Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Visa Policy


Please refer to the visa policy below for your nationality.

Category 1

  • Nationals of the following countries are advised to secure a visa prior to entering the Philippines: Afghanistan, Albania Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijian, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, East Timor, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kiribati, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Moldova, Nauru, Nigeria, Palestine, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tonga, Ukraine, Vanuatu, Yemen, Yugoslavia.
  • Those holding passports of the following countries need to apply at their country of origin or place of legal residence: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Yemen. Those holding passports of these countries, except Sri Lanka, who legally reside in Singapore (Permanent Residents or holders of PEP/E-Pass/S-Pass/Student Pass/Dependant’s Pass), may apply for a visa at this Embassy but they will need to allow for 10 working days for the processing of a single-entry visa application. Single-entry visa for Sri Lankan passport holders may be processed in 2 working days if their application is complete and in order.
  • Those holding the following passports may also apply in Singapore, even if they do not legally reside here, but will also need to allow for 10 working days for the processing of a single-entry visa: Azerbaijan and Bangladesh. Indian passport holders may also apply even if they do not reside in Singapore, and the processing time is 2 working days. Nationals of the countries mentioned are requested to allow for 3 to 4 weeks for the processing of a multiple-entry business visa valid for six months or one year.
  • Those holding the following passports may only apply at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General that has jurisdiction over them: Afghanistan (Philippine Embassy in Islamabad), DPRK (Philippine Embassy in Beijing), and Timor-Leste (Philippine Embassy in Dili).

Category 2

  • Nationals from countries not listed above who are travelling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay. However, immigration officers at ports of entry may exercise their discretion to admit holders of passports valid for at least sixty (60) days beyond the intended period of stay.
  • Click here to check if your nationality is eligible to avail of the 30-day no-visa privilege.

Chinese Nationals - Visa-Free Entry Conditions

  • Those holding Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, British National Overseas (BNO)/Hong Kong British, and Macau-Portuguese passports are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
  • Those holding People’s Republic of China (PRC) passports may enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days for tourism purposes, if they have a valid Australian, Canadian, Japanese, Schengen or United States visa, and provided that they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
  • Republic of China (ROC) passport holders require a visa to enter the Philippines.

Indian Nationals – Visa-Free Entry Conditions

  • Indian nationals can go to the Philippines without a visa for a stay of 14 days (extendable up to 21 days) under the following conditions:Upon arrival in NAIA, at the immigration counter please present a round-trip flight booking, the PR card or visa for the countries listed above, and a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay.
    • They are permanent residents (PR) in Singapore; or possess a valid visa for Singapore, or a valid visa for the US, Japan, Australia, Canada, Schengen, or the UK.
    • If they enter the Philippines through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA I, II, III or IV) in Manila. (Note: The airports at Clark and Cebu are not yet included under this arrangement.)

Reminder for Chinese and Indian visa applicants:

Chinese and Indian nationals who wish to enter the Philippines using their valid Australian label-free visas must secure visa labels from the Australian Embassy or Consulate prior to their departure.  Anyone issued a label-free Australian visa, a policy implemented on July 1, 2012, can request a visa label from the Australian authorities issuing the visa.

The Bureau of Immigration will not be able to properly assess the travel documents of the affected individuals without the visa label.

What does “Valid Visa to Singapore” refer to?

Singapore visa refers to all types of immigration visit passes. This may be in the form of E-Pass, S-Pass, Work Permit, Student Pass, Dependent Pass, or tourist visa that has a multiple-journey validity.