ENTRY VISAS

Effective 10 February 2022, Foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes may enter the Philippines without visa, provided they:

 

a) Qualify as former Filipino citizens with Balikbayan privilege under Republic Act No. 9174, including their spouse and/or children who are not balikbayans in their own right and are traveling with them to the Philippines (provided they are not restricted nationals); OR

 

b) Are a citizen or national of a country entitled to stay in the Philippines not exceeding thirty (30) days under Executive Order 408, S. 1960, as amended.

 

Subject to the entry, testing and quarantine protocols for Foreign Nationals under the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 160-B dated 03 February 2022 and all prevailing Bureau of Immigration Advisories

For visa inquiries of applicants from ACT, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Vanuatu, Nauru and Tuvalu, please contact the Philippine Embassy in Canberra thru the following:

 

For visa inquiries of applicants from Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania, please contact the Philippine Consulate General in Melbourne thru the following:

For visa inquiries of applicants from New South Wales, please proceed below:

 IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • Foreign nationals not covered or qualified under visa-free entry, or foreign nationals from visa-required countries or restricted foreign nationals, may enter the Philippines through an entry exemption document (EED) issued under existing IATF rules and regulations, and subject to the entry, testing and quarantine protocols for Foreign Nationals under the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 160-B dated 03 February 2022.

  • Foreign Children Traveling with Filipino Nationals and Foreign Nationals with Other Types of Visas are likewise subject to the entry, testing and quarantine protocols for Foreign Nationals under the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Resolution No. 160-B dated 03 February 2022. 

9(a) (Temporary Visitor) Visa Applications

All 9(a) (Temporary Visitor) visa applications under the categories mentioned below must submit their applications through the Online Visa Application System (OVAS):

  • Foreign nationals who are spouses/parents/minor children of Filipino nationals currently residing in the Philippines;

  • Foreign nationals who have an Entry Exemption Document (EED) from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)

 

(EED’s are issued after a request for exemption has been lodged with the relevant national government agency in the Philippines and subsequently endorsed to the DFA)

 

Once the application is submitted, the applicant will receive a visa application receipt confirmation. The applicant may then contact the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney’s Visa Section for the next steps, which may include among others submission of additional documentary requirements and the conduct of an interview.


If you are from the categories mentioned above, please click the following link to access the Online Visa Application System (OVAS) - https://www.visa.gov.ph.

Please note that unqualified applicants who apply will be rejected outright.

9e, 9c, 9g, 47a2 Visa Applications

Those applying for the following visa types (9e, 9c, 9g, 47a2) will continue to use the paper application form (F.A. Form No. 2)

Following are the requirements of each visa category:

9(e) visa - for FGO with official business for his government with diplomatic immunities and privileges, including their immediate family members

  1. Original valid passport

  2. Accomplished Visa application form

  3. One recently taken photo

  4. Tentative Itinerary or flight details

  5. Copy of COVID-19 vaccination certificate

 

9(c) Visa for Seamen and Crew Members

For an Individual joining a vessel in the Philippines (crew change)

  1. Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;

  2. Valid Seaman’s Book or Certificate of Competence;

  3. Duly accomplished Visa application form

  4. Passport Photo (white background) taken within 6 months on the date of application;

  5. Sponsorship letter from the shipping company or authorized agent; and

  6. A non-refundable visa fee to be paid either in cash or postal money order payable to the “Philippine Consulate General in Sydney”. Refer to Consular Fees.

 

For Crew list (traveling to the Philippine on board the vessel)

  1. Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines;

  2. Valid Seaman’s Book or Certificate of Competence;

  3. Duly Accomplished Crew list application form (FA Form No. 60)

  4. Letter from the shipping company or authorized agent; and

  5. A non-refundable visa fee to be paid either in cash or postal money order payable to the “Philippine Consulate General in Sydney”. Refer to Consular Fees.

 

9(g) Visa - Foreign nationals who intend to come to the Philippines to engage in long-term employment (more than six months with the Philippine-based employer) must lodge the application before the Bureau of Immigration (BI). The BI will then convey approved applications to the DFA, which will thereafter transmit the visa approval to the Philippine Foreign Service Post concerned for the issuance of 9(g) visa.

47(a)(2) Visa (Employment in connection with foreign-funded government projects such as those in transportation and infrastructure) – For foreign nationals covered under the above category, the Philippine-based employer shall lodge the application before the Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ shall then convey approved applications to the DFA, which will grant corresponding authority to issue visas to the concerned Philippine Foreign Service Post.

REMINDERS ON VISA APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS:

Philippine Visa photo requirements:

  • Plain white or off-white background

  • Natural facial expression (no smiling) and both eyes open

  • No eyeglasses, earrings, necklace, hat or any head covering the hair or hairline

  • Taken full-face view directly facing the camera

  • Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width

 

Accomplishing Application Form:

  • The Name (as reflected on the applicant’s passport) Place of Birth, Date of Birth, Age, Country of Citizenship, Sex, Contact Number and other demographic data must be in English Block Letters and for all fields that are not applicable, an instruction of Please Indicate “N/A”.

  • Download and save the application in PDF form. User needs to affix his/her signature to the application form.

  • User will then be required to upload the Signed Application Form and Passport Data Page. PDF document files and image files PNG and JPEG are the allowed file types

  • A visa application receipt confirmation has been sent to your registered email address

 

Processing of Entry Exemption Documents (EED):

Processing of requests to allow the entry into the Philippines of foreign nationals on grounds of emergency, humanitarian reasons, and other analogous cases should be lodged in the Philippines with the relevant government agency (NGA). If positively considered, the NGA will make an endorsement to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) which, in turn, will issue the EED. The foreign national, after receiving the EED, can then apply for the appropriate visa at the nearest Philippine Embassy/Consulate.
 

Following are the some of the NGAs for lodging EED applications:

DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources)

  • Purpose: Emergency matters relative to natural disasters

  • Contact: osec@denr.gov.ph 

DOH (Department of Health)

  • Purpose: Medical and humanitarian concerns as delegated thru IATF Resolution Nos. 14 and 60 s. 2020, and technical assistance to health facilities (i.e. hospital, medical centers)

  • Contact: ftduque@doh.gov.ph

DOE (Department of Energy)

  • Purpose: Emergency matters critical to energy production, transmission and distribution

  • Contact: doe.media@doe.gov.ph

DND (Department of National Defense)

DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development)

PTIC in Sydney (Philippine Trade and Investment Centre in Sydney)

  • Purpose: Urgent travel related to business and investments

  • Contact: sydney@dti.gov.ph 

PCG Sydney’s contact details:

Address: Philippine Consulate General in Sydney

Attn: VISA Section

Level 1, Philippine Centre

27-33 Wentworth Avenue

Sydney, NSW 2000


Email : sydney.pcg@dfa.gov.ph / sydneypcg.atn@dfa.gov.ph

(Attn: Visa Section)


Website: https://www.sydneypcg.org/visas