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    UPDATE

    The Philippine Government is easing travel restrictions on foreign citizens starting 1 August 2021. Please read the latest travel advisory through this linkfor guidance.


    Starting 1 August 2021, holders of 9a Visas issued from 1 August 2021 and onwards are exempted from the entry exemption document / LBI requirement, provided the issued visa bears a notation on the visa sticker. Foreign nationals who wish to travel using previously issued 9a Visas bearing no notation may still be required by the Philippine Bureau of Immgiration to present an LBI inorder to be allowed entry. As such, foreign nationals with previously issued 9a Visas as spouse / parent / child are advised to apply again for a 9a Visa bearing the required annotation.

    The Philippine Embassy does not issue ENTRY EXEMPTION DOCUMENTS.  The Philippine Embassy may only endorse requests for the document to DFA Manila provided the applicant is able present supporting documents proving that the reason for entering the Philippines is an emergency.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and entry requirements may change abruptly. In addition to checking the latest travel advisory posted on our website, we advise all travelers to check with their chosen airlines for the latest boarding requirements. As commercial entities, these airlines may be enforcing certain regulations in addition to those imposed by immigration authorities.


    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 for ALL VISA APPLICANTS:

    • Completed Application for Non-Immigration Visa (FA Form 2A)
    • Business card of the notary public whose seal appears on the application form (for verification purposes)
    • 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 any 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)
    •  Single EntryVisa Processing 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 byEO 408)
    • Self-addressed, stamped, special delivery envelope with tracking number (available at the post office. Click to view a sample)
      • We will use this to return your documents.

    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 travelling with their spouse

    • Copy of Philippine Immigration stamps in the passport and previously issued Philippine visas
    • Original and one photocopy, Marriage Certificate from the Philippine Statistics Authority, if married in the Philippines; or Report of Marriage (ROM), if married abroad and has no PSA copy yet.  Request for a Marriage Certificate at psaserbilis.com.ph
    • Proof of spouse's Philippine citizenship (if Philippine citizen spouse is a dual citizen, his/her RA 9225 documents must be presented)
    • Proof that the foreign citizen spouse and the Filipino citizen spouse are travelling together (e.g. flight itinerary); 
    Foreign spouses who are travelling alone
    • Copy of Philippine Immigration stamps in the passport and previously issued Philippine visas
    • Copy of proof of filiation to spouse residing in the Philippines such as PSA/NSO Marriage Certificate or Report of Marriage for those whose marriage was solemnised in a foreign country)
    • Copy of valid Philippine passport or Philippine Government-issued ID of the Filipino spouse
    • Copy of a notarised letter of invitation executed by the Filipino spouse. The letter must indicate that the foreign national will be residing with his/her Filipino family while in the Philippines
    • Copy of Barangay Certification issued to the Filipino spouse

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

    • Copy of Philippine Immigration stamps in the passport and previously issued Philippine visas
    • Original and one photocopy, Authenticate Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority.  Request for a copy at psaserbilis.com.ph 
    • Proof of parent/s' Filipino citizenship (if parent is a dual citizen, parent's RA 9225 documents must be submitted)
    • Proof that the foreign citizen child and the Filipino citizen parent are travelling together (e.g. flight itinerary)

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

    • Copy of Philippine Immigration stamps in the passport and previously issued Philippine visas
    • Proof of relationship with the child such as the original Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority.  Request for a copy at psaserbilis.com.ph

    • Proof of child’s Philippine citizenship

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

    • Copy of a notarised letter of invitation executed by the Filipino spouse. The letter must indicate that the foreign national will be residing with his/her Filipino family while in the Philippines
    Foreign parents of minor Filipino nationals who are currently in the Philippines
    • Copy of Philippine Immigration stamps in the passport and previously issued Philippine visas
    • Copy of proof of filiation to child residing in the Philippines such as PSA/NSO Birth Certificate or Report of Brith for those born abroad)
    • Copy of valid Philippine passport or Philippine Government-issued ID of the Filipino child
    • Copy of a notarised letter of invitation executed by the Filipino spouse. The letter must indicate that the foreign national will be residing with his/her Filipino family while in the Philippines
    • Copy of Barangay Certification issued to the Filipino spouse

     Note: Original documents sent without photocopies will not be returned.

    Estimated Processing Time:

    Foreign nationals under EO 408 such as UK and Irish citizens  3 to 5 days 
    Foreign nationals not covered by EO 408 10 to 15 days

     

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

     

    Important Reminders:

    • 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. An application may be filed again only after one (1) month from when the applicant receives the official decision from the Embassy regarding his/her previous visa application.
    •  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.
    • The Philippine Embassy is under no obligation to explain the decision pertaining to visa applications.
    •  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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