I'm on a flight from Puerto Princesa to Manila this Saturday. Can I bring on board mangos? There were some restrictions earlier due to some weevil thing but I'm not sure if they've been lifted.

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    Are you asking if you can bring them on board, or whether you'll be permitted to bring them into Manila?
    – Flimzy
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 12:23
  • On board as carry on, then I transit a few hours later, in Manila airport taking a different airline to Singapore.
    – user8803
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 6:39
  • The best mangos in the world are available in Manila. Why carry mangos to Manila?
    – Yehuda_NYC
    Commented Feb 23, 2016 at 21:00
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    Now that you have probably travelled, did you find out whether they were allowed?
    – drat
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 2:12
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    There's an easy way to find out: Bring a mango and declare it on your landing card. Officials will then inform you if it is allowed or not, with no penalty if it's not allowed. Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 22:04

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Flying from Palawan to Manilla is classed as a domestic flight, because you are not leaving the Philippines.

For this flight, you will need to go through customs at Manilla unlike other domestic flights due to the set-up of the airport. However, this will not be a problem as you are not importing mangoes into the country, just moving them across the country.

The place where the problem may have occurred is in Singapore, as there are tight regulations on the importation of food products. The rules for fruit and vegetables are as follows;

Each person is allowed a small, reasonable quantity (i.e. hand-carried size) of fruit and vegetable products for personal consumption

However, a phytosanitary certificate from the country's competent authority is required for fresh fruits and vegetables from the American Tropics, which includes: Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Rep, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Virgin Islands

Source - Ava.og.sg

In short - it is okay to import mangoes into Singapore for personal use from Manilla, as this is not one of the countries stated above. Only a reasonable quantity is allowed into the country - the question stated it would be a carry on item, so this is a suitable quantity.

There should potentially be no problem with mangoes going on board an aircraft as a carry on item, as long as it fits in with your airline's regulations. These can usually be found on their website.

If you are unsure of regulations, it is always best to contact your airline before departure, rather than get into a sticky situation aboard.

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    The OP was transferring to Singapore. Does that make a difference?
    – Berwyn
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 15:43
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    The OP is not importing anything since they're flying domestically within Philippines. Or are they?
    – JoErNanO
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 16:20
  • If you have to go through customs in the Philippines, you cannot take mangoes. As I understand it, you need a licence to take such products into Singapore @Berwyn ava.gov.sg/docs/default-source/e-service/…
    – user44274
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 16:23
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    @NathanShoesmith that link seems to be for commercial importing. Fruit is allowed according to this link: ava.gov.sg/explore-by-sections/food/… Some restictions there too. And not sure about transferring through Manila
    – Berwyn
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 19:12
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    There is, but I think it's a domestic connection. Not sure what that's going to mean though.
    – Berwyn
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 19:47

There is a current infestation of mangoes in Palawan, so they are not allowed to be brought outside of Palawan to anywhere. I read that at the airport in El Nido Palawan just recently, July 2019.

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