Sunday, March 7, 2021

General Information on the Entry of Foreigners


As a general rule, foreigners are still not allowed to enter or transit through the Philippines unless the foreigner falls under any of the exceptions stated below.

I. The Balikbayan Privilege

The Balikbayan Privilege of former Filipinos and their qualified dependents (legal spouses and children, regardless of age) has been reinstated beginning 07 December 2020.

Foreigners who belong to the nationalities permitted to enter the Philippines visa-free under Executive Order No. 408, series of 1960 (E.O. No. 408, s. 1960) do not need a visa provided they are travelling with their spouse or children who are Filipinos or former Filipinos.

Foreigners who are the grandchildren, grandparents or in-laws of Filipinos and former Filipinos are not eligible under the Balikbayan privilege.

Airline staff may require the following documentary requirements from Balikbayan passengers under non-visa required countries under E.O. No. 408, s. 1960: 

Former Filipino:

  • Copy of previously issued or expired Philippine passport;
  • PSA copy of birth certificate;
  • Previous immigration arrival stamp with Balikbayan (BB/RA 6768) status.

Foreign Spouses:

  • Copy of Marriage Certificate
  • Previous immigration arrival stamp with Balikbayan (BB/RA 6768) status

Child/ren:

  • Copy of birth certificate, indicating that either or both parents are Filipino nationals;
  • Copy of previously issued or expired Philippine passport;
  • Previous immigration arrival stamp with Balikbayan (BB/RA 6768) status;
  • Original or certified true copy of decree of adoption, for legally adopted children

II. Filipinos with Dual or Multiple Citizenship

Filipinos concurrently holding other citizenships shall be allowed to travel to, or enter the Philippines if they are able to provide substantive proof of retention or re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship, as follows:

  • Valid Philippine passport;
  • Identification Certificate (IC); or
  • Certificate of Re-acquisition/Retention of Philippine citizenship.

III. Who are Allowed to Travel to the Philippines 

    The following foreign nationals with existing valid visas may also be allowed to travel to, or enter the Philippines:

  • A foreign legal spouse of a Filipino national, not traveling with the Filipino spouse; The principal Filipino national should be in the Philippines.
  • A foreign national below 18 years of age or a foreign child with special needs, regardless of age, whose mother or father is a Filipino national and whose nationality is not accorded the visa-free privilege under E.O. No. 408, s. 1960; The principal Filipino national should be in the Philippines.
  • A foreign parent of a Filipino child who is a minor or with special needs, regardless of age, and whose nationality is not accorded the visa-free privilege under E.O. No. 408, s. 1960; The principal Filipino national should be in the Philippines.
  • Foreign government and international organization officials accredited to the Philippines and their qualified dependents;
  • Foreign seafarers who need to travel to the Philippines for ship crew rotation (9c); and
  • Foreign airline crew.

The above-listed foreign nationals who do not have valid visas should apply for a new visa at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore. Please send an email to consular.sgpe@gmail.com.

     The following foreign nationals can also travel to the Philippines using their valid long-term visas:

  • Foreign nationals and their dependents who are holders of any of the following immigrant visas: 13 quota, 13A, 13B, 13C, 13D, 13E, 13G, RA 7919, EO 324 or native-born visa;
  • Indian nationals with temporary residence visa (TRV);
  • Chinese nationals who were granted permanent residency status by reason of marriage to a Filipino;
  • 47 (a) (2) visa special non-immigrant visas;
  • Visas issued by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Freeport Area of Bataan, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and Clark Development Corporation;
  • 9(d) treaty trader visa to nationals of the US, Japan and Germany issued by the Bureau of Immigration;
  • Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) issued by the Bureau of Immigration under Executive Order No. 226 but not under EO 63;
  • Holders of visas issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) under RA 8756;
  • Holders of 9(g) visas provided they have a valid visa at the time of entry;
  • Holders of valid and existing visa at the time of entry, and who were not permitted to enter the country under previous IATF previous resolutions;
  • Those with valid 9(f), Special Visa for Employment Generation (SVEG) and Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) under Executive Order No. 63 issued on or prior to 20 March 2020 and still valid at the time of entry; and
  • Holders of valid and existing Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV), provided they present an entry exemption document to the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival. The endorsement for the entry exemption document may be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Tourism at this email address: sbrp@tourism.gov.ph.

The exempted foreigners enumerated above (items I, II, III) shall comply with the following conditions:

  • To secure and present a pre-booked accommodation for at least six (6) nights in an Department of Tourism-accredited quarantine hotel/facility (http://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/wp-content/uploads/2_MNL-HOTEL.pdf);
  • To undergo RT-PCR COVID-19 testing at their respective quarantine hotel/facility on the sixth (6th) day from date of arrival in the Philippines; The protocol requiring COVID-19 testing on the sixth day shall be reckoned from the date of arrival as the first day.
  • Subject to other applicable quarantine and isolation protocols as prescribed by the Department of Health; and
  • Subject to applicable immigration laws, rules and regulations.

Foreign nationals who fail to present proof of pre-booked accommodation shall be denied entry and shall be made to immediately board the next available flight to their origin countries/jurisdictions.

Requests for Exemption

The requests for exemption of foreign partners of pregnant Filipino nationals who need to travel to the Philippines based on humanitarian grounds will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis and will be subject to the approval of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

Business visa applicants whose travel to the Philippines is urgent and necessary will be referred to the relevant Philippine government agency. To inquire if you are qualified to avail of the travel exemption, please send an email to singapore@dti.gov.ph.

For further inquiries or clarifications, concerned foreign nationals may send an email to consular.sgpe@gmail.com.

Visa Fee and Mode of Payment 

The visa fee depends on the type of visa applied for, the number of entries requested, and the issuing country of the applicant’s passport.

The visa fee excludes the express processing fee or document legalization fees which certain applications might require. The range of visa fees is as follows:

VISA TYPEFEE (payable in cash only)
Single-entry visa for Tourism or Business SGD 85.00 – SGD 110.50
Multiple-entry visa for Tourism or Business SGD 144.00 – SGD 246.50
Single-entry Seafarer / Seaman visa SGD 76.50
Crew list visa SGD 212.50 – SGD 467.50
Residence visa for the legal spouse of a Filipino citizen SGD 382.50
Transit visa SGD 76.50
Single-entry visa for journalists, media crew SGD 85.00 – SGD 110.50

The Embassy accepts CASH payment or PayNow ONLY. Currently, there is no facility for payment using NETS, debit card or credit card.

The visa fee is NON-REFUNDABLE in case an application is DENIED or if the visa is approved after the applicant’s scheduled departure date.

You may contact the Visa Officer at this email address: consular.sgpe@gmail.com.