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.
What is a "foreign tourist"?
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, non-immigrant purpose such as sightseeing, sports, health, family reasons, training or study (excluding enrolment in schools for the purpose of obtaining a title or degree), religious pilgrimage, business, cultural and scientific purposes.
How to Apply for a 9(a) Tourist Visa?
A. Application for a temporary visitor’s visa could be made either in person or through mail. Applications should be applied or submitted Thirty (30) days or one month (1) before the intended departure to the Philippines.
B. Processing of Visa applications takes 10-working days after the receipt of COMPLETE requirements (Incomplete visa applications will NOT be processed).
C. Below are different types of Entry Visas for Tourists and their respective fees:
- Single ENTRY valid for three (3) months (NOK 237);
- Multiple ENTRY valid for six (6) months (NOK 474); and
- Multiple ENTRY valid for one (1) year (NOK 711)
Important Note: Payments for Visa are Non-Refundable
D. The above-mentioned visas are for ENTRY purposes only. Period of stay (which will not exceed 59 days) will be determined by the immigration officer at the point of entry in the Philippines.
E. For applicants applying in person, please submit the following when applying for a Tourist Visa:
- Original Passport/Travel Document (photo copies will NOT be accepted) Valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;
- Duly accomplished Visa Application form;
- One (1) 4.5 x 3.5 cm proper/decent color or black and white photograph taken not earlier than six (6) months before applying for a visa (attach to the application);
- Copy of travel itinerary or confirmed flight details in the Philippines (including return or onward journey to the next port of destination); and
- Payment of Visa Fees (please refer to paragraph C and click here for the Embassy's bank account number).
Important: Please be reminded that visa applications without credit advice or proof of payment (i.e. bank certificate/receipt) will not be processed.
F. If you want to apply through mail, listed below are additional requirements:
- Credit advice from applicant's bank (to help us locate the payment made by the applicant to the Embassy's bank account).
- Self-addressed return envelope (please write your name and address on it. This will be used to mail back your passport).
- Postage Fee: 200 for Norway and 250 for Denmark, Iceland, Sweden or Finland. (Please note that the Postage Fee is per applicant and is inclusive of postage and service fee. Also, please do not send postage stamps. It is either you enclose the money or pay through our bank account)
G. For applicants below 15 years of age and who will not be accompanied by either parent, please comply with above-mentioned basic requirements. In addition, please also submit the following documents:
- Affidavit of Support and Consent signed by both parents, duly notarized by a local notary public, certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and finally, notarized by the Philippine Embassy in Oslo, Norway; and
- Photo copy of parents passports.
Guidelines on the Entry of Temporary Visitors to the Philippines
Danish, Icelandic, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian nationals who are travelling to the Philippines for short-term business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visa for a stay not exceeding twenty one (21) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
Important Note: Nationals that are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of twenty one (21) days or less and holders of emergency passports or travel documents issued by their countries does NOT need to apply for a visa.
Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of twenty one (21) days or less:
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fifty-nine (59) days:
- Holders of Brazil passports
- Holders of Israel passports
The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:
- Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports
- Holders of British National Overseas (BNO) passports
- Holders of Portuguese Passports issued in Macao
- Holders of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports
Important Note: Nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders of the Department and the Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines. Please contact us for further inquiries.
Extension of Authorized Period of Stay in the Philippines
In case of a temporary visitor’s visa holder whose stay in the Philippines will exceed the authorized period of stay, he/she will have to report to the Bureau of Immigration, secure an extension of stay and pay the corresponding immigration fees. Information on fees for extension of stay and other Immigration fees are available at the Bureau of Immigration website here.