How to Visit the Philippines: Visa and Entry Requirements (2023)

If you’re planning to visit the Philippines soon, you’re in luck! The Philippines is now open to FULLY VACCCINATED tourists/nationals from FROM ALL COUNTRIES. We’ve listed down the general entry and visa requirements for tourists to visit the country.

General Entry Requirements to visit the Philippines for Tourists

  1. Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date from the Philippines.
  2. Return or Onward Ticket: You may be required to provide proof of a return or onward ticket to your home country or another destination. This demonstrates your intention to leave the Philippines within the permitted stay.
  3. Have any of the following proofs of full/complete vaccination against COVID-19 recognized under existing IATF regulations: (i) World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; (ii) VaxCertPH; or (iii) National/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement (unless otherwise permitted by the IATF);
  4. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers need to present a laboratory-administered negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours from departure from the country of origin. They also have the option to undergo a laboratory-based antigen test upon arrival at the airport. (Note: Those who test positive for COVID-19 after testing at the airport will have to follow the quarantine procedures that will be advised by the Philippines’ Department of Health.)
    Unvaccinated children aged 14 and below are not required to be vaccinated, but they need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who complies with their own entry requirements. If they are unvaccinated and traveling on their own, they need to follow the testing requirements for adults.
  5. Fill out the E-travel declaration card. (THIS IS FREE OF CHARGE)
  6. Sufficient Funds: You may be asked to show evidence of sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay. This is very rare but some people have been reportedly asked.
  7. Accommodation: Providing information about your intended accommodation in the Philippines, such as hotel reservations or a letter of invitation from a host, may also be required. (Again, this is a random incident).

Philippines Visa Requirements for Different Nationalities

Visa-free for stay up to 30 days

Generally, most countries are allowed 30 days visa-free entry to the Philippines. If you’re from the US, UK or European countries, you already belong in this group. For further information, can check if your country is included here.

Visa-free for stay up to 14 days

If you belong to the two categories below, you are allowed visa-free stay in the Philippines for up to 14 days.

1. Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports.

2. Holders of Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports.

Visa-free for 7 days

If you are a Chinese national travelling for tourism and has a valid American, Japanese, Australian, Canadian or Schengen (AJACS) permanent residence or visa, you are allowed a visa-free stay for up to 7 days. (NOTE: not applicable for business travelers)

If you are not included in the above requirements, you can check further here for information on visa application to the Philippines.

Philippines Tourist Visa Extension

If you are a foreign national  from one of the visa-free countries who wish to stay in the Philippines for more than 30 days, you can request an extended stay at the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival in the Philippines. For updated and specific information on how to get a Philippines Visa extension, check this website.

Meanwhile, read on our article of How to Plan Your trip to the Philippines and the top 20 best places you need to visit when you are here!

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