, if you're buying LCD tv from Canada, can we use it in the Philippines?

There are two different issues here. Power compatibility and signal compatibility. A North American LCD TV will be made for 110 volt 60 Hz, and will be quickly destroyed if connected to the Philippine 220 volt grid. If you use a transformer, however, you can use it, as the signal is the same: NTSC. If you bring an LCD TV from Europe (230 volts), you can connect it, but you won't be able to receive any program, as it will be made for the PAL or SECAM system. More and more TVs are multi-system, but you will have to verify that with the producer (dealers often don't know this).--Jeroen.

Marc Campo wrote:
Wednesday, 14 May 2008 02:11:34 PHT
Hi.. with regards to a Playstation 3, my understanding is that there are 3 versions (excl. European version) - US, Jap and Asian. US and Jap versions are 110v (Correct me if im wrong) and Asian version is 220v. With the Asian version, could I simply plug it in, in Philippines and use it straight away?? And with the Jap and US versions what will I need to make it work?? Salamat Po
Allan wrote:
Thursday, 8 May 2008 08:07:03 PHT
If i use a water boiler with 220V & 50HZ in the Philippines, is there going to be a problem? How long will this last? Are ovens with 50HZ being used in the Philippines (with 60Hz) will have problems? Kindly advise me. Thanks in advance.
Mrs. Price wrote:
Sunday, 27 April 2008 22:15:49 PHT
Thank you for these helpful information.I'm a balikbayan and will be in The Philippines in June. Would there be any trouble bringing my HP laptop with me at custom and with the electrical power?
Ann wrote:
Tuesday, 25 March 2008 19:21:10 PHT
Is it possible to have a dvr work in the philippines? If so, is it better to bring one from the U.S. or buy one closer, if even available.
Redeem wrote:
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 21:40:31 PHT
Hi, we're from Paris and we are planning on moving to the Philippines next year and i just want to clarify if we can really use our appliances with 220-240 volts, 50 Hz, like plasma television, air conditioner, washing machine, refrigerator, etc. Thanks!
Robert wrote:
Saturday, 12 January 2008 21:44:35 PHT
Hate to burst anyone's hopes on this... but this information is simply WRONG. At least if you are American. I am from the US and currently living here in Cebu for about 9 months. The cost of electronics here is SIGNIFICANTLY higher here than in the US. Usually double the cost, sometimes even more. This applies to laptop computers, home theater systems (name brand), Plasma or LCD HDTV's (not much use here if you want TRUE HD content unless you bring your own Blu-ray or HD-DVD players and discs... or if you have a PS3 or Xbox 360... because there are NO HD-DVD or Blu-ray movies sold here and there are NO cable, over air, or satellite providers of HD content in the Philippines.) It also applies to desktop computers (name brand) and even if you get a no name locally built (with imported components) PC, you will pay significantly more than you would for the same thing in the US.

Hi Robert, you are mainly talking about high-end equipment, which is more expensive in the Philippines, simply because the demand is quite small. Many people are still happy with VCD here! Furthermore, this article was written a few years ago, before the decline of the dollar. You may have noticed that many hotels have since switched from quoting prices in dollars to euros or pesos. Of course you can bring an Xbox or other device when you fly to the Philippines, but carrying a Plasma HDTV on an international flight is not easy. Finally, don't forget that you can bargain over prices, especially if you pay for them directly.--Jeroen

Jared wrote:
Saturday, 5 January 2008 15:47:42 PHT
I am wondering if items such as electrical hair clippers and rechargeable beard trimmers are readily available in the Philippines? Also, can I bring a computer for my personal use to the Philippines? I am planning to move permanently to the Philippines, but I am blind and I use a special screen reader program for my computer. So, I would like to have my system that is already set up for my special need. Thanks.

You can bring all those things with you. Consider setting up a lap-top system at home, with the additional equipment and software, as specialized tools for blind people are difficult to obtain.--Jeroen.

Ralph Weets wrote:
Wednesday, 27 June 2007 12:53:35 PHT
I am planning on moving to the Philippines in the next year to be with my wife and kids. I am a 20 year journeymen electrician in United States. My question is this. How do I get an electrical license in Philippines so that I can start my own business???
Hans de Beer wrote:
Friday, 22 June 2007 18:33:03 PHT
Hee, Jeroen, hartelijk bedankt voor deze tips! The Internet is such an amazing thing. This is an example of the world becoming smaller all the time. I live in Australia, been to Bohol last month to visit my fiancee, looked for info on compatibility for a new cell phone there for her and Googled Jeroen with his advice. Anyway, he is totally right with everything here full marks, mate! Bohol is a beautiful, interesting, safe place to visit with lovely people. A bit how Bali would be if it weren't overrun by tourists, only nicer. And that is of course, not even mentioning the beautiful ladies, of course, I am biased. And lucky. Ok, enough raving. Just visit this island, you will want to come back again and again.
Ken Johnson wrote:
Friday, 13 April 2007 12:09:58 PHT
If you buy tools in Europe stick to Makita. They are 50/60 Hertz or the older Ryobi types also clock radios with an AC/DC adapter Sony or Grundig make a couple or Nilfisk, make there vacumes. My house in Alburquerque has nearly everything from OZ even the wiring because if you want to fit an earth leakage device, etc the safety for children or anyone else you cannot find the material over there. Just as a matter of interest one island in Japan is 50 Hertz. The other is 60 Hertz and one final thing if you are having cable TV, don't worry about if your LCD screen has an NTSC tuner in because it will not matter.

Even with cable TV, you will need a TV tuner, as the signal is still modulated on the cable. Further, the difference between NTSC and PAL is more than just the modulation, it is also about the frames per second and the lines in each frame.--Jeroen.

Ken Johnson wrote:
Friday, 13 April 2007 10:02:06 PHT
Any 50Hrtz electric motor you will get problems with it depends how often you use the particular thing if it is only used now and again like an electric drill it could last some time but things like ceiling fans will fail quite quickly i know i lost about 2000 australian dollars not understanding this if you plug a timer in to a wall socket 60 hertz is about 15 minutes faster
jun wrote:
Thursday, 8 March 2007 01:40:31 PHT
I am going back to the philippines after several years, I have 4 old laptops and its still very good, can I bring all of them to PI without any problems at the customs.
Anthony wrote:
Tuesday, 21 November 2006 13:37:33 PHT
I'm planning to go home early 2007... was wondering if there are any customs regulations regarding bringing in my 42in lcd flat screen? or if i can just send it through FEDEX/LBC?
Harold Kilburn wrote:
Saturday, 16 September 2006 06:04:19 PHT
Have been trying to find wall plug to hookup home clothes dryer my wife shipped to Baguio after her last trip to states. She bought the right male plug but, failed to buy the female wall plug 30 amp 220 volt, 3 prong grounded slanted is it available in Philippines or do i have to plan another trip to California in order to buy this $7.00 plug. It is common item in u.s. but, have spent many hours trying to locate l in PI can you please help me....thanks alot, salmat.....
Glenn Lawrence wrote:
Thursday, 15 June 2006 03:18:00 PHT
I'm traveling to the Philippens and I was wondering if I take my electric shaver would I have to switch it over to 220 to 240 voltage? Thanks Glenn

Philippines is 220 volts.--Jeroen

Jinan Magpuri wrote:
Thursday, 8 June 2006 04:59:13 PHT
My cellphones are all from the US, just make sure that it's one of those "triband" or "quadband" type (it'll say on the box or the vendors could tell you here in the US at any kiosks/mall outlet). Most "quadband" are unlocked (vendor will or could tell yo this also) otherwise you have to unlock it yourself. Check this website www.unlock123.com (you'll need a credit card VISA/MasterCard - cost between $3-4 US). I've used it to unlock one of my cellphones. I use a SIM card from Smart on roaming so I could receive txt messages from PI then I use my Cingular (US) phone to text them. Only need to have a minimum load of 125 pesos to keep it on roaming indefinitely ( only need to load every 3 mos) unlike Globe, you need at least a 500 peso load and it would shut down when you get to lower than the 500 pesos minimum load or when the load expires. My 2 cents.
Gee Rica wrote:
Tuesday, 18 April 2006 10:29:41 PHT
Hi! I am planning to visit the Philippines from Houston and my folks are requesting cell phones for pasalubong. I want to buy them go-phones (means no contract). Is it true that since there is no contract involved, all they need to do is buy sim cards and these phones are good to use? I have 10 requested phones on my list, will that create any problem with the customs? Please advice if cell phones for pasalubong is a good idea or not. I appreciate your prompt advise and have a great day! Your web site is very insightful, by the way...

My first take is that it is probably more convenient to buy them in the Philippines. You don't have to worry about the right type (GSM 900 or 1800 band) SIM cards (These cards determine the phone number and subscription details; no need to register phones, etc., with GSM, only thing to be aware of is a nasty feature called SIM-lock) power adapters (will be good for 220 volts), etc., while the price is probably much the same. Yes, I know about this craze about things brought from the USA, but these things are most likely made in the Philippines (or some other Asian country) anyway. Also, with one or two, customs won't complain much, but with ten, you'll probably exceed the PHP 10,000 allowance for gifts from Balikbayans--Jeroen.

Michelle Grace wrote:
Saturday, 25 March 2006 21:35:11 PHT
Is there any place in Manila where I can unlocked my 6630 vodafone(Japan)??? Is there any exsisting software now???
Missie Lioness wrote:
Sunday, 5 March 2006 06:42:26 PHT
My father is going to the Philippines after 20 years. My question is, can he bring frozen food from the U.S? like vacuum sealed sausage, steak, ham, pork hocks. Does he have to bring ice box and hand carried it? He will be leaving on the March 20, 2006. Thank you.

I am not aware of the exact customs regulations, but most countries are quite reluctant to allow the entrance of meat products. Also, I strongly advise against carrying an ice box: these things are heavy, and will never keep things frozen for the duration of the trip. Probably the airline will complain as well (though I never tried it). Furthermore, sausages, steaks, pork, etc., are readily available in the Philippines.--Jeroen.

Nelfa Toledo Bongolto - Squires wrote:
Thursday, 26 January 2006 15:07:15 PHT
GREAT SITE! This is not only useful for travellers and/or families who wanted to get/send electronics to the Philippines but also useful for sale people in the US to advice consumers of what is ans is not to get to ship out of country (Philippines)... Great job!!!
James Griffin wrote:
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 15:30:24 PHT
I am glad I came across this site. I was wondering what type of electrical outlet plugs the Philippines uses and the info here was just what I was looking for. Again this is good knowledge too have and thanks.

You're most welcome!--Jeroen.

Me Ann wrote:
Sunday, 22 January 2006 06:23:57 PHT
Handy information! I am coming from Europe and would really like to purchase a portable DVD for the Philippines. Can I we buy multi region portable DVDs in the Philippines?

You can buy these both in Europe and in the Philippines; you probably have more choice in Europe, while the price may be slightly lower in the Philippines. The cheaper, Chinese brands are typically better (multi region); avoid the better known brands, as these are harder to get multi region. Note that, although slowly increasing, DVDs are still not commonplace in the Philippines. Most people expect VCDs, so take care your player can also play these.--Jeroen

Holland wrote:
Thursday, 22 December 2005 11:29:01 PHT
Pls I want to buy phones and ship it to Philippine can you do that?
VB wrote:
Sunday, 4 December 2005 00:01:16 PHT
I was searching the internet about how to purchase a vcd and then send a playable copy of the movie Sideways to Cebu, Philippines. After hours of seaching for answers, I have to say your site has certainly come closest to giving me any kind of answers or leads. I have a DVD copy, but my friend only has a VCD player! Thanks so much for you conceptualization of such a site for these matters and please advise. Sincerely...VB
Nening wrote:
Monday, 7 November 2005 06:27:19 PHT
Hi Jeroen, We,re preparing to go to Bohol first week next month and plan to bring the laptop, portable dvd, digital videocam, digital camera,and all of there are personal use and I guess were going to give the laptop to my family, in this matter i dont know if I am able or need to pay the immigration since I lost my being pinay and transferred to Belgian. Do you think I need to pay for these electronic things? Thank you and any favorable answer is appreciated. Groetjes, Nening

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