visa

A Philippine Visa is an endorsement made on a travel document by a consular officer at a Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad denoting that the visa application has been properly examined and that the bearer is permitted to proceed to the Philippines and request permission from the Philippine Immigration authorities at the ports of entries to enter the country.

Please note that the visa issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted to the country. The admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the the Post of entry. Philippine immigration authorities will not allow entry into Philippine airports and seaports the following foreign nationals:

      • Those holding non-machine readable passports (e.g. hand scripted passports); or
      • Those previously deported from the Philippines or included in the “blacklist order” of the Department of Foreign Affairs or Bureau of Immigration; or
      • Those with incomplete documentation; or
      • Those with circumstances that would render them inadmissible for entry, even with a valid passport and visa issued by a Philippine Consulate.

PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE YOUR AIRLINE TICKET UNLESS AND UNTIL YOUR PHILIPPINE VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED.

You may submit a flight itinerary temporarily created by booking a reservation with an airline.

THE CONSULATE WILL NOT:

– Expedite the visa processing to accommodate the visa applicant’s flight schedule; depending on the applicant’s nationality (i.e. if the applicant’s country has a visa agreement with the Philippines), visa processing will take 7 or 14 business days (in some cases, authorization from Manila).

– Refund the visa application fee if the visa is issued later than your flight departure date or if the visa application is denied or cancelled.

TEMPORARY TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR PHILIPPINE-BOUND FOREIGN NATIONALS

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visa-free privileges to all foreign nationals, including the Balikbayan Privilege, are suspended until further notice. Only the following foreign nationals shall be allowed to enter the Philippines, provided they possess or secure the appropriate visas:

  1. Foreign spouse and minor children of Filipinos¹²
  2. Children with special needs (regardless of age) of Filipinos¹²
  3. Foreign parent of minor Filipinos¹²
  4. Foreign parent of Filipino children with special needs (regardless of age)¹²
  5. Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents¹
  6. Foreign airline crew members
  7. Foreign seafarers with 9(c) visa¹

This requirement applies to former Philippine citizens who belong to the above-mentioned categories, and are not dual citizens.

¹ Upon compliance with the 4 conditions set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF -EID).
² Those without an existing valid visa (including those who previously enjoyed visa-free privileges) must apply for an entry visa at the Philippine Consulate

¹IATF Conditions for Foreign Nationals

  1. Must have valid and existing visas at the time of entry.
  2. Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry, as returning overseas Filipinos will be given priority.
  3. Required to secure a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility. (Required upon submission of visa application).
  4. Required to secure a pre-booked COVID-19 testing provider.

²Temporary Visitor 9(A) Visa Requirements for Foreign Spouses, Children, Parents of Philippine Citizens

For Adults

  1. Proof of financial capability: latest bank statement, income tax return, pay stub, employment certificate from the employer indicating position and salary.
  2. Accomplished non-immigrant visa application FA Form No. 2-A. Duly notarized by a notary public.
  3. Electronic or machine-readable passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines.
  4. One (1) recently taken colored photo 1.77″ x 1.37″ (3.5 x 4.5 cm), front view, with a white background; no eyeglasses or sleeveless attire. Digital photographs are not allowed.
  5. Original or certified true copy (CTC) of supporting documents
    • Proof of financial capability: latest bank statement, income tax return, pay stub, employment certificate from the employer indicating position and salary.
    • Legal proof of relationship, i.e. marriage contract or Report of Marriage between the Philippine citizen and applicant; Birth certificate or Report of Birth of Philippine citizen.
    • Proof of Philippine citizenship of Spouse / Children (Passport and Dual citizenship Certificate, or Permanent resident ID.)
  6. Itinerary of Travel*
    • If travelling with Filipino spouse/children: Flight itinerary and Notarized Affidavit from the Filipino spouse that they will be travelling together.
    • If not travelling with Filipino spouse/ children: Flight Itinerary and Notarized Affidavit from the spouse that he/she is in the Philippines.
  7. Required to secure a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility.
  8. Payment Fees (Only money order payable to the “Philippine Consulate General, New York”. Cash and personal checks not accepted.)
    • $30 – Regular processing fee (7 – 14 working days upon receipt of application)
    • $40- Expedite Fee (3 – 5 working days upon receipt of application)

For Minors

  1. Accomplished non-immigrant visa application FA Form No. 2-ADuly notarized by a notary public.
  2. Electronic or machine-readable passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines.
  3. One (1) recently taken colored photo 1.77″ x 1.37″ (3.5 x 4.5 cm), front view, with a white background; no eyeglasses or sleeveless attire. Digital photographs are not allowed.
  4. Original or certified true copy (CTC) of supporting documents
    • Parent/s or guardian/s’ proof of financial capability such as latest bank statement, income tax return, pay stub, employment certificate from the employer indicating position and salary. 
    • Birth Certificate / Report of Birth of Filipino Children
  5. Itinerary of Travel*

  6. Required to secure a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility.
  7. Payment fees (money order only; cash and personal checks not accepted. Money order has to be addressed to the “Philippine Consulate General, New York”).

    • $ 30 – Regular processing fee (7 – 14 working days upon receipt of application)
    • $ 40- Expedite Fee (3 – 5 working days upon receipt of application)

*An itinerary of travel can be a flight itinerary created by temporarily booking a reservation with the airline. 

The visa officer can request additional documents to determine whether or not the applicant can be issued a visa.

HOW TO APPLY BY MAIL

Mail the Visa Application packet to the Consulate

The applicant mails to the Consulate the visa application packet containing the notarized application form, complete requirements including original passport, payment, and return envelope to:

Visa Section
Philippine Consulate General
556 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

Covering Letter

Include a covering letter (handwritten or typed), addressed to the appropriate Section, indicating the consular service requested, name of person filing the application, including the person’s mobile number and email address.

Complete Documentary Requirements

Please see the list of requirements for the type of visa corresponding to the purpose of travel to the Philippines. Fill out the appropriate visa application form and have it duly notarized by a licensed notary public in the applicant's place of legal residence.

Original Passport

Include the original passport in the packet as this is where the visa will be stamped.

Payment

Please see the section on Visa Fee for the appropriate visa processing fee.

Payment should be in the form of money order or cashier’s check payable to the Philippine Consulate General. Do not send cash by mail. Personal checks are not accepted.

Return Envelope

A self-addressed pre-paid stamped envelope, preferably USPS Priority Mail, with tracking number, must be included when sending the application. Do not use metered stamps or P.O. Box Return Address. Do not use Fedex.

The Philippine Consulate General assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

Inform Consulate of Packet's Tracking Number

Once mailed, the applicant should email the Consulate at newyorkpcg.visa@dfa.gov.ph the tracking number of the package.

Consulate Processes the Application

Processing normally takes one (1) to two (2) weeks from the date the visa application packet has been received by the Consulate. Some visa category may require longer period of evaluation and require prior authorization or approval from the Department of Foreign of Affairs in Manila.

Consulate mails original passport with visa

Using the return envelope provided by the applicant, the Consulate mails back to the applicant the following:
- (If visa is approved) Original passport with visa and receipt.
- (If visa is denied) Original passport only and receipt.

If the applicant has not received the original passport after two weeks from the time it was received by Consulate, please contact the Visa Section at email newyorkpcg.visa@dfa.gov.ph, with SUBJECT: Visa Application of (Insert Name of Applicant), Sent on (Insert Date of Mailing of Application)

PHILIPPINE VISA POLICY

Check if your passport will require a visa for entry to the Philippines by searching the table below for the country that issued your passport.

Country That Issued PassportPhilippine Visa Policy
AfghanistanVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa only at the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan
AlbaniaVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
AlgeriaVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. If a Permanent Resident of the US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
AndorraNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
AngolaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Antigua and BarbudaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
ArgentinaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
ArmeniaVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
AustraliaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
AustriaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
AzerbaijanVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate. Allow 10 working days for the processing of the visa application. Allow for 3 to 4 weeks for the processing of a multiple-entry business visa valid for six months or one year.
BahamasNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
BahrainNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Bangladesh Visa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka. For Permanent Residents of the USA, submit to the nearest Philippine Consulate in the US. Present valid US Permanent Resident Card. For both cases, allow 10 working days for the processing of the visa application. Allow for 3 to 4 weeks for the processing of a multiple-entry business visa valid for six months or one year.
BarbadosNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
BelarusVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
BelgiumNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
BelizeNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
BeninNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
BhutanNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
BoliviaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Bosnia-HerzegovinaVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
BotswanaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
BrazilNo visa required for a stay not exceeding 59 days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Brunei DarussalamNo visa required for a stay not exceeding 21 days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Bulgaria No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Burkina Faso No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
BurundiNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
CambodiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding 21 days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Cameroon No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
CanadaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Cape VerdeNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Central African RepublicNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
ChadNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
ChileNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
China, People's Republic ofVisa required. If the traveler is legally working, studying or residing in US, traveler may apply at the Philippine Consulate. If not residing in the US, the traveller must apply at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country of residence. If the traveller has a visa issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Schengen country or U.S.A, may enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding 7 days for tourism purposes, provided that the traveler (1) has a national passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond contemplated stay (2) holds a valid ticket for the return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and (3) no derogatory record with the Bureau of Immigration.
ColombiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
ComorosNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Congo, Republic ofNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Congo, Democratic Republic of theNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Costa RicaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Cote d' Ivoire (Ivory Coast)No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
CroatiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
CubaTraveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
CyprusNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Czech RepublicNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
DenmarkNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
DjiboutiNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Dominica No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Dominican RepublicNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Ecuador No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Egypt Visa required. If traveler is a US permanent resident then traveler can apply at the Philippine Consulate. A five (5) working days waiting period from application period for security clearance applies.
El Salvador No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Equatorial GuineaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
EritreaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
EstoniaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
EthiopiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
FijiNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
FinlandNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
FranceNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
GabonNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
GambiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
GeorgiaVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
GermanyNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
GhanaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
GreeceNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
GrenadaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
GuatemalaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
GuineaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Guinea BissauNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
GuyanaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
HaitiNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Honduraso visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Hong Kong British / British National OverseasMay enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days, provided that the traveler holds a valid ticket for the return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and passport is valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
Hong Kong SARMay enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days , provided that the traveler holds a valid ticket for the return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and passport is valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
HungaryNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
IcelandNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
IndiaVisa required. Traveler must apply for a visa at the Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate in the country of legal residence. Visa required for business , conference , training- , official and other non-leisure travel. Indian passport holders do not require a visa for tourism travel not exceeding fourteen (14) days provided that they hold a valid visa or permanent residence permit issued by Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Schengen country, U.K. or U.S.A. Traveler must have a valid national passport for at least six (6) months, beyond the contemplated stay and a return or onward ticket to the next country of destination and (3) No derogatory record with the Bureau of Immigration.
IndonesiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
IranVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
IraqVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. If a Permanent Resident of the US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
IrelandNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
IsraelNo visa required for a stay not exceeding 59 days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
ItalyNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
JamaicaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
JapanNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
JordanVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Amman, Kingdom of Jordan. If a Permanent Resident of the US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
KazakhstanNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
KenyaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
KiribatiNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North Korea)Visa required. Traveler may apply for a visa only at the Philippine Embassy in Beijing, People's Republic of China.
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Kosovo, Republic ofVisa required.
KuwaitPrior authorization from Department is required before issuance of visa.
KyrgyzstanMay apply for a visa only at Budapest PE EXCEPT those who possess the following: (1) Permanent Residency in a country 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 contemplated period of stay in the Philippines; (3) Gainful employment and guarantee by employer that they would not become public charges or financial independence which would preclude them from becoming public charges.
Lao PDR (Laos)No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
LatviaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
LebanonTraveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. If a Permanent Resident of US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
LesothoNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
LiberiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
LibyaVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. If a Permanent Resident of US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
Liechtenstein No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
LithuaniaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
LuxembourgNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Macau SAR May enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days, provided that the traveler holds a valid ticket for the return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and passport is valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
Macau- PortugueseMay enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days, provided that the traveler holds a valid ticket for the return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and passport is valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
MacedoniaVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
MadagascarNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MalawiNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MalaysiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding 21 days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MaldivesNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Mali No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MaltaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Marshall IslandsNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MauritaniaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MauritiusNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MexicoNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MicronesiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MoldovaVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
MonacoNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MongoliaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MoroccoNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MozambiqueNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
MyanmarNo visa required for a stay not exceeding 21 days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
NamibiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
NauruVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
NepalNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
NetherlandsNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
New ZealandNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
NicaraguaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Niger No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
NigeriaVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria. If a Permanent Resident of the US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
NorwayNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
OmanNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
PakistanVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. If a Permanent Resident of the US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
PalauNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
PalestineVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Amman, Kingdom of Jordan. If a Permanent Resident of the US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
PanamaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Papua New GuineaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
ParaguayNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
PeruNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
PolandNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
PortugalNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
QatarNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
RomaniaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
RussiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
RwandaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Saint Kitts and NevisNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Saint LuciaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
SamoaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
San MarinoNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Sao Tome and PrincipeNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Saudi ArabiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
SenegalNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
SerbiaVisa Required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
SeychellesNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Sierra LeoneVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
SingaporeNo visa required for a stay not exceeding 21 days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Slovak RepublicNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
SloveniaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Solomon IslandsNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
SomaliaVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. If a Permanent Resident of US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
South AfricaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
SpainNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Sri LankaVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. If a Permanent Resident of US, may apply for a single-entry visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
SudanVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. If a Permanent Resident of US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
SurinameNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
SwazilandNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
SwedenNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
SwitzerlandNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
SyriaVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Damascus. If a Permanent Resident of US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application
TaiwanVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
TajikistanNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
TanzaniaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
ThailandNo visa required for a stay not exceeding 21 days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Timor-LesteVisa required. If the traveler is a permanent resident of the US, traveler may apply at the Philippine Consulate.
TogoNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
TongaVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
Trinidad and TobagoNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
TunisiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
TurkeyNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
TurkmenistanNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
TuvaluNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
UgandaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
UkraineVisa required. Traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate
United Arab EmiratesNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
United KingdomNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
United States of America (US)No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
UruguayNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
UzbekistanNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
VanuatuNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Vatican (Holy See)No visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
VenezuelaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
Viet NamNo visa required for a stay not exceeding 21 days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
YemenVisa required. Traveler must apply for visa at the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. If a Permanent Resident of US, traveler may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate but must allow for 10 working days for the visa application.
ZambiaNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.
ZimbabweNo visa required for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days. Traveler must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the stay in the Philippines.

VISA-FREE ENTRY GUIDELINES

Nationals of certain countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for pleasure purposes for a period of stay of 59 days, 30 days, 14 days, 7 days or less, depending on their nationality and the existing bilateral agreements between the Philippines and their country.

To be allowed entry into the Philippines, these foreign nationals must have:

  1. Passports that are valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the intended stay in the Philippines;
  2. Valid airline ticket for their return journey to the port of origin or to the next port of destination

BALIKBAYAN VISA-FREE PRIVILEGE

The following are considered Balikbayan (returning Filipino) travelers to the Philippines:

  • A Filipino citizen who has been continuously out of the Philippines for a period of at least one (1) year;
  • A Filipino overseas worker;
  • A former Filipino citizen; or
  • Alien spouse and children of Balikbayan as defined in categories 1, 2, and 3 who are traveling together with the Balikbayan.

Former Filipinos and their immediate family members (spouse and children) who are visa-required nationals (nationals of countries NOT listed in the List of Countries Whose Nationals are Allowed 30 Day Visa-Free under EO 408). They must secure entry visas prior to their travel to the Philippines.

Nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines.

Those who are admitted as Balikbayans are given an initial stay of one (1) year.

They may extend their stay for another one (1), two (2) or six (6) months provided they apply for an extension of stay at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Main Office or any BI field office nationwide.

Other privileges that the Balikbayan can avail themselves of under Republic Act 9174 “Balikbayan Law” are:

  • Exemption from travel tax.
  • Duty-free shopping privilege of up to US$2,000.00, provided that shopping must be done within two (2) days upon arrival and purchases must be made personally by the balikbayan.

An alien spouse and/or child of a Balikbayan may only be given the said privilege if he/she is traveling with his/her Balikbayan spouse or parent.

Returning Balikbayans or former Filipinos may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a period of one (1) year, provided that they have a passport valid for 6 months beyond the intended stay in the Philippines, a round-trip ticket, and proof of former Philippine citizenship (e.g. old Philippine passport or PSA-authenticated birth certificate). Please note that a foreign passport indicating “Philippines” as your place of birth is not sufficient proof of your previous Filipino citizenship.

Non-Immigrant Visa Requirements

A foreign tourist is defined as a person without distinction as to race, gender, language or religion, who is proceeding to the Philippines for a legitimate, non-immigrant purpose such as sightseeing, sports, health, family reasons, training or study (excluding enrollment in schools for the purpose of obtaining a title or degree), religious pilgrimage, business, cultural and scientific purposes.

General Requirements:

  1. Accomplished non-immigrant visa application FA Form No. 2-A.
  2. Electronic or machine-readable passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines.
  3. One (1) recently taken colored photo 1.77″ x 1.37″ (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm), front view, with a white background; no eyeglasses or sleeveless attire. Digital photographs are not allowed.
  4. Proof of bona fide status as tourist, businessman, or category in temporary nature
  5. Proof of financial capability
  6. Itinerary of travel
  7. Required to secure a pre-booked accredited quarantine facility.
  8. (For non-US citizens) Proof of legal status/residency in the US, e.g. valid US Alien Registration Card or valid US visa
  9. Payment of visa fee (See Visa Fees Section)

Submit General Requirements for 9(A) Temporary Visitor’s Visa and the following additional requirements:

  1. Letter from employer or sponsor (which may be the inviting party in the Philippines) of the trip indicating the specific purpose of trip, length of stay (inclusive dates), and company guarantee for all moral and financial obligations to be incurred by the person while in the Philippines.

Submit General Requirements for 9(A) Temporary Visitor’s Visa and the following additional requirements:

  1. Proof of financial capability: latest bank statement, income tax return, pay stub, employment certificate from the employer indicating position and salary.

Foreign newsmen, journalists and members of cinema/television groups visiting the Philippines in pursuit of their profession are required to submit the General Requirements for 9(A) Temporary Visitor’s Visa and the following additional requirements for IPC accreditation:

  1. Fully accomplished accreditation form
  2. Note Verbale from the Foreign Ministry of the visiting delegation indicating the media representative as an official delegate; or a letter of endorsement from their respective Embassy for visiting journalists or new applicants representing their respective media organizations
  3. Two (2) pcs 2×2 colored picture, white background for each media representative
  4. Copy of contract of employment (for local hire)
  5. Photocopy of passport (pages 1 and 2) and latest arrival stamp in Manila
  6. List of equipment
  7. List of crew members and their designation
  8. Media itinerary
  9. Additional Requirements for New Applicants: (a) Five (5) by-lined photos (published not later than 3 months); (b) Five (5) by-lined articles (published not later than 3 months); and (c)Five (5) consecutive issues of newspaper or magazine, for publications/print media (published not later than 3 months)

For more information about IPC Accreditation, please contact:

    • Ms. Rose Coni
    • Media Accreditation and Relations Office (MARO)
    • Presidential Communications Operations Office,
    • Malacañan, Manila
    • Email: intlpresscenter@gmail.com; maro@pcoo.gov.ph; rose_jacoba@yahoo.com
    • Tel: +632-734-5889
    • www.pcoo.gov.ph

The Consulate General will only issue a 9(a) temporary visitor’s visa to foreign newsmen, journalists and members of cinema/television groups upon prior authorization of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila. The Consulate General normally receives the DFA authorization 3-4 weeks from the time of submission of the visa application.

Submit the General Requirements for 9(A) Temporary Visitor’s Visa and the following additional requirements:

  1. Notarized Affidavit of Support from their parent/s or guardian/s
  2. Parent/s or guardian/s’ proof of financial capability such as latest bank statement, income tax return, pay stub, employment certificate from the employer indicating position and salary.
  3. Payment for notarization of Affidavit of Request, Consent & Guaranty (for WEG application) 
Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) for Minors under 15 years of age who will be traveling unaccompanied or not traveling with a parent to the Philippines 
 
To avoid exclusion before arrival at Philippine ports, the minor’s parent/s or guardian are required to submit an Affidavit of Request, Consent and Guarantee for the Issuance of Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG), duly acknowledged by the Embassy/Consulate General, to the Bureau of Immigration authorities at the port of entry in the Philippines together with the following documents:
  1. Birth certificate of the child
  2. Photocopy of the data page of child’s passport
  3. Photocopy of the data page of accompanying adult or guardian; and
  4. Appropriate Waiver Fee

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration will issue a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) upon the minor’s arrival in the Philippines

Minor Children with Philippine Ancestry

Minor children (unmarried and below 15 years old) with Philippine ancestry, who will travel to the Philippines accompanied by a Philippine grandfather, grandmother, guardian or relative, do not need to apply for visa and WEG at the port of entry. However, the accompanying travel companion/s of these minor children with Philippine ancestry are required to submit the following to the Bureau of Immigration at the port of entry:

  1. Proof/s of the child’s Philippine ancestry and relation to the accompanying Filipino companion; and
  2. Affidavit of Support and Consent to travel executed by the child’s parent/s at the Philippine Consulate General. The said Affidavit should state the name of the child’s companion and the latter’s relations with the child. (Click here for requirements of notarization of said Affidavit).

Foreign students who wish to take up a short-term non-degree course like language and computer courses must apply for and submit the General Requirements for 9(A) Temporary Visitor’s Visa and the following additional requirements:

  1. Proof of financial capability: latest bank statement, income tax return, pay stub, employment certificate from the employer indicating position and salary. OR
  2. Notarized Affidavit of Support executed by the parent/s or legal guardian together with their proof of financial capability.

Upon arrival in the Philippines and acceptance by the school/institution authorized by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students, he/she should apply for a Special Study Permit at the Bureau’s Student Desk, together with the following documents:

  1. Letter request
  2. Certificate of Acceptance from the school accredited by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students
  3. Photocopy of passport reflecting the applicant’s authorized period of stay
  4. Affidavit of Support and Proof of Financial Capacity
  5. Birth Certificate, with Apostille Certificate

A foreign national traveling to another country and transiting via the Philippines is required to secure a 9(b) transit visa. Transit period is limited to seventy two (72) hours or three (3) days in the Philippines.

Requirements:

  1. Accomplished non-immigrant visa application FA Form No. 2-A. Must be duly notarized.
  2. Electronic or machine-readable passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines.
  3. One (1) recently taken colored photo 1.77″ x 1.37″ (3.5 — 4.5 cm), front view, with a white background; no eyeglasses or sleeveless attire. Digital photographs are not allowed.
  4. Original supporting documents
  5. Itinerary of travel
  6. Payment of fees

The Seaman Visa is issued to any foreigner who in good faith has signed on the articles of a vessel arriving at port of the Philippines from any place outside thereof employed in any capacity on board such vessel and seeking to enter the Philippines solely in pursuit of his calling as a seaman and with the intention of departing also with the vessel.

Requirements for 9(C) Seaman Visa:

  1. Letter from employer or manning agency stating the vessel where the applicant will work and the Philippine port where the applicant will board the vessel. (Seamen are allowed to present a one-way plane ticket.)
  2. Accomplished non-immigrant visa application FA Form No. 2-A.
  3. Electronic or machine-readable passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines.
  4. One (1) recently taken colored photo 1.77″ x 1.37″ (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm), front view, with a white background; no eyeglasses or sleeveless attire. Digital photographs are not allowed.
  5. Original supporting documents
  6. Itinerary of travel
  7. Payment of fees

The Crew List Visa is issued for the entire crew of a registered vessel or aircraft landing in the Philippines. Personnel on the aircraft or vessel whose names are not included in the crew list visa or not possessing a valid individual Philippine entry visa will not be allowed to enter the Philippines.

Requirements for 9(C) Crew List Visa:

  1. Copy of Vessel Register showing vessel’s name, official number (IMO) and specification particulars;
  2. Copy of the passport of the Vessel Master / Captain who will be commanding the vessel when it enters the Philippines. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure from the Philippines. The copy must be printed on A4-size paper.
  3. Copy of the Seaman’s Record Book of the Vessel Master / Captain who will be commanding the vessel when it enters the Philippines. The copy of the Seaman’s Record Book / maritime credentials record must show the page with the latest log entry. The copy must be printed on A4-size paper.
  4. Copy of the Crew members’ national passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond intended stay in the Philippines or completion of trip; 
  5. Signed letter from the vessel owner, naming the Vessel Master / Captain, identifying the authorized ship agent, requesting multiple entry crew list visa for the vessel’s foreign crew members. The letter must be supported with attachments showing relevant information on the vessel’s multiple port calls.
  6. Three (3) printed copies of the accomplished Crew List Visa application form (refer to instructions below on how to fill up the application form). The digital file of the accomplished application must be emailed to the Embassy visa section  at pcgny@gmail.com
  7. Accomplished Supplemental Form for Crew List Visa, downloadable from this Consulate’s website.
  8. Payment of Visa Fee, according to the schedule of fee (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order made payable to the “Philippine Consulate General, New York.” Personal checks and debit/credit cards are not accepted.

Instructions on how to fill up the Crew List Visa application form

The Crew List Visa application is downloadable from the Consulate’s website. The application form is a digital MS-EXCEL file which has 2 tabs, i.e.

(a) the Details of the Vessel and the journey to the Philippines, and

(b) complete list of names and details of crew members and passengers.

Be guided by the following instructions for accomplishing the Crew List Visa form:

  1. The Crew List Visa application form must be downloaded from this Embassy’s website.
  2. The Local Agent may accomplish the Crew List Visa application.
  3. The data entries must be entered directly into the downloaded MS-EXCEL file (not written on the printed copy of the file).
  4. The passport of the Vessel Master / Captain must be used for the Crew List Visa application, even if the Vessel Master / Captain already possesses a valid Philippine visa.
  5. Three (3) copies of the completely accomplished file must be printed on A4-size paper.
  6. The Vessel Master / Captain must review the printed copies and affix his live signature on Section F (Declaration of Captain / Master) of the 3 printed copies.
  7. The accomplished digital file of the Crew List Visa application (the actual MS-EXCEL file, not PDF) must be emailed to the Embassy’s Visa Section (consular.sgpe@gmail.com), titled “CREW VISA APPLICATION”.
  8. The Local Agent must bring the 3 printed copies of the accomplished form to the Philippine Consulate General and sign Section G (Attestation of Agent) on the 3 printed applications in front of the consular official receiving the application. The Local Agent pays the required visa fee to the Embassy cashier.
  9. The Local Agent collects the visaed Crew List, which is given to the Vessel Master / Captain for presentation to the Philippine immigration authorities upon arrival in the Philippines.

A treaty trader is a foreign national of the United States of America (USA), Japan and Germany who is entering the Philippines solely to carry on trade or commerce pursuant to an their country’s existing treaty of commerce and navigation with the Philippines.

A treaty investor is a foreigner who seeks admission for the purpose of developing and directing the operations of an enterprise in the Philippines where (a) he has invested, or is actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital or where (b) his employer has invested, or is actively in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital.

If the treaty investor or treaty trader coming to the Philippines does not qualify under section 9(d), he may be issued a 9(a) visa.

Procedures and Requirements in the issuance of 9(d) Visa:

Step 1. The applicant’s sponsor in the Philippines should file with the Bureau of Immigration a petition for the issuance of a 9(d) visa to the applicant.

Step 2. The Consulate General will only issue a 9(d) visa upon prior authorization from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. Upon notice of interview, the applicant shall submit in person at the Philippine Consulate the following requirements:

  1. Completely filled up application FA Form No. 2-A. Application forms that are incompletely filled-out will be returned to the applicant. 
  2. ORIGINAL and PHOTOCOPY of Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines.
  3. One 2” x 2” sized photograph taken within the last six (6) months. The applicant’s signature must be affixed on the front side of the photo.
  4. Medical Certificate(FA Form No. 11), duly notarized, together with laboratory reports of urine (urinalysis), stool (ova/parasites and occult blood) and blood (routine), and chest x-ray film or CD.
  5. Police Clearance issued by the national police authority in student’s country of origin or legal residence, duly authenticated by the Philippine Consulate. The Police Clearance should be taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application
  6. For Treaty Trader: Letter from employer or sponsor in the Philippines indicating the nature, volume, extent of trade, and amount involved.
  7. For Treaty Investor: Letter from company or sponsor in the Philippines indicating name and nature of enterprise to be developed or directed, amount invested or to be invested.
  8. For employee: Letter from employer or sponsor in the Philippines indicating whether employment is supervisory or executive, or one requiring special qualification, the name and address of the employer, duration of employment, compensation and benefits, and scope of duties.
  9. For Qualified Dependents (accompanying spouse and unmarried children under twenty-one (21) years of age: Proof of relations with the principal applicant, e.g. marriage certificate and birth certificate.
  10. Payment of Visa Fee, according to the schedule of fee (non-refundable), in the form of cash or money order made payable to the “Philippine Consulate General, New York.” Personal checks and debit/credit cards are not accepted.

Foreign Government Officials (FGOs) refers to accredited officer of a foreign government recognized by the Philippines,  who is a citizen of the country whose government he represents and who is proceeding to the Philippines on official business for his government. It also refers to officials of the United Nations, and other recognized international organizations.

Immediate family and household members joining the FGO in his tour of duty in the Philippines are also required to secure the appropriate 9(e) visa.

9(e) visas are divided into three types:

  • 9(e-1) – for persons enjoying diplomatic immunities and privileges, including their immediate family members
  • 9(e-2) – for other FGOs who will go to the Philippines in connection with official business for his government; official students or participants in programs under the auspices of the Philippine Government or recognized international organizations, including their immediate family members
  • 9(e-3) – for members of the household to whom 9(e-1) and 9(e-2) visas have been granted

Requirements:

  1. Accomplished non-immigrant visa application FA Form No. 2-A.
  2. Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines.
  3. One (1) recently taken colored photo 1.77″ × 1.37″ (3.5 × 4.5 cm), front view, with a white background; no eyeglasses or sleeveless attire. Digital photographs are not allowed.
  4. Note Verbal or letter from the mission / international organization.
  5. For Spouse/Child of an FGO: submit legal proof of relationship to principal, i.e. marriage certificate, birth certificate
  6. For Household member: submit photocopy of Principal’s data page and visa stamp
  7. Visa Fee: Gratis

In some cases, prior authorization from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila is required before the visa is issued.

The applicant must be a student 18 years of age at the time of enrollment, has sufficient means for his education and support, and seeks to enter the Philippines temporarily solely for the purpose of taking up a course of study higher than high school at a university, academy, college or school in the Philippines accredited by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Procedures and Requirements in the Issuance of a Student Visa

Step 1 – Foreign student who is at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment communicates directly with his choice of any Philippine Higher Education Institution (HEI) authorized to admit foreign students and complies with the school’s institutional requirements.

Step 2 – The HEI, satisfied with the student’s compliance with its requirements, issues a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) to the student. The HEI’s designated Liaison Officer submits the following requirements in two sets (one original and one photocopy) to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA):

  1. Letter of Endorsement from the college/university registrar requesting issuance of student visa to the applicant, and addressed to: The Director, Visa Division, Office of Consular Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs.
  2. Notice of Acceptance (NOA) from the college or university addressed to the student, containing a clear impression of the college/university’s official dry seal
  3. Five (5) original copies of the 1998 revised Personal History Statement (PHS), duly accomplished and signed by the student in English and in their national alphabet, accompanied by personal seal, if any, and with original left and right thumb prints, signature and photo
  4. Transcript of Records containing Apostille Certificate in the student’s country of origin or legal residence. 
  5. Notarized Affidavit of Support with proof of adequate financial support stating the means to cover expenses, duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in the student’s country of origin or legal residence. For scholars: Certificate of Scholarship from the Institution concerned.
  6. Photocopy of passport data page (page containing student’s full name, date and place of birth, passport number and photo)
  7. For students accepted in Dentistry or Medicine programs: Certified true copy of Certificate of Eligibility for Admission (CEA) from the Commission on Higher Education.

Step 3 – The DFA endorses the documents to the Philippine Consulate General (or embassy as the case may be) located in the student’s country of origin or residence for the issuance of the student visa. Request for issuance of the student Visa in places other than the student’s country of origin shall not be entertained.

 Step 4 – The Philippine Consulate General notifies the student of the receipt of the documents and requests him to appear in person before a consular officer for interview and compliance with consular requirements. In addition to the documents transmitted to the post by the DFA, students must submit the following requirements to the Philippine Consulate in triplicate:

  1. Duly accomplished Visa Application Form (FA Form No. 2-A)
  2. Certified true copy of Personal History Statement
  3. Certified true copy of Notice of Acceptance (NOA) and CEA where necessary (to be duly noted by Consular Officer)
  4. Medical Certificate (FA Form No. 11), duly notarized, together with laboratory reports of urine (urinalysis), stool (ova/parasites and occult blood) and blood (routine), and chest x-ray film or CD.
  5. Police Clearance issued by the national police authority in student’s country of origin or legal residence, duly authenticated by the Philippine Consulate. The Police Clearance should be taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.
  6. Passport (minimum validity of 6 months)
  7. Six (6) 2” x 2” photos, taken within the last 6 months.
  8. Payment of Visa Fee, according to the schedule of fee (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order made payable to the “Philippine Consulate General, New York.” Personal checks and debit/credit cards are not accepted.

Step 5 – Upon arrival in the Philippines, the student shall report immediately to the accepting HEI which shall assist him to obtain the Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) and Certificate of Residence for Temporary Students (CRTS) from the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Step 6 – The DFA notifies the HEI, copy furnished CHED, BI, NICA and NBI, of the issuance of a student visa to the student as soon as it receives a report to this effect from the issuing post

A foreigner wishing to study in the Philippines may also lodge a student visa application if he/she is already in the Philippines. The application may be made at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila. A prospective student must ensure that all the required documents or scholastic records issued by foreign schools must contain an Apostille Certificate from the of the country where the school is located.

 Spouses and unmarried dependent children below 21 years old of aliens who are permanent foreign residents, holders of valid working permits under Section 9(d), 9(g) and 47(a) (2) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended, personnel of foreign diplomat and consular missions residing in the Philippines, personnel of duly accredited international organizations residing in the Philippines, holders of Special Investor;’s Resident Visa (SIRV) and Special Retiree’s Resident Visa (SRRV) and foreign students coming to the Philippines with 47 (a) (2) visas issued pursuant to existing laws, e.g. P.D. 2021 are exempted from securing student visa and Bureau of Immigration Special Study Permit.

Foreign national proceeding to the Philippines to engage in any lawful occupation with compensation and has a bona fide employer-employee relationship such as payment of salary, selection process, and the power of dismissal are required to apply for 9(G) visa.

The spouse and unmarried minor children under twenty-one (21) years of age of a qualified 9(g) visa holder may also be issued 9(g) visas, if they will accompany or join the qualified applicant within a period of six (6) months from the date of the applicant’s admission into the Philippines as a non-immigrant.

Religious missionaries may also be issued visas under the 9(g) category.

Procedures in the Issuance of 9(g) Visa:

Step 1. The applicant’s employer or sponsor in the Philippines should file with the Bureau of Immigration a petition for the issuance of a 9(g) visa to the applicant.

Step 2. The Consulate General will only issue a 9(g) visa upon prior authorization from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. Upon notice of interview, the applicant shall submit in person at the Philippine Consulate the requirements listed below.

Basic Requirements:

  1. Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines.
  2. Non-immigrant visa application FA Form No. 2A to be accomplished in duplicate. Forms must be duly notarized.
  3. Two (2) identical photos (2” x 2” inches) taken during the last six (6) months.
  4. Medical Certification (DFA Form No. 11) duly accomplished by any physician whose signature must be notarized by a notary public. Must be submitted together with a life-size chest x-ray film or CD and laboratory reports (original and two copies). Medical report must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to date of filing of application.
  5. Police Clearance Certificate duly notarized by a notary public and authenticated by the Consulate General. The certificate must be taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.
  6. Payment of fees

Additional Requirements for Spouse/Child of Principal:

  1. Legal proof of relationship to principal, i.e. marriage certificate, birth certificate

Additional Requirements for Religious Missionaries only:

  1. Proof that applicant is a bona fide member of a religious organization as certified by a duly authorized representative of the petitioning organization.
  2. Police clearance from the country of origin or place of legal residence
  3. Sponsorship / endorsement letter from religious organization in country of origin. (sample format of Sponsorship Entity Form)
  4. Guarantee letter from the inviting entity in the Philippines. (sample format of Inviting Entity Form)
  5. Certificate of accreditation of sending religious organization
  6. Proof of exemption from filing of annual income tax return.
  7. Letter of the petitioning organization to the BI and to the Philippine Consulate General stating the following:
    • The applicant is a member of a religious denomination having a bona fide non-profit, religious organization in the Philippines;
    • Purpose is for carrying on a vocation of a minister (or as a religious worker) of that religious organization; and
    • The applicant shall be coming to the Philippines in order to work for the organization at the request of the organization in a professional capacity in a religious vocation or occupation

Note:

 Processing and evaluation of visa application of foreign missionary filed at the Philippine Consulate General shall take at least one (1) month from the date of application. The Philippine Consulate General shall await authority and security clearance from the DFA before issuing the visa.

The following persons are eligible to apply for 47(a)(2) Visas:

  • Those employed as executives, supervisors, specialists, consultants, contractors or personal staff at enterprises registered with Export/Special Economic Processing Zones, Philippine Economic zone authority (PEZA), Board of Investments (BOI), or Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB);
  • Those employed in enterprises that have existing agreement/s with the government, or any subdivision, agency, or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or controlled corporations or their subsidiaries, for the completion of a project;
  • Exchange professors, scholars, trainees, participants, students, fellows and social workers under sponsorship of locally or internationally recognized educational, scientific, cultural, relief and charitable organizations, institutions, agencies or foundations, including representatives of non-recognized foreign governments to any of the aforementioned organizations, institutions, agencies or foundations;
  • Volunteers who are registered with the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), including foreign personnel of international rescue/aid organizations providing assistance on occasion of natural disasters and major emergencies;
  • Dependents of foreign nationals covered under any of the foregoing categories;
  • Those who, upon application, were approved by the President or by the Department of Justice to be eligible to apply for 47(a)(2) visas.

Requirements:

  1. Valid Passport (at least 6 months from date of departure from the US) – Original and two photocopies
  2. Personal Appearance
  3. Accomplished two (2) non-immigrant visa application Form No. 2-A
  4. Four (4) colored photographs, 2”x2” against white plain background taken within last six months and signed on the front left side.
  5. Confirmed Plane ticket (two photocopies and present original)
  6. Proof of Financial Support, present original & two photocopies of one of the following:
    1. Bank Statement
    2. Letter from Employer
    3. Income Tax Return of Previous Year
    4. Letter of financial guarantee from sponsoring institution
  7. Two photocopies of LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE from sponsoring institution or organization (present original) stating that the applicant is connected with such program which is approved by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs .
  8. Medical Examination Form No. 11 duly accomplished in duplicate and signed by the doctor. Submit also the following laboratory tests taken no longer than six months until applicant’s actual arrival in the Philippines:
      • Urinalysis
      • Stool (Ova/parasites and occult blood)
      • Blood serology and chemistry – not required for 14 yrs. old and below
      • Chest X-ray film/CD and 2 copies of results – not required for three yrs. old and below
  9. Original and one (1) photocopy of Police clearance taken not more than six (6) months prior to the date of filing of visa application.
  10. Generally, no visa fee; however, for certain sponsoring institutions, payment of immigration fees will be necessary at the port of entry

Reminders:

  • With exception of PNVSCA volunteers, the 47(a)(2) visa shall be single-entry only.
  • Bearers of this visa have to report to the Department of Justice (DOJ) within seven (7) days from arrival for visa extension and determination of their authorized stay.
  • For more information, kindly visit the Department of Justice’s website at https://www.doj.gov.ph/visa_application.html

The Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) entitles the holder to reside in the Philippines for an indefinite period as long as the required qualifications and investments are maintained.

Who can apply for a SIRV?

Any alien (except those classified as restricted) who are at least 21 years old, physically healthy, with no derogatory record and willing to invest at least $75,000.00 in an existing or new corporation in the Philippines can apply for SIRV. That particular Philippine corporation must be publicly listed, covered by the Investment Priority Plan (IPP) projects or engaged in the manufacturing or service sectors.

The applicant’s spouse and the unmarried children under 21 years of age may also be issued the same visa.

What are the privileges of having SIRV?

The holder may reside in the Philippines for as long as his investment subsists and is entitled to import used household goods and personal effects tax and duty-free as an alien coming to settle in the Philippines for the first time.

Procedure and Requirements:

Step 1: File application with the Consulate General or directly with Board of Investments in the Philippines and submit the following requirements:

  1. Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines and two (2) copies of a certified true copy of passport
  2. Three (3) sets of the following documents:
    1. SIRV Application Form with recent photographs (Please use SIRV Form No. 001A for Principal and SIRV Form No. 001B for spouse or dependents).
    2. Deed of Undertaking (for Principal only) signed and notarized by the Philippine Consulate General
    3. For Principal and for dependents who are 14 years old and above:
      1. Accomplished Personal History Statement Form
      2. Police Clearance issued abroad and contains Apostille Certification from the state where the applicant legal resides. The certificate must be taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.
    4. Medical Certificate with Apostille Certification and must be valid for six months from date of filing. 
    5. Birth Certificate with Apostille Certification
    6. Marriage Contract (if applicable) with Apostille Certification
    7. Certificate of Inward Remittance from the correspondent banks of these Accredited Depository Banks (Land Bank of the Philippines or Development Bank of the Philippines).
    8. Certificate of Peso Time Deposit (This will be forwarded by LBP or DBP to the One Stop SIRV Center in the Board of Investments within 24 hours of receipt of inward remittance).
    9. Payment of fees:
      • Filing fee of US$500.00
      • Notarization: US$ 25.00 per document per copy
      • Courier Service – actual cost

Step 2: If the documents are complete, Consulate General will issue a stub from SIRV Form 001/1B and inform applicant that papers can be processed within 20 days provided applicant pays cost of courier service.

Step 3: Consulate General sends the application to the One-Stop SIRV Center-BOI for evaluation.

Step 4: If application is approved, the One-Stop SIRV Center-BOI endorses an approval to DFA Consular Affairs Division, which, in turn, will inform the Consulate General. Upon receipt of the Authority to Issue Visa, the Consulate General will issue to the applicant a probationary multiple-entry SIRV valid for six months.

For more information, visit the Board of Investments (BOI) website here.  

The Philippines is an excellent place for foreign nationals looking forward to retirement. The country is a value-for-money destination boasting of lot of beautiful places with low-cost living and the warm hospitality of its people.

The Philippine Retirement Authority administers the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) program.

Privileges / Benefits

  1. Indefinite stay with multiple-entry/exit privileges
  2. Exemption from:
    • Philippine Bureau of Immigration ACR-I Card (Annual Report)
    • Customs duties & taxes for one time importation of household goods & personal effects worth up to US$7,000.00 Tax from pensions & annuities
    • Travel Tax, if retiree has not stayed in the Philippines for more than 1 year from last date of entry
    • Student Visa/Study Permit
  3. Access to the Greet & Assist Program at selected Philippine airports
  4. Free subscription to the PRA Newsletter
  5. Discount privileges from PRA accredited Merchant Partners
  6. Free assistance in transacting with other government agencies
  7. Entitlement to PHILHEALTH benefits & privileges

Eligible SRRV Applicants

Principal applicants must be foreign nationals (except those classified as restricted) or former Filipinos who are at least 35 years old, physically healthy and with no derogatory record can join the program.

Dependent spouse must be legally married to the Principal Retiree. Children must be legitimate or legally adopted by the Principal Retiree, unmarried and below 21 years old upon joining the program.

SRRVisa Options

  1. SRRV Smile – For active/healthy retirees who opt to maintain their SRR Visa deposit of US$20,000.00 in any of the PRA-accredited banks.
  2. SRRV Classic – For active/healthy retirees, who opt to use their SRR Visa deposit into active investment such as the purchase of condominium unit* or long term lease of house & lot. The SRR Visa deposit is as follows:
      • 50 years old & above: US$ 10,000.00 (with a pension)**
      • 50 years old & above: US$ 20,000.00 (without pension)
      • 35 to 49 years old: US$ 50,000.00
      • *The value of the property must at least be US$50,000.00
      • **Required pension of at least US$ 800 for single / US$1,000 for couple
  3. SRRV Human Touch – For ailing retirees, 35 years old & above, who need/require medical/clinical care. A monthly pension of at least US$1,500.00, a health insurance policy accepted in the Philippines, and an SRR Visa deposit of US$10,000.00 are required.
  4. SRRV Courtesy – For former Filipinos, 35 years old & above. For foreign nationals, 50 years old & above, who are retired officers of International Organizations recognized by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). An SRR Visa deposit of US$1,500.00 is required.
  5. SRRV Expanded Courtesy – For foreign nationals, 50 years old & above, who are retired Armed Force officers of foreign countries with existing military ties and/or agreement with the Philippine Government. A monthly pension of at least US$1,000.00 and an SRR Visa deposit of US$1,500.00 are required. The SRR Visa deposit includes the principal applicant and 2 dependents. Additional dependent, entails additional SRR Visa deposit of US$15,000 each (except for former Filipinos). CHILDREN must be legitimate or legally adopted by the Principal Retiree, unmarried and below 21 years old upon joining the program.

Procedure in Filing SRRV Application

Step 1: Deposit investment requirements

All applicants must open a U.S. dollar time deposit for a term of 6 months at the PRA-Accredited Banks in the Philippines.

Applicant may accomplish the PRA Telegraphic Transfer Form when remitting money to the PRA-Accredited Bank.

Step 2: Bank sends PRA Certification of Inward Remittance

Bank sends to the applicant a copy of the PRA Certification of Inward Remittance.

Step 3: Applicant goes to the Consulate General for authentication of documents and applies for a tourist visa

Please comply with Requirements for Non-Immigrant Visa 9(a).

Step 4: Applicant submits the following documentary requirements to the PRA upon arrival in Manila

  1. Original valid Passport with valid /updated Temporary Visitor’s Visa
  2. Accomplished PRA Application Form
  3. Original valid Medical Clearance
  4. Original valid Police Clearance from country of origin, and an additional NBI Clearance, if applicant has stayed in the Philippines for over 30 days from last date of entry
  5. Photos (8 pieces, 2″x2″)
  6. SRR Visa deposit that is inwardly remitted
  7. Fees
    Processing/Service (one-time): US$1,400.00 Principal applicant; US$ 300.00 Dependent applicant
    Annual Fee of US$360.00 (for the Principal & 2 dependents)
  8. Marriage Certificate for joining dependent-spouse
  9. Birth Certificate for joining dependent-child.

Additional requirements may be requested depending on the SRR Visa Option to be chosen by the SRRV applicant. The Medical and Police Clearances are valid up to 6 months from date of issuance. All documents issued outside of the Philippines must be translated in English, if necessary, and must contain Apostille Certification from the state where the applicant resides.

Step 5: If application is approved, PRA endorses an approval to Bureau of Immigration for issuance of SRRV to the applicant.

For more information, please visit the website of the Philippine Retirement Authority at www.pra.gov.ph

Non-Quota Immigrant Visa Requirements

13(A) is an immigrant visa issued to the wife or the husband or the unmarried child under twenty-one years of age of a Philippine citizen.

Requirements:

  1. Legal proof of relationship, i.e. marriage contract between the Philippine citizen and / Report of Marriage Contracted Abroad; birth certificate of Philippine citizen.

  2. Petition letter of the Filipino spouse/parent. Letter must be duly notarized.

  3. US Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines. If not a US Citizen, applicant must show proof of legal residence in the US, in addition to the valid Foreign Passport.

  4. Duly-accomplished application form FA Form No. 3 . (Duly notarized by a notary public)

  5. Six (6) photographs (2″ x 2″) with white plain background, signed on the front left side.

  6. Medical Certification (DFA Form No. 11) duly accomplished by any physician whose signature must be notarized by a notary public. Must be submitted together with chest x-ray in digital image (CD format) and laboratory reports (original and two copies). Medical report must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to date of filing of application.

  7. Police Clearance Certificate taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.

  8. Proof of the applicant’s financial capacity (e.g. title of real estate property, investment certificate, bank certificate of existing checking or savings account, or notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines).

  9. Visa fee of US$150.00 (Money order only; cash and personal checks not accepted. Money order has to be addressed to the “Philippine Consulate General, New York”.

Please submit above documents in triplicate, arranged in the following order/sequence:

      • First Set – All original documents.
      • Second Set – Original FA Form No. 3 and copies of all other documents.
      • Third Set – same as second set.

The Visa officer will call /email you on your schedule for personal appearance and interview once your application has been evaluated.

13(B) is an immigrant visa issued to a child of alien parents born during the temporary visit abroad of the mother.

Eligibility:

      • Mother has been previously admitted for permanent residence in the Philippines.
      • The child is accompanying or joining either of his parents in the Philippines.
      • The child applies for admission into the Philippines within five (5) years from the date of his birth.

Requirements: 

  1. US Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines. If not a US Citizen, applicant must show proof of legal residence in the US, in addition to the valid Foreign Passport.

  2. Duly-accomplished application form FA Form No. 3. (Duly notarized by a notary public)

  3. Six (6) photographs (2″X 2″) with white plain background, signed on the front left side.

  4. Medical Certification (DFA Form No. 11) duly accomplished by any physician whose signature must be notarized by a notary public. Must be submitted together with chest x-ray in digital image (CD format) and laboratory reports (original and two copies). Medical report must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to date of filing of application.

  5. Police Clearance Certificate taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.

  6. Proof of the applicant’s financial capacity (e.g. title of real estate property, investment certificate, bank certificate of existing checking or savings account, or notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines).

  7. Visa fee of US$150.00 (Money order only; cash and personal checks not accepted. Money order has to be addressed to the “Philippine Consulate General, New York”).

Please submit above documents in triplicate, arranged in the following order/sequence:

      • First Set – All original documents.
      • Second Set – Original FA Form No. 3 and copies of all other documents.
      • Third Set – same as second set.

The Visa officer will call /email you on your schedule for personal appearance and interview once your applications has been evaluated.

13(C) is an immigrant visa issued to a child born subsequent to the issuance of the immigration visa of the accompanying parent, the visa not having expired.

Eligibility:

  • Parent’s immigrant visa remains valid.
  • Proof of child’s legitimacy, i.e. child’s birth certificate; parents’ marriage contract.

Requirements:

  1. US Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines. If not a US Citizen, applicant must show proof of legal residence in the US, in addition to the valid Foreign Passport.

  2. Duly-accomplished application form FA Form No. 3. (Duly notarized by a notary public)

  3. Six (6) photographs (2″ x 2″) with white plain background, signed on the front left side.

  4. Medical Certification (DFA Form No. 11) duly accomplished by any physician whose signature must be notarized by a notary public. Must be submitted together with chest x-ray in digital image (CD format) and laboratory reports (original and two copies). Medical report must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to date of filing of application.

  5. Police Clearance Certificate taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.

  6. Proof of the applicant’s financial capacity (e.g. title of real estate property, investment certificate, bank certificate of existing checking or savings account, or notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines).

  7. Visa fee of US$150.00 (Money order only; cash and personal checks not accepted. Money order has to be addressed to the “Philippine Consulate General, New York”.

Please submit above documents in triplicate, arranged in the following order/sequence:

      • First Set – All original documents.
      • Second Set – Original FA Form No. 3 and copies of all other documents.
      • Third Set – same as second set.

The Visa officer will call /email you on your schedule for personal appearance and interview once your applications has been evaluated.

13(D) is an immigrant visa issued to a woman who was a citizen of the Philippines and who lost her citizenship because of her marriage to an alien or by reason of the loss of Philippine citizenship by her husband, and her unmarried child under twenty-one, if accompanying or following to join her.

Eligibility:

      • Substantial proof that original entry and admission to the Philippines is lawful. 
      • Applicant must establish animus revertendi or an intention to return to an unrelinquished residence in the Philippines.
      • Applicant has no record of any derogatory information against the applicant in any local or foreign law enforcement agency. 

Requirements:

  1. US Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines. If not a US Citizen, applicant must show proof of legal residence in the US, in addition to the valid Foreign Passport.

  2. Duly-accomplished application form FA Form No. 3. (Duly notarized by a notary public)

  3. Six (6) photographs (2″ x 2″) with white plain background, signed on the front left side.

  4. Medical Certification (DFA Form No. 11) duly accomplished by any physician whose signature must be notarized by a notary public. Must be submitted together with chest x-ray in digital image (CD format) and laboratory reports (original and two copies). Medical report must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to date of filing of application.

  5. Police Clearance Certificate taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.

  6. Proof of the applicant’s financial capacity (e.g. title of real estate property, investment certificate, bank certificate of existing checking or savings account, or notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines).

  7. Visa fee of US$150.00 (Money order only; cash and personal checks not accepted. Money order has to be addressed to the “Philippine Consulate General, New York”.

Please submit above documents in triplicate, arranged in the following order/sequence:

      • First Set – All original documents.
      • Second Set – Original FA Form No. 3 and copies of all other documents.
      • Third Set – same as second set.

The Visa officer will call /email you on your schedule for personal appearance and interview once your applications has been evaluated.

13(E) is an immigrant visa issued to a person previously lawfully admitted into the Philippines for permanent residence, who is returning from a temporary visit abroad to an unrelinquished residence in the Philippines.

Application can be filed at the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines. 

Please click the link below to check the requirements:

http://www.immigration.gov.ph/visa-requirements/immigrant-visa/returning-resident

13(F) is an immigrant visa issued to the wife or the husband or the unmarried child under twenty-one years of age, of an alien lawfully admitted in the Philippines for permanent residence prior to the date on which the Immigration Act of the Philippines becomes effective and who is resident therein.

13(G) is an immigrant visa issued to a natural born citizen of the Philippines, who has been naturalized in foreign country. [As amended by Republic Act No. 4376]

Eligibility:

  • Proof of being a natural-born citizen of the Philippines (i.e. NSO-issued birth certificate). 
  • Naturalization papers in a foreign country. 
  • Applicant has no record of any derogatory information against the applicant in any local or foreign law enforcement agency. 
  • Applicant must intend to reside permanently in the Philippines.

Requirements:

  1. US Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines. If not a US Citizen, applicant must show proof of legal residence in the US, in addition to the valid Foreign Passport.

  2. Duly-accomplished application form FA Form No. 3. (Duly notarized by a notary public)

  3. Six (6) photographs (2″ x 2″) with white plain background, signed on the front left side.

  4. Medical Certification (DFA Form No. 11) duly accomplished by any physician whose signature must be notarized by a notary public. Must be submitted together with chest x-ray in digital image (CD format) and laboratory reports (original and two copies). Medical report must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to date of filing of application.

  5. Police Clearance Certificate taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.

  6. Proof of the applicant’s financial capacity (e.g. title of real estate property, investment certificate, bank certificate of existing checking or savings account, or notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines).

  7. Visa fee of US$150.00 (Money order only; cash and personal checks not accepted. Money order has to be addressed to the “Philippine Consulate General, New York”.

Please submit above documents in triplicate, arranged in the following order/sequence:

      • First Set – All original documents.
      • Second Set – Original FA Form No. 3 and copies of all other documents.
      • Third Set – same as second set.

The Visa officer will call /email you on your schedule for personal appearance and interview once your applications has been evaluated.

Quota Immigrant Visa Requirements

The Philippines allows the admission of quota immigrants not exceeding fifty (50) annually of any nationality whose country has diplomatic relations with the Philippines or grants the same immigration privilege to Filipino citizens.

Qualifications for Quota Immigrant Visa

  1. Lawfully entered the Philippines and remains under a lawful admission status
  2. No record of any derogatory information in any local or foreign law enforcement agency
  3. Not afflicted with any dangerous, contagious or loathsome disease
  4. Not violated any law or ordinance
  5. Possessed of qualifications, skills, scientific, educational or technical knowledge which will advance and be beneficial to the national interest
  6. Has a reciprocity agreement for a similar resident visa between his/her country and the Philippines
  7. Not been confined in any mental institution
  8. Has sufficient capital for a viable and sustainable investment which is approved by the Commissioner of Immigration

Application can be filed at the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines. Check the procedure and requirements for said visa category at http://www.immigration.gov.ph/visa-requirements/immigrant-visa/quota-visa

The visa officer can request additional documents to determine whether or not the applicant can be issued a visa.

VALIDITY OF VISA

The validity of the visa indicates the dates during which the visa holder may legally enter the Philippines and the number of times he/she may do so.  It is not equivalent to the period of stay in the Philippines.  Every entry entitles the foreign national to a period of stay in the Philippines of 59 days for Visa-free countries and 30 days (or less) for Non-Visa-free countries. 

Please take note of the difference between the ‘validity of the visa’ and the ‘period of stay’.

  • The period indicated under “Valid From” to “Valid Until” in your visa are the inclusive dates during which the visa holder may enter the Philippines.
  • The “Period of Stay” indicates the continuous period of authorized stay in the Philippines which commences from the date of arrival in the Philippines. This may extend beyond the period of validity of the visa, depending on the date of arrival in the country.

To stay longer than the authorized period of stay, the foreign national will have to apply at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration for an extension of stay.  

Click the links below for more information about securing an extension of stay and the corresponding fees.

VISA FEES

Temporary Visitor Visa (9A)

For nationals of visa-free countries:

  • Single Entry (Regular) $30.00

    Valid for three (3) months. Regular Processing takes 7-14 working days upon receipt of application.

  • Single Entry (Expedite) $40.00

    Visa Valid for three (3) months. Expedite Processing Fee takes 3-5 working days upon receipt of Application).

  • Multiple Entry $60.00

    Valid for six (6) months

  • Multiple Entry $90.00

    Valid for one (1) year

For nationals of Non visa-free countries:

  • Single Entry $40.00

    Valid for three (3) months

  • Multiple Entry $80.00

    Valid for six (6) months

  • Multiple Entry $120.00

    Valid for one (1) year

For Chinese nationals:

  • Single Entry $25.00

    Valid for three (3) months

  • Multiple Entry $50.00

    Valid for three (3) months

  • Multiple Entry $100.00

    Valid for six (6) months

Seaman Visa 9(C)

  • Individual $20.00

    Crew List Visa of Vessels

  • up to forty (40) crew members 100.00
  • from 41 to 100 crew members 150.00
  • from 101 to 200 crew members 200.00
  • in excess of 200 crew members 250.00
  • Transit Visa 9(B) $20.00
  • Treaty Trader/Investor Visa 9(D) $400.00
  • Student Visa 9(F) $250.00
  • Pre-Arranged Employment Visa 9(G) 400.00
  • Non-Quota Immigrant Visas (13A-13G) 150.00

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