Do you need a visa to enter the Philippines?
The Philippines grants visa-free entry to passport holders of certain nationalities while requiring a visa of other nationalities. Follow this link to check if you need a visa to enter the Philippines.
These purposes for travelling to the Philippines require a visa regardless of the nationality of the traveller:
- Persons joining a ship for onward travel to another destination
- Persons making a ship inspection
- Persons staying in the Philippines for more than 30 days
What are the visa requirements?
Applying for a Philippine visa will require that the applicant’s passport be valid for six months beyond the applicant’s date of departure from the Philippines. The passport must have one blank visa page.
Beginning 01 October 2016, the Philippine Embassy in Singapore will accept only electronic passports and machine readable passports for visa applications. Non-machine readable passports (hand-scripted passports) will not be accepted for visa applications.
Beginning 01 January 2017, Philippine immigration authorities will not allow entry into Philippine airports and seaports of foreign nationals holding non-machine readable passports.
The documentary requirements vary depending on the type of visa being applied for.
- Tourism Visa
- Business Visa
- Transit Visa
- Journalist / Media Crew Visa
- Seafarer / Seaman Visa
- Crewlist Visa
- Residence Visa for spouse of a Filipino citizen
- Special Resident Retiree Visa
- Foreign Government Official
No appointment is needed for visa application. The visa hours are as follows:
- Receiving of application: Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Releasing of processed visas: Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that sufficient time is allowed for visa application and processing.
The processing of the single-entry visa takes between 2 business days and 10 business days, depending on the visa applied for and the issuing country of the applicant’s passport. The visa officer will inform the applicant how many days the processing will take.
Certain conditions will allow the visa to be processed and released within the same business day, with the payment of the express-processing fee (SGD 17.00) . The visa officer will inform the applicant whether the visa application will allow express processing.
The processing of the multiple-entry visa takes a longer period of time (4 – 6 weeks in certain cases). The visa officer will inform the applicant how many days the processing will take.
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:
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 of spouse of Filipino citizen SGD 382.50
transit visa SGD 76.50
single-entry visa for journalist, media crew SGD 85.00 – SGD 110.50
Visa fee is non-refundable in case an application is denied.
Contacting the Visa Section
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