Visas for the Philippines

Citizens of many countries don’t need a visa for the Philippines for short-term visits. Those intending to live and work in the Philippines for an extended period will need to obtain a work permit for the Philippines.

Any expat staying in the Philippines for more than 59 days, whether for temporary visit or longer-term residency purposes, is required to obtain an Alien Certificate of Registration Identity Card (ACR I-Card). The Bureau of Immigration handles these applications.

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While citizens of most countries are able to enter the Philippines without a visa, nationals of some countries may require a visa. It’s usually possible to obtain this at the point of entry into the country, otherwise travellers will have to apply for a visa ahead of their visit to the Philippines.

The length of time a visitor is able to stay in the country will depend on their nationality. Most travellers are allowed an initial stay of up to 30 days. Other nationalities are entitled to up to 59 days, or as few as 14 days. Expats should check which category they fall into beforehand. Stays in the Philippines can usually be extended.

 Travellers must ensure that their passport is valid for at least six months and that they have proof of return tickets, accommodation and adequate funding for the trip.

Expats wishing to work in the Philippines will need a valid work permit. The hiring company will usually take responsibility for the application process.

An employee must be petitioned by the employing company and it must be shown that no person in the Philippines is willing or competent to perform the service for which the foreign national is hired.

Work permits may be granted for one, two or three years.