Philippine Visas and Formalities
All visitors to the country must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the period they plan to stay.
A Philippine Visa is a seal of approval to enter the Philippines. It will be issued by a consular office or at a Philippine Embassy Consulate abroad. Visa serves as request permission from the Philippine Immigration authorities at the ports of entry.
Tourist or nationals from other countries who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding twenty-one (21) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
The privilege to be allowed to the Philippines without a visa for 21 days does not apply to those who intend to work, study or engage in business activities, to nationals of countries with which the Philippines maintains no diplomatic ties; to stateless persons; and to nationals of countries which do not extend reciprocal privileges to citizens of the Philippines.
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 the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of twenty-one (21) days or less:
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days
Holders of Brazil passports;
Holders of Israel passports
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:
Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports
Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports
Holders of Portuguese Passports issued in Macao
Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports
Foreign Nationals on Board Privately-Owned Yachts or Sailboats
A temporary visitor’s visa is required for foreign nationals who are traveling to the Philippines on board privately-owned yachts and sailboats. When applying the visa, the applicants will be required to provide the following particulars of the yacht/sailboat and its crew members:
3. Passport details of the crew;
4. Vessel to be used for entry: type, name, registration, call sign, and other particulars;
5. Estimated date of entry into the Philippine territory;
6. Port/Area of entry (Philippine waters);
7. Estimated period of stay in the Philippines;
8. Character reference/shipping agent in the Philippines (if any); and
9. Purpose of visit
Upon entry into the Philippines, the crew of the yacht and sailboats are required to register immediately with the nearest Coast Guard Station and submit the yacht/sailboats to Customs, Immigration and Quarantine inspections.
Extension of stay for tourist visa
Tourists, who arrive without a visa and wish to stay longer than the authorized initial period of 21 days, may extend their visa to up to 59 days with the Commission on Immigration. Visas for 59 days may be obtained from any Philippine embassy or consulate. The extension is called a visa waiver.
Visa Extension Fees
Tourist (non-restricted) admitted initially for 21 days may be extended for another 38 days:
|Visa Waiver||500.00 Pesos|
|Visa Waiver Application Fee||1,000.00 Pesos|
|Certification Fee||500.00 Pesos|
|Express fee (Certification)||500.00 Pesos|
|Express fee (For processing)||500.00 Pesos|
|Legal Research Fee (LRF) for each item||10.00 Pesos|
For more information visit the website: http://dfa.gov.ph/main/
A yellow fever or typhus vaccination certificate is required from travelers over one year of age arriving within six days from infected areas. A certificate is also required by those arriving from small pox or plague infected areas.