It depends on how long you are planning to stay. The citizens of the countries below are allowed to stay in the Philippines for up to 30 days without the need for a visa provided they hold a valid ticket to return to their country or to their next destination. Also, the passport should still be valid for at least 6 months beyond the contemplated period of stay. However, if you’re planning to stay for more than 30 days, you will need a tourist visa.
From the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs, 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:
(*Updated November 2014*)
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
*The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days:
1. Holders of Brazil passports; and
2. Holders of Israel passports
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.
Where can I get a tourist visa?
You can get a visa from the Philippine Embassies or Consulates. You would need to apply in person and prepare the necessary documents:
- Passport/Travel Document Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
- Duly Accomplished Visa application forms;
- Passport Photos (2 pieces);
- Proof of bona fide status as tourist or businessman;
- Confirmed tickets for return or onward journey to the next port of destination; and
- Payment of Visa Fees
For more information visit Department of Foreign Affairs.
If you would like to extend you stay in the Philippines, you 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.
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