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advancedDefinition 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.


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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: 834-4854, 834-3707, and 834-4810), Department of Foreign Affairs, 2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City or to any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad.


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  1. What is a Philippine Visa?
  2. Guidelines on the Entry of Temporary Visitors to the Philippines
  3. Standard Procedure/Minimum Requirements for Applying a Temporary Visitor's Visa
  4. Other Visa/Entry Requirements for Foreign Nationals
  5. Extension of Authorized Period of Stay in the Philippines



    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.

    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.

    Beginning 01 August 2013, this visa-free entry is extended to a period of thirty (30) days from the previous period of 21 days.


    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:

    1.     Andorra

    55. Grenada

    109. Papua New Guinea

    2.     Angola

    56. Guatemala

    110. Paraguay

    3.     Antigua and Barbuda

    57. Guinea

    111. Peru

    4.     Argentina

    58. Guinea Bissau

    112. Poland

    5.     Australia

    59. Guyana

    113. Portugal

    6.     Austria

    60. Haiti

    114. Qatar

    7.     Bahamas

    61. Honduras

    115. Romania

    8.     Bahrain

    62. Hungary

    116. Rwanda

    9.     Barbados

    63. Iceland

    117. Russia

    10.  Belgium

    64. Indonesia

    118. Saint Kitts and Nevis

    11.  Belize

    65. Ireland

    119. Saint Lucia

    12.  Benin

    66. Israel*

    120. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    13.  Bhutan

    67. Italy

    121. Samoa

    14.  Bolivia

    68. Jamaica

    122. San Marino

    15.  Botswana

    69. Japan

    123. Sao Tome and Principe

    16.  Brazil*

    70. Kazakhstan

    124. Saudi Arabia

    17.  Brunei

    71. Kenya

    125. Senegal

    18.  Bulgaria

    72. Kiribati

    126. Seychelles

    19.  Burkina Faso

    73. Korea (ROK)

    127. Singapore

    20.  Burundi

    74. Kuwait

    128. Slovak Republic

    21.  Cambodia

    75. Kyrgyzstan

    129. Slovenia

    22.  Cameroon

    76. Laos

    130. Solomon Islands

    23.  Canada

    77. Latvia

    131. South Africa

    24.  Cape Verde

    78. Lesotho

    132. Spain

    25.  Central African Republic

    79. Liberia

    133. Suriname

    26.  Chad

    80. Liechtenstein

    134. Swaziland

    27.  Chile

    81. Lithuania

    135. Sweden

    28.  Colombia

    82. Luxembourg

    136. Switzerland

    29.  Comoros

    83. Madagascar

    137. Tajikistan

    30.  Congo

    84. Malawi

    138. Tanzania

    31.  Congo, Democratic Republic

    85. Malaysia

    139. Thailand

    32.  Costa Rica

    86. Maldives

    140. Togo

    33.  Cote d'Ivoire

    87. Mali

    141. Trinidad and Tobago

    34.  Croatia

    88. Malta

    142. Tunisia

    35.  Cyprus

    89. Marshall Islands

    143. Turkey

    36.  Czech Republic

    90. Mauritania

    144. Turkmenistan

    37.  Denmark

    91. Mauritius

    145. Tuvalu

    38.  Djibouti

    92. Mexico

    146. Uganda

    39.  Dominica

    93. Micronesia

    147. United Arab Emirates

    40.  Dominican Republic

    94. Monaco

    148. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)

    41.  Ecuador

    95. Mongolia

    149. United States of America (USA)

    42.  El Salvador

    96. Morocco

    150. Uruguay

    43.  Equatorial Guinea

    97. Mozambique

    151. Uzbekistan

    44.  Eritrea

    98. Myanmar

    152. Vanuatu

    45.  Estonia

    99. Namibia

    153. Vatican

    46.  Ethiopia

    100. Nepal

    154. Venezuela

    47.  Fiji

    101. Netherlands

    155. Vietnam

    48.  Finland

    102. New Zealand

    156. Zambia

    49.  France

    103. Nicaragua

    157. Zimbabwe

    50.  Gabon

    104. Niger

    *Brazilian and Israeli nationals are given fifty-nine (59) days stay based on existing agreements.

    51. Gambia

    105. Norway

    52. Germany

    106. Oman

    53. Ghana

    107. Palau

    54. Greece

    108. Panama


    *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

    6. Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports

    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:

    1. Passport/Travel Document Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
    2. Duly Accomplished Visa application forms;
    3. Passport Photos (2 pieces);
    4. Proof of bona fide status as tourist or businessman;
    5. Confirmed tickets for return or onward journey to the next port of destination; and
    6. Payment of Visa Fees

    Other Visa/Entry Requirements for Foreign Nationals

    Minor children below 15 yrs. old Traveling to the Philippines Unaccompanied by or not Joining a Parent in the Philippines

    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 or the consular officer at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the applicant's country or residence;

    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, P3,120 per child).

    Foreign Nationals on Board Privately-Owned Yachts or Sailboats

    A temporary visitor's visa is required for foreign nationals who are traveling to the Philippines on board privately-owned yachts and sailboats.  When applying the visa, the applicants will be required to provide the following particulars of the yacht/sailboat and its crewmembers:

    1. Crewlist;
    2. Nationality/Citizenship;
    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 Coast Guard Station 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 (1) 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 (1) photograph, sixe 1"x1", 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
    5. Birth Certificate.


    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, secure an extension of stay and pay the corresponding immigration fees.  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


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