PHILIPPINES VISA GUIDE: ​What You Need To Know

Yes! I’ve been writing visa guides for other countries and haven’t about the Philippines, so there you are. A visa guide for the people who wish to visit the Philippines.

Famous for its 7,107 islands and very hospitable locals, the Philippines can easily jump on a traveller’s list of must-see countries. If you are not convinced yet if you should travel here, check these photos of the Philippines to inspire your trip.

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VISA FREE NATIONALITIES TO ENTER THE PHILIPPINES

59 days

30 days

Africa

  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Republic of Congo
  • Cote d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini/Swaziland
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Americas

  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Asia

  • Bahrain
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

Europe

  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

Oceania

  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • New Zealand
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

14 days

  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Portugal (strictly for passports issued with a valid permanent resident visa of Macau)

Passport Validity

Many countries require a six months validity left on a traveller’s passport to be able to enter a country. The Philippines immigration allow travellers to enter the country with less than six months. Here are the nationalities eligible to under Pursuant to Operations Order No. SBM-2015-026. More information here.

Angola Argentina Australia Austria Belgium
Benin Brazil Cambodia Canada Chile
Cyprus Czech Republic Ecuador France Germany
Greece Iceland Indonesia Ireland Isreal
Italy Japan Korea Kuwait Laos
Mexico Myanmar Netherlands New Zealand Niger
Norway Papua New Guinea Peru Portugal Romania
Saudi Arabia Singapore Spain Switzerland Thailand
Turkey United Kingdom / GBR United States of America Venezuela

REPLACEMENTS VISAS

  • China – 7 days (ONLY if the tourist holds a valid Australia, Canada, Japan, United States or Schengen Area)
  • India – 14 days (ONLY if the tourist holds a valid Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States or Schengen Area: tourist, business, or resident)

VISA ON ARRIVAL

Afghanistan

Egypt

Montenegro

South Sudan

Albania

Georgia

Nauru

Sri Lanka

Algeria

India

Nigeria

Sudan

Armenia

Iran

North Korea

Syria

Azerbaijan

Iraq

North Macedonia

Taiwan

Bangladesh

Jordan

Pakistan

Timor-Leste

Belarus

Kosovo

Palestine

Tonga

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lebanon

Sierra Leone

Ukraine

China

Libya

Serbia

Yemen

Cuba

Moldova

Somalia

VISA EXTENSION IN THE PHILIPPINES

All visitors who wish to stay longer than their visa validity should apply for an extension of visa in any authorised Immigration Office in the country. Check out the steps and requirements you need to extend your visa in the Philippines.

Requirements to extend your Philippines visa

  • Original Passport
  • Application Form (TVS-CGAF-VE-2016)
  • Sworn Statement for overstaying /updating of stay of more than six (6) months
  • Cash

Procedure

When you get to the Immigration Office, follow these steps:

  • Get a number and wait for your turn. Make sure you are on Public Information Assistance Unit Visa Extension Lane
  • When your number is called, pass your documents to see how much do you have to pay
  • Payment
  • On the releasing window, you will be called to pick up your passport

NOTE: If you need to extend for another 29 days, you can either apply for it in advance in your home country or get on when you arrive for a fee of $50.  Simply go to any immigration office

More Information

  • Check the nearest Immigration Office to you HERE
  • Download the application form HERE
  • Table of fees and more information HERE

I hope you found this Philippines visa guide useful. If you have more questions, let me know in the comment section below.

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Mary is the founder of amaryroad and one of the experts when it comes to travelling in Southeast Asia. Mary has been travelling around the world since 2013, she have extensively travelled and lived in Southeast Asian countries. She also has been featured in popular publications in the Philippines such as GMA Network, When in Manila, and Tripzilla. Today, Mary continues her round-the-world trip with no final destination. She travels in her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

3 thoughts on “PHILIPPINES VISA GUIDE: ​What You Need To Know”

  1. Hello, what is the sworn statement for overstaying/updating of state more than six months ? Do I have to bring one with with me from the US, or can they help me with one there at the office in Manila? Any help on this would be appreciated because I’m not sure what they want exactly. Thanks!

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