Often times a person—when receiving a piece of information or news—will hear the words, “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?” Allow me to ease your mind immediately, because regarding visas to the Philippines, there is only good news, and this is it:
Under current law, a foreign national can live in the Philippines indefinitely.
That’s right. If you are a citizen of Australia, the United States, Germany or one of the many countries that the Philippines government welcomes, staying here, living here, making the Philippines your home will offer very little to zero challenge.
From the Philippines’ official immigration website:
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.
Nationals from countries listed below who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passport is valid for a period of at least six months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of thirty (30) days or less:
|Cape Verde||Central African Republic|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||Denmark|
|El Salvador||Equatorial Guinea|
|Laos||People’s Democratic Republic of Latvia|
|Panama||Papua New Guinea|
|Qatar||Republic or Korea|
|Rwanda||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Saint Lucia||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Togo||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Uganda||United Arab Emirates|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||United Republic of Tanzania|
|United States of America||Uruguay|
*Brazilian and Israeli nationals are given fifty-nine (59) days stay based on existing agreements.
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days:
- Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports and
- Holders of Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports.
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:
- Holders of Macau-Portuguese passports and
- Holders of Hong Kong British passports.
PHILIPPINES VISA EXTENSIONS
Foreign nationals who are admitted with an initial stay of thirty days may apply for a visa waiver first, granting an additional stay of twenty-nine days in the Philippines. Thereafter, you may apply for one month, two months or six months extensions at least one week prior to the expiration of your valid stay.
For visa extension requirements, kindly bring your passport and submit a filled out visa extension form (click here) at any BI offices.
The fee for a two-month extension is approximately P3000.
Under Immigration Memorandum Circular No. SBM-2013-003, non-visa required national may extend their stay up to thirty-six months (3 years) while visa required national may extend their stay up to twenty-four months (2 years).
The said periods shall be counted from the date of the applicant’s latest recorded arrival.
At the conclusion of a foreign national’s two- or three-year extended stay, all one needs to do is fly to Hong Kong (or another nearby location) for 24 hours prior to returning to the Philippines.
Current flight rates are approximately 120 GBP.
The Philippines truly is one of the most welcoming nations on Earth. Its immigration policies are both simple and fast. The Philippines wants you here—truly!—so much so, they make it as easy as possible.
Come and visit us—we’re looking forward to meeting you!