Visa-Free Entry for Temporary Visits

The following guidelines provide information on the entry of foreigners as temporary visitors to the Philippines without a visa.

Temporary visits refer to periods of stay generally NOT exceeding 59 days for purposes of attendance to conferences, company meetings, workshops/seminars, medical treatment, and those trips of a personal nature for pleasure, such as tourism/sightseeing, visiting relatives and/or friends, recreation and amusement.

Foreign minor children below fifteen years of age travelling to the Philippines alone, or unaccompanied by either parent need to read about the Waiver of Exclusion Ground.

(FSC-90-13) 30-Day Visa-Free Entry for Temporary Visit 

Nationals of the countries listed below who are travelling to the Philippines for business or tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided (1) they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or to their next port of destination, and (2) their passports are valid for a period of six (6) months beyond their contemplated period of stay in the Philippines.

1

Andorra

2

Angola

3

Antigua & Barbuda

4

Argentina

5

Australia

6

Austria

7

Bahamas

8

Bahrain

9

Barbados

10

Belgium

11

Benin

12

Bhutan

13

Bolivia

14

Botswana

15

Brazil*

16

Brunei

17

Bulgaria

18

Burkina Faso

19

Burundi

20

Cambodia

21

Cameroon

22

Canada

23

Cape Verde

24

Central African Republic

25

Chad

26

Chile

27

Colombia

28

Comoros

29

Congo

30

Congo, Democratic Republic of

31

Costa Rica

32

Cote d’Ivoire

33

Cyprus

34

Czech Republic

35

Denmark

36

Djibouti

37

Dominica

38

Dominican Republic

39

Ecuador

40

El Salvador

41

Equatorial Guinea

42

Eritrea

43

Estonia

44

Ethiopia

45

Fiji

46

Finland

47

France

48

Gabon

49

Gambia

50

Germany

51

Ghana

52

Greece

53

Grenada

54

Guatemala

55

Guinea

56

Guinea-Bissau

57

Guyana

58

Haiti

59

Honduras

60

Hungary

61

Iceland

62

Indonesia

63

Ireland

64

Israel*

65

Italy

66

Jamaica

67

Japan

68

Kenya

69

Kiribati

70

Korea, Republic of

71

Kuwait

72

Laos

73

Latvia

74

Lesotho

75

Liberia

76

Liechtenstein

77

Lithuania

78

Luxembourg

79

Madagascar

80

Malawi

81

Malaysia

82

Maldives

83

Mali

84

Malta

85

Marshall Island

86

Mauritania

87

Mauritius

88

Mexico

89

Micronesia

90

Monaco

91

Mongolia

92

Morocco

93

Mozambique

94

Myanmar

95

Namibia

96

Nepal

97

Netherlands

98

New Zealand

99

Nicaragua

100

Niger

101

Norway

102

Oman

103

Palau

104

Panama

105

Papua New Guinea

106

Paraguay

107

Peru

108

Poland

109

Portugal

110

Qatar

111

Romania

112

Russia

113

Rwanda

114

St. Kitts & Nevis

115

Saint Lucia

116

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

117

Samoa

118

San Marino

119

Sao Tome and Principe

120

Saudi Arabia

121

Senegal

122

Seychelles

123

Singapore

124

Slovak Republic

125

Slovenia

126

Solomon Islands

127

Somalia

128

South Africa

129

Spain

130

Suriname

131

Swaziland

132

Sweden

133

Switzerland

134

Tanzania

135

Thailand

136

Togo

137

Trinidad & Tobago

138

Tunisia

139

Turkey

140

Tuvalu

141

Uganda

142

United Arab Emirates

143

United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland

144

United States of America

145

Uruguay

146

Vanuatu

147

Vatican

148

Venezuela

149

Vietnam

150

Zambia

151

Zimbabwe

Nationals of Israel and Brazil are visa-free for a period of fifty-nine (59) days from entry, pursuant to existing bilateral agreements with the Philippines.

Upon arrival in the Philippines, citizens of the above-listed countries who wish to stay longer than thirty days can apply for an extension at the nearest Bureau of Immigration office. Alternatively, they can submit an application for a temporary visitor’s visa at the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo’s Consular Section prior to departure from Japan.

All other foreign travelers with passports issued by countries not listed above need to secure an appropriate visa before traveling to the Philippines.

(CIR-698-OCA-2012/FSC 36-12) 14-Day Visa-Free Entry for Citizens of India on Temporary Visit

Effective 01 May 2012, nationals of India travelling to the Philippines as a temporary visitor may be granted a visa-free entry for an initial stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days, provided they possess the following:

  1. Either a valid Australian, Canadian, Japanese, Singapore, UK, U.S. visa or permanent residence permit;
  2. A national passport valid at least six months beyond the contemplated stay in the Philippines;
  3. Return or onward ticket to the next country of destination;
  4. No derogatory record with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI), the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and the International Police (INTERPOL);

The 14-day visa-free entry is only applicable if the Indian national is entering the Philippines via NAIA Airport Terminals I, II, and III. The period of stay may be extended by Philippine immigration authorities by an additional seven (7) days, for a maximum of twenty-one (21) days stay in the Philippines.

Furthermore, this type of admission will be NON-CONVERTIBLE to other visa categories.

Indian nationals intending to stay longer in the Philippines need to secure an appropriate entry visa from the Philippine Embassy.

(FSC-21-10/SEC.I) – 7-Day Visa-Free Entry for Temporary Visit

The following are allowed to enter the Philippines for temporary visits (business/tourism) without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports are valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay:

  1. Holders of People’s Republic of China passports with either a valid Australian, Canadian, Japanese, Schengen, or US visa
  2. Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports
  3. Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports
  4. Holders of Portuguese passports issued in Macao
  5. Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports
  6. Holders of People’s Republic of China passports coming for tourism and with either a valid Australian, Canadian, Japanese, Schengen, or US visa

(FSC-137-12) – Visa-Free Entry for Foreign Nationals with Emergency Passports

Temporary visitors from countries whose nationals may enter the Philippines visa-free under E.O.408 (listed above) holding Emergency Passports issued temporarily by their own governments, may be allowed entry without a visa, provided that their emergency passport is valid for at least 6 months and is to be used from the country of origin to the Philippines and back, and that an outbound ticket can be presented at the port of entry in the Philippines.

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 who had been naturalized as a citizen of a foreign country), 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:

  1. Tax-free maximum purchase in the amount of One thousand United States dollars (US$1,000.00) or its equivalent in other acceptable foreign currencies at Philippine duty-free shops subject to certain limitations as specified in Section 4 of RA 6768;
  2. For foreign passport holders with the exception of certain nationals*, visa-free entry to the Philippines for a period of one (1) year;
  3. 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 period of stay in the Philippines;
  3. Must be able to present a return ticket to country of origin or next country of destination;
  4. Must be able to show proof of blood relation to the overseas Filipino/former Filipino spouse or parent (i.e. NSO

Marriage Contract / Report of Marriage, Birth Certificate, Koseki Tohon 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 Philippine passport) or former Philippine citizenship as applicable (i.e. NSO Birth Certificate, old Philippine passport etc.) 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, a Filipino overseas worker, or a former Filipino citizen and his family, as this term is defined hereunder, who had been naturalized in a foreign country and comes or returns to the Philippines; and
  • The term “family” shall mean the spouse and the children of the balikbayan who are not balikbayan in their own right traveling with the latter to the Philippines.
  • *Family members of Balikbayans as well as former Philippine citizens who acquired the citizenship of countries NOT LISTED under EO 408 (please see the matrix of countries under the 21-day visa-free entry subsection in this website) are not entitled to the Balikbayan privilege. THEY MUST SECURE APPROPRIATE ENTRY VISAS PRIOR TO THEIR TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES.
  • Furthermore, nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration are not covered by the Balikbayan privilege.

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