If you intend to stay in the Philippines longer than twenty-one (21)
days, a visa must be secured. A fifty-nine(59) day visa can be
obtained at the Philippine Consular Office which has jurisdiction
over your area before traveling to the Philippines. If you are
already in the Philippines, you may file for a 38-day visa waiver
(entry 21 days + 38 day waiver = 59 days). Visa waivers are issued
at the Bureau of Immigration, in Intramuros, Manila before the
expiration date of your authorized stay or with one of their
sub-ports in these cities throughout the Philippines. Tourist visas
are issued under three main classifications:
Pleasure. For tourists and other visitors to the Philippines. It
cannot be used to engage in gainful employment or for business, or
to take up educational courses in any learning institution in the
Business. The purpose of the temporary stay is to search for areas
of investment. It does not allow you to engage in any activity
which may be considered a form of gainful employment. more
Health. This is granted to those whose intention is to convalesce
from a serious injury or illness. The illness, however, should not
be contagious or dangerous.
If in the US, apply at a Philippine Consulate. If in the
Philippines, apply through the BI-Intramuros or a sub-port.
1. Passport with a minimum validity of six (6) months beyond
applicant’s stay in the Philippines;
2. Completed application form;
3. One (1) passport-size photo signed at the back by the applicant.
If the applicant is a minor (still unable to sign) the photograph must be signed at the
back by either parent after first printing the minor’s name;
4. Photocopy of applicant’s plane ticket or confirmed itinerary;
5. Visa Application Fee
6. Additional requirement for business visa: Company letter of
Please note that the Philippine Consular Officer may require (1) the
personal appearance of an applicant for interview and (2) the
submission of additional supporting documents, as he/she may deem
fit under the circumstances. Minors (below 15 years old)
traveling to the Philippines unaccompanied by a parent or not
joining a parent in the Philippines may have to acquire a waiver of
exclusion from BI.
Alien Certificate Registration
Foreign nationals who plan to stay in the Philippines for 30 days or
more are required to register with the Philippine Bureau of
Immigration and be fingerprinted. The registration of foreign
nationals is compulsory and failure to register could result in a
The following is the ACR application procedure:
File an application form in your place of residence, either with the
Immigration District Office or the main office of the Bureau of
Immigration in Manila. Submit the E-series ACR form in triplicate;
and Provide 3 2" x 2" pictures.
If you meet the following classifications below, you will need to
follow the instructions and apply for the proper exit clearance at
one of the five BI regional offices. Sub-ports cannot process exit
clearance permits. All fees and conditions are subject to change.
Normal processing time of 4-5 business days (expedite option
available in most cases for +Php500).
Tourist: 59 days - 6 months
Tourists staying more than 59 days but less than 6 months must pay
an exit clearance fee of Php 1,210. If your date of departure is
certain, this can be paid through one of the five BI regional
offices; otherwise, the exit fee can be paid at the airport upon
Tourist 6 months+
Tourists staying more than 6 months must obtain an Exit Clearance Certificate (ECC) from BI. You must submit the proper form
along with 3 passport-sized photographs and the fee of Php 1,000.
Permanent residents temporarily leaving the country must apply for a
re-entry permit with BI. Applicant must submit 3 passport-sized
photographs, proof of residency status, and the fee of Php 3,470.
Bureau of Immigration Regional Offices
BI Main Office. Magallanes Drive, Intramuros
BI PEZA (Philippine Economic Zone Authority) Office
floor, Almeda Building, Roxas Boulevard & San Luis Street
Pasay City. Tel (011-63-2)897-6682.
BOI (Board of Investments) Office
Ground floor. Industry & Investments Building
385 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave.,
BI Regional Office. P Burgos Street, Tribunal, Mandaue City Cebu
BI Regional Office - Davao. BI Building, JP Laurel Ave.,