visa requirements in the philippines

Visa Requirements In The Philippines

As a first-time visitor to the country, one of the first things you need to consider is getting your visa. Visa requirements in the Philippines are quite straightforward, but will also depend on your country of origin.

Visa Exemptions

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The Philippines welcomes visitors all year round! You will fall in love with its thriving cities and picturesque landscapes.

No visa is required if you are a citizen of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member country. Visas are also exempted for passport holders from 157 countries. Approved stays last for 14 days, 30 days, or 59 days.

Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
Colombia
Comoros
Republic of the Congo
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
DR Congo
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hongkong
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Norway
Oman
Palau
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Non-Immigrant Visas

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There are several kinds of visas available to other visitors of the Philippines. The most common kind of this is the non-immigrant visa, which is used by temporary tourists who visit the country for business, vacation, education, or employment.

Out of all the non-immigrant visas available, the most commonly applied type is the Tourist Visa, also called 9(A). This allows entry to the Philippines for 14, 30, or 59 days, depending on your nationality. Generally, the following visa requirements in the Philippines are needed in order to process a tourist 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;
  • Passport Photos (2 pieces);
  • Proof of bona fide status as tourist or businessman;
  • Confirmed tickets for return or onward journey to the next port of destination; and
  • Payment of visa fees

Employment Visas

visa requirements in the philippines

If you are traveling to the Philippines under the invitation of a company that has hired you, there will be certain requirements needed in order to process the appropriate visa. While your company will be able to do this on your behalf, it is best to be familiar with the process.

A valid contract with the duration of employment is first required, after which an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) will be secured on your behalf from the Department of Labor and Employment. This usually takes fifteen working days. After getting a valid AEP, the company will be able to apply for a change from tourist visa 9(A) to work visa 9(G) at the Bureau of Immigration. It can last anywhere from a year to three years, depending on your length of contract. Remember that any foreigner must first apply for a tourist visa before changing it to an employment visa. This is also renewable, subject to certain restrictions.

Extension of Stay and Immigrant Visas

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In case you are on a tourist visa and want to stay longer in the country, it is very important to remember to extend your visa. A few days before this is due to expire, proceed to the Bureau of Immigration and fill out an application for extension. Certain fees will apply.

Immigrant visas are also available to those who want to reside in the Philippines for a much more extended period.

Do you have more questions about visa requirements in the Philippines? More information can be found at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ official website. You can also check the Bureau of Immigration on different types of visas that are available to you.

If you are looking for more assistance on visa requirements in the Philippines—for Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV), Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV), or visa extensions, to name a few—do check out A2EN Documentation Services. They are an established accredited agency and Philippine visa consultant.

A2EN Documentation Services
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