Saturday, November 28, 2020

General Information on the Entry of Foreigners

The Philippine Embassy informs the public that effective 20 March 2020 and until further notice, it is temporarily suspending  all visa issuances. Visa-free privileges, including those pursuant to visa waiver agreements entered into by the Philippines with certain countries, are also temporarily suspended.

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.

Suspension of the Visa-Free Balikbayan Privilege

Former Filipinos who have renounced their Philippine citizenship, acquired another citizenship and did not reacquire Philippine citizenship cannot travel to the Philippines and cannot apply for visas except if they qualify under one of the categories enumerated below.

Who are Allowed to Travel to the Philippines 

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

  • Foreign legal spouses of Filipino nationals;
  • Foreign nationals below 18 years of age and foreign children with special needs, regardless of age, whose mother or father is a Filipino;
  • Foreign parents of a Filipino child who is a minor or with special needs;
  • 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; 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. Please send an email to

The following foreign nationals can 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 resident visa;
  • 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) visas issued by the Bureau of Immigration;
  • Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) issued by the Bureau of Immigration under Executive Order No. 226

The entry of foreigners who are enumerated above is subject to the following conditions:

  • With pre-booked accredited quarantine facility;
  • Subject to the maximum capacity of inbound passengers at the port and date of entry; and
  • Subject to applicable immigration laws, rules and regulations.

Requests for Exemption

The requests for exemption of foreign partners of pregnant Filipino nationals and of former Filipinos 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.

For further inquiries or clarifications, concerned foreign nationals may send an email to

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 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: