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What is a Philippine Visa?
A Philippine Visa is an endorsement by a consular officer on a passport denoting that the visa application has been examined and requesting permission from Philippine immigration authorities at ports of entry to allow the bearer to enter the Philippines. A visa is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted into the country because admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is an exclusive and original function of the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Philippine visa holders are subject to the regular and discretionary immigration control at the port of entry, hence, BI may deny entry of any visa holder for any valid reason.
Guidelines on the Entry of Temporary Visitors to the Philippines
Nationals from countries listed below who are travelling to the Philippines for business or tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of thirty (30) days or less: (Please see http://dfa.gov.ph/index.php/consular-services/visa-information).
*The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days:
1. Holders of Brazil passports; and
2. Holders of Israel passports
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:
3. Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports
4. Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports
5. Holders of Portuguese Passports issued in Macao
Standard Procedure/Minimum Requirements for Applying a Temporary Visitor's Visa
Application for a temporary visitor's visa must be made in person. A visa officer will interview the applicant.
Prior to the submission of visa application form and documentary requirements and the interview, visa applicants must call or email the Consular Section for appointments.
Applications of minors may be made by a person who is legally responsible for the applicant's welfare. Minors who are not infants are required to appear at the Consulate for interview together with the person submitting the application.
The Embassy accepts only applications of foreign nationals who reside and/or work in Belgium and Luxembourg.
The following are the minimum requirements for applying a temporary visitor's visa:
1. One duly filled out application form (All entries must be in block letters)
2. Passport valid for at least six months after the intended stay in the Philippines, and photocopy of pages of the passport containing identification data;
3. Photocopy of government-issued identity card; students must also submit school ID;
4. Proof of financial capacity to travel such as bank statement for the three preceding months, certificate of stocks, title to real property or proof of investments;
5. Hotel booking or letter of guarantee of accommodation signed by a Philippine-based sponsor, attaching photocopy of host's ID.
6. A signed letter from the sponsoring firms in the Philippines and in Belgium/Luxembourg for applicants for business travels;
7. Photocopy of flight booking. Applicant must not buy ticket if visa application is not yet approved. Applicants buy air tickets only after approval of applications.
Other Visa/Entry Requirements for Foreign National
Minors below 15 yrs. old
A Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) Under Section 29(a)(12) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended, is required for children below 15 yrs. old who are traveling to the Philippines unaccompanied by or not joining his/her parent/s to the Philippines.
The WEG Order will be issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the port of entry upon submission by the WEG applicant of the following requirements:
1. Affidavit of consent by either parent or legally appointed guardian of the child, naming therein the person who will be accompanying the child to the Philippines and with whom the child will stay while in the country. The said Affidavit must be duly notarized by a local notary public;
2. Clear photocopy of the data page of the child's passport;
3. Clear photocopy of the data page of the passport of the accompanying adult or guardian; and
4. Payment of immigration fees (currently, PHP 3,120 per child).
Foreign Nationals on Board Privately-Owned Yachts or Sailboats
A temporary visitor's visa is required for foreign nationals who travel to the Philippines on board privately-owned yachts or sailboats. Applicants are required to provide the following particulars of the yacht/sailboat and its crewmembers:
3. Passport details of the crew;
4. Vessel to be used for entry: type, name, registration, call sign, and other particulars;
5. Estimated date of entry into the Philippine territory;
6. Port/Area of entry (Philippine waters);
7. Estimated period of stay in the Philippines;
8. Character reference/shipping agent in the Philippines (if any); and
9. Purpose of visit
Upon entry into the Philippines, the crew of the yacht and sailboats are required to register immediately with the nearest station of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and submit the yacht/sailboats to Customs, Immigration and Quarantine inspections.
Foreign Newsmen, Journalists and Cinema/Television Groups
Foreign newsmen and journalists visiting the Philippines in pursuit of their profession are required to apply for a temporary visitor's visa. The following are additional requirements for visa application of foreign newsmen, journalist, cinema/television groups:
1. Curriculum vitae of newsmen/journalists;
2. Shortlist of work credits;
3. Copy of one sample article written by the applicant;
4. Background of media organization, including target market/audience, circulation, format; and
5. Administrative arrangements for the work in the Philippines, as follows:
1. List of members of the reportorial team, nationality and passport details;
2. Planned itinerary and activities, with storyline for any films to be made;
3. List of equipment to be brought by each team member, with certification from the media organization that said equipment will be re-exported at the end of the trip to the Philippines;
4. Flight details (arrival and departure); and
5. For each team member, one photograph 1"x1" size to be submitted to the International Press Center (IPC) for the issuance of accreditation card.
Upon arrival in the Philippines, the newsmen/journalists will have to report to the IPC for accreditation.
Foreign Nationals who wish to take up a short-term non-degree course
Foreign students who wish to take up a short-term non-degree course like language and computer courses must apply for a temporary visitor's visa. 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; and
Extension of Authorized Period of Stay in the Philippines
In case of a temporary visitor's visa holder whose stay in the Philippines will exceed the authorized period of stay, he/she will have to report to the Bureau of Immigration (BI), secure an extension of stay and pay the corresponding immigration fees. The Embassy advises visa holders who plan or want to extend their stay in the Philippines to directly contact the BI. Information on fees for extension of stay and other Immigration fees are available at the Bureau of Immigration website at: www.immigration.gov.ph or at http://immigration.gov.ph//index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26&Itemid=35