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  1. What is a temporary visitor’s visa?

Temporary Visitor’s Visa is available to foreign nationals who are traveling to the Philippines for these common purposes:

  1. Pleasure – for holiday or leisurely stay

  2. Business – may be of commercial, industrial/professional character but must be temporary in nature e.g. those who are attending international conferences, here to negotiate contracts and attend business meetings

  3. Health – provided not contagious, loathsome and/or dangerous diseases


  1. What are the different types of temporary visitor’s visa?

There are two (2) classifications of Temporary Visitor’s Visa by mode of admission:

  1. Non-visa Required Nationals

    1. Foreign nationals under E.O. 408, as amended, admissible for thirty (30) days initial stay

    2. Temporary visitor’s visa admissible for fifty nine (59) days

    3. Visa Upon Arrival under Memorandum Circular No. MCL-08-003

    4. Visa Upon Arrival VA thirty (30) days

      1. Group Tour (Memorandum Order No. AFFJr. 05-012)

      2. Pro-Investment Visa (Memorandum Circular No. MCL-07-004)

    5. Foreign nationals under E.O. 191 admissible for seven (7) days

    6. Letter of Instruction (LOI) 911 admissible for seven (7) days

    7. Balikbayan (RA 6768 as amended by RA 9174) admissible for 1 year

  2. Visa Required Nationals who are admissible with entry visa


  1. Where can I apply for a temporary visitor’s visa?

A foreign national may apply for a Temporary Visitor’s Visa at a Philippine Foreign Service Post at his/her country of origin or place of legal residence.


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