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Effective 03 January 2022, all qualified foreign nationals are required to lodge their visa applications at the Online Visa Application System (OVAS) through www.visa.gov.ph, subject to compliance of the usual visa requirements and procedures.

Reminders:
1. Please indicate all your names as appearing in your passport
2. Download the filled out online application form, review and make sure all details are correct.
3. Put your signature on the downloaded application form and upload it in the system together with the clear copy of the passport data page.

 

Pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 165, effective 01 April 2022, foreign nationals may enter the Philippines without need of an Entry Exemption Document (EED); provided they comply with the applicable visa requirements and immigration entry and departure formalities; provided further that they:

1. Are fully vaccinated, except only for minor children below twelve (12) years of age travelling with their fully-vaccinated foreign parent/s;
A foreign national shall be deemed fully vaccinated only if he/she is fully compliant with the following requisites:

a) Received the second (2nd) dose in a 2-dose series or a single dose vaccine more than fourteen (14) days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation.

b) The vaccine is included in any of the following:
i. Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration; or
ii. Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.

2. Carry/possess an acceptable proof of vaccination. The following shall be the only acceptable proofs of vaccination, which shall be presented prior to departing/boarding from the country of origin/port of embarkation and upon arrival in the country:
a) World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; or
b) VaxCertPH; or
c) National or state digital certificate of the country/foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement; or
d) Other proofs of vaccination permitted by the IATF.

3. Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty -eight (48) hours or a negative laboratory Antigen Test taken within twenty-four (24) hours, prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over.

4. Have passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival in the Philippines.

5. Have valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than thirty (30) days from date of arrival in the Philippines except for foreign spouses and/or children of Filipino citizens.

6. Obtain, prior to arrival, a travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputable insurance providers, with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000.00 for the duration of their stay in the Philippines.

Standard Requirements for Philippine Non-Immigrant Visa Application:
Nationals from Morocco, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal do not need visa to enter the Philippines for a maximum stay of 30 days. Those who wish to stay longer can apply for a temporary visa for a maximum stay of 59 days.

1. 9(a) Temporary Visitor’s visa

a) Personal appearance
b) Printed copy of visa application form from Online Visa Application System (OVAS)
c) Original and copy of passport that is at least (6) months valid beyond the intended stay in the Philippines.
d) One (1) recent photo 1.77” x 1.37” (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm) taken within the last 6 months, front view with white background, no eyeglasses or sleeveless attire.
e) Original and photocopy of residence ID/National ID
f) Roundtrip flight itinerary.
g) Copy of hotel booking confirmation

Additional requirements for submission depending on the purpose of temporary stay include the following:

I. Visa for Business Visitors
a) Original Certificate of Employment or letter of endorsement from company/employer stating the purpose of travel/nature of the business trip and length of stay in the Philippines and/or letter of invitation from the Philippine based business company stating the reference person and contact details and nature of the visit.

II. Visa for Tourism or Leisure Visitors
a) Original Certificate of Employment on company letterhead stating the designation, inclusive period of employment and monthly salary or business registration certified by local authorities if applicant is a business proprietor.
b) Bank statement for the last 3 months with maintaining balance of 2,000 USD or equivalent in local currency.

III. Visa for Medical treatment visitors
a) Medical Certificate apostilled by pertinent authorities.

IV. Visa for family visits
a) Proof of family ties/relations (apostilled and with English translation if presenting foreign document)

2. 9(e) Foreign Government Officials

a) Accomplished application form for non-immigrant visa (9-e Diplomatic)
b) Original and copy of passport that is at least (6) months valid beyond the intended stay in the Philippines.
c) One (1) recent photo 1.77” x 1.37” (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm) taken within the last 6 months, front view with white background, no eyeglasses or sleeveless attire.
d) Note Verbale
e) For spouse/child of an FGO – submit legal proof of relationship to the principal
f) For household member – submit photocopy of Principal’s passport data page

Note: Authority to issue 9e visa has to be received from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs before visa can be issued.

 

Visa Policy for Indian Nationals

Indian nationals with valid American, Japanese, Australian, Canadian, Schengen, Singapore, or UK visa or permanent residence permit from the AJACSSUK-issuing states may avail of visa-free privilege for arrival at any port of entry (major international airports and secondary international hubs (SIHs), as well as in seaports by passengers on board cruise ships/vessels).

1. Indian nationals may be granted visa-free entry for stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days, provided that they have the following:
a) Passport should be valid at least six (6) months beyond the authorized period of stay.
b) Return or onward ticket to the next country of destination.
c) No derogatory record with the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and the International Police (Interpol).

2. The 14-day visa free entry may be extended by an additional seven (7) days for a maximum of twenty-one (21) day stay.

3. This type of admission is non-convertible to other visa categories.

4. The purpose of their visit to the Philippines shall be strictly for tourism.

5. For a stay longer than 14 days, they may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate General or any Foreign Service Post (FSP) in a country that requires entry visas to Indian nationals.

 

Visa Policy for Hong Kong and Macau Nationals

1. Holders of Hong Kong and Macau passport may be granted visa-free entry for stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days, provided that they have the following:
a) Passport should be valid at least six (6) months beyond the authorized period of stay.
d) Return or onward ticket to the next country of destination.
e) No derogatory record with the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and the International Police (Interpol).

2. For a stay longer than 14 days, they may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate General or any Foreign Service Post (FSP) in a country that requires entry visas to Hong kong and Macau nationals.

 

Visa Policy for Chinese Nationals (PROC)

Nationals from the People’s Republic of China (PROC) with valid American, Japanese, Australian, Canadian, or Schengen (AJACS) visa may avail of visa-free privilege for arrival at any port of entry (major international airports and secondary international hubs (SIHs), as well as in seaports by passengers on board cruise ships/vessels).

1. PROC nationals may be granted visa-free entry for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days, provided that they have the following:
f) Passport should be valid at least six (6) months beyond the authorized period of stay.
g) Return or onward ticket to the next country of destination.
h) No derogatory record with the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and the International Police (Interpol).

2. The 7-day visa free entry may be extended by an additional fourteen (14) days for a maximum of twenty-one (21) day stay.

3. This type of admission is non-convertible to other visa categories.

4. The purpose of their visit to the Philippines shall be strictly for tourism.

5. For a stay longer than 14 days, they may apply for a visa at the Philippine Consulate General or any Foreign Service Post (FSP) in a country that requires entry visas to PROC nationals.

 

BALIKBAYAN PROGRAM

The Philippines has instituted the Balikbayan Program (through Republic Act 6768), under the administration of the Department of Tourism to attract and encourage overseas Filipinos to come and visit their country of birth.

Under this program, Balikbayans (overseas Filipinos and former Filipino citizens), including their spouse and unmarried children, can avail of certain benefits and privileges when they visit/return to the Philippines. The privileges include the following:

a) Tax-free maximum purchase in the amount of one thousand US dollars (US$1,000.00) or its equivalent in other acceptable foreign currencies at Philippines duty-free shops subject to certain limitations as specified in Section 4 of RA 6768;
b) Visa-free entry for a period of one year for foreign passport holder except for restricted nationals.
c) Travel tax exemption as provided under Presidential Decree No. 1183, Executive order No. 283, and other allied laws.

To avail of the visa-free entry with an allowed period of stay of up to one year, the foreign spouse and/or child of the overseas Filipino/former Filipino must observe the following requirements:

1. Must travel together with the Filipino or former Filipino spouse or parent;
2. Must travel with a valid passport with a period of validity not less than six months beyond the contemplated stay in the Philippines;
3. Must be able to show proof of blood relation to the overseas Filipino/former Filipino spouse or parent (i.e. PSA Marriage Contract/Report of Marriage, Report of Birth/Apostilled Foreign Birth Certificate with English translation, etc.) to the satisfaction of the immigration authorities at the port of entry.

The overseas Filipino/former Filipino must be able to show proof of current Philippine citizenship (i.e. valid/expired Philippine passport or PSA Birth Certificate) to the satisfaction of the immigration port authorities.

Important Note

• The term “balikbayan” shall mean a Filipino citizen who has been continuously out of the Philippines for a period of at least one (1) year.
• The term “family” shall mean the spouse and the children of the balikbayan who are not balikbayans in their own right travelling with the latter to the Philippines.
• Family members of balikbayans holding passports that require entry visa to the Philippines are not entitled to the Balikbayan privilege.
• Furthermore, nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration are not covered by the Balikbayan privilege.


A Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) under section 29(a)(12) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended is required for children below 15 yrs. old who are travelling to the Philippines unaccompanied by or not joining his/her parent/s to the Philippines.

The WEG order will be issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the port of entry upon submission by the WEG applicant of the following requirements:

1. Affidavit of consent by either parent or legally appointed guardian of the child, naming therein the person who will be accompanying the child to the Philippines and with whom the child will stay while in the country. The said affidavit must be duly notarized by a local notary public or the consular officer at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s country or residence;
2. Clear photocopy of the data page of the child’s passport;
3. Clear photocopy of the data page of the passport of the accompanying adult or guardian; and
4. Payment of immigration fees

General Information

A Philippine Visa is an endorsement made on a travel document by a consular officer at a Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad denoting that the visa application has been properly examined and that the bearer is permitted to proceed to the Philippines and request permission from the Philippine Immigration authorities at the ports of entry to enter the country.

The visa thus issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted into the country, because the admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the port of entry.

For the latest travel advisory, you may also visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website (www.dfa.gov.ph) or the Bureau of Immigration's social media accounts (www.facebook.com/officialbureauofimmigration) and Bureau of Immigration’s website (www.immigration.gov.ph).

Application for a temporary visitor's visa must be made in person. In the case of a minor under eighteen (18) years of age, the application may be made for him/her by a person who, in the opinion of the consular officer, is responsible for his/her welfare. The minor, not an infant in arms, shall be required to appear at the Consulate for interview, together with the person making the application for him/her.

All visa applications are subject to evaluation and approval by the Visa Officer. The Embassy will not hasten the visa processing to accommodate the applicant’s flight schedule.

Other documents/papers may also be required by the Visa Officer in support of the visa application.

Telephone or email inquiries on the status of a visa application will not be entertained by the consular office. Information on any visa application and its status are held in strict confidence. The information on the status and/or result of a visa application will be given only to the applicant or the authorized representative on the date indicated in the receipt.

Applicants for temporary visitor's visa should normally apply at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over their place of residence. While some visa applicants may apply at any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad, others are only allowed to apply for their visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in their country of origin or legal residence.
Visa processing takes at least 5 working days (excluding weekends and holidays) starting from the submission of documentary requirements to the Embassy.

Visa Fees:


Single Entry: 300.00/400.00 MAD
Multiple Entry valid for 6 months: 600/800 MAD
Multiple Entry valid for 1 year: 900/1,200 MAD