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General Information on Visas

A visa is an endorsement on a passport or travel document by a consular officer indicating that the holder may be permitted to enter and stay in the Philippines for a specified period of time. However, it is not a guarantee that the holder will be admitted into the country as visa holders are still subject to normal immigration control at the port of entry.

Philippine immigration officers have the authority to grant or deny admission.

Dutch nationals may enter and stay in the Philippines for thirty (30) days without a visa provided that they hold valid tickets for their return to port of origin or to the next port of destination, and that their passports are valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines.

The list of countries whose nationals may enter the Philippines without a visa for a 30-day stay may be found at the following link.


Temporary (tourist) visas

Visitors who are issued 9(a) Temporary Visitors' Visa are normally allowed to stay in the Philippines for fifty-nine (59) days for every entry. However, immigration officers at the port of entry may exercise their discretion to allow a stay of less than 59 days. It is advised that those with 9(a) visas check the number of days he/she is allowed to stay in the Philippines as stamped on his/her passport by the Immigration Officer at the port of entry.

A temporary visitor's visa may be valid for single or multiple entries. A single-entry visa is valid for three (3) months from the date of issuance. A multiple-entry visa is valid either for six (6) months or one (1) year depending on the fee paid.

The validity of an entry visa is different from the allowed length of stay in the Philippines. A visa with a three-month validity means that a person may enter the Philippines within three (3) months from the date of issuance of visa. For those in possession of a six-month multiple visa, he/she may enter the Philippines any number of times provided it is within the six-month period specified in the visa.

For holders of collective passports (where several persons are included in one passport), a separate application and payment must be made for each person. All persons included in the passport must be properly identified with a photograph affixed to the passport. The absence of a photograph serves as sufficient ground for the denial of visa.

Applicants are reminded to submit the complete visa requirements. Incomplete requirements will result in the delay or denial of applications.