The 6th International Rice Congress will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)

Rice is not just an important commodity, it is food deeply ingrained into the culture and heritage of the Philippines and many other Asian countries.  The PICC, itself an iconic landmark structure and Asia’s first international convention center, will serve as a fitting backdrop for IRC 2023. 



Tagalog is the national language of the Philippines but English is widely understood and spoken across the archipelago

Philippine Peso

Electricity and Plug Type
220v/60Hz with A,B,C plug types

Tropical and maritime with a high relative humidity. Mean annual temperature is 26.6o C. Two major seasons are the rainy season, from June to November, and the dry season, from December to May.

Quarantine and Immigration Arrival Requirements for International Passengers
>Provide arrival information and health declaration through 72 hours prior to arrival or departure in the Philippines. QR code generated will be presented to flight boarding. Here are the steps to complete the online form.
Latest advisory on quarantine and immigration requirements can be found here.

Click this link to view the countries allowed to enter the Philippines visa-free. For participants who will require visa, the following are the minimum requirements for temporary visitor but we suggest you to connect directly with the nearest Philippine Foreign Service Posts in your place for additional requirements and protocols:

  • Passport/Travel Document Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
  • Duly Accomplished Visa application forms;
  • Passport Photos (2 pieces);
  • Proof of bona fide status as tourist or businessman;
  • Confirmed tickets for return or onward journey to the next port of destination; and
  • Payment of Visa Fees
IRRI can issue the Note Verbale if required by the Philippine Foreign Service Posts. In this case you will need to provide your passport copy, letter of invitation, and the address of the Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate General where you will apply and collect the visa.


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