30-Day Visa Free Entry to the Philippines!
There’s good news! Since 2013, if you are German or from another EU country you don’t need a visa if your planned stay in the Philippines is 30 days or less. Citizens from 157 countries can now enter the Philippines visa-free. Check out the full list of visa-free countries.
IMPORTANT: If the applicant’s country is not mentioned here, a visa must be obtained before entering the Philippines. In such cases, you may contact the Philippine Embassy in Berlin on the application procedures and length of time when the visa will have to be approved. Foreign nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders from the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines and the Philippine Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines.
If you are planning a visit of 30 days or less, you only need to fulfill two super easy requirements.
- You passport should be valid 6 months beyond your date of arrival in the Philippines.
- You must have a return ticket or an outbound ticket to another country of destination. For example, if you plan on heading back home right after your trip you should have a return ticket to Germany or if you’re planning on doing some further traveling, an outbound ticket to your next country of destination.
When is the 30 day period counted? The count of the 30 days starts on the day after the arrival in the Philippines. This means, if you arrive on 1 January 2015, you must depart the Philippines on or before 31 January 2015.
Do you plan a longer stay than 30 days in the Philippines? In this case, you will have to get an extension (permit to stay) from the Bureau of Immigration central office or regional offices before your 30 days are up. Links to the Bureau of Immigration offices can be found here and here.
Non-Immigrant Tourist Visa – 9(a)
The Embassy issues three categories of Temporary Visa with validity periods of up to three (3) months, six (6) months, or one (1) year.
Check if you are a national belonging to the list of visa-free countries. If your country is not mentioned here, there are conditions when applying for single/multiple entry visas and express processing is not applicable.
The Philippine Embassy in Berlin will accept only electronic passports and machine readable passports for visa applications. Non-machine readable passports (hand-scripted passports) will not be accepted for visa applications.
If you intend to get a student or employment visa, you will first have to get a Temporary Visa and then apply for a conversion of your visa when you get to Manila.
The Single Entry Temporary Visa (normal tourist visa)
The single entry visa costs €27.00 and has a 3 month validity. This means that you have to travel to the Philippines within three months from the date of issuance of the visa but this does not mean you have to leave before the end of validity! For example, if your visa was issued on 1 January 2015, you have to arrive in the Philippines on or before 1 April 2015. This type of Temporary Visa only allows you to stay in the Philippines for a maximum period of 59 days.
Visa Required Nationals – Single Entry Temporary Visa (normal tourist visa)
The single entry visa costs €36.00 and has a 3 month validity.
The Multiple Entry Temporary Visa (6 Months) for German/EU nationals
The Multiple Entry Temporary Visa with a six (6) month validity costs €54.00. This type of visa allows you to enter and exit the Philippines during the six (6) month validity period. However, for each visit, you can only stay a maximum of 59 consecutive days in the Philippines.
The Multiple Entry Temporary Visa (1 Year) for German/EU nationals
The Multiple Entry Temporary Visa with a one (1) year validity costs €81.00 and may be used for business or tourism purposes by those who frequently visit the Philippines. This can be applied for if the applicant has already visited the Philippines in the past or has an invitation letter of the company/agency he is going to work for in the Philippines. Similarly, this type of visa allows you to enter and exit the Philippines during the one (1) year validity period. Again, for each visit, you can only stay a maximum of 59 consecutive days in the Philippines.
For consular fees for nationals that are NOT on the list of visa-free countries, please contact the Philippine Embassy for more details.
Do you plan a longer stay than 59 days in the Philippines?
Once you have entered the Philippines on any of the Temporary Visas listed earlier, you will have to get a permit to stay from the Bureau of Immigration central office or regional offices before your visa expires. Links to the Bureau of Immigration offices can be found here and here.
Applying for a Visa
Ok, if you have decided on what type of Visa fits you best. We strongly suggest you apply via Post for ease of convenience! Here are the following documents and materials you will need to apply:
- Original Passport – Make sure your passport is valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines
- Filled out application form + one (1) photograph
- Copy of your flight details – we can only issue a visa if you already have an entry and exit flight
- Proof of payment (Überweisungsbeleg) if you intend to apply by Post. As you can apply for a visa at our Embassy or the Honorary Consulates. Make sure you send your application to the office where you transferred your payment!
- Self-addressed envelope with €3.95 in stamps that will be used to send back your passport to you once we’ve processed your Visa.
Express processing: If you pay an additional fee of €9.00, your visa may be processed and released the next working day (not applicable to visa required nationals). This can be done via personal appearance at the Philippine Embassy in Berlin. Kindly inquire with the Honorary Consulates if express processing is possible.
Children who are less than 15 years old travelling to the Philippines either alone (not accompanied by their parent) or accompanied by an adult who is not their parent must apply for a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG). Such children who do not have a WEG are generally not allowed entry into the Philippines.
- Applications should be submitted 30 days before the intended departure to the Philippines.
- The Embassy will not hasten the visa processing to accommodate the applicant’s flight schedule.
- Processing of visa applications takes ten (10) working days after the receipt of COMPLETE requirements, EXCEPT for visa-required nationals for whom prior authority from the Department of Foreign Affairs is required for issuance of visas. Incomplete visa applications will NOT be processed.
- The Consular Officer reserves the right to request additional documents from the applicant.
- In case of a temporary visitor’s entry 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. The maximum period of stay given at the port of entry by the Bureau of Immigration is 59 days.
Non-Quota Immigrant Visa – 13(a) and 13 (g)
The Embassy also issues immigrant visa that enable the holder an unlimited stay on the Philippines. However, you are only eligible for such a visa if you are married to a Philippine citizen or an unmarried child of a Philippine citizen ( 13(a)-visa ), or are a former Philippine citizen yourself ( 13(g)-visa ).
Please find the requirements for the non-quota immigrant visa, the application form and the medical form under the links below.
Balikbayan 1-Year Visa Free Entry Privilege
The balikbayan privilege extends principally to (1) Philippine citizens residing abroad, and to (2) former Philippine citizens residing abroad who are now German citizens. Derivatively, it extends to their foreign spouses and children under certain conditions.
The following may avail of the balikbayan 1-year visa free entry privilege:
- Former citizens of the Philippines who now possess German citizenship
- German spouse and children of a former Philippine citizen
- German spouse and children of a Philippine citizen (i.e., an overseas worker or a citizen who has been continuously out of the Philippines for at least one year1 )
Please be informed that you can only avail of said privilege if you enter the Philippines with the Filipino spouse/parent. Click this link to see which documents you need to provide upon entry in order to enjoy the Balikbayan-Privilege.
Further Requirements/ Types of Visas
Please find the list of further types of visas and further documents below.
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
Re: New Visa Regulations for Airline Crewmembers and Special Flights
The Philippine Embassy wishes to inform the public about the following immigration regulations recently issued by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration involving crewmembers of airlines on a regular and special flights:
- Airline crewmembers of regular and special flights who are on duty status or about to join their assigned flight shall not be required to secure a Philippine visa prior to their arrival in the Philippines. Likewise, the six-month rule on passport validity shall not be applied to them.
- The said crewmembers shall only be required to present either their (a) passport and crew member certificate, or (b) passport and airline identification card.
- This new regulation, however, shall not be applicable to passengers of special flights who are visa required nationals. They are still required to secure an appropriate entry visa from a Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad prior to their arrival in the Philippines.
Anyone who has any questions about this new regulation may contact the Port Operations Division of the Bureau of Immigration at:
Email address : email@example.com
Contact Number : +63(2)-877-7888 local 8157
26 July 2017
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Please be advised that the Embassy follows the “NO REFUND POLICY “ on fees paid by applicants for actual services rendered by the Embassy. “Actual services rendered” include, but are not limited to, services rendered from receipt of documents for review by the Consular Officer or, in case of payment, from the time of its receipt, and not merely restricted to the issuance of document. Fees for unserviced applications/applications no longer pursued are non-refundable.