Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period stay of thirty (30) days or less provided they have valid roundtrip tickets or ticket for another country and passport valid for at least six (6) months from the date of departure in the Philippines:
|Andorra||Angola||Antigua and Barbuda||Argentina||Australia||Austria||Bahamas||Bahrain||Barbados||Belgium|
|Benin||Bhutan||Bolivia||Botswana||Brazil*||Brunei Darussalam||Bulgaria||Burkina Faso||Burundi||Cambodia|
|Cameroon||Canada||Cape Verde||Central African Republic||Chad||Chile||Colombia||Comoros||Congo||Congo, Democratic Republic|
|Costa Rica||Cote d’Ivoire||Croatia||Cyprus||Czech Republic||Denmark||Djibouti||Dominica||Dominican Republic||Ecuador|
|El Salvador||Equatorial Guinea||Eritrea||Estonia||Ethiopia||Fiji||Finland||France||Gabon||Gambia|
|Kenya||Kiribati||Korea (ROK)||Kuwait||Kyrgyzstan||Lao People’s Democratic Republic||Latvia||Lesotho||Liberia||Liechtenstein|
|Netherlands||New Zealand||Nicaragua||Niger||Norway||Oman||Palau||Panama||Papua New Guinea||Paraguay|
|Peru||Poland||Portugal||Qatar||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||Slovakia||Slovenia||Solomon Islands|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Tunisia||Turkey||Turkmenistan||Tuvalu||Uganda||United Arab Emirates||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||United States of America||Uruguay|
• Entry visa is required for all foreign nationals not included in the abovementioned list.
• Nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines.
Visa applications may be filed at the Embassy of the Philippine in Paris or at any of the Philippine Consulates in France
Please be guided by the following answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Visas.
I am French national. Do I need an entry visa to go to the Philippines?
A French national traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes may enter the Philippines without a visa if his/her intended stay in the Philippines will not exceed 30 days and he/she has a roundtrip ticket or ticket for another ticket country and passport is valid for at least six (6) months from the date of departure. In case you wish to extend your stay, application for extension of stay may be filed at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration Office before your 30th day of stay.
What is a Waiver of Exclusion Ground ?
Under Section 29(a)(12) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended, a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) is required for non-Filipino children below 15 years old who are traveling to the Philippines unaccompanied by either or both of his/her parent(s) to the Philippines.
1. Duly accomplished Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) form
2. Original and two (2) photocopies of passports of both parents
3. Original and two (2) photocopies of minor child
4. Original and copy of Acte de Naissance or Report of Birth
I intend to stay in the Philippines for more than fifty-nine (59 days). Can I extend my stay?
A temporary visitor's visa holder whose stay in the Philippines will exceed the authorized period of stay (example: 59 days) should apply an extension of stay at the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines 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 (www.immigration.gov.ph).
Bureau of Immigration’s Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) launched the Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) scheme to encourage tourist arrivals in the Philippines. With the LSVVE, foreign nationals may now enjoy longer visa extension (six months) under a single transaction. The visa costs P13,900.00 for visa-required nationals (nationals not included in the list of countries with 30-day visa free stay in the Philippines) and P11,500.00 for non visa-required nationals.
Currently, Bureau of Immigration issues a maximum stay of two months each time a foreign national applies for visa extension. The LSVVE allows foreign travelers to prolong their stay in the Philippines without the need to frequently visit the Bureau of Immigration’s office to process their documents. Under this program, the maximum stay given to non visa-required nationals is thirty-six (36) months, while visa-required nationals are given twenty four (24) months. Conversion to other visa category is also allowed.
I am a student. I wish to take up a short-term non-degree course or “On the Job Training” (OJT) in the Philippines
Foreign students who wish to take up training or short-term study, excluding enrolment in schools in a 4-year courses for the purpose of obtaining a title or degree, must apply for a temporary visitor’s visa. Upon arrival in the Philippines and acceptance by the school/institution authorized by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students, he/she should apply for a Special Study Permit at the Bureau's Student Desk, together with the following documents:
1. Letter request;
2. Certificate of Acceptance from the school accredited by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students;
3. Photocopy of passport reflecting the applicant's authorized period of stay;
4. Affidavit of Support and Proof of Financial Capacity; and
5. Birth Certificate.
I am married to a Filipino. I wish to live in the Philippines permanently?
Qualified foreigners married to Filipino citizens may apply for non-quota immigrant visa, subject to compliance with the requirements, as follows:
1. Letter request;
2. Passport valid for at least six (6) months
3. Three (3) passport-size photographs taken during the last six (6) months
4. NSO Marriage Certificate authenticated by DFA Manila or Report of Marriage issued by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate
5. Proof of no derogatory record from law enforcement agency
6. Proof of financial capacity
7. Medical clearance (FA Form No. 1)
8. Philippine passport of Filipino spouse
9. Consular fees of 22.50€
For more information regarding entry visa categories, please visit the official website of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration: www.immigration.gov.ph
I am a foreign national and I intend to retire in the Philippines. What visa should I apply for?
Foreign nationals who wish to retire in the Philippines may apply for a Special Resident Retiree’s visa. For information on the requirements and procedure, please visit the website of the Philippine Retirement Authority at www.pra.gov.ph
I am a holder of a French Travel Document. What should I do to get an entry visa?
If the applicant is a holder of a travel document and with a legal residence in France, it is suggested that application for entry visa be filed a few months before your scheduled travel to the Philippines. Visa maybe issued only upon receipt of clearances from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and other concerned government agencies.
What are the visa requirements for those traveling to the Philippines on collective passports?
In cases where several persons are included in one (1) passport, a separate application form and payment must be made for each person. All persons included in the passport must be properly identified with a photograph affixed to the passport.
Do I need any vaccination when I travel to the Philippines?
Vaccination is not required for travelers to the Philippines. If a person, however, arrives in the Philippines from a foreign port infected with cholera, small pox or plague, typhus or yellow fever, he/she will be required to present on arrival a certificate of immunization for the said disease/s.
How soon can I get my entry visa?
The processing period for non-restricted entry visa is within five (5) working days, upon submission of all required documents and payment of corresponding visa fees. For all other types of visas, within five (5) working days after receipt of the required clearance from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.
Further inquiries may be addressed to:
Consular Section (Visa)
Embassy of the Philippines
4 Hameau de Boulainvilliers
75016 Paris, France
Tel. No: 01 44 14 57 00
Fax No: 01 44 14 57 03
Under the “Balikbayan Program”, a former Filipino citizen may stay in the Philippines for a maximum of one year without visa.
The legitimate members of the family (i.e. spouse and unmarried children, below 18 years of age) of a Filipino/former Filipino, who are holders of foreign passports, may avail of the “Balikbayan Program”, only if they are traveling to the Philippines together. Under the said program, they may stay in the Philippines, without visa, for a maximum period of one year.
A former Filipino have to declare before the Philippine Immigration Officer at the port of entry that he/she is availing of the said privilege and has to present his/her current French passport and any of the following documents:
- cancelled Philippine passport or birth certificate
- naturalization paper to show former Philippine citizenship
Foreign newsmen and journalists visiting the Philippines in pursuit of their profession are required to apply for a temporary visitor's visa.
The following are additional requirements for visa application of foreign newsmen, journalist, cinema/television groups:
- Duly accomplished visa application form with one (1) photo
- Original and photocopy of the duly accomplished IPC form
- Original passport and photocopy of the passport (data page only)
- Letter of request stating their intention to do a documentary film/report in the Philippines
- List of crew members and designation
- Curriculum vitae
- List of equipment
- Itinerary and flight details
- Payment of 27.00 Euros for single entry, valid for three (3) months, in cash or company check payable to the order of the Philippine Embassy
For accreditation purposes, a letter of request enclosing the duly accomplished IPC application form with one (1) picture has to be sent in advance, through email, to the International Press Center (IPC) in Manila:
Director for Media Relations
International Press Center (IPC)
Presidential Communications Operations Office
G/F National Press Club Building
Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila 1002
Telefax No. (+632) 33 66 095
Upon arrival in the Philippines, the journalist/s must proceed to the International Press Center for accreditation. Requirements are as follows:
- Original duly accomplished IPC accreditation form
- Photocopy of the passport (pages 1 & 2) and latest arrival stamp in the Philippines
- Two (2) pieces 2x2 colored pictures with white background per member
- Duly accomplished visa application form
- Original and photocopy of passport
- One (1) photo
- Copy of the round trip plane ticket/ itinerary of travel
- Letter from the company (for business entry visa)
- Proof of financial means for tourist entry visa (ex. Statement of the bank account or pay slip)
- For minor/student: Parents’ Affidavit of Support and Proof of Financial Capacity
- Photocopy of French /Monaco “Carte de Séjour” (for nationals of countries not included in the list of countries with 30-day visa free stay)
- If the request is sent by mail, La Poste mandat cash for payment (ex: €27.00, 3 months with single entry visa or €54.00, 6 months with multiple entry) payable to the order of the "Ambassade des Philippines"
- Self-addressed envelope with prepaid registered mail stamps, La Poste Recommande or Chronopost envelope.
Visa applications may be filed at the Embassy of the Philippines in Paris or any of the Philippine Consulates in France:
Embassy of the Philippines
4 hameau de Boulainvilliers
Telephone: +33 (0)1 44 14 57 00
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 14 57 03
Philippine Consulate General Lille
La Maison des Consuls
Mairie de Quartier du Centre
31 rue des Fossés
Mobile: +33 (0)6 08 78 31 05
Philippine Consulate General Bordeaux
62 cours de l’Intendance
Telephone: +33 (0)5 57 88 34 04
Mobile: +33 (0)6 65 60 50 31
Fax: +33 (0)5 57 88 70 75
Philippine Consulate General Monaco
24, boulevard Princesse Charlotte
Telephone: +377 93 30 10 10
Fax: +337 93 30 52 07
Philippine Consulates can only issue the following types of visas: