Do I need a visa to go to the Philippines? If you want to travel and visit the Philippines, as a tourist or as a businessman, these are the updated list of countries allowed in the Philippines without a visa as of 2018. The usual question I get asked from foreign friends, here’s the answer.
The Philippines has more than 7,000 islands and is among the most beautiful countries in the South East Asia to visit. Foreigners love visiting the Philippines because of affordable accommodations and tour services. There are numerous virgin islands to navigate, white sand beaches to explore and underwater treasures to discover. The locals speak fluent English, too. Never ending adventures await you here that’s why I’m sure it’s one of your bucket list.
Do I Need a Visa to Go to the Philippines?
According to the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs), citizens of countries listed below who want to travel to the Philippines for business and tourism can enter the country without a visa and can stay not exceeding 30 days, provided they hold valid return tickets to their port of origin or next port of destination. Additionally, their passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond their planned stay in the Philippines.
So do I need a visa to go to the Philippines? The answer is NO if you are a national of the following countries:
Antigua and Barbuda
Brazil (see note below)
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Israel (see note below)
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
Citizens of the following can enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding 59 days based on existing agreements:
Passport-holders of the following can enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding 14 days:
- Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports
- Holders of Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports
Passport-holders of the following can enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding 7 days:
- Macau-Portuguese passports
- Hong Kong British passports
If your country is not included on the list above, you can apply for a tourist visa before you go to the Philippines. You can get a visitor’s visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate Office in your country. Usual documents such as passport, flight tickets, proof of status or identification are required. Once a visa is approved, you can be admitted to enter the Philippines.