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Nationals from these countries, who are traveling to the Philippines for business and / or tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to their port of origin or next port of destination and their passports are valid for a period of six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay. However, immigration officers at ports of entry may exercise their discretion to admit holders of passports valid for at least sixty (60) days beyond the intended period of stay.
Nationals from ALL other countries need to apply for an entry visa.
The granting of a Philippine visa is in effect only a form of pre-entry clearance. Immigration Officers have the authority to grant or deny admission upon arrival in a port of entry in the Philippines. Visa holders are subject to normal immigration control at the port of entry.
Validity of Visa
The period of validity of a visa indicates the time within which entry into the Philippines may be affected. It does not refer to the length of stay in the Philippines. In the case of non-immigrant visa holders whose stay in the Philippines will exceed fifty-nine (59) days, they must secure an extension of stay with the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (Magallanes Drive, Port Area, Manila) and pay the necessary immigration fees.
Filing of Visa Application
Visa applications must be filed in person. In case of a minor below 18 years of age, the application may be made for him/her by any person who shows proof that he/she is responsible for the minor’s welfare.
Approved visas can be claimed after three (3) working days.
- Personal appearance of the applicant
- Duly accomplished Visa Application form (FA Form 2A). All headings must be filled out using CAPITAL LETTERS only
- Original passport (valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines) and photocopy of data page of passport
- Two (2) photographs with white background taken in the last six (6) months
- Original and photocopy of roundtrip air ticket showing arrival in and departure from the Philippines
- Cash payment for application processing (refer to Consular Fees)
- Letter of Endorsement of Sending Company, if travel is for business purposes
- Additional requirements such as clearance certificate from the Ministry of Justice and bank statements may also be requested
Note: Visa applications with incomplete documentary requirements will not be processed. The Visa Officer may request additional documents as necessary.