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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!
- 1 What Is the Difference Between the Philippines Visit Visa and the eTA?
- 2 Philippines eTA Visa Application Process
- 3 Philippines Tourist Visa Requirements and Eligibility
- 4 Visa for the Philippines Forms and Documents
- 5 How Much Does a Philippines Visa Cost?
- 6 Philippines Visa Status Check for Taiwan Citizens
- 7 Frequently Asked Questions About the Philippines Visa
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:
Antigua and Barbuda
Central African Republic
Republic of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
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:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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?
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!
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.
- 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 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.