Philippines Visa Requirements and Application Process [eVisa]

Citizens of certain countries can stay in the Philippines for up to 30 days without a visa.

Those who need a visa must apply at an immigration office before they arrive, and the application process can be completed online or by phone.

If you’re travelling on an airline that offers e-visa service, check with your carrier to see if it’s available for your trip.

The extent of stay that Philippines visa holders are allowed is determined by the type of Philippinesvisa they hold.

You can apply for a visa on arrival or a visa with prior approval. The extent of stay that Philippines visa holders are allowed is determined by the type of Philippinesvisa they hold.

  • Visa on Arrival
  • Visa with Prior Approval

The Philippine government has provided an online portal that enables travellers to apply and pay for their Philippines visas anywhere.

The Philippine government has provided an online portal that enables travellers to apply and pay for their Philippines visas anywhere.

The online application is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that you can start your application any time of the day or night.

You can also use this service in any language you wish, as long as it’s in English or Filipino (the official language).

The application process is straightforward; all you need to do is fill out one form and pay one fee – that’s it!

But, if you want to apply via mail instead of online (which takes longer), then please note that there may be more fees due upon submission of your documents at our office in Manila City Hall Annex Building #1-A0/F3/P5/7th Floor Plaza 2 Binondo Manila 1000 Philippines.

If you apply in person, you must present your original passport, 2 photocopies of the passport, 2 copies of the completed application form, 2 passport photos, and proof of travel itinerary.

If you apply in person, you must present your original passport, 2 photocopies of the passport, 2 copies of the completed application form and 2 passport photos.

You also have to bring proof of travel itinerary (if applicable).

If applying by mail or courier service:

  • Please send all required documents at least 2 weeks before your scheduled visa interview date.
  • The complete checklist can be found on our website here:
Applying online, you’ll need to submit a digital copy of your passport and complete the online application form

If you are applying online, you must submit a digital copy of your passport and complete the online application form, which is available at www.visa.gov.ph. You will also have to pay an online service fee through a credit card or PayPal account.

The processing time for your visa depends on its type—whether it’s a tourist or business/residence/work visa, etc., as well as how many documents you submit with your application (i.e. if there are multiple passports). The average processing time for Philippine visas is about 2 weeks. Still, it could take longer depending on when during the year you request them for travel purposes (and whether any other issues come up along the way, like delays at borders).

The processing time for an online application usually takes 5 business days from when the application is received by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI).

Processing time for an online application usually takes 5 business days from when the application is received by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI).

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