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Bureau of Immigration Travel Advisories

Guidelines for Travel to the Philippines (Non-OFWs and Foreign Nationals)

Effective 30 May 2022, fully vaccinated passport holders from non-visa required countries, HK and Macau SAR passport holders (for stay period not exceeding 14 days), diplomatic and official/service passports with existing visa waiver agreements, and foreign nationals with valid visas shall be allowed entry into the Philippines provided they:

(1) Are holders of passports valid for at least six (6) months at the time of arrival;

(2) Have a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin or next country of destination;

(3) Have any of the following proofs of vaccination against COVID-19 recognized under existing IATF regulations: (i) World Health Organization International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; (ii) VaxCertPH; or (iii) National/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement (unless otherwise permitted by the IATF);

(4) Shall present a negative Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test taken within forty-eight hours (48hrs) or laboratory-administered antigen/ART test taken 24 hours prior to departure from the country of origin; and

(5) Have obtained, prior to arrival, travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from a reputable insurance company, with a minimum coverage of USD35,000, for the duration of their stay in the Philippines.

(6) Have filled out the OneHealthPass Health Declaration Form.

Prior to Departure

1. Three days before departure, register through Bureau of Quarantine’s OneHealthPass (OHP) Online Registration Platform. Save your transaction number. The transaction number will also be sent through your registered e-mail address.

Save your transaction number (This is also sent to your e-mail address)

For travellers who do not have an address in the Philippines, you may put your company address or the address you will stay in the “permanent residence” field

● Every traveller, including children, should each have an OHP Registration.

2. All travellers must secure and present a negative pre-departure RT-PCR test taken within 48h OR negative laboratory-administered antigen/ART test within 24h from their travel from an accredited testing facility. Foreign nationals who test positive on their pre-departure RT-PCR or ART (whether fully-recovered or as new infection) WILL NOT be allowed entry into the Philippines under current regulations.

3. On the day of your departure, update your OneHealthPass/OHP registration (seat number, health declaration, RT-PCR test results and other details). Input your transaction number and last name. Save or print the QR code generated. The OHP QR Code will also be sent through your registered e-mail address.

4. Be ready with a print-out of your digital vaccination certificate from notarise.gov.sg, with QR Code), negative pre-departure test result, and OneHealthPass QR Code.

While Inflight: Fill out the Arrival Card and Customs Declaration Form provided by the flight attendant.

Upon Arrival

1. Proceed to the One-Stop-Shop Holding Area for a briefing on health and safety protocols.

2. Present your OHP QR Code at the DOT Help Desk.

3. Proceed to the Bureau of Immigration for arrival clearance then to baggage claim and customs inspection.

4. Take the accredited or arrange transport service (airport taxi for non-OFWs and foreigners).

5. Self Monitor for 7 days: Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to quarantine, but will be required to self-monitor for any COVID-19 signs and symptoms for 7 days, with the date of arrival in the Philippines as Day 1. They are required to report to the local government unit (LGU) of their destination should they manifest any symptoms.

Those who fail to fully comply with the conditions set forth shall be denied admission and shall be subject to appropriate exclusion proceedings.

9(A) Visa for Temporary Visitors (Pleasure)

All Temporary Visitor Visa 9(a) applications will now be processed via the Department of Foreign Affairs Online Visa Application System (OVAS). All visa applicants must lodge their application through this link: https://www.visa.gov.ph

Only the following foreign nationals may apply for a 9(a) Temporary Visitors Visa:

● Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals;

● Foreign parents of minor Filipinos and of Filipino children with special needs;

● Foreign minor children and foreign children with special needs of Filipino citizens; and

● Foreign nationals traveling for tourism purposes.

Note:

Filipino citizens can travel to the Philippines so long as they are able to provide proof of their Philippine citizenship (e.g., valid Philippine passport, Identification Certificate as a Filipino citizen under RA 9225).

Former Filipino citizens with Balikbayan privilege under RA 9174 can travel to the Philippines without visa so long as they have proof of their former Philippine citizenship (e.g., old Philippine passport, birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority).

The immediate family members (spouse and children) of the Filipino citizen or Balikbayan (former Filipino citizen), who are nationals of countries falling under EO 408, and are traveling together with the Filipino citizen or Balikbayan can also travel to the Philippines, without visa, so long as they have proof of filiation (e.g., marriage certificate, birth certificate).

Applicants who go through OVAS will receive a confirmation email with an Applicant Reference Number (ARN). Applicants must forward this email to the Visa Section of the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary using this email address: calgarypcg.visa@gmail.com.

Please note that a visa application submitted through OVAS and the receipt of an ARN do not constitute an approved visa application.

Applicants will then be advised to mail their complete applications to PCG Calgary at the following address:

Visa Section

Philippine Consulate General in Calgary

Suite 100, 1001 1st ST SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5G3

A visa application received by mail that is not lodged through OVAS will be considered rejected and will be returned to the sender. Personal filing of visa applications is not accepted, but applicants may be required to appear in person.

● Visa processing/issuance for COMPLETE applications takes at least seven (7) working days, counted from the working day after receipt of the mailed application.

The fee for a single entry 9(a) visa is CAD 43.50 for non-visa required individuals and CAD 58.00 for visa required individuals. Please include in the mailed application a bank draft (personal cheques are not accepted) payable to the “PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL” (no abbreviation and incorrect spelling) and indicating the exact amount. Fees and processing time may vary for non-Canadian passport holders.

Applicants are advised to wait for their visas before they finalize their flight details.

● The PCG is not liable for any delays or loss of documents in the mail, which is a service provided by third parties and not by the PCG.

● The PCG is only authorized to issue SINGLE ENTRY 9(a) VISAS valid for 3 months for a stay of 59 days in the Philippines. No other type of visa and no multiple entry visa will be issued at this time.

● For those using PAL for travel to the Philippines, please refer to PAL’s guide on arrival procedures for non-OFWs / foreign nationals by clicking HERE**.**

Reminders:

  1. Only single-entry visa applications will be considered. Multiple entry visa applications will automatically be rejected.
  2. Applications lodged through OVAS must still include supporting documents, which are to be submitted via mail / courier to the PCG. The list of supporting documents can be found below:
    1. Applicant’s passport, with at least one blank page, and valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of stay in the Philippines (for minor applicants, the parent/s or legal guardian may submit the application on behalf of the minor)
    2. Photocopy of applicant’s passport data page
    3. Accomplished / printed Non-Immigrant Visa Application Form downloaded from the www.visa.gov.ph website (FA Form no. 2), with passport-size photo of the applicant taken within the last six months (Note: The form must be notarized by a local notary public. Visa applications of minors must be signed by the parent, or, if traveling with only one parent, please submit a notarized letter of consent from the other parent or a court order stating that only one parent has legal custody of the minor.)
    4. Please write down at the bottom of the form your correct email address or cell no. where the PCG can reach you.)
    5. Original and photocopy of proof of permanent residency in Canada (i.e., permanent resident card, work permit card, etc), for non-Canadian passport holders
    6. Original and photocopy of proof of financial income or support (i.e., bank statement, employment certificate, payroll slip, proof of pension, international credit card)
    7. Flight itinerary or round-trip ticket
    8. Proof of relationship to a Filipino citizen (e.g., authenticated marriage certificate or birth Certificate)
    9. Copy of Filipino spouse’s/child’s Philippine passport
    10. Visa fee: CAD 43.50 (_for non-visa required individuals) and CAD 58.00 (for visa required individuals )_a bank draft (personal cheques are not accepted) payable to the “PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL” (no abbreviation and incorrect spelling) and indicating the exact amount. Fees and processing time may vary for non-Canadian passport holders.
    11. Proof that the Filipino spouse, parent/s, and/or child/children of the applicant is/are currently in the Philippines:

o School enrollment records of Filipino child / children in the Philippines;

o Philippine immigration arrival stamps on their passports; and

o Notarized affidavits or certifications signed by local government officials where the Filipino spouse and/or minor child reside, attesting that they are indeed in their place of residence in the Philippines.

  1. Unused, self-stamped, self-addressed return envelope, preferably with tracking features (e.g., Xpresspost envelope) to be used in mailing the applicant’s passport.

BALIKBAYAN VISA-FREE PRIVILEGE

The following shall be covered under the Balikbayan Visa-Free Privilege:

  1. Filipino citizens’ foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them; and
  2. Former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are traveling with them;

The entry of the above-mentioned foreign nationals shall be subject to the following condition:

● They must be nationals permitted/allowed to enter the country visa-free under Executive Order No. 408[1], series of 1960;

Who are eligible under the Balikbayan Program?

The following are considered Balikbayan (returning Filipino) travelers to the Philippines:

● A Filipino citizen who has been continuously out of the Philippines for a period of at least one (1) year;

● A Filipino overseas worker;

● A former Filipino citizen; or

● Alien spouse and children of Balikbayan who are traveling together with the Balikbayan.

Who are not entitled to the Balikbayan privilege?

Former Filipinos and their immediate family members (spouse and children) who are visa-required nationals (nationals of countries NOT listed in the List of Countries Whose Nationals are Allowed 30 Day Visa-Free under EO 408). They must secure entry visas prior to their travel to the Philippines.

Nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines.

What are the privileges of a Balikbayan?

Those who are admitted as Balikbayans are given an initial stay of one (1) year.

They may extend their stay for another one (1), two (2) or six (6) months provided they apply for an extension of stay at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Main Office or any BI field office nationwide.

Other privileges that the Balikbayan can avail themselves of under Republic Act 9174 “Balikbayan Law” are:

● Exemption from travel tax.

● Duty-free shopping privilege of up to US$2,000.00, provided that shopping must be done within two (2) days upon arrival and purchases must be made personally by the balikbayan.

What do I need to present to the Philippine Immigration Officer to avail myself of the visa-free privilege for Balikbayan?

Returning Balikbayans or former Filipinos may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a period of one (1) year, provided that they have the following:

1. Passport valid for 6 months beyond the intended stay in the Philippines;

2. Round-trip ticket;

3. Proof of former Philippine citizenship (e.g., old Philippine passport or PSA-authenticated birth certificate). Please note that a foreign passport indicating “Philippines” as your place of birth is not sufficient proof of your previous Filipino citizenship;

4. Proof of full vaccination; and

5. A negative RT-PCR Test Result taken 48 hours or negative laboratory based Antigen-Test taken within 24 hours prior to the date of departure from the country of origin, in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs, provided that the traveler has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during the lay-over.

*Requirements for Other Visa Categories

9(E) Visa for Accredited Government Officials, their Families and Attendants

● Applicant’s passport, with at least one blank page, and valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of stay in the Philippines

● Duly accomplished visa application form, with passport-size photo taken within the last six months

● Note Verbale from applicant’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

● Authority to issue visa from DFA Home Office

13(A) Immigrant Visa (For Alien Spouses or Children of Filipino nationals)

All applicants for Immigrant Visas must be made in person.

● In the case of a minor under fourteen (14) years of age, the application may be made for him by any person who, in the opinion of the consular officer, is responsible for his welfare. The minor (not an infant in arms) shall be required to appear at the consular office for interview, accompanied by the person applying on behalf of the minor.

The consular officer shall require applicants, whether under the quota or non-quota categories, to accomplish FA Form No. 3 in triplicate at the Consulate General. Applicants shall submit the following documents:

● Duly-accomplished Immigrant Visa Application Form (FA Form No. 3 (to be uploaded by Ted on website) in 3 original copies)

● Applicant’s valid passport, with at least one blank page, and valid for at least one year from date of application

● Photocopy of passport data page

● Four passport pictures (2”x2”) signed across the bottom front

● Authenticated FA Form No. 11 (is there a hyperlink for this) or the Medical Examination report including HIV test. The medical results shall be valid within six (6) months from the date of examination. (Form to be uploaded)

● Chest X-ray plate (taken within the last six months), to be presented to the Philippine Immigration authorities at port of entry. The plate must be sealed by the Philippine Consulate General. The Philippine Bureau of Quarantine now accepts digital versions (contained in compact discs) of X-ray results as an alternative to the commonly used X-ray films.

● Authenticated Police Clearance from RCMP

● Authenticated Birth Certificate issued by the Vital Statistics Office

● Authenticated Marriage Certificate, for married applicants, from the Vital Statistics Office, if married in Canada, or from Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), if married in the Philippines

● Travel document (Passport) of spouse (if married)

● Authenticated Evidence of Financial Support, i.e., letter from the company sponsoring the trip, financial, assets, certificate from the bank, etc.

● Philippine passport and original copy of birth certificate of wife or husband

● Authenticated Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (for naturalized Canadian citizens)

● Affidavit stating that applicant(s) intends to reside permanently in the Philippines with the supporting documents such as land titles and other evidence of ownership being disposed of in the country of where he/she is a citizen/resident

● If the applicant is bringing a motor vehicle, please secure a license to import from the Philippine Department of Trade Office. Other requirements will apply in this case.

● Other documents deemed necessary by the Consular Officer

● Processing Fee of CAD 217.50 per applicant (non-refundable, cash or bank draft from a local bank)

● One (1) piece 10” X 13” Envelope

● Please make sure to indicate your contact number and email address in your application form. A personal interview with the Consular Officer may be conducted in-person, if necessary.

13(B) is an immigrant visa issued to a child of alien parents born during the temporary visit abroad of the mother.

Eligibility:

● Mother has been previously admitted for permanent residence in the Philippines.

● The child is accompanying or joining either of his parents in the Philippines.

● The child applies for admission into the Philippines within five (5) years from the date of his birth.

Requirements:

1. Canadian Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines. If not a Canadian Citizen, applicants must show proof of legal residence in Canada, in addition to the valid Foreign Passport.

2. Duly-accomplished application form FA Form No. 3. (Duly notarized by a notary public)

3. Six (6) photographs (2″X 2″) with white plain background, signed on the front left side.

4. Medical Certification (DFA Form No. 11) duly accomplished by any physician whose signature must be notarized by a notary public. Must be submitted together with chest x-ray in digital image (CD format) and laboratory reports (original and two copies). Medical reports must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to the date of filing of application.

5. Police Clearance Certificate taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.

6. Proof of the applicant’s financial capacity (e.g. title of real estate property, investment certificate, bank certificate of existing checking or savings account, or notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines).

7. Visa fee of CAD 217.50 (non-refundable, cash or bank draft from a local bank payable to the “PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL”).

Please submit above documents in triplicate, arranged in the following order/sequence:

■ First Set – All original documents.

■ Second Set – Original FA Form No. 3 and copies of all other documents.

■ Third Set – same as second set.

The Visa officer will call /email you on your schedule for personal appearance and interview once your application has been evaluated.

13© is an immigrant visa issued to a child born subsequent to the issuance of the immigration visa of the accompanying parent, the visa not having expired.

Eligibility:

● Parents immigrant visa remains valid.

● Proof of child’s legitimacy, i.e. child’s birth certificate; parents’ marriage contract.

Requirements:

1. Canadian Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines. If not a Canadian Citizen, applicants must show proof of legal residence in Canada, in addition to the valid Foreign Passport.

2. Duly-accomplished application form FA Form No. 3. (Duly notarized by a notary public)

3. Six (6) photographs (2″ x 2″) with white plain background, signed on the front left side.

4. Medical Certification (DFA Form No. 11) duly accomplished by any physician whose signature must be notarized by a notary public. Must be submitted together with chest x-ray in digital image (CD format) and laboratory reports (original and two copies). Medical reports must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to the date of filing of application.

5. Police Clearance Certificate taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.

6. Proof of the applicant’s financial capacity (e.g. title of real estate property, investment certificate, bank certificate of existing checking or savings account, or notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines).

7. Visa fee of CAD 193.34 (non-refundable, cash or bank draft from a local bank payable to the “PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL”.)

Please submit above documents in triplicate, arranged in the following order/sequence:

■ First Set – All original documents.

■ Second Set – Original FA Form No. 3 and copies of all other documents.

■ Third Set – same as second set.

The Visa officer will call /email you on your schedule for personal appearance and interview once your application has been evaluated.

13(D) is an immigrant visa issued to a woman who was a citizen of the Philippines and who lost her citizenship because of her marriage to an alien or by reason of the loss of Philippine citizenship by her husband, and her unmarried child under twenty-one, if accompanying or following to join her.

Eligibility:

■ Substantial proof that original entry and admission to the Philippines is lawful.

■ Applicant must establish animus revertendi or an intention to return to an unrelinquished residence in the Philippines.

■ Applicant has no record of any derogatory information against the applicant in any local or foreign law enforcement agency.

Requirements:

1. Canadian Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines. If not a Canadian Citizen, applicants must show proof of legal residence in Canada, in addition to the valid Foreign Passport.

2. Duly-accomplished application form FA Form No. 3. (Duly notarized by a notary public)

3. Six (6) photographs (2″ x 2″) with white plain background, signed on the front left side.

4. Medical Certification (DFA Form No. 11) duly accomplished by any physician whose signature must be notarized by a notary public. Must be submitted together with chest x-ray in digital image (CD format) and laboratory reports (original and two copies). Medical reports must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to the date of filing of application.

5. Police Clearance Certificate taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.

6. Proof of the applicant’s financial capacity (e.g. title of real estate property, investment certificate, bank certificate of existing checking or savings account, or notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines).

7. Visa fee of CAD 217.50 (non-refundable, cash or bank draft from a local bank payable to the “PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL”)

Please submit above documents in triplicate, arranged in the following order/sequence:

■ First Set – All original documents.

■ Second Set – Original FA Form No. 3 and copies of all other documents.

■ Third Set – same as second set.

The Visa officer will call /email you on your schedule for personal appearance and interview once your application has been evaluated.

13(E) is an immigrant visa issued to 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.

Applications can be filed at the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines.

Please click the link below to check the requirements:

http://www.immigration.gov.ph/visa-requirements/immigrant-visa/returning-resident

13(F) is an immigrant visa issued to the wife or the husband or the unmarried child under twenty-one years of age, of an alien lawfully admitted in the Philippines for permanent residence prior to the date on which the Immigration Act of the Philippines becomes effective and who is resident therein.

13(G) is an immigrant visa issued to a natural born citizen of the Philippines, who has been naturalized in foreign country. [As amended by Republic Act No. 4376]

Eligibility:

● Proof of being a natural-born citizen of the Philippines (i.e. PSA-issued birth certificate).

● Naturalization papers in a foreign country.

● Applicant has no record of any derogatory information against the applicant in any local or foreign law enforcement agency.

● Applicant must intend to reside permanently in the Philippines.

Requirements:

1. Canadian Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond authorized period of stay in the Philippines. If not a Canadian Citizen, applicant must show proof of legal residence in the US, in addition to the valid Foreign Passport.

2. Duly-accomplished application form FA Form No. 3. (Duly notarized by a notary public)

3. Six (6) photographs (2″ x 2″) with white plain background, signed on the front left side.

4. Medical Certification (DFA Form No. 11) duly accomplished by any physician whose signature must be notarized by a notary public. Must be submitted together with chest x-ray in digital image (CD format) and laboratory reports (original and two copies). Medical reports must be valid for at least six (6) months prior to the date of filing of application.

5. Police Clearance Certificate taken not more than six (6) months prior to date of filing of visa application.

6. Proof of the applicant’s financial capacity (e.g. title of real estate property, investment certificate, bank certificate of existing checking or savings account, or notarized Affidavit of Support from a relative in the Philippines).

7. Visa fee of CAD 217.50 (non-refundable, cash or bank draft from a local bank payable to the “PHILIPPINE CONSULATE”).

Please submit above documents in triplicate, arranged in the following order/sequence:

■ First Set – All original documents.

■ Second Set – Original FA Form No. 3 and copies of all other documents.

■ Third Set – same as second set.

The Visa officer will call /email you on your schedule for personal appearance and interview once your application has been evaluated.

NOTE:

  1. Please follow the procedure for authentication of documents. After the authentication of documents is done, the applicant may submit his/her application for 13A Visa at the PCG. Please note that a processing fee of CAD 36.25 will be charged for each document for authentication by the Consulate.
  2. Please send your completed application form and requirements to the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary for processing:

Visa Section

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL, CALGARY

Suite 100, 1001 1st St. SE, Calgary T2G 5G3, Alberta

AUTHENTICATION OF DOCUMENTS :

  1. FOR ALBERTA-ISSUED DOCUMENTS:

1. Have the document notarized by their local notary public, if the document is issued by a private company (e.g. bank, employment company, private individuals or office) in Alberta. If the document is issued by any Government office in Alberta please follow step 2.

2. Send the notarized document for provincial authentication to Edmonton. The document containing the Notary Public’s original signature and seal can be mailed, brought in person, or delivered by courier to the Deputy Provincial Secretary’s Office along with a written request for the authentication. There is a fee of CAD 10 for each certificate provided, payable to the Government of Alberta.

The address of the office is:

Deputy Provincial Secretary’s Office

Room 111, 9833 109 Street

Edmonton AB T5K 2E8

The certificate(s) with the document(s) attached will be returned to the requestor by mail, unless other arrangements are desired. Any additional delivery expense, such as the cost of a private courier, will be the responsibility of the person making the request.

For additional information on this service, please contact the Registrar, Official Documents and Appointments at 780-427-5069.

B. FOR SASKATCHEWAN-ISSUED DOCUMENTS:

1. Have the document notarized by their local notary public, if the document is issued by a private company (e.g. bank, employment company, private individuals or office) in Saskatchewan. If the document is issued by any Government office in Alberta please follow step 2.

2. Send the notarized document to Regina for notarial signature authentication at the following address:

Ministry of Justice

Authentication Services

800 - 1874 Scarth Street

Regina SK S4P 4B3

Phone: 306-787-2951

The document is then stamped with the Great Seal of Saskatchewan and is considered authenticated.

The fee for authentication is CAD 50 cash, cheque or money order payable to the Minister of Finance. Allow three business days for the authentication process. The requestor may then arrange to pick up the documents in person or have them mailed. If the requestor cannot pick them up and need the documents immediately, they should include a pre-paid self-addressed method of returning the documents to them.

VISA GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS

WHAT IS A PHILIPPINE VISA?

A Philippine Visa is an endorsement made on a travel document by a consular officer at a Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad denoting that the visa application 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 thus 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.

DEFINITION OF A FOREIGN TOURIST (TEMPORARY VISITOR)

A “foreign tourist” is defined as a person without distinction as to race, gender, language or religion, who is proceeding to the Philippines for a legitimate, nonimmigrant purpose such as sightseeing, sports, health, family reasons, training or study (excluding enrollment in schools for the purpose of obtaining a title or degree), religious pilgrimage, business, cultural and scientific purposes.

STANDARD PROCEDURE/MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING A TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA

Applicants for temporary visitor’s visa should normally apply at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over their place of residence. For those residing in Alberta and Saskatchewan, you should send your applications to the following address:

Visa Section

Philippine Consulate General

Suite 100 1001 1st ST SE Calgary Alberta T2G 5G3

The following are the minimum requirements for applying for a temporary visitor’s visa:

  1. Passport/Travel Document Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
  2. Duly Accomplished Visa application form;
  3. Passport Photos (2 pieces);
  4. Proof of bona fide status as tourist or businessman;
  5. Confirmed tickets for return or onward journey to the next port of destination; and
  6. Payment of Visa Fee (CAD58.00)

OTHER VISA/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS

Minor children below 15 yrs. old Traveling to the Philippines Unaccompanied by or not Joining a Parent in the Philippines

A Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) Under Section 29(a)(12) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended, is required for children below 15 yrs. old who are traveling to the Philippines unaccompanied by or not joining his/her parent/s to the Philippines. The requirements and form and additional information for the WEG are found here. The accomplished form must be notarized at the Philippine Consulate General for a fee of $36.25.

The WEG Order will be issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the port of entry upon submission by the WEG applicant of the following requirements:

1. Affidavit of Consent by either parent or legally appointed guardian of the child, naming therein the person who will be accompanying the child to the Philippines and with whom the child will stay while in the country. The said Affidavit must be duly notarized by a local notary public or the consular officer at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the applicant’s country or residence;

2. Clear photocopy of the data page of the child’s passport;

3. Clear photocopy of the data page of the passport of the accompanying adult or guardian; and

4. Payment of immigration fees (currently, P3,120 per child).

Foreign Newsmen, Journalists and Cinema/Television Groups

Foreign newsmen and journalists visiting the Philippines in pursuit of their profession are required to apply for a temporary visitor’s visa. The following are additional requirements for visa application of foreign newsmen, journalist, cinema/television groups:

  1. Curriculum vitae of newsmen/journalists;
  2. Shortlist of work credits;
  3. Copy of one (1) sample article written by the applicant;
  4. Background of media organization, including target market/audience, circulation, format; and
  5. Administrative arrangements for the work in the Philippines, as follows:
    1. List of members of the reportorial team, nationality and passport details;
    2. Planned itinerary and activities, with storyline for any films to be made;
    3. List of equipment to be brought by each team member, with certification from the media organization that said equipment will be re-exported at the end of the trip to the Philippines;
    4. Flight details (arrival and departure); and
    5. For each team member, one (1) photograph, size 1"x1", to be submitted to the International Press Center (IPC) for the issuance of an accreditation card.

Upon arrival in the Philippines, the newsmen/journalists will have to report to the IPC for accreditation.

Foreign Nationals who wish to take up a short-term non-degree course

Foreign students who wish to take up a short-term non-degree course like language and computer courses must apply for a temporary visitor’s visa. Upon arrival in the Philippines and acceptance by the school/institution authorized by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students, he/she should apply for a Special Study Permit at the Bureau’s Student Desk, together with the following documents:

  1. Letter request;
  2. Certificate of Acceptance from the school accredited by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students;
  3. Photocopy of passport reflecting the applicant’s authorized period of stay;
  4. Affidavit of Support and Proof of Financial Capacity; and
  5. Birth Certificate.

VALIDITY OF VISA

The validity of the visa indicates the dates during which the visa holder may legally enter the Philippines and the number of times he/she may do so. It is not equivalent to the period of stay in the Philippines. Every entry entitles the foreign national to a period of stay in the Philippines of 59 days for Visa-free countries and 30 days (or less) for Non-Visa-free countries.

Please take note of the difference between the ‘validity of the visa’ and the ‘period of stay’.

● The period indicated under “Valid From” to “Valid Until” in your visa are the inclusive dates during which the visa holder may enter the Philippines.

● The “Period of Stay” indicates the continuous period of authorized stay in the Philippines which commences from the date of arrival in the Philippines. This may extend beyond the period of validity of the visa, depending on the date of arrival in the country.

EXTENSION OF AUTHORIZED PERIOD OF STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES

To stay longer than the authorized period of stay, the foreign national will have to apply at the Philippine Bureau of Immigration for an extension of stay.

Click the links below for more information about securing an extension of stay and the corresponding fees.

Extension of Authorized Stay Beyond 59-days

Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension

www.immigration.gov.ph

How do I apply for a Philippine Visa?

You need to mail the complete requirements to the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary:

VISA SECTION
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL
Suite 100 1001 1st St. SE
Calgary, AB, Canada T2G 5G3

Visa Requirements

9(A) Visa for Temporary Visitors (Pleasure)

  • Applicant’s passport, with at least one blank page, and valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of stay in the Philippines (for minor applicants, the parent/s or legal guardian may submit the application on behalf of the minor)
  • Photocopy of applicant’s passport data page
  • accomplished Non-Immigrant Visa Application Form ( FA Form no. 2), with passport-size photo of the applicant taken within the last six months (Note: The form must be notarized by a local notary public. Visa application of minors must be signed by the parent. Please write down at the bottom of the form your correct email address or cell no. where the PCG can reach you.)
  • Original and photocopy of proof of permanent residency in Canada (i.e. permanent resident card, work permit card, etc), for non-Canadian passport holders
  • Original and photocopy of proof of financial income or support(i.e. bank statement, employment certificate, payroll slip, proof of pension, international credit card)
  • Flight itinerary or round-trip ticket
  • Proof of relationship to a Filipino citizen (e.g. authenticated marriage certificate or birth Certificate)
  • Copy of Filipino spouse’s/child’s Philippine passport
  • Visa fee: CAD 43.50 – Include in the mail a bank draft (personal cheques are not accepted) payable to the “PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL” (no abbreviation and wrong spelling) and indicating the exact amount.
  • Proof that the Filipino spouse, parent/s, and/or child/children of the applicant is/are currently in the Philippines:
    • School enrollment records of Filipino child / children in the Philippines;
    • Philippine immigration arrival stamps on their passports; and
    • Notarized affidavits or certifications signed by local government officials where the Filipino spouse and/or minor child reside, attesting that they are indeed in their place of residence in the Philippines.
  • Unused, self-stamped, self-addressed return envelope, preferably with tracking features (e.g… Xpresspost envelope) to be used in mailing the applicant’s passport.

For minors accompanied by one (1) parent only

  • Please submit a notarized letter of consent from the other parent or a court order stating that only one parent has legal custody of the minor.

For minors below 15 years of age traveling without a parent to the Philippines

  • An additional Waiver of Exclusion Grounds (WEG) from the Commissioner of Immigration in the Philippines will be required (form available with the Consulate General), which must be notarized, for a fee of $36.25.

The following documents shall be submitted, along with the WEG, to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at the port of entry:

  • Affidavit of Request and Consent (form available with the Consulate General) by both parents or legally appointed guardian of the child naming therein the person who will be accompanying the child to the Philippines and with whom the child will reside in the country, to be notarized for a fee of $36.25
  • Original birth certificate of the child
  • Photocopy of the data page of the child’s passport
  • Original and photocopy of the guardian’s passport
  • WEG fees to be paid directly to the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival of the minor children at the port of entry

Please note that the visa issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted to the country. The admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the port of entry.

The validity of the visa indicates the dates during which the visa holder may legally enter the Philippines. It is not equivalent to the period of stay in the Philippines. To extend beyond the authorized period of stay, the foreign national will have to apply with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration. Information on securing an extension of stay and the corresponding fees are available at www.immigration.gov.ph.

Important Information

  • Complete applications must be mailed to the PCG. Personal filing of visa applications is not accepted, but non-Canadians may be required to appear in person.
  • Visa processing/issuance for COMPLETE applications takes at least seven (7) working days, counted from the working day after receipt of the application from the mail. Fees and processing time may vary for non-Canadian passport holders.
  • Applicants are advised to wait for their visa before finalizing flight details.
  • The PCG is not liable for any delays or loss of documents in the mail, which is a service provided by third parties and not by the PCG.
  • The PCG is only authorized to issue SINGLE ENTRY 9(a) VISAS valid for 3 months for a stay of 59 days in the Philippines. No other type of visa as well as multiple entry visa will be issued at this time.
  • The list of DOH-accredited hotel quarantine facilities may be found here: https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/facilities-inspected-as-of-february-24-2021/
  • For those using PAL for travel to the Philippines, please refer to PAL’s guide on arrival procedures for non-OFWs / foreign nationals by clicking HERE.