Philippines Tourist Visa Guide 2020 (For All Nationalities) – Do I Need One & How To Get One

Depending on your nationality, you may have to apply for a visa to visit the Philippines. If you’re not sure how to get a visa for the Philippines or if you need one, then this Philippines tourist visa guide will help you.

This Philippines visa guide will discuss all the visa options and is updated regularly to ensure it contains accurate information.

Please note: this guide can be used by all nationalities and is focused on the tourist visa only.

Quick Links – Philippines Visa Guide


Do I Need A Visa For The Philippines?

Citizens of certain countries don’t need to get a visa when visiting the Philippines. This is called a visa exemption. 

Depending on your nationality, you will be able to stay in the Philippines either 14, 30 or 59 days without a visa. See the list below for your country and how long you can stay visa free.

14 Days – Philippines Visa Exemption

Hong KongMacau

30 Days – Philippines Visa Exemption

All EU CitizensAndorraAngola
Antigua & BarbudaArgentinaAruba
AustraliaBahamasBahrain
BarbadosBelizeBenin
BhutanBoliviaBotswana
BruneiBurkina FasoBurundi
CambodiaCameroonCanada
Cape VerdeCentral African RepublicChad
ChileColombiaComoros
CongoCosta RicaCote d’Ivoire
CyprusDemocratic Republic of CongoDjibouti
DominicaDominican RepublicEcuador
El SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritrea
EthiopiaFijiGabon
GambiaGhanaGuatemala
GuineaGuinea BissauGuyana
HaitiHondurasIndonesia
IrelandJamaicaJapan
KazakhstanKenyaKiribati
KuwaitKyrgyzstanLaos
LesothoLiberiaMadagascar
MalawiMalaysiaMaldives
MaliMarshall IslandsMauritania
MauritiusMexicoMicronesia
MonacoMongoliaMorocco
MozambiqueMyanmarNamibia
NepalNew ZealandNicaragua
NigerOmanPalau
PanamaPapua New GuineaParaguay
PeruQatarRomania
RussiaRwandaSamoa
San MarinoSao Tome & PrincipeSaudi Arabia
SenegalSeychellesSingapore
Solomon IslandsSouth AfricaSouth Korea
St Kitts & NevisSt LuciaSt Vincent & The Grenadines
SurinameSwazilandTajikistan
TanzaniaThailandTogo
Trinidad & TobagoTunisiaTurkey
TurkmenistanTuvaluUganda
United Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited States
UruguayUzbekistanVanuatu
Vatican CityVenezualaVietnam
ZambiaZimbabwe

59 Days – Philippines Visa Exemption

BrazilIsrael

If your country doesn’t appear on the list or you want to stay in the Philippines longer than what the visa exemption allows, then you will need to apply for a visa.


How Can I Get A Visa For The Philippines?

There are 3 different ways you can apply for a visa for the Philippines. Below is an overview of each method, the rest of this post will discuss them each in more detail.

  1. Get a visa from an embassy or consulate of the Philippines. 
  2. Get a visa on arrival when you arrive in the Philippines.
  3. Get a visa online prior to arrival (citizens of Taiwan only).

How To Get A Philippines Visa At An Embassy/Consulate

You can apply for a visa for the Philippines at the Philippines Embassy or Consulate in your country. 

You will need to submit your visa application and required documents in person at the embassy/consulate. After your visa is approved, you can return to the embassy/consulate to collect your passport which will contain your visa. 

It can take between 2 and 10 working days to process your visa – the time it takes to process your visa will depend on the embassy/consulate so ensure you apply early enough to ensure your visa is processed in time for your trip.

What Do I Need To Apply:

Requirements will vary between embassies so it is best to check with them what documents are required. 

In general, the following documents are required:

  • Completed application form (you can get this at the embassy or online).
  • Passport with at least 6 months validity and 2 blank pages. 
  • 2 x passport sized photos.
  • Proof of onward travel out of the Philippines. 
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the trip e.g. bank statement or pay slip.
  • Proof of accommodation in the Philippines e.g. hotel reservation. 
  • Payment of the fee.

Types Of Visas

There are 3 types of visas available:

  1. Single entry (3 months validity)
  2. Multiple entry (6 months validity)
  3. Multiple entry (1 year validity)

Once granted, single entry visas will be valid for 3 months meaning you need to enter the Philippines within 3 months of your visa being issued. You can then stay up to 59 days within the Philippines before you need to leave. 

With the multiple entry visa, on each visit you can only stay up to 59 days before you need to leave and re-enter the country. You can re-enter the country as many times as you want within the 6 month validity period. You can also apply for a multiple entry visa that is valid for 1 year instead of 6 months. 

Fees vary slightly between countries. The below fees are for US/UK applicants. The fees will be similar for other countries, you can check on the embassy website for your country for exact fees.

USA Visa Fees

  1. Single entry valid for 3 months – US $30.00
  2. Multiple entry valid for 6 months – US $60.00
  3. Multiple entry valid for 1 year – US $90.00

UK Visa Fees

  1. Single entry valid for 3 months – GBP £28.00
  2. Multiple entry valid for 6 months – GBP £55.00
  3. Multiple entry valid for 1 year – GBP £82.00

Below I have linked the embassy websites for the USA and UK. If you’re from a different country, you should be able to easily find their website online.

Philippines Embassy – USA

Philippines Embassy – UK


Can I Get A Philippines Visa On Arrival?

Most countries can get a visa on arrival. This means you can get your visa once you arrive in the Philippines.

This visa allows you to stay up to 59 days in the Philippines. 

Unfortunately, citizens from certain countries are not eligible to get a visa on arrival. If your country didn’t appear on any of the lists above for the visa exemption, then you won’t be able to get one. Instead you will have to get one from an embassy/consulate of the Philippines.

In case you’re not sure, if your country is on the below list, then you can’t get the visa on arrival.

AfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeria
ArmeniaAzerbaijanBangladesh
BelarusBosnia & HerzegovinaChina
CubaEgyptGeorgia
IndiaIranIraq
JordanKosovoLebanon
LibyaMoldovaMontenegro
NauruNigeriaNorth Korea
North MacedoniaPakistanPalestine
Sierra LeoneSerbiaSomalia
South SudanSri LankaSudan
SyriaTaiwanTimor Leste
TongaUkraineYemen

How To Apply For A Philippines Visa On Arrival

You will need to fill in the visa on arrival application form. Have this ready for when you arrive to present to the Immigration Officers. You can download the form here.

What You’ll Need:

  • A valid passport. 
  • Completed visa application form.
  • Cash to pay the visa fee. 
  • Proof of onward travel e.g. a plane ticket.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover the trip. 

Please note: you’re rarely asked for proof of onward travel or proof of sufficient funds but ensure you have something prepared just in case.


Can I Apply For A Visa Online For The Philippines?

At this time, only citizens of Taiwan can apply for a visa online. This type of visa is also known as an Electronic Travel Authorization or eTA. 

You can apply on the Manila Economic and Cultural Office website.

You simply just have to fill in an online form and pay the visa fee.

Once your visa has been processed it will be sent to you by email. You should print this off and show it to the Immigration Officers on arrival in the Philippines. 


Can I Extend My Visa In The Philippines?

If you want to stay for longer than your visa allows then you can apply for a visa extension at any Immigration Office in the Philippines.

You can extend your visa for 1 month each time and you can continue to do this each month for up to 24 months (note: certain nationals can extend up to 36 months). This means you don’t have to leave the country.

You can also extend your visa for 2 months or 6 months each time – check with the Immigration Office to see if this is an option for you. 

You will need to apply for an extension at least 1 week before your visa expires. 

Extensions can be quite pricey so weigh this up before deciding to go for one, it may be cheaper to get the multiple entry visa (1 year) and do a visa run (this is where you leave the country for a day or two and then re-enter activating another 59 days). Each extension will cost approx. $50. 

The application form can be found here. Fill this in and present it at the Immigration Office to get your extension approved.


I hope this Philippines tourist visa guide was helpful in explaining how to get a visa for the Philippines and the different visa options available to you.

Happy Travels!

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