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I would like to visit the Philippines, am I required to apply for an entry visa?

If you are classified as a non-restricted national and your country has diplomatic ties/bilateral agreement with the Philippines, you are not required to secure an entry visa.

However, if you are classified as a restricted national, you are required to secure proper visa from a Philippine Embassy/Consulate prior to your entry to the Philippines.

 

Guidelines on Entry Visas of Temporary Visitors to the Philippines

A. Nationals from countries listed below 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 port of origin or next port of destination. Department regulations require that passports are valid for a period of not less than 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.

 

B. Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa:

  1. Andorra 
  2. Angola
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Argentina
  5. Australia
  6. Austria
  7. Bahamas
  8. Bahrain
  9. Barbados
  10. Belgium
  11. Belize
  12. Benin
  13. Bhutan
  14. Bolivia
  15. Botswana
  16. Brazil*
  17. Brunei Darussalam
  18. Bulgaria
  19. Burkina Faso
  20. Burundi
  21. Cambodia
  22. Cameroon
  23. Canada
  24. Cape Verde
  25. Central African Republic
  26. Chad
  27. Chile
  28. Colombia
  29. Comoros
  30. Congo
  31. Costa Rica
  32. Cote d'lvoire 
  33. Croatia
  34. Cyprus
  35. Czech Republic
  36. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  37. Denmark
  38. Djibouti
  39. Dominica
  40. Dominican Republic
  41. Ecuador
  42. El Salvador
  43. Equatorial Guinea
  44. Eritrea
  45. Estonia
  46. Ethiopia
  47. Fiji
  48. Finland
  49. France
  50. Gabon
  51. Gambia
  52. Germany
  53. Ghana
  54. Greece
  55. Grenada
  56. Guatemala
  57. Guinea
  58. Guinea Bissau
  59. Guyana
  60. Haiti
  61. Honduras
  62. Hungary
  63. Iceland
  64. Indonesia
  65. Ireland
  66. Israel*
  67. Italy
  68. Jamaica
  69. Japan
  70. Kazakhstan
  71. Kenya
  72. Kiribati
  73. Kuwait
  74. Kyrgyzstan
  75. Lao People's Democratic Republic
  76. Latvia
  77. Lesotho
  78. Liberia
  79. Liechtenstein
  80. Lithuania
  81. Luxembourg
  82. Madagascar
  83. Malawi
  84. Malaysia
  85. Maldives
  86. Mali
  87. Malta
  88. Marshall Islands
  89. Mauritania
  90. Mauritius
  91. Mexico
  92. Micronesia
  93. Monaco
  94. Mongolia
  95. Morocco
  96. Mozambique
  97. Myanmar
  98. Namibia
  99. Nepal
  100. Netherlands
  101. New Zealand
  102. Nicaragua
  103. Niger
  104. Norway
  105. Oman
  106. Palau
  107. Panama
  108. Papua New Guinea
  109. Paraguay
  110. Peru
  111. Poland
  112. Portugal
  113. Qatar
  114. Republic of Korea
  115. Romania
  116. Russia
  117. Rwanda
  118. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  119. Saint Lucia
  120. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  121. Samoa
  122. San Marino
  123. Sao Tome and Principe
  124. Saudi Arabia
  125. Senegal
  126. Seychelles
  127. Singapore
  128. Slovak Republic
  129. Slovenia
  130. Solomon Islands
  131. South Africa
  132. Spain
  133. Suriname
  134. Swaziland
  135. Sweden
  136. Switzerland
  137. Tajikistan
  138. Thailand
  139. Togo
  140. Trinidad and Tobago
  141. Tunisia
  142. Turkey
  143. Turkmenistan
  144. Tuvalu
  145. Uganda
  146. United Arab Emirates
  147. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  148. United States of America
  149. Uruguay
  150. Uzbekistan
  151. Vanuatu
  152. Vatican
  153. Venezuela
  154. Vietnam
  155. Zambia
  156. Zimbabwe

 

Visa Required Nationals based on Foreign Service Circular No. 22-10 dated 22 February 2010:

  1. Afghanistan¹ 
  2. Algeria*
  3. Egypt*
  4. Iran
  5. Iraq*
  6. Jordan*
  7. Lebanon*
  8. Libya*
  9. Pakistan*
  10. Palestine*
  11. Sudan*
  12. Syria*
  13. Yemen*
  14. East Timor²
  15. DPRK³
  16. Nigeria*
  17. Sri Lanka*
  18. India*º
  19. Azerbaijan
  20. Bangladesh
  21. Albania
  22. Armenia
  23. Belarus
  24. Belize
  25. Bosnia-Herzegovina 
  26. Croatia
  27. Cuba
  28. FYROM
  29. Georgia
  30. Nauru
  31. Moldova
  32. Montenegro
  33. Serbia
  34. Sierra Leone
  35. Tonga
  36. Ukraine
  37. 7. China, PROC**
  38. Taiwan
  39. Hong Kong DI Holders 
  40. Hong Kong CI Holders
  41. Malaysian CI Holders
  42. Brunei CI Holders
  43. Stateless Personsª

NOTE:

DPRK= Democratic People’s Republic of Korea || FYROM= Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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¹May apply for a visa only from the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad

²May apply for a visa only from the Philippine Embassy in Dili

³May apply for a visa only from the Philippine Embassy in Beijing

*May apply for a visa only from a Philippine Foreign Service Post in their country of origin or place of legal residence

**Chinese nationals from the mainland coming for tourism purposes and with a valid Australian, Japanese, Canadian, Schengen or US visa do not need a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days provided they possess a return or onward airline ticket.

º  Indian nationals may also apply for a visa in any country that requires entry visas to Indian nationals

ª  Stateless persons may apply for a visa only from a Philippine Foreign service Post in their country of legal residence, except for those who may apply at any Foreign Service Post because they possess all of the following:

  1. Permanent residency in a country with which the Philippines has diplomatic relations;
  2. A travel document which entitles re-entry to the country of residence, with such re-entry permit valid for at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay in the Philippines.
  3. Their country of origin has diplomatic relations with the Philippines; and
  4. Gainful employment and guarantee by employer that they would not become public charges, or financial independence which would preclude them from becoming public charges.

Note: For purposes of travel abroad, international civil aviation regulations require passports to have at least 6 months validity beyond the intended period of stay in the country of destination. [From website of Philippine Embassy in Thailand http://www.philembassy-bangkok.net/faq ]

*The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days:

  1. Holders of Brazil passports; and
  2. Holders of Israel passports

The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:

  1. Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports
  2. Holders of Portuguese Passports issued in Macao

The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days:

  1. Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports
  2. Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports

 

Admission of Lao People's Democratic Republic

Under Foreign Service Circular No. 21-10 dated 22 February 2010, Lao PDR is a country with which the Philippines has an agreement on the abolition of entry visas for holders of regular or ordinary passports who are coming for business and pleasure. The duration of stay is indicated as 30 days for both nationals.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Department and the Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines. Further inquiries may be addressed to the Visa Division (Telephone numbers: 834-4854, 834-3707, and 834-4810), Department of Foreign Affairs, 2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City or to any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad.

 

How would I extend my visa?

You may get an application form from the Visa Extension Section located at the ground floor Annex building, Bureau of Immigration.

Fill up the form, provide a photocopy of your passport, visa, latest arrival card, valid extension of stay, if any and other pertinent documents which will support your application.

What is the maximum extension of stay that can be granted to me?

For non-restricted nationals, the Chief of Visa Extension Section may grant you two (2) months for every extension but not to exceed the maximum period of one year.

For restricted nationals, the Chief of Visa Extension Section may grant one (1) month for every extension but not to exceed a maximum period of six (6) months.

For restricted nationals, the Commissioner and the Associate Commissioners have the right to approve the length of stay based on the merits of your application.

After a year of stay in the country, the Commissioner and the Associate Commissioners will again be the ones to approve your stay based on the merits on your application.

Will it be necessary for me to appear personally for the extension of my visa?

You may or may not appear provided, you will ask assistance from any of the accredited travel agencies or law firms of the Bureau.

But if it is necessary, you will appear before the Chief of Visa Extension section or any of the Commissioners for the clarification of your application.

How many days should I allot for the filing of my extension to avoid overstaying?

You should file your application seven (7) days before the expiration of your approved stay

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Source:

http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16&Itemid=37

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