Smoking at Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)

Also known as Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Ninoy Aquino or NAIA

Airport Rating

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Before Security Smoking

Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals.

Update from Jay, August 2022: At Terminal 2 there is outdoor smoking sections before security in the parking area across from the arrivals exits.

Warning

  • This airport is 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.

After Security Smoking

Terminal 1

Update from Lost in Lodos, Dec 2023: The airport is smoke free inside and out by law. Some lounge staff will turn a blind eye on decks and patio areas: but it’s still against the law if you get caught and fines are hefty. 

Update from Rene, April 2023: Confirmed that the entire airport went smoke free.

Update from Michael, July 2022: For regular cigarettes, at T1, only the JAL business class lounge has a smoking area.

Update from Dan,  Mat 2022: I can confirm that since the pandemic, even the designated outdoor smoking area has been closed. I smoked anyway and was stopped by a security guard. Later, I discovered some drivers smoking discreetly at the carpark. As long as you don't get caught, you can still sneak a smoke in between the parked cars, especially at night. Just go as far as you can from the building and the guards.

Terminal 2:

Update from Lost in Lodos, Dec 2023: The airport is smoke free inside and out by law. Some lounge staff will turn a blind eye on decks and patio areas: but it’s still against the law if you get caught and fines are hefty. 

Update from JKE, Dec 2023: I am here at the NAIA (MNL) Terminal 2. The smoking area is just right across the Arrival gate. At the Parking Area. There is a huge sign for DESIGNATED SMOKING AREA. December 19, 2023.

Update from Theodoros (Dodo), July 2023: On 30th July 2023, the IQOS vape lounge beside gate 8 was found to be locked. Airport staff Informed me that it will be locked permanently.

Update from Rene, April 2023: Confirmed that the entire airport went smoke free.

Update from Jay, August 2022: Adding to the previous post, the IQOS vape lounge is located next to Gate 8 in Terminal 2. First time Ive seen a dedicated vape only lounge in an airport! Also at Terminal 2 there is outdoor smoking sections before security in the parking area across from the arrivals exits.

Update from Michael, July 2022: There is now a dedicated IQOS lounge inside Terminal 2 after all the security checks and immigration. There is nowhere to smoke regular cigarettes.

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.

Terminal 3:

Update from Dubh,June 2023: The IQOS lounge allows vapes and IQOS. The lounge that Qatar airways uses has a smoking room at the far end where you can smoke cigarettes and vapes/IQOS. there is an outside smoking area at arrivals level (level 1) at the far left door as you are facing the airport.

Update from Rene, April 2023: Confirmed that the entire airport went smoke free. At Terminal 3 (the international section), there's an IQOS Lounge opposite Gate 112, connected to the Sky&Go Cafe.

Update from Jasper J., December 2022: There is one smoking area in the PAGSS lounge located at the international departures 4th floor, airside.

Manila smoking room

Update from DC, October 2022: Only smoking room is in the PAGSS Premium Lounge on level 4. Access via various airlines' business class or Priority Pass. IQOS-only lounge airside Departures floor.

Update from Michael, July 2022: At T3, some business class lounges have dedicated smoking areas. If I recall correctly, it was the ANA business class lounge. There may also be an IQOS only smoking lounge.

Update from Kim, Nov 2019: I found good smoking room at QATAR AIR lounge at 4 floor in duty free area departure but it cost 25 USD or PP CARD They have lighter (fixed electric on board wall) otherwise no smoking area departure/arrival,

Update from John, Nov 2019: They moved the outside smoking area to Bay 14 now arrivals.

Terminal 4

Update from Rene, Jan 2020: I can confirm that there is no smoking area inside the terminal. Smoking is allowed outside in a designated area in the parking lot, 50 meters from the terminal entrance.

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.

Further Information

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