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Tourist Visa for the Philippines and Allowed Length of Your Stay
So, you’ve decided to come to the Philippines for your dream holidays. There are a couple of questions that you might likely to ask yourselves:
Would I be required a Tourist Visa to enter the Philippines?
How long can I stay for my vacation?
Good news is, the Philippines welcomes visitors from majority countries from all over for a visa-free entry to the country. The maximum amount of stay you can arrange in advance as a tourist is 30 days! That’s long enough for a beautiful tour of the Philippines, isn’t it?
Just make sure that upon entering the country, you are holding with you your valid return ticket to your port of origin or next destination, plus a passport valid for at least the next 6 months beyond your period of stay.
Note: the information below is updated as of June 2020. Regulations may change. This is not an official source: always check official sources of relevant authorities before planning your trip.
List of Nationals allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa (for maximum 30 days)
According to the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs website:
“Nationals from countries listed below who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
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:
Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria
Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil*, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi
Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic
Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia
Fiji, Finland, France
Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana
Haiti, Honduras, Hungary
Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel*, Italy
Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (Republic of), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan
Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar
Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway
Palau, Panama. Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal
Romania, Russia, Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland
Tajikistan, Tanzania (United Republic of), Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu
Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan
Vanuatu, Vatican, Venezuela, Vietnam
*Brazilian and Israeli nationals are given fifty-nine (59) days stay based on existing agreements.
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.
Staying in the Philippines longer than 30 days
But if you want to stay (a bit) longer after your initial 30 days, you can extend continuously as a tourist by applying for a visa waiver first, granting an additional stay of twenty nine (29) in the Philippines. Thereafter, you may apply for one (1) month, two (2) months or six (6) months extensions at least one week prior to the expiration of your valid stay. This is subject to submission of requirements and is under the decision of the government agency concerned.
Again, it’s best to check with you foreign affairs ministry or your relevant local government agencies for latest official updates on your specific country.