Your guide to expat life in Philippines

The growth engine of Southeast Asia

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With its tropical climate and steadily growing economy, the Philippines is quickly becoming one of the most popular expat destinations in Southeast Asia.

This extensive archipelago of more than 7,000 islands has long attracted immigrants from as far afield as Spain, America and Australia. Expats moving to the Philippines today can expect to find a multicultural country influenced as much by the West as it is by the East.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: 107 million
  • Capital city: Manila
  • Neighbouring Philippines: Vietnam and Malaysia
  • Main languages: Filipino and English
  • Time: GMT+8

Research the culture well and ensure you have adequate local support from your employer.

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Relocation Checklist

Our checklists give you a comprehensive overview of the kinds of things you need to do before you move and also what to consider in your first few months in your new country or region.

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Nov

01

Next public holiday

All Saints' Day

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Bring lots of passport-sized photos. Be patient when dealing with bureaucracy.

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