A visa is an endorsement made on a travel document denoting that the visa application of a foreign national has been properly examined and that the bearer is permitted to proceed to the Philippines and request permission from the Philippine Immigration authorities at the ports of entries to enter the country. The visa issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted into the country, because the admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the port of entry.
Nationals from certain countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of twenty-one (21) days or less. (Please see List of Countries Whose Nationals are Allowed 21-day Visa-Free Entry into the Philippines.)
To be allowed entry into the Philippines, these foreign nationals must have passports that are valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay. They must also have valid ticket for return journey to port of origin or next port of destination.
The following are considered balikbayan (returning Filipino) travelers to the Philippines:
The following privileges and benefits are extended to the balikbayan:
The immigration officer at the port of entry in the Philippines will stamp the one-year stay permit in the passport of the qualified balikbayan. Thus, a qualified balikbayan does not need to apply for a visa at the Consulate General.
(Note: Restricted nationals must still obtain an entry visa to the Philippines even if they are married to a Filipino or former Filipino citizens. Nationals of countries not appearing in the List of Countries Whose Nationals are Allowed 21-day Visa-Free Entry into the Philippines. are encouraged to inquire with the Consulate General if they are categorized as “Restricted” before making any travel arrangements.)
These benefits are available to the balikbayans every time they enter the Philippines regardless of their frequent travel. For more information, please read text of Republic Act 9174 "Balikbayan Law."
Depending on their intent for their travel to the Philippines, foreign nationals may apply for any of the following visas:
13(a) - wife or husband or the unmarried child under twenty-one (21) years of age of a Philippine citizen
13(b) - a child of alien parents born during the temporary visit abroad of the mother
13(c) - a child born subsequent to the issuance of the immigration visa of the accompanying parent, the visa not having expired
13(d) - a woman who lost her Philippine citizenship because of her marriage to an alien or by reason of the loss of Philippine citizenship by her husband
13(e) - a person previously lawfully admitted into the Philippines for permanent residence, who is returning from a temporary visit abroad to an unrelinquished residence in the Philippines
13(f) - wife or husband or the unmarried child under twenty-one years of age, of an alien lawfully admitted in the Philippines for permanent residence and who is resident therein
13(g) - a natural born citizen of the Philippines, who has been naturalized in foreign country
Antigua and Barbuda
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
United Republic of Tanzania
United States of America
*The following nationals are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days:
The following nationals are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:
For more information, please see the following websites:http://www.dfa.gov.ph/main/index.php/guidelines-requirements http://www.pcgny.net/2009/visa.html#PhilippineVisa