I will be travelling to the Phillipines soon and I am unsure about what the rules are for bringing in Beer. Official sources are a bit conflicting, so I was wondering if anyone here knew what applies?

What are the limits for bringing in Beer duty free (and non-commerical purposes)? If I exceed those what can I expect to happen?

I'm planning to bring in 6 cans of local Beer as a gift for someone I know there, of about 2 litres in total and a total value of about $10.


According to the IATA travel centre the duty free alcohol import limits are 2 bottles of maximum 1 litre each. Quoting from the linked website:

Customs Rules

Import regulations::

Free import:

  1. all passengers (18 years of age and over) (duty free allowance only once per year per passenger):

    a. 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grammes pipe tobacco;

    b. 2 bottles alcoholic beverages of not more than 1 litre each

It would therefore seem that you'll have to pay import duty on the exceeding cans of beer. According to the online duty calculator, duty for beer is 15% plus sales tax of 12%.


So the trip is done.I talked to the customs people when I landed and they informed me that the limit is only for stronger drinks, beer has no restrictions.

  • Which makes sense with the 2 bottles (1 litre max) restriction. Did they give any info on what counts as strong enough (Wine/foritfied wine/liquer/spirit?). Any pointing to where you could find out.
    – CMaster
    Jul 10 '15 at 13:51
  • They did not specify, but I brought quite strong beer (about 8.5%, clearly printed on the cans). I do not know how they categorize things no.
    – OnePie
    Jul 10 '15 at 14:13

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.