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Smoking at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)

Also known as Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Ninoy Aquino) or NAIA

Airport Rating


Before and After Security Smoking

#Be_warned  #Terminal_1  #Terminal_2  #Terminal_3  #Terminal_4

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals.

Be warned:

  • This airport may be going completely smoke free. Every update I am now getting is of areas closed.
  • Terminals 1/2/3 have outside terminal smoking areas by crossing over the taxi/bus bays road, however use the distinguishing bins to discard, as there is a fine for littering cigarette butts if you are spotted of 2500 pesos.
  • Update from Richard C., Oct 2019: As the current report says, they confiscate lighters at the terminal door scan.

Terminal 1:

Update: Craig from Chicago: Today June 7th, 2019 I discovered that if you have One world Emerald status (or are flying on Japan Air Lines) there is a smoking room inside the JAL lounge. Terminal 1 by gate 15.  Yes!!!

No smoking inside the terminals at all. One smoking area outside in Bay 1 in arrivals by domestic terminal. Confirmed by John P, April 2019.

Update from Ray, April 2019:  I flew from Manila, Terminal 1 to JFK on April 18, 2019. Other than the Arrivals Area of Terminal 1, there are NO designated smoking areas within the terminal anymore, air-side or otherwise. Believe me, I looked-for signs, and asked several security personnel. One told me there was a smoking area just PAST security checkpoint, but when I arrived there, a second guard said that it "closed 2 weeks ago". As for coffee shops, there -was- ONE on the upper level that allowed smoking, but no longer permit it. Bottom-line is, once inside the terminal or past security checkpoint - you're out of luck if you're a traveler. The irony of this: recorded announcements INSIDE the terminal say, "Please smoke only in the designated areas..."

Terminal 2: 

Update from Ben, 18th August 2019. All smoking lounges have been closed now airside. You can still smoke after a walk on the ground level outside (car parking). I checked all the reported lounges, even the private ones, but they're all empty, locked and with no smoking announcements.

Update 21st May 2019 from Anna:  Smoking area inside Illy Cafe is now closed.

Update as of January 2019, from Neil: SMOKING LOUNGE LOCATION: 2 smoking areas airside at MNL Terminal 2 -Smoking lounges located at far end of the terminal (airside after security checks) -Two smoking lounges back-to-back near gates 6 and 8 -Lounges are private establishments with comfy seats and tables

DISPOSABLE LIGHTERS: Do not put lighters inside carry on luggage as they will get confiscated by security -Instead, place lighter inside cigarette packet on your person -Casually place cigarette pack with lighter on security tray -You get to keep your lighter -In case your lighter does get confiscated, service lighters available at smoking lounges

AS A COURTESY: For smokers, these private smoking lounges are a God send -Please make your purchases at these establishments so they can continue leasing the lounges -Bottled water at 1 USD -Cigarettes at 2.50 USD -Coffee at 2 USD -Pastries at 2 USD -Hot sandwiches at 3 USD

Update from Ilya on the 11th Jan 2019: There are two smoking places at Manila international airport terminal 2 you have not mentioned: near gate 6 (inside cafe with Illy sign) and near gate 9.

Terminal 3:

Update from Richard C., Oct 2019: As the current report says, they confiscate lighters at the terminal door scan. There is also no official smoking area inside. However, I found out there is a smoking room in the PAGSS Lounge which you can use if you have access or pay to enter. The lounge is also used by ANA and their code shares in business or Star Alliance gold (but normal Star Alliance Gold need to be on an ANA flight or can't enter).

Update from Charlie on the 19th Sept 2019: Just to confirm,  25 USD for the PAGGS lounge,  with a decent smoking room inside.  Well worth it as you get food, drinks (including draught beer and spirits) and a shower.

Update from Pascal G., July 2019: The only airside smoking area is located inside the PAGSS lounge, which can only be accessed by priority customers of some airlines (Qantas, etc.), priority pass holders, or by paying the walk-in fee of USD 25,00 (cash only!) for the lounge access.


Update from Mark, 27th April 2019: No public smoking lounges airside anymore but Pagss Lounge(priority pass eligable) on the 4th floor has a smoking room

Both smoking lounges are now close air side. Only area is at arrival, ground floor, across the road from bay 1. Update from Allen T. on the 9th April 2019.


All smoking lounges have gone as of Jan 2019 (DOMESTIC) with only one open in the international departures at the far left side as of Friday 29th 2019. Update from Mike T. on the 3rd April 2019.

Terminal 4:

This is a PROPELLER AIRCRAFT terminal serving small Filipino islands, and current information is not known by myself as I have not used this terminal, however it's a very small terminal, so outside the check-in area desks is not a long walk to the 1 departure gate.

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