February 28, 2024

Visa Information

Spanish citizens and other foreign nationals (allowed under E.O. 408) who are traveling to the Philippines for tourism may be allowed to enter the Philippines for 30 days or less provided they comply with the following conditions as of 31st March 2022.  Please refer to the official website of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for the latest updates on visa and immigration rules and regulations.

Foreign nationals entering the Philippines Visa-Free:

  1. They are former Filipino citizens with Balikbayan privilege under Republic Act 9174, including their spouse and/or children traveling with them to the Philippines; PROVIDED, they are not restricted nationals; or they are citizen/national of countries allowed to stay not exceeding thirty (30) days per Executive Order No. 408, s. 1960, as amended;
  2. With valid return ticket to port of origin or next port of destination not later than 30 days from date of arrival in the country;
  3. With passport valid for at least six (6) months at the time of entry; and
  4. Must NOT have a derogatory record from the national Bureau of Immigration (BI), National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and the International Police (Interpol).

Foreign nationals entering through 9A visa:

Foreign nationals coming from visa-required countries (NOT allowed under E.O. 408) shall secure a security clearance from National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) endorsed by the Embassy through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens who: (i) are not nationals of E.O. 408 countries, whether or not travelling with said Filipino citizen; or (ii) are from visa-required countries; or (iii) who are restricted nationals may enter the country, provided they have been issued a 9(a) visa and they meet the following requirements:

  1. With valid return ticket to port of origin or next port of destination not later than 30 or 59 days (depending on the length of stay allowed in the visa) from date of arrival in the country; and
  2. With passport valid for at least six (6) months at the time of entry.

Visa Issuance

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.

Follow this link to the new Online Visa Application System (OVAS)