What is a Philippine 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. The visa thus issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted into the country, because the admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the port of entry.
Definition of a Foreign Tourist (Temporary Visitor)
A “foreign tourist” is defined as a person without distinction as to race, gender, language or religion, who is proceeding o the Philippines for a legitimate, nonimmigrant purpose such as sightseeing, sports, health, family reasons, training or study (excluding enrolment in schools for the purpose of obtaining a title or degree), religious pilgrimage, business, cultural and scientific purposes.
Guidelines on the Entry of Temporary Visitors to the Philippines
Nationals from countries listed below who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding twenty-one (21) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay. However, Immigration Officers at ports of entry may exercise their discretion to admit holders of passports valid for at least sixty (60) days beyond the intended period of stay.
Standard Procedure/Minimum Requirements for Applying a Temporary Visitor’s Visa
Application for a temporary visitor’s visa must be made in person. In the case of a minor under eighteen (18) years of age, the application may be made for him by a person who, in the opinion of the consular officer, is responsible for his/her welfare. The minor, not an infant in arms, shall be required to appear at the Consulate for interview, together with the person making the application for him/her.
Applicants for temporary visitor’s visa should normally apply at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over their place of residence. While some visa applicants may apply at any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad, others are only allowed to apply his/her visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in his country of origin or legal residence.
The following are the minimum requirements for applying a temporary visitor’s visa:
Passport/Travel Document Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
Duly Accomplished Visa application forms;
2 copies of Passport Size Photos;
Itinerary of Travel (Must indicate inbound and outbound flights from the Philippines);
- Invitation Letter/Guarantee Letter;
- Certificate of Employment/Business Permit/Bank Statement;
- Copy each of Identification Cards; and
Payment of Visa Fees.
- Processing time for the application for restricted nationals may take 10 to 30 days depending on evaluation of documents submitted.
- The Embassy has sole discretion in determining the suitability of an applicant to be issued of Philippine visa.
Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of twenty-one (21) days or less:
3. Antigua and Barbuda
16. Brunei Darussalam
18. Burkina Faso
23. Cape Verde
24.Central African Republic
30. Costa Rica
31. Cote d’Ivoire
33. Czech Republic
34. Democratic Republic of the Congo
38. Dominican Republic
40. El Salvador
41. Equatorial Guinea
56. Guinea Bissau
71. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
82. Marshall Islands
95. New Zealand
102. Papua New Guinea
108. Republic of Korea
111. Saint Kitts and Nevis
112. Saint Lucia
113. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
115. San Marino
116. Sao Tome and Principe
117. Saudi Arabia
122. Solomon Islands
124. South Africa
132. Trinidad and Tobago
137. United Arab Emirates
138. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
139. United Republic of Tanzania
140. United States of America
*The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days.
Holders of Brazil passports; and
Holders of Israel passports
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days.
Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports
Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports
Holders of Portuguese Passports issued in Macao
Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports
Nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Department and the Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines. Further inquiries may be addressed to the Visa Division (Telephone numbers: +632.834.4854, +632.834.3707, and +632.834.4810), Department of Foreign Affairs, 2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City or to any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad.