Friday, January 24, 2020

Seafarer / Seaman Visa

Embassy Advisory to visa applicants: Do not purchase the flight ticket before applying for the visa, but make a “booking” or “flight itinerary”. Purchase the flight ticket only after the visa is granted.

The Embassy will not hasten the visa processing to accommodate the visa applicant’s flight schedule. Depending on the applicant’s nationality (i.e. if the applicant’s country has a visa agreement with the Philippines), visa processing will take 2 or 10 business days (in some cases, authorization from Manila). The Embassy will not refund the visa application fee if the visa is issued later than a flight departure date or if the visa application is denied.


  1. Personal appearance of the applicant
  2. Accomplished visa application form
  3. Passport with at least six months of validity beyond the date of departure from the Philippines
  4. 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.

  5. Photocopy of passport information page
  6. Recent photograph, size 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm, colored and taken against a white background
  7. Letter from company indicating the name of the vessel to be joined and the place where the applicant will join the vessel
  8. Seaman’s Book and photocopy of information page
  9. Payment of visa fee (view here) (cash only; checks, credit or debit cards, NETS, or cheques are not accepted)

If the applicant will be conducting a ship inspection, not join the vessel and will leave the Philippines on a commercial flight, a business visa will be issued.