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I would like to visit the Philippines, am I required to apply for an entry visa?
If you are classified as a non-restricted national and your country has diplomatic ties/bilateral agreement with the Philippines, you are not required to secure an entry visa.
Guidelines on Entry Visas of Temporary Visitors to the Philippines
A. Nationals from countries listed below 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. Department regulations require that passports are valid for a period of not less than 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.
B. Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa:
Visa Required Nationals based on Foreign Service Circular No. 22-10 dated 22 February 2010:
DPRK= Democratic People’s Republic of Korea || FYROM= Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
¹May apply for a visa only from the Philippine Embassy in Islamabad
²May apply for a visa only from the Philippine Embassy in Dili
³May apply for a visa only from the Philippine Embassy in Beijing
*May apply for a visa only from a Philippine Foreign Service Post in their country of origin or place of legal residence
**Chinese nationals from the mainland coming for tourism purposes and with a valid Australian, Japanese, Canadian, Schengen or US visa do not need a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days provided they possess a return or onward airline ticket.
ºIndian nationals may also apply for a visa in any country that requires entry visas to Indian nationals
ªStateless persons may apply for a visa only from a Philippine Foreign service Post in their country of legal residence, except for those who may apply at any Foreign Service Post because they possess all of the following:
Note: For purposes of travel abroad, international civil aviation regulations require passports to have at least 6 months validity beyond the intended period of stay in the country of destination. [From website of Philippine Embassy in Thailand http://www.philembassy-bangkok.net/faq ]
*The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days:
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days:
Admission of Lao People's Democratic Republic
Under Foreign Service Circular No. 21-10 dated 22 February 2010, Lao PDR is a country with which the Philippines has an agreement on the abolition of entry visas for holders of regular or ordinary passports who are coming for business and pleasure. The duration of stay is indicated as 30 days for both nationals.
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.
How would I extend my visa?
You may get an application form from the Visa Extension Section located at the ground floor Annex building, Bureau of Immigration.
What is the maximum extension of stay that can be granted to me?
For non-restricted nationals, the Chief of Visa Extension Section may grant you two (2) months for every extension but not to exceed the maximum period of one year.
Will it be necessary for me to appear personally for the extension of my visa?
You may or may not appear provided, you will ask assistance from any of the accredited travel agencies or law firms of the Bureau.
How many days should I allot for the filing of my extension to avoid overstaying?
You should file your application seven (7) days before the expiration of your approved stay