The Philippine Visa
A visa is an endorsement made on a passport or travel document by the Philippine Consulate denoting that the traveler’s visa application has been properly examined and that the holder is permitted to proceed to the Philippines. However, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (www.immigration.gov.ph) has the final decision on the entry of a foreign traveler into the Philippines.
The visa thus issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be admitted into the country. The admission of foreign nationals is a function of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at the port of entry.
Beginning August 1, 2013, Australian passport holders are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa if they intend to stay for Thirty days (30) days or less for pleasure or business purposes, provided they have a return or onward travel to another country and their passports are valid at least six months beyond the intended stay in the Philippines.
Holders of passports issued by other countries are advised to contact the Philippine Consulate General or to visit the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs website (www.dfa.gov.ph) for information if their passport avails of the 30-day visa-free entry privilege.
For a stay of more than 30 days, a traveler must apply for an appropriate visa at the Philippine Consulate General. A visa generally allows a stay of until 59 days in the Philippines. Visitors wishing to stay beyond 59 days may apply for an Extension of Stay at any office of the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines before the authorized stay runs out. Fees for extension of stay will apply. Refer to the Bureau of immigration website for information about extending your stay in the Philippines.
Children below 15 years of age traveling to the Philippines unaccompanied by a parent must secure an Affidavit of Support and Consent from the Consulate. Upon arrival at the airport in the Philippines, the accompanying adult will submit this Affidavit to the immigration authorities and obtain a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG). Fees will apply.
The following are the visas processed by this Consulate;
- Temporary visitor's visa for pleasure or tourism
- Temporary visitor's visa for business purposes
- Temporary visitor's visa for travelers on privately-owned yachts or sailboats
- Visa for Foreign Newsmen, Journalists, Cinema and Television Groups
- Transit visa
- Seaman’s visa (individual and crewlist)
- Foreign Government Official visa
- Non-Quota Immigrant Visa
The following visas and extended stay permits require the approval of the Bureau of Immigration and are usually issued in the Philippines:
- Student Visa
- Special Study Permit
- Special Work Permit
- Pre-arranged Work Visa
- Special Investors Resident Visa
- Special Retiree Resident Visa
30-Day Visa-Free Stay
Nationals from countries listed below who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty days (30) 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. 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.
The reckoning of the thirty days (30) begins on the day after arrival in the Philippines. This visa-free stay allows for regular tourism and business meetings.
Nationals who are subjects of deportation or blacklist orders of the DFA and the Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines.
Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay of thirty days (30) days or less:
Congo Democratic Republic
Tanzania (United Republic of Tanzania)
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 fourteen (14) days:
- Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports
- Holders of Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:
- Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports
- Holders of Portuguese Passports issued in Macau