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 entries 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.
STANDARD PROCEDURE/MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING A TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA
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 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.
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 his/her visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in their country of origin or legal residence.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING A TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA:
- Passport/Travel Document Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
- Duly Accomplished Visa application forms;
- Passport Photos (2 pieces);
- Proof of bona fide status as tourist or businessman;
- Confirmed tickets for return or onward journey to the next port of destination; and
- Payment of Visa Fees
EXTENSION OF AUTHORIZED PERIOD OF STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES
In case of a temporary visitor’s visa holder whose stay in the Philippines will exceed the authorized period of stay, he/she will have to report to the Bureau of Immigration, secure an extension of stay and pay the corresponding immigration fees. Information on fees for extension of stay and other Immigration fees are available at the Bureau of Immigration website (www.immigration.gov.ph).
The Philippines grants visa-free entry to passport holders of certain countries while requiring a visa to others. Please refer to this link https://www.visa.gov.ph/ to check if your passport will require a visa for entry to the Philippines by selecting the country that issued your passport.
Please note that the requirements for a Visa application may vary depending on location. Please ensure to contact the nearest Philippine Embassy/Consulate from your residence.
For Visa invitation letters, please contact the BAQ Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People’s Republic of China, and India nationals may be granted a VISA-FREE entry into the Philippines pursuant to Section 3 of Commonwealth Act No. 613, as amended, otherwise known as the “Philippine Immigration Act of 1940”
People’s Republic of China nationals may be granted a VISA-FREE entry into the Philippines for an initial authorized stay not exceeding seven (7) days, provided they possess the following:
- Either a valid and current AMERICAN, JAPANESE, AUSTRALIAN, CANADIAN OR SCHENGEN Visa
- A national passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated stay
- Return or onward ticket to the next country of destination; and
- No derogatory record with the Bureau of Immigration.
- The seven (7)-day visa free entry may be extended by an additional fourteen (14) days for a maximum of twenty-one (21)-day stay.
See relevant IMMIGRATION MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. SBM-2014-012 here.
INDIAN nationals who wish to visit the Philippines for tourism purposes may be granted VISA-FREE entry into the Philippines in any port of entry (major international airports and secondary international hubs (SIHs), as well as in seaports by passengers on board cruise ships/vessels) for an initial authorized stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days, provided they possess the following:
- Either a valid and current AMERICAN, JAPANESE, AUSTRALIAN, CANADIAN, SCHENGEN, SINGAPORE OR UNITED KINGDOM (AJACSSUK) visa or permanent residence permit;
- A national passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated stay;
- Return or onward ticket to the next country of destination; and
- No derogatory record with the Bureau of immigration.
The fourteen (14)-day visa free entry may be extended by an additional seven (7) days for a maximum of twenty-one (21)-day stay but is non-convertible to other visa category.
See relevant IMMIGRATION MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. SBM-2015-003-A here.
For more information on Philippine Visa, visit https://dfa-oca.ph/services/visa/
ARRIVAL IN MANILA
Accredited NAIA metered taxi services on a cash basis may be taken from the airport to your hotel or the Ortigas Center (where ADB is located) for an approximate rate of Philippine Peso (PHP) 900 (about US$16.00). An alternate transportation is via Grab. You can download the Grab app to your mobile phone by connecting to the NAIA Terminal wifi, but that would also require you to have a local mobile number to create an account. Local sim cards are available in the airport.
If you have booked your airport pick-up from the hotel, please follow the instructions provided by the hotel.
COVID Rules for Entry to the Philippines
The Philippines is no longer under the state of public health emergency for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination and wearing of face mask is no longer required.
Prior to arrival, all travelers are advised to register with eTravel - Philippine One-Stop Electronic Travel Declaration System for a smoother and quicker entry process. Without the eTravel QR code, entry will take longer since documents will need to be verified manually upon arrival. Please note that upon completion of your registration, it will issue you a QR code, please ensure to take a screenshot. Note that registration for eTravel is FREE.
DEPARTURE FROM MANILA
On your departure from Manila, you are advised to confirm ahead of time with the hotel desk regarding your transfer arrangement to the airport or you can take a regular taxi or Grab to go to the airport. Due to the occasional heavy traffic between Ortigas Center and the airport, it is advisable to leave for the airport at least three (3-4) hours before your flight departure.
Prior to departure, all travellers are advised to register with eTravel - Philippine One-Stop Electronic Travel Declaration System for a smoother and quicker exit process.