Certain nationalities are admissible to the Philippines to travel without an entry visa as temporary visitors under various conditions and privileges granted by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines such as Executive Order No.408 and the Balikbayan Program among others.
Temporary visits refer to periods of stay generally not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days for purposes of attendance to conferences, business meetings, participation in workshops/seminars, medical treatment, and travels of a personal nature for leisure/pleasure such as tourism and sightseeing, visiting relatives and/or friends, individual recreation and amusment.
Foreign minor children below fifteen years of age travelling to the Philippines alone, or unaccompanied by either parent need to secure a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) issued by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration before they can be admitted to the Philippines.
The Philippines also accords visa-free entry to nationals of countries with which the Philippines has concluded bilateral agreements suspending the visa requirement for travellers using a specific kind of passport / travel document, such as:
Nationals of the countries listed below who are traveling to the Philippines for business or tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided (1) they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or to their next port of destination, and (2) their passports are valid for a period of six (6) months beyond their contemplated period of stay in the Philippines.
|Country Name||Country Name||Country Name||Country Name|
|1||Andorra||41||Ecuador||81||Lithuania||121||Sao Tome and Principe|
|2||Angola||42||El Salvador||82||Luxembourg||122||Saudi Arabia|
|3||Antigua and Barbuda||43||Equatorial Guinea||83||Madagascar||123||Senegal|
|9||Barbados||49||France||89||Marshall Island||129||South Africa|
|11||Belize||51||Gambia||91||Mauritius||131||St. Kitts & Nevis|
|12||Benin||52||Germany||92||Mexico||132||St. Vincent & the Grenadines|
|21||Cambodia||61||Honduras||101||Netherlands||141||Trinidad and Tobago|
|25||Central African Republic||65||Ireland||105||Norway||145||Tuvalu|
|27||Chile||67||Italy||107||Palau||147||United Arab Emirates|
|28||Colombia||68||Jamaica||108||Panama||148||United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland|
|29||Comoros||69||Japan||109||Papua New Guinea||149||United States of America|
|31||Congo, Democratic Republic||71||Kenya||111||Peru||151||Uzbekistan|
|33||Cote d' Ivoire||73||Korea (ROK)||113||Portugal||153||Vatican|
|40||Dominican Republic||80||Liechtenstein||120||San Marino|
** Nationals of Israel and Brazil are visa-free for a period of stay not exceeding 59 days from entry, pursuant to existing bilateral agreements with the Philippines.
Upon arrival in the Philippines, citizens of the above-listed countries who wish to stay longer than thirty (30) days can apply for an extension of their period of stay at the nearest Bureau of Immmigration office. Alternatively, they can submit an application for a temporary visitor's visa at the Philippine Embassy in Iran's Consular Section prior to their departure from Tehran.
All other foreign travelers with passports and travel documents issued by other countries not listed above need to secure an appropriate entry visa before travelling to the Philippines.
The Philippines has instituted the Balikbayan Program (through Republic Act 6768), under the administration of the Department of Tourism to attract and encourage overseas Filipinos to come and visit their country of birth.
Under this program, Balikbayans (overseas Filipinos and former Filipino citizens who had been naturalized as a citizen of a foreign country), including their spouse and unmarried children, can avail of certain benefits and privileges when they visit / return to the Philippines. The privileges include the following:
- Tax-free maximum purchase in the amount of One thousand United States dollars (US$1,000.00) or its equivalent in other acceptable foreign currencies at Philippine duty-free shops subject to certain limitations as specified in Section 4 of RA 6768;
- For foreign passport holders with the exception of certain nationals*, visa-free entry to the Philippines for a period of one (1) year;
- Travel tax exemption as provided under Presidential Decree No. 1183, Executive Order No. 283, and other allied laws;
To avail of the visa-free entry with an allowed period of stay of up to one year, the foreign spouse and/or child of the overseas Filipino/former Filipino must observe the following requirements:
- Must travel together with the Filipino or former Filipino spouse or parent;
- Must travel with a valid passport with a period of validity not less than six months beyond the contemplated period of stay in the Philippines;
- Must be able to present a return ticket to country of origin or next country of destination;
- Must be able to show proof of blood relation to the overseas Filipino/former Filipino spouse or parent (i.e. NSO Marriage Contract / Report of Marriage, Report of Birth / Foreign Birth Certificate with English translation, etc.) to the satisfaction of the immigration authorities at the port of entry.
The overseas Filipino/former Filipino must be able to show proof of current Philippine citizenship (i.e. valid Philippine passport) or former Philippine citizenship as applicable (i.e. NSO Birth Certificate, old Philippine passport etc.) to the satisfaction of the immigration port authorities.
- The term “balikbayan” shall mean a Filipino citizen who has been continuously out of the Philippines for a period of at least one (1) year, a Filipino overseas worker, or a former Filipino citizen and his family, as this term is defined hereunder, who had been naturalized in a foreign country and comes or returns to the Philippines; and
- The term “family” shall mean the spouse and the children of the balikbayan who are not balikbayans in their own right traveling with the latter to the Philippines.
- *Family members of balikbayans as well as former Philippine citizens who acquired the citizenship of countries NOT LISTED under EO 408 are not entitled to the Balikbayan privilege. THEY MUST SECURE APPROPRIATE ENTRY VISAS PRIOR TO THEIR TRAVEL TO THE PHILIPPINES.
- Furthermore, nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration are not covered by the Balikbayan privilege.