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Travel Document Type

eTA

Government Fee

USD 36.00

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USD 20.00

Processing Time

2 business days

All About the Philippines Tourist Visa

Are you planning a trip to the Philippines, and you want to find out the entry conditions? Are you eager to see adorable tarsiers, swim among spectacular coral and sink your feet into pristine white sand, and you’re looking for a straightforward webpage to get all your travel documents in order?

On this page, we have put together everything you need to know about which nationalities require an online travel pass, a traditional visa, or are exempt from both. You will also find out about the costs, application procedure and all the paperwork you need to make sure your trip runs smoothly.

For Taiwanese citizens, there is a new visa system available. It’s a pre-travel authorisation document called the “eTA” (Electronic Travel Authorisation) that you can get online in just a few simple steps with Byevisa.

For many other nationalities, the good news is that as of 2013 you can enjoy free entry into the Philippines without needing any permit whatsoever. This includes citizens of the US, UK, most of Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

This new policy was introduced to boost tourism, and it has certainly made it easier to visit the Philippines for eligible nationalities. The visa waivers vary from 14 days to 59 days, but the most common one is for stays of 30 days. So this offers you plenty of time to relax, disconnect and explore.

Meanwhile, the citizens of around 40 countries, including China and India, must obtain a traditional entry permit for this country at an embassy or consulate.

So, let’s dive into all the requirements for each nationality, and get you ready to fly to one of the most idyllic countries in the world!

What Is the Difference Between the Philippines Visit Visa and the eTA?

The eTA is an electronic document that is currently only available for citizens of Taiwan, while the visa is a paper document issued by the embassy for all countries that aren’t part of the waiver program (see list below).

Contrary to a traditional visa, you can apply for the eTA online from anywhere you like. The process with Byevisa is quick and simple, and you can receive your electronic authorisation in just 2 days.

The introduction of this new system has made it so much easier for Taiwanese citizens to visit the Philippines, without the hassle of spending hours queuing at the embassy and getting all the right documents in order.

Philippines eTA Visa Application Process

The eTA or Electronic Travel Authorisation is a new system that was introduced in 2015 and is currently only available for citizens of Taiwan, although it is expected to become available for other nationalities soon.

This electronic document is valid for 1 month from the date of entry into the Philippines and it allows Multiple Entries into the country. So you will have plenty of time to see the Chocolate Hills, the Batad Rice Terraces and swim in the crystal clear waters of El Nido.

Obtaining an eTA is quick and easy; simply follow these steps:

  • Fill out the online form.
  • Pay the fee.
  • Receive the eTA via email.

Once you have completed the form, you pay the fee via credit card, debit card or PayPal, and then submit your application.

Please be aware that you may be asked to show additional information at the border checks, like return flight tickets and accommodation bookings, so make sure you take any relevant documentation with you.

Philippines Tourist Visa Requirements and Eligibility

Just like any other country, there are different requirements for different nationalities, so it’s important you know what the requirements are for your specific passport.

For now, only Taiwanese citizens are eligible for an eTA. We have put together a checklist of everything you need to make a super sleek application:

  • You must provide a valid email address to receive your eTA.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your planned travel date.
  • Your passport must have at least 1 blank page.
  • You must have proof that you have funds to cover your trip (credit card, enough balance in your debit card, or cash).
  • You must have return flights or proof of onward travel.
  • You must have accommodation reservations.
  • You must provide a company ID if you’re travelling for business.

Visa-Free Countries for the Philippines

Alternatively, a whopping 159 countries can enjoy 30 days in the Philippines (see list below) without having to get a permit. If you’re from Macau or Hong Kong you will be granted either 7 or 14 days depending on the type of passport you have, while if you have a Brazilian or Israeli passport you get a very generous 59 days.

Here’s the list of countries with 30-day free entry into the Philippines:

Andorra
Angola
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Botswana
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
Colombia
Comoros
Republic of the Congo
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
DR Congo
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon
Gambia
Germany

Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Monaco
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Namibia
Netherlands
Nepal
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
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Nationalities Eligible for an Embassy Visa

Alternatively, if you are a passport-holder of one of these countries, you will need to get your travel pass at the embassy:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
China
Cuba
Egypt
Georgia
India

Iran
Iraq
Jordan
Kosovo
Lebanon
Libya
Moldova
Montenegro
Nauru
Nigeria
North Korea
North Macedonia
Pakistan

Palestine
Sierra Leone
Serbia
Somalia
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Syria
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Ukraine
Yemen

Visa for the Philippines Forms and Documents

About Our Online eTA Form

Our online form to apply for your entry permit as a Taiwanese citizen only takes a few minutes to fill out. You will be asked for your personal details, passport details, travel information and some security questions.

Please make sure that all the information is correct before submitting the form, as any incorrect information could lead to delays or your eTA being refused.

It’s important to apply for your eTA at least 2 days before you intend to travel to the Philippines, to allow time for your application to be processed. If you are short on time, make sure you select our Highly Rapid service.

Once your eTA has been approved, we send it directly to your email inbox. Make sure you print it and take a copy with you when you are travelling, so you can show it at border controls.

The eTA is only valid if you are visiting the Philippines for tourism, business or to see relatives. If you are travelling for other purposes such as study or work, then you will need to visit an embassy in person and get the relevant permit.

More countries are expected to become eligible for the eTA system in the near future, so keep an eye on this page for any updates!

About Applying for an Embassy Visa

If you are a passport holder of one of these countries that do require a visa, you will need to apply in person at a Philippines embassy. The standard tourist or business card is valid for 30 days from your entry date. For the application to be processed, you will need the following documents:

  • 2 passport-style photographs taken in the last 6 months with a white background.
  • Completed application form.
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry into the country and with at least 1 blank page.
  • Proof you are travelling for tourism or business.
  • Return flight ticket or proof of onward travel.
  • Payment for the fee.

How Much Does a Philippines Visa Cost?

eTA

The government’s fee for the eTA is 36 USD, plus Byevisa’s processing fee. To take care of everything for you, Byevisa offers 3 processing speeds based on how quickly you need your pass:

  • Standard Service (7 business days for 20 USD)
  • Rapid Service (5 business days for 40 USD)
  • Highly Rapid Service (2 business days for 60 USD)

Once you reach the payment page, you select the option that best suits your needs. Simply fill out the form, pay the fee and let us take care of the rest!

Embassy Visa

If you are a passport holder of a country that does require a visa, the cost will vary slightly depending on which country you are from and the processing fees for your application. As a rule of thumb, you can expect to pay around 40-50 USD for a standard 30-day tourist visa.

Philippines Visa Status Check for Taiwan Citizens

If you have applied for an eTA on our website, you will receive the document directly into your email inbox. The time frame depends on the service you have chosen when you applied for the document:

  • Standard (7 business days)
  • Rapid (5 business days)
  • Highly Rapid (2 business days)

We will send you an email confirmation once you have completed the process.

If by any chance you haven’t received the email confirmation, you may have provided an incorrect email address. The best thing to do is to raise a query with us by going to our bottom menu and clicking ‘Contact Us’. Fill in the details required and we will be in touch with an update.

If for any reason your application is rejected, we will be in touch with you right away. You may need to provide additional information or fix an error in the form before the eTA can be approved.

Once your eTA is approved, we will send it to you via email, so you can simply print it and you are ready to travel!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Philippines Visa

We hope that you’ve found this page useful and that you now feel ready to fly off to the Philippines’ enchanting islands. Please find below some of our most frequently asked questions, in case you still have any doubts about what you need before you travel.

Yes, you will need to get an eTA, which is an electronic version. You can apply online with Byevisa and receive it by email. This pass is valid for 30 days from when you first enter the country. Also, it’s good for Multiple Entries, so you can repeatedly enter and exit in your eTA’s validity time frame.
This will depend on your nationality. Most exempt countries can stay in the country for up to 30 days, but citizens of Israel and Brazil are granted 59 days. On the other hand, Macau and Hong Kong citizens can stay up to 14 days.
It’s a good idea to have the following documents on your person when you travel:
  • A valid passport for up to 6 months from entering the country with at least 1 blank page.
  • Proof of funds to cover your stay.
  • Return flights or onward travel confirmation.
  • Accommodation bookings.
If you decide to extend your trip beyond the days you are granted, you can apply for an extension at the Bureau of Immigration. Here, you fill out a form and pay an extension fee for each additional month you intend to stay. Make sure you bring your passport with you.

If you are from an exempt country, the total extension time cannot exceed 2 years. On the other hand, for those in possession of a tourist visa, the extension period cannot exceed 6 months.

If you are applying for an embassy visa, you will need to provide 2 photos of the following dimensions: 35 mm x 45 mm. Don’t forget, the photos must have been taken in the last 6 months and have a white background.
No, if you require a travel pass to enter the country, you will need to get it from an embassy before your trip. If you are from Taiwan, you will need to apply for the eTA online before your journey. All other nationalities are exempt.
Yes. The exemption program is only for those visiting the country for tourism or business. If you are entering the country for any other reason, including work and study, you will need to get an appropriate visa.
If you have an Indian passport, you will need to apply for a visa at the closest embassy. For more information on the process and requirements, please visit the relevant section above.
If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, you are part of the visa-waiver program. So you won’t need to get any prior authorisation to travel to the Philippines for stays of up to 30 days for tourism or business.
If you have an American passport, you fall under the visa-waiver program. As such, you won’t need to get a visa to travel to the Philippines for stays of up to 30 days for tourism or business.
The eTA is a simple 1-page document containing your details and a photo of you, confirming that your application to enter the Philippines has been approved. We have included a sample for you:
If you would like to find out more, we have put together links to relevant topics below. We update this page regularly with the latest information, so don’t forget to check back: