Philippines visa requirements are fairly clear and easy to understand. The Philippines has a very good visa exemption policy. Visa are exempt for most nationalities for stays up to 30 days.
There are a handful of countries that need a pre-approved visa from the consulate. Visa rules for these countries are a bit strict. Financial proof or bank statements are mandatory. Visa can only be applied in the country of passport or legal residence.
Philippines Visa Requirements
Visa EXEMPT passport holders
59 day entry
Antigua and Barbuda
Central African Republic
Congo, Dem. Rep. of
Congo, Rep. of
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
St Kitts and Nevis
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
14 day entry
Hong Kong Special Administrative passport holders
Macau Special Administrative passport holders
7 day entry
Hong Kong British passport holders
Macau Portuguese passport holders
Visa EXEMPT visa holders
14 day entry
- Must hold a valid visa (tourist/work) or permanent residence from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Schengen, Japan or Singapore
7 day entry
- Must hold a valid visa (tourist/work) or permanent residence from the US, Canada, Australia, Schengen or Japan.
Visa REQUIRED passport holders
3 month validity single entry / 6 month validity multiple entry
- Only stays up to 59 days are allowed at once
- An application of extension must be made at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to stay beyond 59 days
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Philippines tourist visa can only be applied in the country of passport or legal residence. Philippines visa cannot be applied in a third country while traveling.
Philippines single entry visas are valid for 3 months. But you can only stay a maximum of 59 days on it. For stays beyond 59 days, an application of extension must be made at the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Philippines multiple entry visas are valid for 6 months. For each entry, you are allowed to stay a maximum of 59 days. For stays beyond 59 days, an application of extension must be made at the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Visa EXEMPT passport holders can also apply for the visa at the consulate for stays more than 30 days and less than 59 days. For stays beyond 59 days, an application of extension must be made at the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
The following documentation is required.
- Filled and signed application form (you can find one on your nearest consulate website)
- Original passport
- Copy of passport Id page
- Visa or residence permit (if applying in a country that is not your country of passport)
- Roundtrip airline tickets
- Hotel bookings
- Bank statements
- One recent passport photo (refer to your nearest consulate website for exact photo requirements)
Visa fee depends on the application and the country where you are applying.
Single entry visas – $30-40 USD
Multiple entry visas – $40-50 USD
Apply in person
Philippines tourist visa can only be applied in person. Check your nearest consulate website to see if you need to take an appointment.
Apply by mail
Philippines tourist visa cannot be applied by mail. But you can request to return the approved visa and passport via mail. You may need to attach a self-addressed envelope with your application. Check with your nearest consulate for more details.
Apply through visa/travel agency
Philippines tourist visa cannot be applied through a visa/travel agency. You must apply in person at the consulate in the country of your passport or country of your legal residence.
Philippines visa processing time is usually 2 – 10 working days. For some specific countries, applications must be sent to Manila for verification. It might take longer to process such applications.
No refunds are allowed if the visa is not approved before the departure date. Make sure to apply for the visa at least 3 months in advance to avoid any delays.
Priority visa service
There is no priority visa service.
There is no dedicated customer service. Call/email the consulate if you need assistance.
There is no official procedure to withdraw a visa application. You may have to go back to the consulate and request your passport.
Visa EXEMPT passport holders are initially allowed for stays up to 30 days. After these initial 30 days, you can extend your stay for additional 29 days. The fee for 29-day extension is currently PHP 3,030. Check the Bureau of Immigration (BI) website for detailed procedure on how to extend your stay for additional 29 days.
After the initial 59 days, you can extend your stay for 1 or 2 months continuously up to 36 months. The fee depends on minor or adult, visa REQUIRED or EXEMPT, within the first 6 months or not. Refer to Bureau of Immigration (BI) website for detailed procedure and fee requirements to extend your stay beyond the 59 days.
Visa REQUIRED passport holders with a pre-approved visa from the consulate can request a 59-day entry at the port of entry. You can extend your stay for 1 or 2 months continuously up to 24 months. Refer to Bureau of Immigration (BI) website for more information.
Visa REQUIRED India and China passport holders who have entered Philippines with a valid visa/PR from the US, UK (applicable to India passports only), Canada, Australia, Schengen, Japan or Singapore can apply for a “one time only” 7 day extension at the BI office. The fee for 7 day extension is PHP 1,430.
UPDATE: Since December 2017, Bureau of Immigration has started charging an “Express Lane” fee of PHP 1,000 from all visa extension applications. This is in addition to visa extension fee. Applicants can now pick up their passports within one hour of payment.
Procedure for the visa extension at the BI main office in Manila
- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) main office is on Magallanes Dr, Intramuros in Manila
- The best way to get there is by Uber / Grab or ride LRT to Carriedo station
- When you enter the main building, head over to the information desk
- Say that you want to extend your visa and handover the completed Application Form (TVS-CGAF-VE-2016) and Checklist (TVS-C-VE-2016)
- Your documents will be verified and will be given a ticket number
- Head over to counters 23-25 and watch the screens for your ticket number
- Your ticket number and it’s corresponding counter number will be displayed
- Head over to the counter, handover the documents (application form and checklist) and passport
- You will be given a clearance certificate, a slip for visa extension fee and a slip for express lane fee
- Head over to counters 26-27, handover the fee slips and cash
- You will be given a receipt for the fee paid
- You can pick up your passport after one hour from the time of payment
- You can go to the Starbucks in front of the building to use the rest rooms and get a coffee
- Careful with your belongings, wallet and cell phone when walking outside the building
- Return back to the main office in one hour
- Wait near counter 30 and watch the screen for your name
- When your name is displayed, head over to counter 30, hand over your clearance certificate and fee receipts to pick up your passport
- Check for the extension sticker in your passport and verify all the details are correct before exiting the building
Immigration and Customs
Most airlines do not let you check-in online if you need a visa to travel to the destination country.
If you check-in online or at the airport, either way, make sure to arrive at the gate a bit early and see the airline staff. They sometimes have to go through the visa requirements again and verify your documents.
Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the day of travel.
Immigration is quite fast at the international airports in the Philippines. There are counters specific to Filipinos, ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and foreign passport holders.
Make sure fill the arrival card before heading to the immigration. If the airline staff hasn’t provided you with an arrival card, you can grab one from immigration area in the airport.
If you are a visa REQUIRED passport holder, you will be asked whether you have a visa. They will verify the visa and put the stamp with an exit date. You must exit the Philippines within the exit date.
They usually do not ask for return or onward ticket. But it is a good practice to have one handy for just in case. Otherwise, you will be in trouble if asked.
UPDATE: In December 2017, Philippines immigration department has upgraded the immigration counters in the airports with a new biometric-based system. Due to the transition to the new system, immigration formalities at the airports are taking much longer than expected.
You will go through the passport control on exit. Exit formalities are fairly quick as there a specific counters for the Philippines, ASEAN, and foreign passport holders.
Make sure to grab and fill the departure card before heading to the immigration. You can find departure cards are airline check-in counters and near the immigration area.
You will not be asked any questions unless you have overstayed your visa.
UPDATE: In December 2017, Philippines immigration has upgraded the immigration counters with a new biometric-based system. Due to the transition to the new system, check-ins and exit formalities at the airports are taking much longer, sometimes up to an hour. Make sure to account for extra time.
You may have to go through immigration and customs on your return at your home country or the country you are flying back to. If you are flying back on an Airbus A330/A340/A380 or Boeing 747/777, expect long lines at the immigration and customs.
Philippines visa requirements are clear and easy to understand. The Philippines has a liberal visa exemption and extension policy. Because of this reason, it is a favorable place for travelers and expats alike.
A handful of countries need a pre-approved visa from the consulate. Visa rules for these countries are a bit strict. A financial proof is mandatory. Visa can only be applied in the country of passport or legal residence. If you follow all the rules, securing a visa for the Philippines is quite easy.