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UPDATE

  • Visa-free privileges are currently suspended pursuant to existing travel restrictions imposed by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID)
  • At the moment, only certain categories of foreign nationals may enter the Philippines, provided that they are able to present the appropriate visas.  For more information, please proceed to this link.

Under Executive Order 408 dated 9 November 2014, as amended, nationals of the following countries may enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days provided that they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines, and possess return or outward bound tickets to their country of origin or next country of destination.

1. Andorra
2. Angola
3. Antigua and Barbuda
4. Argentina
5. Australia
6. Austria
7. Bahamas
8. Bahrain
9. Barbados
10. Belgium
11. Belize
12. Benin
13. Bhutan
14. Bolivia
15. Botswana
16. Brazil*
17. Brunei
18. Bulgaria
19. Burkina Faso
20. Burundi
21. Cambodia
22. Cameroon
23. Canada
24. Cape Verde
25. Central African Republic
26. Chad
27. Chile
28. Colombia
29. Comoros
30. Congo
31. Congo, Democratic Republic
32. Costa Rica
33. Cote d' Ivoire
34. Croatia
35. Cyprus
36. Czech Republic
37. Denmark
38. Djibouti
39. Dominica
40. Dominican Republic
41. Ecuador
42. El Salvador
41. Equatorial Guinea
44. Eritrea
45. Estonia
46. Ethiopia
47. Fiji
48. Finland
49. France
50. Gabon
51. Gambia
52. Germany
53. Ghana
54. Greece
55. Grenada
56. Guatemala
57. Guinea
58. Guinea·Bissau
59. Guyana
60. Haiti
61. Honduras
62. Hungary
63. Iceland
64. Indonesia
65. Ireland
66. Israel*
67. Italy
68. Jamaica
69. Japan
70. Kazakhstan
71. Kenya .
72. Kiribati
73. Korea (ROK)
74. Kuwait
75. Kyrgyzstan
76. Laos
77. Latvia
78. Lesotho
79. Liberia
80. Liechtenstein
81. Lithuania
82. Luxembourg
83. Madagascar
84. Malawi
85. Malaysia
86. Maldives
87. Mali
88. Malta
85. Marshall Islands
90. Mauritania
91. Mauritius
92. Mexico
93. Micronesia
94. Monaco
95. Mongolia
96. Morocco
97. Mozambique
98. Myanmar
99. Namibia
100. Nepal
101. Netherlands
102. New Zealand
103. Nicaragua
104. Niger
105. Norway
106. Oman
107. Palau
108. Panama
109. Papua New Guinea
110. Paraguay

111. Peru
112. Poland
113. Portugal
114. Qatar
115. Romania
116. Russia
117. Rwanda
118. St. Kitts and Nevis
119. Saint Lucia
120. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
121. Samoa
122. San Marino
123. Sao Tome and Principe
124. Saudi Arabia
125. Senegal
126. Seychelles
127. Singapore
128. Slovak Republic
129. Slovenia
130. Solomon Islands
131.South Africa
132. Spain
133. Suriname
134. Swaziland
135. Sweden
136. Switzerland
137. Tajikistan
138. Tanzania
139. Thailand
140. Togo
141. Trinidad and Tobago
142. Tunisia
143. Turkey
144. Turkmenistan
145. Tuvalu
146 .Uganda
147. United Arab Emirates
148. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
149. United States of America
150. Uruguay
151. Uzbekistan
152. Vanuatu
153. Vatican
154. Venezuela
155. Vietnam
156. Zambia
157. Zimbabwe

*Brazil and Israel remain eligible for 59-day visa-free entry as elaborated under Section D of FSC-21·10.

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 fourteen (14) days

  1. Holders of Macau SAR passports
  2. Holders of Hongkong SAR passports
  3. Indian nationals coming for tourism or business with valid Australian, Japanese, American, Canadian, Schengen, Singaporean and UK visas or permanent residence permit (admission is implemented only at NAIA I, II, III and IV)

The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days

  1. Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports
  2. Holders of Macau-Portuguese and Hongkong British passports
  3. Chinese nationals from mainland China coming for tourism purposes with valid Australian, Japanese, Canadian, Schengen or US visa

Important Note:


Nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Department and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) shall not be admitted to the Philippines.

UPDATE

Visa issuance is temporarily suspended until 15 January 2021.

Passengers originating from the UK, Ireland, and 18 other countries are not allowed to enter the Philippines from 30 December 2020 to 15 January 2021.  Please read the complete travel advisory here.


The Philippine Government is currently imposing risk mitigation measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines.  One of these measures is the temporary suspension of visa-free privileges and visa issuances. This travel ban is regularly being reviewed and updated depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country.  The public is therefore urged to postpone all non-essential travels to the Philippines. To check the COVID-19 situation in the Philippines please proceed to covid19.gov.ph.


A. Visa-free Entry to the Philippines

Pursuant to Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 85 s.2020, the following may be allowed entry privileges to the Philippines under Republic Act 6768 or the “Act Instituting the Balikbayan Program” effective, 7 December 2020:

  • Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with them;
  • Former Filipino citizens, including their spouses and children, regardless of age who are travelling with them.

The entry of these persons shall be subject to the following conditions:

  • They are allowed visa-free entry under Executive Order 408 s.1960;
    • Nationals who are allowed visa-free entry under EO 408 s.1960 include:
      • British citizens
      • Irish citizens
  • They have a pre-booked quarantine facility;
  • They have a pre-booked slot for COVID-19 testing at a laboratory operating at the airport; and
  • Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port of and during the date of entry

The foregoing is without prejudice to immigration laws, rules and regulations such that the Commissioner of Immigration shall have the exclusive prerogative to decide on waiver or recall of exclusion orders for the above foreign nationals, including foreign nationals who have entered the Philippines by virtue of IATF resolutions.

Further, the entry of the above-mentioned nationals shall be subject to the implementing guidelines to be issued by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.

Other foreign citizen spouses and children of Filipino nationals who do not belong to the above categories, are still subject to existing travel restrictions. They may apply for visas, as appropriate, provided that they are exempted from the temporary suspension of visa issuance, as outlined in previous IATF Resolutions.


B. Current holders of the following valid Philippine visas may enter the Philippines:

 Visa Type Basis
  • 13 series of the Immigration Act (Commonwealth Act [CA] 613), as amended, which likewise includes:
    • Temporary Resident Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13a [marriage to Filipino])
    • Temporary Resident Visa (based on MO ADD-01-038/ ADD-02-015 [Indian nationals])
    • MCL-07-021 Permanent Resident Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13a [Chinese nationals])
    • Native Born Visa (based on CA 613, Section 13c [for foreigners born in the Philippines with at least 1 Permanent Resident parent]);
  • Republic Act 7919 visas (granted through Social Integration Program); and
  • Executive Order 324 visas.
IATF Resolution No. 56 dated 16 July 2020
  • Special visas under Executive Order 226, as amended, including Special 
  • Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV), and under Republic Act 8756;
  • 47(a-2) visas; and 
  • Visas issued by Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority
  • (APECO), and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)
IATF Resolution No. 80 dated 22 October 2020

C. Foreign Nationals Who May Apply for a Visa to Enter the Philippines

Foreign nationals identified in the matrix below may apply for a 9A, 9C, and 9E visas to enter the Philippines if their date of entry to the Philippines falls before 7 December 2020 and/or if they are not among the foreign nationals belonging to the categories mentioned in Section A of this page.  All visa applications are to be sent by post. The visa application form must be notarised by a British / Irish Notary Public and must bear the Notary’s official seal. Applications that are not duly notarised and which do not bear the seal or stamp of the notary public will not be considered.  The purpose for the limited issuance of 9A visas is to enable foreign nationals to visit their Filipino national spouses int he Philippines or to travel to the Philippines with their Filipino nationals spouses for reason of GENUINE EMERGENCIES; as well as to enable foreign nationals to visit their Filipino national dependent children in the Philippines. Foreign nationals must therefore travel with their Filipino national spous to the Philippines or present proof that their Filipino national spouse is in the Philippines. A pre-booked holiday or vacation to the Philippines for the purposes of leisure is not considered an emergency.

Visa Categories

Foreign National

Applicable Visa Type

Spouses, dependent children, partners of Filipino nationals

9A

Seafarers

9C

Government officials*

  • For applicants who are UK government officials, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

9E

The Embassy is not authorised to issue 9G (work) and 9F (student) visas.  Only the Philippine Bureau of Immigration is authorised to issue these types of visas.  

For retirement visa applications, please contact the Philippine Retirement Authority through any of their contact details listed at pra.gov.ph.

Basic requirements:

  • Completed Application for Non-Immigration Visa (FA Form 2A)
  • Original passport and one (1) photocopy of the data page
  • One (1) passport-size photograph, taken within the last 6 months
  • One (1) copy of each of the following proofs of financial capability to support stay in the Philippines:
    • Latest bank statement, showing a balance of at least GBP 1,000.00.
    • Employment certificate disclosing one’s salaries & other entitlements
    • Pension statements (applicable only to retirees)
  • Sponsorship letters supported by sponsor/s’ latest bank statement (if applicable)
  • Visa fee in the form of a postal money order (in the UK) or bank draft (Ireland), paid out to the Philippine Embassy:
    • GBP 20 (For seafarers)
    • GBP 28 (For foreign nationals under EO 408.  Please check this link if this applies to you)
    • GBP 37 (For other foreign nationals not covered by EO 408)
  • Self-addressed, stamped, special delivery envelope with tracking number

Additional Supporting Documents:

Qualified Foreign Nationals

Supporting Documents in Addition to the Prescribed 9A and 9C Visa Requirements

Seafarers

  • Letter of endorsement from the shipping company

Foreign spouses of Filipino citizens

  • Proof of relationship such as a Marriage Certificate 

  • Proof of spouse’s Philippine citizenship

Children (17 years old and below) of Filipino nationals, including children with special needs (no age limit)

  • Proof of relationship with the parent such as a PSA-issued birth certificate

  • Proof of parent’s Philippine citizenship

  • For children with special needs, a medical certificate stating the child’s condition

Foreign parents of Filipino minor children (17 years old and below) andforeign parents of children with special needs (no age limit)

  • Proof of relationship with the child such as a birth certificate

  • Proof of child’s Philippine citizenship

  • For parents of children with special needs, a medical certificate stating the child’s condition

Foreign national partners of pregnant Filipino citizens

*An authority from Manila is required before the Embassy can issue the visa

  • Omnibus Sworn Statement, duly notarised by a public notary
  • Duly notarised medical statement of the pregnancy of the Filipino partner
  • Documentary proof on the citizenship of the preganant Filipino partner
  • Documentary proof on the civil status of the visa applicant
  • Documentary proof that the visa applicant and the pregnant Filipino partner have met in person at least once before travel restrictions were imposed (i.e. airline tickets, copies of passport bearing entry stamps, etc)
  • Documents confirming that the relationship had existed for some time and that the visa applicant and pregnant Filipino partner have been in continuous contact
  • Letter of invitation from the pregnant Filipino partner (the letter must include genera information such as the name, date of birth, and address of the visa applicant; the nature of the relationship; duration of stay; accommodation, and details of the Filipino partner)
  • Documentary proof that the visa applicant has a stable, regular, and sufficient income to support his trip as well as his pregnant Filipino partner until the birth of their child

Estimated Processing Time:

Due to the volume of applications we are receiving, please expect to hear from the Visa Officer in at least 5-7 working days, except for visas applied for by partners of pregnant Filipino nationals as this type of application requires the issuance of an official approval from Manila before the visa can be released.  Expedited processing is not possible at the moment.

Visa applications from foreign nationals not covered under EO 408 include an additional 15 days clearing period.  

Important Reminders:

  • Some airlines require passengers to present a Certification of Exemption from Travel Restrictions.  Kindly verify with your chosen airline if this is among their requirements.  A Certification of Exemption from Travel Restrictions may be obtained from the Philippine Embassy at GBP 23.00.  While this is not a requirement, it is recommended in order to avoid any inconveniences.
  • Please submit only photocopies of supporting requirements.  The Philippine Embassy will not be liable for the loss of original copies of supporting documents during the application process.
  • Incomplete applications will immediately be returned to the applicant.  We can only return your passport and visa application forms in the event that the envelope you have provided us can only accommodate both documents.  Therefore, please make sure you are able to provide us with a special delivery envelope that can fit all your documentary requirements so we can return all your documents in the event that your application is unsuccessful.
  • The issuance of the non-quota immigrant visa (13A) is temporarily suspended until further notice.
  •  Incomplete visa applications will immediately be returned to the applicant.
  •  The Philippine Embassy is not in the position to answer queries on visas for those who want to stay or work in the UK or travel to another country. Please contact the UK Home Office or the relevant foreign embassy for these.
  •  The grant of a Philippine visa is, in effect, only a form of pre-entry clearance. A foreign national who has been granted a Philippine visa by the Embassy is still subject to standard immigration control at the port of entry in the Philippines. The Philippine Immigration official at the port of entry will be the final authority to allow or deny admission into the country. 
  •  The visa application fee is non-refundable.
  •  Visa applications must be filed no earlier than 30 working days before the applicant's date of departure to the Philippines, except for travel document holders.
  •  Do not book your flight until you have received your visa. The Embassy will not be rushed into issuing you a visa just because you had booked your flight.
  •  For holders of collective passports, a separate application and payment must be made for each person who is travelling. All persons included in the passport must be properly identified with a photograph affixed to the collective passport.
  •  Nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the DFA and the Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines. Further inquiries may be addressed to The Visa Division, Department of Foreign Affairs, 2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Philippines.
  •  For enquiries on particular cases related to the entry of foreign nationals into the Philippines, please directly get in touch with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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