ENTRY VISAS

CURRENTLY, ALL VISA APPLICATIONS ARE SUSPENDED, EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS STATED BELOW (BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION REVISED GUIDELINES AS PER IATF MEID RESOULTION NOS 97 AND 98 S2021)

 

Bureau of Immigration Advisories


 

Visa Applications During COVID19 Pandemic

(Exemptions as of May 2021)

Visa Requirements for Foreign Spouses/Children/Parents of Filipino Nationals

Pursuant to IATF Resolution No. 113 and IATF Resolution No. 114 s.2021, foreign nationals are still prohibited from entering the Philippines, except for those that fall under the five (5) categories below, provided: (a) the corresponding requirements are met; AND (b) they are not from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and do not have travel history to the said countries within the last fourteen (14) days preceding arrival.

Categories of Foreign Nationals (FNs) Allowed to Travel to the PH (as of May 2021)


1. Diplomats and members of International Organizations and their dependent


    REQUIREMENTS:

  • Valid 9(e) visa​

  • Valid 47a2 (issued to those performing diplomatic functions)


2. Filipino dual citizens


    REQUIREMENTS:​

    Any of the following:

  • Valid Philippine passport

  • Identification Certificate (IC) 

  • Certificate of Retention / Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship


3. Foreign nationals  with valid and existing visas at the time of entry.


    REQUIREMENTS:

  • With valid 9(c) visa

  • With valid long-term visa


4. Foreign nationals allowed entry under the Balikbayan Program (RA 6768), provided they are nationals from non-visa required countries under EO 408:

​a. Former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with them; and​

b. Filipino citizen's spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with them.


    REQUIREMENTS:

  • Visa-free / No visa required. No need for DFA entry exemption


5. The following foreign nationals who need to travel to PH due to emergency or other meritorius situations, but are NOT travelling with the principal national:

​a. Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals;

b. Foreign minor children, and foreign children with special needs regardless of age, of Filipino nationals; and

c. Foreign parents of minor Filipino children with special needs regardless of age.


    REQUIREMENTS:

  • Valid 9(a) visa or SRRV

  • DFA entry exemption

  • Documentary proof of relationship to the principal Philippine national and other required documents.

All foreign spouses, children and parent/s in possession of 9(a) visas, who are NOT travelling with the principal Filipino national shall still present a valid DFA exemption at the time of arrival into the country.


IMPORTANT:

  1. Foreign nationals that qualify under Category 5, and those with exceptional emergency cases may e-mail the Consulate at sydney.pcg@dfa.gov.ph to process the requisite entry exemption request, which shall be subject to evaluation and subsequent approval from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila. If approved, the Consulate may only issue a corresponding 9(a) visas.

  2. Foreign nationals seeking entry exemption for government and private businesses in the Philippines should secure an endorsement from the appropriate Philippine national government agency. The endorsing agency must submit their entry exemption request directly to DFA-Office of Consular Affairs (OCA).

  3. Starting 01 June 2021, concerned foreign nationals holding Letters to Bureau of Immigration (LBI)s that have no expiry, even with valid visas, can no longer use the said LBIs for visa application or entry to the PH.

  4. For information on quarantine and testing procedures, please visit the Bureau of Quarantine website at https://quarantine.doh.gov.ph/

  5. Foreign nationals who were cleared for entry but subsequently found to have presented a counterfeit or fraudulent pre-booked accommodation upon validation by the DOT, or those who will violate the testing and quarantine protocols of the Department of Health, shall be subject to deportation.

PROTOCOLS FOR ARRIVAL IN THE PHILIPPINES

Testing and quarantine protocols for all arriving international passengers to the Philippines shall be as follows:

  • All arriving passengers shall undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

  • The first 10 days of which shall be completed in a quarantine facility, and the

remainder of the period to be observed under home quarantine in their respective local government units of destination.

  • RT-PCR testing shall be conducted on Day 7, with Day 1 being the day of arrival. Notwithstanding a negative test result, the arriving traveler shall complete the facility-based quarantine period of ten days.

All travellers to the Philippines are required to comply with the above quarantine protocols and pre-book their quarantine facilities accordingly.

For further inquiries or clarifications, concerned foreign nationals may send an email to sydney.pcg@dfa.gov.ph.

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Basic requirements for Temporary Visitor's Visa (9a)

  1. Visa Application Form. One (1) fully completed and signed application form. (Download Form)

  2. Original Passport. Original passport must be valid for six months beyond exit date.

  3. Passport type photo. One (1) passport type photo to be attached in the application form.

  4. Itinerary. Photocopy of return flight tickets/itinerary showing applicant’s name.

  5. Non-Refundable Visa Fee. To be paid either in cash or postal money order payable to the “Philippine Consulate General in Sydney”. 

  6. Other documents. The Consular officer may require additional documents to confirm certain circumstances relating to the applicant’s stay in the Philippines and/or depending on the purpose of the visit. (Bank Statement, Australian Visa, Invitation Letter, etc.)

Additional Supporting Documents for Qualified Visa Applicants:

Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals

  • Proof of relationship such as a Marriage Certificate; and

  • Proof of spouse’s Philippine citizenship.

Children (18 years old and below) of Filipino nationals, including children with special needs (no age limit)

  • Proof of relationship with the parent such as a PSA-issued birth certificate;

  • Proof of parents’ Philippine citizenship; and

  • For children with special needs, a medical certificate stating the child’s condition.

Foreign parents of Filipino minor children (18 years old and below); Foreign parents of children with special needs (no age limit)

  • Proof of relationship with child such as a birth certificate;

  • Proof of the child’s Philippine citizenship; and

  • For parents of children with special needs, a medical certificate stating the child’s condition.

Foreign partners of pregnant Filipino citizens

  • Medical Certificate;

  • Duly notarized Affidavit (click here for sample affidavit) executed by the foreign national stating that he is the partner of the pregnant Filipino national (and father of the unborn child), and that they have been in relationship even before the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • Other documentary proof establishing the relationship between the foreign national and the pregnant Filipino national; and

  • Documentary proof on the citizenship of the pregnant Filipino national.


(An authority from Manila is required before the Consulate can issue the visa)


Foreign Nationals whose entry into the Philippines is for purposes of family reunification shall also be required to submit documents to establish that the Filipino spouses, parents, and/or child/children of said foreign nationals are currently in the Philippines, such as but not limited to airline tickets, enrolment records, immigration arrival stamps and/or affidavits or certifications signed by local government officials where they reside.

Additional documents not listed above may be requested from visa applicants should be the Consulate deem it necessary.


All visa applications, passport, visa fees (postal money order payable to the Philippine Consulate in Sydney) and other supporting documents should be mailed to:


Philippine Consulate General in Sydney

          Attn: VISA Section

Level 1, Philippine Centre

27-33 Wentworth Avenue

Sydney, NSW 2000


Any queries may be sent via email to sydney.pcg@dfa.gov.ph / sydneypcg.atn@dfa.gov.ph.

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS

The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney does not entertain questions on visas or residency for Australia, and visas for other countries. Please contact the Australian Immigration or the relevant foreign embassy/consulates for these.

What is an entry visa?

A Philippine Visa is an endorsement made on a travel document by a consular officer at a Philippine Embassy or Consulate 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 entry to enter the country. 


The grant of a Philippine visa is, in effect, only a form of pre-entry clearance. A foreign national who has been granted a Philippine visa by the Embassy/Consulate is still subject to standard immigration control at the port of entry in the Philippines. The Philippine Immigration official at the port of entry will be the final authority to allow or deny admission into the country.

What are the requirements for a temporary entry 9A visa (30 day stay)?

The visa application requires the personal appearance of visa applicant. An applicant of minor age (younger than 18 years) must be accompanied by a parent or the legal guardian. Applications for infants (age two years and younger) can be lodged by a parent; the infant does not have to be brought to the Consulate.


Travel agents may lodge the visa application on behalf of the traveler. In such cases, the accomplished visa application form and passport photograph must be noted by a Justice of the Peace and the visa fee payment must be in the form of a postal money order. The travel agent must arrange for the collection of the traveler’s passport.


Requirements for the Temporary Visitor's Visa (9a)

  1. Visa Application Form. One (1) fully completed and signed application form. (Download Form)

  2. Original Passport. Original passport must be valid for six months beyond exit date.

  3. Passport type photo. One (1) passport type photo to be attached in the application form.

  4. Itinerary. Photocopy of return flight tickets/itinerary showing applicant’s name.

  5. Non Refundable Visa Fee. To be paid either in cash or postal money order payable to the “Philippine Consulate General in Sydney”. 

  6. Other documents. The Consular officer may require additional documents to confirm certain circumstances relating to the applicant’s stay in the Philippines and/or depending on the purpose of the visit. (Bank Statement, Australian Visa, Invitation Letter, etc.)


If applying by mail, the accomplished visa application form and passport photograph must be noted by a Justice of the Peace, the visa fee payment must be in the form of a postal money order, and a self-addressed Express Post or Registered Post envelope must be provided to ensure the return of the applicant’s passport and other documents.


The application and supporting documents should be mailed to: 

Philippine Consulate General in Sydney

Attention: Visa Section

Level 1, Philippine Centre

27-33 Wentworth Avenue

Sydney, NSW 2000


The Consulate is not responsible for any delay, loss or damage of the passport in the mail or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service.


Children below 15 years of age traveling to the Philippines unaccompanied by a parent must secure an Affidavit of Support and Consent from the Consulate. Upon arrival at the airport in the Philippines, the accompanying adult will submit this Affidavit to the immigration authorities and obtain a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG). Fees will apply. (Affidavit of Support and Consent: AU$45.00 / WEG : AU$45.00)


Visitors wishing to stay beyond the authorized 59 days may apply for an Extension of Stay at any office of the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines before the 59 days run out. Visa extension fees will apply. Refer to the Bureau of immigration website for information about extending your stay in the Philippines.

What is the validity of the entry visa and allowed period of stay?

The validity of the Temporary Visitor’s Visa indicates the amount of time that the visa holder must use the visa before it expires, and not the amount of time the holder is allowed to stay in the Philippines. For example, a holder of a Philippine single-entry Temporary Visitor’s Visa, which is valid for 3 months from the date of issue, must use the visa within that 3-month period; it does not mean that the visa-holder is allowed to stay in the Philippines for 3 months.


The initial length of stay for all holders of the Temporary Visitor's Visa is 59 days. Those wishing to stay more than 59 days must secure a visa extension with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration before the end of their initial allowed stay and pay the required fees. For more details on visa extensions, visit the Bureau of Immigration.

What are the fees for visa applications?

Temporary Visitor Visa (9A visa)


  • Single entry, valid for 3 months AUD 54.00 /   AUD72.00 (for certain countries)

  • Multiple entry, valid for 6 months AUD108.00 /   AUD 144.00 (for certain countries)

  • Multiple entry, valid for 1 year AUD 162.00 / AUD 216.00 (for certain countries)


Temporary Visitor Visa  “Chinese National”


  • Single entry valid for three (3) months AUD 45.00

  • Multiple entry, valid for 3 months AUD 90.00

  • Multiple entry, valid for 6 months AUD180.00


Transit Visa (9B visa) AUD 36.00 / AUD 72.00 (for certain countries)


Non-Quota Immigrant Visas AUD 270.00


Expedite Processing Fee AUD  18.00 (for those countries allowed visa-free  entry for 30 day stay, pursuant to EO 408)

How long is the processing and releasing time for entry visas?

Regular Processing

  • Regular Passport holders (mentioned under E.O. 408) -3 working days

  • Regular Passport holders (countries other than those mentioned above) -10 working days

  • Australian Travel Document (TD) holders -3 months


Expedite Processing : same day release at 3:00 p.m. Expedite fee of AU$18.00 will apply (For those Countries Allowed Visa-Free Entry for 30 Day Stay, pursuant to Executive Order 408).

What are the requirements for other visa categories?