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How to apply for Philippines visa extension?

Roxana Acosta Sosa Roxana Acosta Sosa 23 July 2021
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How to extend visa in the Philippines? The Philippines Archipelago is one of the most attractive destinations in all of Southeast Asia. Its thousands of islands, its incredible beaches, together with its history and culture attract an increasing number of foreign tourists every year. Being such a large country, it is important to know how long you can be a tourist in the country and what type of visa you will need to be able to plan your route well.

Next, we explain about the Philippine visa extension to you in detail.

Philippine visa extension

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One of the things that the tourist who travels the country discovers is that 30 days is not enough to know everything. Being a giant archipelago, with a lot of distance between the islands, maybe you will need more days to get to know it more thoroughly.

As tourists, we are allowed to stay a maximum of 59 days continuously in the Philippines, i. e., after the first 30 days of stay we can extend the visa for another 29 days. Once this extension is finished, you will be able to expand it again. In this case they will grant you 59 days of stay as a tourist.

You can stay in the Philippines for 3 years by extending the visa over and over again as long as you have obtained a visa from an embassy before entering the Philippines. In addition, if you already have a multi-entry visa issued at an embassy or consulate, you can go to an immigration office and make an extension of 29 days, 59 days or 6 more months, as you choose.

If your idea is to be in the Philippines for a maximum of 30 days, you will NOT need to process a tourist visa previously if you come from the following countries:

• Andorra

• Angola

• Antigua and Barbuda

• Argentina

• Australia

• Austria

• Bahamas

• Bahrain

• Barbados

• Belgium

• Belize

• Benin

• Bhutan

• Bolivia

• Botswana

• Brazil

• Brunei Darussalam

• Bulgaria

• Burkina Faso

• Burundi

• Cambodia

• Cameroon

• Canada

• Cape Verde

• Central African Republic

• Chad

• Chile

• Colombia

• Comoros

• Congo Republic

• DR Congo

• Costa Rica

• Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

• Croatia

• Cyprus

• Czech Republic

• Denmark

• Djibouti

• Dominica

• Dominican Republic

• Ecuador

• El Salvador

• Equatorial Guinea

• Eritrea

• Estonia

• Eswatini

• Ethiopia

• Fiji

• Finland

• France

• Gabon

• Gambia

• Germany

• Ghana

• Greece

• Grenada

• Guatemala

• Guinea

• Guinea-Bissau

• Guyana

• Haiti

• Honduras

• Hong Kong

• Hungary

• Iceland

• Indonesia

• Ireland

• Israel

• Italy

• Jamaica

• Japan

• Kazakhstan

• Kenya

• Kiribati

• Kuwait

• Kyrgyzstan

• Laos

• Latvia

• Lesotho

• Liberia

• Liechtenstein

• Lithuania

• Luxembourg

• Macao

• Madagascar

• Malawi

• Malaysia

• Maldives

• Mali

• Malta

• Marshall Islands

• Mauritania

• Mauritius

• Mexico

• Micronesia

• Monaco

• Mongolia

• Morocco

• Mozambique

• Myanmar

• Namibia

• Nepal

• Netherlands

• New Zealand

• Nicaragua

• Niger

• Norway

• Oman

• Palau

• Panama

• Papua New Guinea

• Paraguay

• Peru

• Poland

• Portugal

• Qatar

• Romania

• Russia

• Rwanda

• Saint Kitts and Nevis

• Saint Lucia

• Samoa

• San Marino

• Sao Tome and Principe

• Saudi Arabia

• Senegal

• Seychelles

• Singapore

• Slovakia

• Slovenia

• Solomon Islands

• South Africa

• South Korea

• Spain

• Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

• Suriname

• Sweden

• Switzerland

• Tajikistan

• Tanzania

• Thailand

• Togo

• Trinidad and Tobago

• Tunisia

• Turkey

• Turkmenistan

• Uganda

• United Arab Emirates

• United Kingdom

• United States of America

• Uruguay

• Uzbekistan

• Vanuatu

• Holy See (Vatican)

• Venezuela

• Vietnam

• Zambia

• Zimbabwe

Citizens from Taiwan can get an e-Visa. Apply online, print it and show it at the airport.

The only requirements for this visa exception are:

• Valid passport 6 months old (date to expire).

• Departure ticket from the country.

• Proof of hotel reservation.

• Proof of financial means.

• Yellow fever vaccination certificate in case of residing in a country where it is endemic or has been in the last 10 days.

• Vaccination certificate for COVID-19.

• Negative PCR certificate (Vaccinated travelers do not have to undergo PCR if they have the complete doses and it is at least 14 days after the last dose.)

• Get the Health Declaration form called e-CIF.

How to extend visa in the Philippines?

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To be able to make your Philippine tourist visa extension, you must do the procedure at any Immigration Office that is throughout the country or directly upon arrival in the country at the same airport.

To locate the closest office you can consult the complete list at this link.

In case of overstay, you will have to pay a Philippine visa extension fee. The ideal thing is to go at least one week before its expiration. The procedure may vary depending on the immigration office between 1 and 4 days.

Philippine tourist visa extension requirements

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• Filing for extension of Philippine visa

• Passport photocopy

• 2 passport-size photos

• Show a hotel address/reservation

• Return or flight itinerary (flight reservation)

• Proof of financial means

• Pay the Philippine visa extension fee

Note: if you are thinking of traveling one way to the Philippines, it is key that you consider that you have to prove that you are going to leave the country to your place of residence or to a third country. Although on many occasions, the immigration authorities on arrival in the Philippines will not require it, in almost 99% of cases, the airlines, when checking in or boarding, will ask you for this proof. There are travelers who do not know it and who have to buy a departure flight at the airport or, worse still, end up missing their flight.

On the other hand, if you want a Philippine tourist visa extension for another 59 days, you must return to an immigration office and start the process again.

Philippine student visa extension

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If you already have a student visa in hand and want to continue attending other courses, you will need a Philippine student visa extension. To do this, you must go to the immigration office closest to you with the following Philippine visa extension requirements:

• Read carefully the following checklist and go to the immigration office with the detailed documents on it.

• You will need a Philippine visa extension form specifically for students.

• If you are under 18 years old, you will need to filing for extension of Philippine visa here:

• Pay the student visa extension fee.

How to do the Philippine visa extension at an immigration office?

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You just have to go with your passport to any immigration office in the country, deliver all the Philippine visa extension requirements and wait. There are many distributed throughout the main cities of the islands and, normally, the less touristy the area is, the fewer people there will be and the faster you will be able to obtain your Philippine visa extension. The busiest offices are usually Makati (Manila) and Intramuros. Generally, it is a process that usually takes only 20 minutes.

One important Philippine tourist visa extension requirements is to dress appropriately. In almost all immigration offices it is forbidden to enter with shorts and flip flops. Women can wear a dress as long as it is below the knee.

How to do the Philippines visa extension on arrival at the airport

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This is, without a doubt, the most comfortable and fastest option to extend your Philippine visa. When you arrive in the country, after the landing of your international flight, you just have to tell the immigration officer that you want to extend your visa to be able to stay in the country for at least 59 days. Technically, they will be granting you a visa on arrival, as it happens in other countries.

You will only have to provide your passport; fill in the Philippine visa extension form they provide and pay the fee, which in this case is PHP 3,130. Normally they will ask for it in Philippine peso, but there have been cases that they accept Euro. In the event that you still do not have the local currency, you can withdraw money from the ATM inside the airport.

It won't take long, but learn to manage your patience. You will see that in the Philippines, bureaucratic issues sometimes go slowly. On the other hand, on occasions I have been denied this visa extension at the airport. It was totally discretionary and I couldn't do anything. Therefore, I advise you to ask for it with kindness and sympathy.

How much is visa extension in Philippines?

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If you are a tourist and are wondering how much is visa extension in Philippines, the price ranges from PHP3,130 (around U$62). If you are a student and want to extend your visa, the fee is PHP4,020 (around U$80).

Now, is time to enjoy your holidays!

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Roxana Acosta Sosa

Roxana Acosta Sosa is an Argentinan writer who likes to help different people who are looking for answers when reading a post. She is dedicated to writing on different topics including travel. Many are based on her own travelling experience to different countries and her motivation is to share them with those who want to live new adventures. For the past 5 years, she has been residing in India to experience the culture more closely. She has been invited to give a speech at the International Book Fair in Calcutta city about the Argentine culture and she plans to write a book to tell everything lived in her own flesh as a foreigner in the country. She is known for her love for animals and respect for the environment wherever she goes.  

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