TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA (FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE)
On the Temporary Suspension of Visa Issuance and Visa-free Privilege
19 March 2020 – The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) informs the public that it is temporarily suspending visa issuance in all its Foreign Service Posts effective immediately and will be valid and effective until further notice.
The temporary suspension of visa issuance is in light of Proclamation No. 922, dated 08 March 2020, declaring a "State of Public Health Emergency" throughout the Philippines; and Proclamation No. 929, dated 16 March 2020, declaring a "State of Calamity" throughout the Philippines due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
With the temporary suspension, all visa-free privileges including those based on Visa Waiver Agreements, those under Executive Order 408, s.1960, and for holders of Hong Kong and Macau SAR passports, Macau-Portuguese passports, and British National Overseas passports, are likewise temporarily suspended, effective 22 March 2020.
It is to be noted, however, that foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals are exempted from this temporary suspension.
The temporary suspension of visa issuance will deem all previously issued visas canceled, and foreigners with visas issued by Philippine Foreign Service Posts (primarily 9a Temporary Visitor/Tourist visas) will not be allowed entry into the country starting 22 March 2020.
However, visas previously issued to accredited Foreign Government and International Organization officials and their dependents will remain valid and will be honored when entering the country even after said date. The same is true for previously issued visas to foreign spouses and children of Filipino nationals.
This temporary suspension has no impact on foreign nationals that are already in the country or on holders of visas issued by other government agencies.
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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 (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) 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:
Antigua and Barbuda
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United Republic of Tanzania
United States of America
*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:
1. Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports.
2. 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:
1. Holders of Macau-Portuguese passports
2. Holders of Hong Kong British passports.
1. Nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Department and the Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines.
2. 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).
3. More information may be found at the website of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs at https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/visainformation
List of Requirements
A. VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO THE PHILIPPINES
1. Passport with validity period of six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines.
2. Application for visa FA-FORM NO. 2-A (REVERSE SIDE) duly accomplished, and submitted by the applicant in
person. An applicant who cannot apply in person may apply by mail provided his/her duly accomplished application
is NOTARIZED. Applicant who cannot personally pick up his/her document(s) should submit a self-addressed prepaid return envelope of a courier service of applicant’s choice. Download Form
3. One (1) 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm photo of the applicant signed at the bottom front taken within the last 6 months from the
date of application.
4. Original roundtrip airline ticket or travel itinerary plus a photocopy.
5. Proof of means of financial income or support i.e. bank statement, employment certificate, payroll slip, proof of
6. Visa fees: C$43.50-single entry valid to be used within 3 months; C$87.00-multiple entry valid to be used within 6
months; C$130.50-multiple entry valid to be used within 1 year.
7. Non-Canadian passport holders need to submit a photocopy of proof of residency in Canada i.e. permanent resident
card, work permit card, etc.
8. Other documents that may be required by the Consular Officer.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Fees and processing time may vary for non-Canadian passport holders
B. TEMPORARY VISITOR FOR BUSINESS (Aliens attending international conferences or conventions in the Philippines, business meetings or bona fide businessman)
1. Requirements 1 to 7 identified under item A above.
2. A letter of certification identifying the applicant as bona fide businessman or letter of invitation to an international
convention or business meetings and the means of financial support of the applicant during his/her stay in the
Philippines. The letter must state the purpose of the trip.
C. MINORS below 15 years of age traveling to the Philippines not accompanied by a parent or not joining a parent in the Philippines need a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) from the Commissioner of Immigration in the Philippines.
The following documents shall be submitted to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at the port of entry:
1. Affidavits of Request and Consent and Guaranty by both parents 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 reside in the
2. Original birth certificate of the child.
3. Clear photocopy of the data page of the child’s passport and guardian’s passport.
WEG fee must be paid directly at the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival of the minor children at the port of entry.
Minors accompanied by one parent only should submit notarized letter of consent from the other parent or a court order stating that only one parent has legal custody of the minor.
Minors joining his/her parent(s) in the Philippines should show documentary proof that his/her parent(s) is/are in the Philippines.
D. PERSONS exempt from visa requirements:
Returning “balikbayans or former Filipinos” may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a period of one (1) year provided they have a passport valid for 6 months beyond intended stay in the Philippines, a roundtrip ticket and can present proof of former Philippine citizenship (e.g. old passport, birth certificate). Foreign spouses and children who are traveling with the balikbayan are included in the privilege. Nationals of countries which have diplomatic relations with the Philippines are generally allowed entry into the country without a visa for a stay of 30 days or less, provided the nature of trip is for tourism, they are holders of round trip or outbound airline ticket and their passports are valid for six (6) months beyond the intended stay in the Philippines. U.S. and Canadian passport holders are covered by this rule. (For other nationalities, please check with the Philippine Consulate General).
NOTE: All fees are payable only in cash or money order/bank draft/cashier’s check made payable to the Philippine Consulate General. Do not send cash in the mail. Fees and processing time may vary for non-Canadian passport holders.
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