VISA (TEMPORARY VISITORS)

 

General Information

 

 

UK and Irish passport holders and citizens of many other countries may be allowed visa-free entry to the Philippines, for a stay of not more than 30 days, provided that:

  1. The passport is valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines (except for some exemptions listed below)
  2. They hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or to the next port of destination
  3. The visit is for tourism or business only

Visitors wishing to stay more than 30 days should apply for a valid temporary visitor’s visa before arrival in the Philippines.

 

Please click link to see the complete list of countries that may be allowed visa-free entry to the Philippines (List of Countries with Visa-free Privileges), for tourism and business purposes.

 

Please click link to see a list of countries whose nationals may enter visa-free even if their passports’ validity is less than 6 months (List of Countries allowed visa-free entry with less than 6-months passport validity).

 

Nationals from other countries not included in the above lists need to apply for an entry visa. Nationals from some of these countries may also be required to wait for clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.

 

            For Chinese Nationals

Chinese nationals who wish to visit the Philippines, solely for tourism purposes, may be allowed visa-free entry for an initial allowed stay not exceeding seven (7) days, provided that they have the following:

  1. A valid visa from any of the following countries: America, Japan, Australia, Canada of Schengen
  2. A passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the planned stay
  3. A ticket to return to port of origin or to travel to an onward destination
  4. No derogatory record with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration

The visa is stamped on the back page of the FA Form No. 2.

Visa extension, for an additional fourteen (14) day stay, may be applied for with the Bureau of Immigration.

 

            For Indian Nationals

Indian national who wish to visit the Philippines, solely for tourism purposes, may be allowed visa-free entry for an initial allowed stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days, provided they have the following:

  1. A valid visa or permanent residence permit from any of the following countries: America, Japan, Australia, Canada, Schengen, Singapore or the UK
  2. A passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the planned stay
  3. A ticket to return to port of origin or to travel to an onward destination
  4. No derogatory record with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration

Visa extension, for an additional seven (7) day stay, may be applied for with the Bureau of Immigration.

This visa privilege to Chinese and Indian nationals could be availed of in any port of entry (major international airports and secondary international hubs as well as in seaports). The visa only allows a maximum 21-day stay and is non-convertible to other visa category.

 

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 will be the final authority to allow or deny admission into the country.

 

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.

 

Validity of the Visa and Allowed Period of Stay

The period of validity of the visa indicates the time-period within which entry into the Philippines may be effected. It does not refer to the allowed length of stay in the Philippines.

The temporary visitor (non-immigrant) visa is generally valid for three (3) months. This means the visa holder should arrive in the Philippines within these three (3) months.

The allowed period of stay for a non-restricted national is not to exceed fifty-nine (59) days, counted from the day following actual arrival in the Philippines. A restricted national is only allowed a period of stay of not more than thirty (30) days.

Those wishing to stay more than 59 days must secure a visa extension with the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines before the end of their initial allowed stay. Kindly visit the website of the Bureau www.immigration.gov.ph for further details on visa extensions.

 

Visa Applications

Visa applications are generally applied for in person at the Philippines Embassy/Consulate. Visa applications for minors may be filed by a parent or legal guardian who shall submit proof of said responsibility.

Applications may also be filed through a representative or via post. In these instances, the visa application form is required to be notarised by a UK/Irish Notary Public/Commissioner of Oath. It should bear the Notary’s/Commissioner’s official seal.

Applications which are not duly notarised and not bearing the seal/stamp of the notary public/solicitor shall be refused.

 

Visa Issuance

A temporary visitor’s visa for an unrestricted applicant (from a country which is allowed 30-day visa-free entry) may be granted within 3 working days after filing.

Processing of applications requiring clearance from Manila may take ten (10) to fifteen (15) days.

Processing of applications of holders of Travel Document (instead of a national passport) will take about one (1) to two (2) months.

 

Holders of Collective Passports

In cases where several persons are included in one (1) passport, a separate application and payment must be made for each person travelling. All persons included in the passport must be properly identified with photograph affixed to the collective passport.

 

Unaccompanied Minors Travelling to the Philippines

Please see separate section on this subject. (CLICK HERE)

 

Visa Fees

Fees paid for visa applications that are denied, refused or returned are non-refundable.

 

Standard Requirements:

  1. Accomplished Application for Non-Immigration Visa (FA Form 2A)
  2. Original passport and one (1) photocopy of the data age thereof
  3. One (1) passport-size photograph, taken within the last 6 months
  4. Proof of financial capability to support stay in the Philippines, such us

- latest bank statement, showing adequate funds

- employment certificate disclosing salaries & other entitlements

- pay slips

- pension statements

- sponsorship letters supported by sponsor/s’ latest bank statement (for individual

  1. For those, travelling for business purposes, letter from sponsoring firm in the Philippines or the UK/Ireland, stating purpose of the travel
  2. Proof of residence address, in case this is not identified on the bank statement/payslip/employment certificate/pension statement (e.g. utilities bill)
  3. Other documents as may be deemed necessary
  4. Visa fee

 

Downloadable Forms

Non-Immigration Visa Application Form (FA Form 2A)

Visa Application Form (Chinese National)

 

 

VISA (NON-QUOTA IMMIGRANT VISA)

General Information

A British/Irish national who is married to a Filipino citizen and wishes to live permanently in the Philippines may apply for a Non-quota Immigrant Visa (13a visa), provided s/he is able to prove that:

-          s/he contracted a valid marriage with a Filipino citizen

-          the marriage is recognized under existing Philippine laws

-          there is no record of any derogatory information against the applicant from relevant law enforcement agencies

-          s/he is of good physical and mental health, and

-          s/he has sufficient funds to support his/her family

The non-quota immigrant visa is initially a single entry visa, valid for one (1) year, which should be renewed in the Philippines for three (3) consecutive years. On the fourth year, the applicant may apply for permanent residence in the Philippines

Visa Application

Once the completed application form and the required supporting documents are received, the applicant is scheduled for interview with a Consul or the Consul General at the Embassy.

The Filipino spouse is also required to attend the interview, unless the spouse is still based in the Philippines.

The applicant is immediately informed after the interview of the decision on his/her application.

            Note:

The Bureau of Immigration requires the CRB Report to be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy. Before the Embassy could do so, the CRB Report must be submitted by the applicant to the Legalisation Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for apostille. Applicant should contact the FCO directly for guidance on their requirements/charges.

A fee is charged by the Embassy for the final authentication of the document.

 

Standard Requirements:

  1. Three (3) original application forms (FA Form No. 3, duly accomplished and signed
  2. Three (3) original medical report forms (FA Form No. 11, with
    1. Original and two (2) photocopies of laboratory report
    2. Doctor’s report on chest x-ray results, supported by x-ray film (11” x 17”)
  1. Certification from the General Medical Council (GMC) that the Doctor who signed the medical report is duly registered to practice medicine in the UK/Ireland
  2. Six (6) passport-size photographs
  3. Original and three (3) photocopies of proof of financial capacity (e.g. bank statements, pension benefit statements, title/s to property, etc.)
  4. Three (3) photocopies of the Philippine passport or birth certificate of Filipino spouse issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) (http://www.e-census.com.ph)
  5. Original and three (3) photocopies of marriage certificate
  6. For applicants with prior marriage/s, original and three (3) photocopies of proof of dissolution of the prior marriage/s (i.e. death certificate, annulment order, PSA-issued annotated marriage certificate, etc.)
  7. Original and three (3) photocopies of a “Certificate of |Good Moral Character” from the applicant’s character reference (e.g., employer/former employer, parish priest or any person of good standing in the community)
  8. Original and three (3) photocopies of Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) report
  9. Current passport of the applicant 9must be more than 6 months valid)
  10. Visa fee, in cash or postal money order made out to the Philippine Embassy

 

Downloadable Forms

Non-Quota Immigrant Visa Application Form (FA Form No. 3)

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