Immigration Rules & Regs

Philippines Visa FAQ (extensions, which countries need a visa, visa on arrival)

This page is all about Philippine Visas. It is my hope that I can answer as many of the most common queries as I can. So, without further ado let’s get this party started.

Do I need a visa to travel to The Philippines?

Residents of most countries do not require a visa to travel to The Philippines for purposes of tourism. Upon arrival residents of the countries in yellow will receive a stamp on your passport which allows you to stay for up to 29 days.

Holders of passports of the following jurisdictions do not require a visa for the Philippines

59 days

  •  Brazil
  •  Israel

30 days

  • All European Union Nations
  • Thailand
  • Mexico
  • Morrocco
  • All of South America except for Brazil

14 days

  •  Hong Kong
  •  Macau
  •  Portugal (for passports issued to permanent residents of Macau only)

 

While visas are issued by the BI, the program itself is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which maintains a list of countries eligible to participate in the program. In principle, nationals of countries that maintain diplomatic relations with the Philippines and whose nationals are not classified as restricted nationals by the DFA are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa. Eligible nationals availing of visa-free entry must possess passports valid for at least six months beyond their contemplated period of stay

Philippine Visa Extensions

On July 1, 2013, the Bureau of Immigration began implementing an extended visa waiver for covered nationals from 21 to 30 days, which the Philippine government hopes will boost tourism.

Visa-exempt foreign nationals may extend their stay two months per extension but not exceeding the maximum period of two years. Foreign nationals who require a visa may extend their stay one month per extension but not exceeding the maximum period of six months and must have a ticket valid for onward travel

Do Indians need a visa to travel to The Philipines?

As of now, Indian nationals do require a visa prior to arrival to The Philippines. It has been proposed to add India and China to the Visa Waiver Program but it has not yet been approved.

Requirements for Indian nationals to visit The Philippines

  • visa application form fully and legibly completed in English by the applicant
  • One passport size photograph taken no more than 6 months ago. Scanned photos are not acceptable.
  • Bank statements for the last six months stamped and signed by a bank officer
  • Original passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the contemplated stay in the Philippines.
  • Photocopy of the data and amendment pages of the applicant’s passport.
  • Copy of e-ticket showing CONFIRMED flight details; For temporary visitor’s visa and transit visa holders: Your return or onward journey plane ticket must be presented to the Philippine immigration officer upon entry into the Philippines.
  • Processing fee in demand draft drawn from any bank in India with the branch in New Delhi payable to “Embassy of the Philippines”. Cash payments will not be accepted.

Fees for Indian nationals seeking a Philippine visa

Types of Service Fees in Rs
Processing and Issuance of Visa
9A Single Entry Valid for 3 Months (Restricted Nationals) 3,160
9A Single Entry Valid for 3 Months (Other Nationals) 2,370
9A Multiple Entry Valid for 6 Months (Restricted Nationals) 6,320
9A Multiple Entry Valid for 6 Monts (Other Nationals) 4,740
9A Multiple Entry Valid for 1 Yr (Restricted Nationals) 9,480
9A Multiple Entry Valid for 1 Yr (Other Nationals) 7,110
9B Transit (Restricted Nationals) 3160
9B Transit (Other Nationals) 1,580
9C Seamen 1,580
9D Trader/Investor 31,155
9E Foreign Government Official FREE
9F Student 19,750
9G Prearranged Employment 31,600
47 (A2) Special Non-immigrant 31,600
Notarization (per document) 1,975
Authentication/Legalization (per document) 1,975
Certification 1,975
Additional Fee to Expedite Document Processing 3,950

Payments should be made in DEMAND DRAFT to the Embassy To The Republic of Philippines in New Dehli.

Additional Requirements for Philippine Visas for Non VWP Citizens

9A: TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA FOR PLEASURE (TOURIST VISA)
    • Copy of Credit cards and/or travelers checks or foreign exchange endorsement of the passport
    • Original, signed letter from inviting party (if applicable) indicating complete address and telephone number. The letter must also be notarized in the Philippines.
    • If employed, applicant’s Certificate of Current Employment from Employer to include employer’s full name, address and telephone number, applicant’s length of service and salary details
    • If self-employed, photocopy of latest Income Tax Return and copy of Personal Assessment Number (PAN) Card
    • If Student, applicant’s Certificate of Enrollment or Letter of Acceptance from School;
    • If minor, under 18 years of age traveling alone or to be accompanied by a person other than a parent or not joining a parent in the Philippines: Affidavit of Support and Consent to Travel. The affidavit must be executed by either or both parents indicating traveling companion of minor and address in the Philippines, duly notarized by a local Notary Public, attested by the MEA  and consular officer of the Philippine Embassy. This affidavit must be presented before immigration officials at the port of entry in the Philippines upon the minor’s arrival in the Philippines.
    • If Spouse of a Philippine Citizen: Name of Filipino spouse should be indicated in the visa applicant’s passport Copy of Report of Marriage issued by the Philippine Embassy or Philippine National Statistics office
    • If Unmarried Minor Child of a Filipino Parent: Copy of Birth Certificate and Copy of Parent’s valid passports

Indian nationals who wish to visit the Philippines for tourism purposes may be granted visa-free entry into the country in any port of entry (major international airports and secondary international hubs (SIHs), as well as in seaports by passengers on board cruise ships/vessels) for an initial authorized stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days, provided they possess the following:

1.) Either a valid (used or unused) American (US), Japanese, Australian, Canadian, Schengen, United Kingdom, or Singaporean multiple-entry visa or permanent residence permit.
2.) An Indian passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the date of departure from the Philippines;
3.) Return or onward ticket to the next country of destination; and
4.) No derogatory record with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.

The fourteen (14) day, visa-free entry may be extended by an additional seven (7) days with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration for a maximum stay of twenty-one (21) days but is non-convertible to other visa categories.

9A: TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA FOR RELIGIOUS WORKERS AND MISSIONARIES:
    • Police Clearance from the country of origin or place of legal residence
    • Sponsorship/endorsement letter from the religious organization in country of origin
    • o Guarantee letter from the inviting entity in the Philippines stating that it will be responsible for the welfare acts and movement of the visa applicant during his/her stay in the Philippines and it guarantees that the visa applicant will not be a public charge to the Philippine Government
    • Certificate of accreditation of sending religious organization

All applicants under this category are informed that the visa process (including evaluation and approval) will take at least one (1) month from the date of application and receipt of complete documentation.

9A: TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA FOR BUSINESS (BUSINESS VISA)
    • Original letter of invitation from reference person or company in the Philippines. The letter must also be signed by the authorized company signatory and notarized in the Philippines.
    • Official letter from company where employed mentioning applicant’s travel to the Philippines, expected duration of stay and number of entries applied for (single entry/ multiple entry valid for 6 months or 1 year )
9B: TRANSIT VISA (Must be traveling from one country to another via the Philippines. Transit period is limited to 72 hours.)

 

  • Copy of e-ticket to show applicant’s flight details.
9C: SEAMAN JOINING A SHIP 

  • Valid Seaman’s Book
  • Letter from Shipping Company
  • For Supernumeraries: Proof of Relation to Principal Seaman
9E: DIPLOMATIC VISA (Authority to issue 9E Visa has to be received by the Philippine Embassy from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs before this visa can be issued.)
  • To submit only Basic Requirements as listed above. Visa fees are waived.
9F: STUDENT VISA (Authority to issue student visa has to be received by the Philippine Embassy from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs before a student visa can be issued. Please note that personal appearance may be required when applying for a student visa.)
  • Original notice of acceptance issued by the school to the student with clear impression of school’s dry seal
  • Authenticated Regional Passport Police Clearance
  • Demand draft for as Payment for Authentication of Police Clearance
  • Medical certificates that are duly-authenticated by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. The medical examinations should be done in hospitals, clinics, or diagnostic centers listed by the Indian National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH). Please see list: https://www.nabh.co/cghs_list.aspx
  • If enrolled in Medicine or Dentistry, Original Certificate of Eligibility for Admission issued by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education to the student
9G: PRE-ARRANGED EMPLOYMENT VISA (Authority to issue Pre-arranged Employment Visa has to be received by the Philippine Embassy from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs before this visa can be issued. Please note that personal interview may be required before issuance of the Pre-arranged Employment Visa.)
  • Authenticated Regional Passport Police Clearance
  • Demand draft for Payment for Authentication of Police Clearance
  • Medical certificates that are duly-authenticated by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. The medical examinations should be done in hospitals, clinics, or diagnostic centers listed by the Indian National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH). Please see list: https://www.nabh.co/cghs_list.aspx
47 a-2: SPECIAL NON-IMMIGRANT VISA (This is issued to foreign nationals who are proceeding to the Philippines as professors, scholars, trainees, participants, fellows, students, technicians, personnel and their dependents under certain programs and entities including but not limited to Asian Institute of Management, East Asia Pastoral Institute and Philippine Economic Zone Authority or PEZA-registered companies. Authority to issue 47 A-2 Visa has to be received by the Philippine Embassy from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs before this visa can be issued.)
  • Authenticated Regional Passport Police Clearance
  • Demand draft for as Payment for Authentication of Police Clearance
  • Medical certificates that are duly-authenticated by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. The medical examinations should be done in hospitals, clinics, or diagnostic centers listed by the Indian National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH). Please see list: https://www.nabh.co/cghs_list.aspx
9A: TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA WITH PENDING APPLICATION FOR A WORKING VISA OR DEPENDENTS VISA ( PER FOREIGN SERVICE CIRCULAR 49-06)
  • Letter from the Philippine-based company confirming its intention to engage the services of the principal visa applicant and attesting to the filing of a petition for a visa category corresponding to the purpose of entry.
  • Copy of the Sponsoring Company’s application with, and duly received by, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) or the Department of Justice (DOJ) to serve as proof that the working visa application is pending.
  • For dependent’s, copy of Certificate of registration of Marriage and for minor unmarried children, copy of Certificate of Birth

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