Requirements for the Philippines Visa

The Philippines is a country famously known for its hospitality and affordable vacation spots. Being a country with the world's largest mall, the Philippines attracts lots of tourists worldwide every year with its up-to-date fashion and gadgets at affordable prices, along with thousands of marvelous destinations to visit.

Being known in the tourist world for years, the Philippines attracts lots of job opportunities for foreigners as well, with their tourist spots and other jobs too.

If you are someone that wants to travel to a place where you can shop, vacay, and cruise around, then the Philippines is the one for you.

Here, we can tell you all about the information, documents, and processes you will be required to do to request a visa or an e-Visa to the Philippines.

Types of Visas available for the Philippines.

Temporary visitors visa.

The temporary visitors' Visa includes the e-Visa for traveling to the Philippines by applying for an e-Visa online and getting your visa issued. The temporary visitor visa gives you a 30-90 days stay in the Philippines depending on your nationality and what list your country resides upon. A temporary visitor visa is a 9-a Visa for business, pleasure, foreign media, medical treatment, attending a conference, workshops, seminars, performing arts, athletes, minors, or studying a non-degree course.

Students Visa.

If you wish to travel to the Philippines for studying a degree, or a non-degree type of course then you can apply for this visa.

Seamen and crew members Visa.

You can apply for this type of visa if you are traveling to the Philippines by sea.

Foreign government officials' visas.

This type of visa is for government officials or their immediate families from other countries who are traveling to the Philippines. This kind of visa does not have any fee if you have a diplomatic passport.

Transit Visa.

The transit Visa is for those applicants who are transiting through the Philippines to another country within 72 hours or three days. The transit Visa is issued for those that simply wish to either obtain a visa on arrival or will catch the next flight to their desired country. 9-c sea men Visa, 9-d international treaty traders and investors Visa, 9-e foreign government officials Visa, 9-f students visa, 9-g pre-arranged employees Visa, Special non-immigrant 42(a) (e) Visa, Special investors resident Visa SIRV, Special resident retirees Visa SRRV are available for transit Visa.

Non-quota immigrant Visa.

If you are the mother, father, spouse, or child of a person that is residing in the Philippines for their work then you can apply for this type of visa. 13-a, 13-b, 13-c, 13-d, 13-e, 13-f, and 13-g Visas are offered for non-quota immigrants to live with their family members in the Philippines.

Types of conditions set by the government of the Philippines for the e-Visa or visa for nationals of foreign countries.

There are about more than a hundred countries that are eligible for going to the Philippines with an e-Visa or a visa. While some countries require a normal visa procedure, and some countries can enter the Philippines without a Visa or an e-Visa. Below is the list of countries along with their conditions for the visa.

If the name of your country is on this list then you will need to apply for the normal visa through the embassy or consulate of the Philippines that is located in your country.

  • Afghanistan.
  • Albania.
  • Algeria.
    you can get your Visa issued through the Philippines embassy in Tripoli, Libya. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Georgia
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
    You can apply for a visa through the Philippines embassy in Baghdad. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • Jordan.
    You can apply for a visa through the Philippines embassy in Amman Jordan. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • North Korea.
  • Kosovo.
  • Kuwait.
  • Kyrgyzstan.
  • Lebanon.

  • You can apply for a visa through the Philippines embassy in Beirut. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • Libya.

  • You can apply for a visa through the Philippines embassy in Tripoli, Libya. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • Macedonia.
  • Moldova.
  • Nauru.
  • Nigeria.

  • You can apply for a visa through the Philippines embassy in Abuja. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • Pakistan.

  • You can apply for a visa through the Philippines embassy in Islamabad. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • Palestine.

  • You can apply for the visa through the Philippines embassy in Amman, which is in the Kingdom of Jordan. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • Serbia.
  • Sierra Leone.
  • Somalia.

  • You can apply for the visa through the Philippines embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • Sri Lanka.

  • You can apply for Visa through the Philippines embassy that is in Dhaka Bangladesh. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • Sudan.

  • you can apply for a visa through the Philippines embassy in Nairobi. If you are residing in the US, then you can apply for a visa from the Philippines embassy or consulate there.
  • Syria.

  • Nationals of Syria can apply for a visa through the h Philippines embassy in Damascus, or if you are a permanent resident in America then you can apply from the Philippines embassy located there.
  • Taiwan.
  • Ukraine.
  • Yemen.

  • If you are a national of Yemen but have permanent residence in America, you can apply for the visa through the consulate of the Philippines but it will take up to 10 days for processing, otherwise, you will need to apply for the visa through Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

If the name of your country is mentioned in the list below, you can apply for an e-Visa if you plan on staying in the Philippines for under 20-30 days. You need to have a passport with an expiry date that is later than the next six months, and a return flight ticket booking to your own country or another country.

Documents required for the processing of visa to the Philippines.

The duly filled visa application form. Make sure that you do not leave any important information unwritten or provide any wrong information. You should fill and submit two forms in person when applying through an embassy.

Passport. The Passport's expiry date should be at least 6 months away. The passport number and previous visas scanned should also be submitted.

Id card, id card number, and date of issuance and expiry.

Full name as written on your ID card.

Birth certificate, if you are a minor.

A passport-sized picture with :

  • 35mm x 45mm dimensions.
  • White background.
  • Colored photo.
  • Recently taken (not longer than 3 months before)
  • Facial expressions should be neutral with a front-facing view.
  • Hai should not be covering the face or forehead.
  • Glasses are allowed but they should not have thick rims.
  • You can have a headgear on, as long as it doesn't hide your face.

Return flight ticket or a flight ticket to another country reserved.

Bank information along with a bank statement that proves you can pay for the stay in the country of the Philippines.

Any additional documents, such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, diplomas, degrees, and other types of certification has to be authenticated and verified by the embassy of the Philippines in your country when applying for the visa. The language of the documents must be in English or Philippino, if not it is best to have them translated by a professional translator that follows all the regulations set by the government of the Philippines.

This depends on your country, but you might have to submit the original along with the scanned copy of your documents to the embassy.

For minors, a flight itinerary is also required for submission.

Payment of the Philippines Visa fee.

Proof of employment:

  • If you are an employee then a letter from your employer is.
  • If you are a student, then a letter from your school.
  • If you are self-employed, then a business registration certificate.

Information about the visa to the Philippines.

For nationals of countries that are not eligible to apply for an e-Visa to the Philippines, you can find the embassy of the Philippines in your city or country's jurisdiction which is responsible for your area.

You should apply for a visa 15 days before your flight date.

Usually, the issuing of a visa can take up to 2-15 days. The issuance time depends completely on the embassy that is in charge of your city or country.

The e-Visa is a single entry visa type, and can grant you up to 30 days stay if you are from an eligible country to visit the Philippines.

A shortage of documents or less information provided can lead to delay or rejection of the visa.

In case your visa takes a longer time to get issued, you should note that the Philippines embassy or consulate will not reimburse you for the visa fee or flight ticket fee.

Submission of applications.

If you are applying through an embassy, you can contact the embassy regarding the documents that are needed to submit, after getting your documents ready, you should apply for the visa. If you are under the age of 18, your legal guardian can apply for your Visa.

For normal visa types, you need to submit your application form in a typed format, if you are submitting in a printed format, the ink should be dark blue or black and it should be written in block letters.

You can apply for 6 month to 1-year multiple entry visa, but it will completely depend on the ministry of foreign affairs to see if you will be granted a stay of that long in the country or not.

Submission of documents and a receipt from the consular section cannot guarantee a visa.

Problems during the processing of visa applications or arrival in the Philippines.

When applying for a visa, or an e-Visa, you should keep in mind that any slot that you leave blank can be responsible for the rejection of your visa or e-Visa. You should thoroughly check the form, whether it is online, or on paper, to fill out the entire information correctly with no room for spelling errors or mistakes.

If you do not have any documentation that is mentioned in the form and is mandatory, then you should try to get the document issued, if possible. Any shortage of mandatory documents can lead to the rejection of your application for a visa to the Philippines.

You should know that there are some cases where you can be rejected to travel to the Philippines by the immigration authority at the port of entry. Even with the issuance of the visa, or e-Visa you will still need to go through all the mandatory processes and might even be declined to go to the Philippines if you encounter any processing problem, or have a document missing.

The government of the Philippines will not guarantee entry into the Philippines through the seaport or airport In case of :

  • If you do not have the sufficient documents that were required by the government of the Philippines on hand at the immigration counter, you will be asked to leave and will not be entertained further.
  • If you have non-machine readable passports (hand-scripted passports) then you might not be granted permission to enter the Philippines.
  • If you have any circumstances that might make you inadmissible for entrance into the country of the Philippines then you will not be allowed to enter.
  • If you have been previously deported from the country of the Philippines, then you will not be allowed to enter the country.
  • If your name is in the blacklist order by the bureau of immigration or foreign affairs, then you will not be entertained by the immigration office and will be asked to leave.

If you have any of these conditions that may apply to you, or the application you are applying for, then you should seek professional guidance on the matter at hand

FAQ

First, you should check which country your list is on, if your country is on the list of eligible countries by the Philippines government then you should apply for the e-Visa especially if your stay is also short term.

Yes, you can apply for a visa by post, but you will need to follow a specific guide to submit your application because you need to be present to order a normal visa type.

Yes, the Philippines offers a Transit Visa to residents of many countries. You need to apply for a Transit visa through the Philippines embassy in your country.

Yes, it is advised by the government of the Philippines to apply for an e-Visa, or temporary visitors visa if you wish to apply for a normal visa type.

Yes, you can go to the Philippines by cruise or on any boat, or ship as long as you have applied for a visa and have got the Visa or e-Visa for your trip issued by the government of the Philippines.

 

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