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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

The Philippine Government is easing travel restrictions on foreign citizens starting 1 August 2021. Please read the latest travel advisory through this link for 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 Entry Visa 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 by EO 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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