Tourist Visa in Subic Bay - Philippines
Philippine Visa Facts for Foreign Tourists
Depending on your nationality and the length of your intended stay, you may need a visa to enter the Philippines. Here is how you get a Philippine tourist visa and the associated rules.
Is a visa always required to visit the Philippines as a tourist?
No. For citizens of most countries, it is permissible to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay of not exceeding 21 days. However your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you enter the country. You will also need to show a ticket to your point of origin or next destination.
What if I want to stay longer than 21 days?
If you entered the Philippines on a visa-exempt 21-day stamp and you wish to extend it, you can get a visa waiver for 38 days. Your total possible stay then would be 21 + 38 = 59 days. To obtain a visa waiver, visit the Bureau of Immigration office in Manila or nearest regional office with the following documents:
Passport valid for at least 6 months
One 2x2 photograph of the applicant
Proof of travel funds
Photocopy of onward journey ticket or proof of itinerary
Dully accomplished application form ((BI Form No. MCL-07)
If the application is to be made by proxy, the form must be notarized.
How often can I extend my stay in the Philippines?
You may extend your stay for 60 days at a time up to 16 months. Ask the Bureau of Immigration office for the application fee.
Are there exceptions to the standard Philippine visa requirements?
Yes. If you own a Brazilian or Israeli passport, you may enter without a visa for up to 59 days.
On the other hand, if you own a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport, a British National Overseas passport, a Macau Special Administrative Region passport, or if you have a Portuguese passport that was issued in Macau; you may stay without a visa for only 7 days.
You can apply for a tourist visa at the Philippine embassy or consulate in your country.
Please note that the Bureau of Immigration, as well as the officers at the point of entry, may exercise discretion when reviewing your application and documents. Plan your visit well, bring extra photographs, travelers checks as proof of your financial capability, and most of all a valid return ticket to your country of origin, or otherwise your next destination. Visiting the Philippines with a well-planned itinerary will ensure that your experience will be hassle-free and enjoyable.