Living in the Philippines

Visa Philippines

This is a list of the most important Visas and Immigration Regulations for the Philippines:

People from most European countries and the US can enter the Philippines without a Visa and will be granted an entry permit for 30 (new!) days.

This permit may be extended at any Immigration Office in the Philippines for another 38 days and thereafter every two month for up to 16 month in total. Please read the section about Visa Extension for more details.

Philippines Embassies abroad will also issue different kinds of Tourist Visa for the Philippines. But even as the visas are valid for several month, each entry is only good for 56 days.

After that period you have to make an exit (visa run) or an extension at the Immigration office.

Visa Fees

  • 3 month Tourist Visa, 1 entry: 39,-€
  • 6 month Tourist Visa, multiple entry: 78,-€
  • 12 month tourist Visa, multiple entry: 117,-€

Prices for Visas are taken from the Philippine Embassy in Germany but should be the same in all other countries.

If you are married to a Filipino citizen, you may ask for a Balik Bayan Stamp in your passport at the Immigration point where you want to enter the Philippines. A Balik Bayan stamp is good for 1 year and is free of charge. You have to bring your marriage certificate in English, your Filipino Spouse and you have to ask the Immigration Officer for it. Please read under Balik Bayan Visa for more details!

Also, if you are legally married to a Filipino you may apply for a Permanent Resident Visa 13A for the Philippines, as stated in the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, Section 13. Please look under Resident Visa for more details.

If you are already retired and/or at least 35 years old, you may also apply for a Special Resident Retirees Visa from the PLRA ( Philippine Leisure & Retirement Authority) This Visa is not only for retirees, but also for investors and other people who just want to live in the Philippines and can prove their financial status. You can download the PDF File for detailed information and requirements.