The Philippines has been in the spotlight for tourists to visit for many years because of its historical places, natural sights, and places to go to. It is no wonder that every tourist wants to visit the country at least once in their life.
From the vast historical places and about a hundred nature's adorned islands to go to, Philippines also has an underground river which is also the worlds longest river, a mall that is said to be the worlds largest mall, and a volcano aside from hundreds of other tourist sites.
If you want to go to the Philippines, then you have come to the right place. If the Philippines has been on your bucket list and you are thinking of the process of the visa, then here we have all the information available about how to get and apply for a visa to the Philippines.
The Philippines offers different types of visas to everyone. There are temporary stay Visas, non-immigrant Visas, special visas, e-Visa, and immigrant visas that are available for foreigners and former nationals of the Philippines.
The Philippines offers these types of visas to foreigners, ranging from fifteen days stay to five whole year stays. All of the visa forms come in four formats for the applicants.
Four main types of visa application forms are given by the government of the Philippines, the forms are:
The adult visa application form is for adults who wish to come to the Philippines.
Any applicant that is above the age of 18, is considered an adult in the eyes of the Philippines government.
The adult visa extension form is for those adults who already are in the Philippines but wish to extend their stay in the country.
The minor visa application form is for adults who wish to come to the Philippines.
Any applicant that is under the age of 18, is considered a minor in the eyes of the Philippines government.
The minor visa extension form is for those minors who already are in the Philippines but wish to extend their stay in the country.
These four types of forms are for all types of visas that are offered by the Philippines government including the e-Visa.
If you are applying for an e-Visa, you can go to the online portal, and open the e-Visa application form. You can not download the form and submit it manually so you will need to fill in the information online.
If you are applying for a normally issued visa, you can go to the embassy or consulate of the Philippines which is located in your city or country, and request the visa application form.
If you are applying for a normally issued visa but are currently permanently residing in the US, you can visit your nearest Philippines embassy, and request a visa application form.
If you are applying for a visa on arrival (VoA), you will have to first get your e-arrival card issued. The e-arrival card is issued online, and its process is also completely online. You will have to apply for the e-arrival card at least 5 days before your departure to the Philippines. After arriving in the country, you need to go to the immigration counter at the airport and collect your visa application form.
for a visa to be issued to an applicant, it is necessary to submit your documents or their copy to the embassy, so they can process your visa. There are only a few documents required for the issuance of a visa. The documents that you will need to submit for the visa application form are :
The documents that are listed below are for specific visa types and do not apply to normal tourist visas, visit a relative Visa.
The submission of the fee for the visa application form is a very important step, if you do not submit the fee, your visa application form will not be processed.
There are a few modes of payment methods that the government of the Philippines has allowed, those methods are :
For an e-Visa, you can submit the visa form fee through your credit or debit card, PayPal, or any bank method that is considered legal by foreign affairs.
For normal visa issuance, you can submit the visa fee through your bank account, credit or debit card, or PayPal.
For Visa on arrival (VoA) you have to submit the visa fee in the form of cash. You need to have the exact amount on hand when applying for the visa on arrival.
For an e-Visa, after filling out the form and attaching documents, you will need to submit the fee, after this step you need to just submit your information and it will be sent to the embassy.
For normal visa issuance, you can submit the visa application and documents by post. You need to put the form and documents in a white or brown envelope, and write your name in bold block letters. You can also submit the visa application in person at the embassy.
For Visa on arrival (VoA) you can submit the visa application form at the immigration counter at the airport where you will receive your Visa.
You can only do that when applying for an e-Visa. For most visas, you will have to go and get the application form from the Philippines embassy. You should visit the Philippines embassy online page of your city or country and see if they have this facility available for their nationals.
Yes, to request a visa on arrival you need an e-arrival card or else you will not be permitted to travel. The QR code of the e-arrival card and the confirmation are necessary to obtain a visa on arrival.
Black ink is the only suitable color when filling out the visa application form for the Philippines.
It is best advised to type your information on the form, as it will leave you room for correction of your mistakes, and will be easy to do so.
If you plan on writing your details on the form, then you should write in capital block letters.
If you are a resident of any country but have been residing in the US for a long time, or have permanent residence in the US, then you should apply through the Philippines embassy located in the US in charge of your jurisdiction.
However, If you are a resident of the country that does qualify for an e-Visa, then you should apply for the e-Visa online.