Learn More: Travel Authorization
In 2017, The Manila Economic and Cultural Office launched a system that allows citizens from Taiwan to obtain electronic visas instead of standard paper visas.The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) application process is very simple and 100% online. Once the application is submitted and accepted, the applicant will receive the Electronic Travel Authorization that must be printed and shown to the immigration officers upon arrival. Yes, it’s that simple.
The Electronic Visa system is an online method of applying for visas from anywhere in the world. Some advantages of this system to the traveler are that visas can be applied for quickly over the internet at any time, from any location and that payment is made online at the time of the application.
Required Documents to Apply
A current passport that is valid for at least six months upon arrival
Your travel itinerary
A credit/debit card or a Paypal account.
Only nationals from Taiwan can apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for the Philippines instead of a Standard Visa.
The Philippines eTA allows applicants multiple entries in the Philippines and they can remain in the country for up to 30 days.
This eTA can be issued for purposes such as tourism, business, attending a conference or visiting a relative. If you want to travel to the Philippines for work or studies, you cannot apply for this eTA.
Upon arrival in The Philippines, you will have to present your biometric passport along with your eTA, which has to be printed.
Travelers must have their passport with at least 6-months validity from the date of arrival and have at least 1 page available for stamping.
Possession of an eTA for the Philippines does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if he considers that such a person is unable to fulfil the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in the Philippines would be contrary to national interests or security.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- A current passport that is valid for at least six months upon arrival
- Your travel itinerary
- Accommodation information
- Standard Processing: USD 20.00
- Rush processing: 40.00 USD
- Super Rush Processing: USD 60.00
- Standard Processing Time: 7 business days
- Rush Processing: 5 business days
- Super Rush Processing: 2 business days
The Philippines is an archipelago in South-East Asia, and it consists of more than 7000 islands. It has one of the longest coastlines, and if you were to do the math, it would take you about 20 years to spend a day on every existing beach. Since the Philippines were colonized by the Spanish, it is now the largest catholic country in Asia. Even so, there are numerous other religions, and diversity is one of the things that make the Philippines such a fascinating country. But before you start making plans for your trip to the Philippines, you should know a thing or two; the information below should get you started.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country, the first thing you should check is its visa policy. After all, you may be required to get a visa in advance. Fortunately, the visa policy of the Philippines is quite lenient, especially when it comes to tourists. For one thing, most nationalities are exempt from getting a visa when travelling to the Philippines. Now, depending on your nationality, you are allowed to stay in the country visa-free for a period that can vary from 14 days to 59 days. If you are among the visa-exempt nationalities, all you need is a valid passport. The Philippines also issues a visa on arrival for almost all passport holders, with a few exceptions. In case you are not eligible for one, your only option is to go to the nearest Filipino embassy and submit a visa application there.
The Philippines has also adopted the electronic visa system, but only the citizens of Taiwan are eligible for an electronic authorization at this time. The document in question is valid for 30 days from the date of issue, it allows the holder to stay in the Philippines for no longer than 30 days, and it grants multiple entries. Leaving entry requirements aside, a trip to the Philippines will prove just how fascinating this country can be. The best time to visit depends on what temperatures you consider optimal. The summer months, which are March through May, are the hottest. You should avoid the rainy season, which is June through October, leaving January and February as the best months to be in the Philippines. Baguio is often referred to as the summer capital of the Philippines because it is cooler. It is located in a mountainous region.
We also recommend that you avoid taking a trip to the Philippines during the typhoon season. A typhoon can occur at any time of the year, but the most active period is considered to be June to September, with August being the most active month. Since the country is known to be the most exposed country in the world to tropical storms, typhoons are destructive and can cause a lot of damage to both properties and human lives.
There are two official languages in the Philippines: English and Filipino. So as long as you speak English, you should have no issues getting around. However, while Filipino English is based mostly on American English, there are a few terms that are specific to Filipinos. For example, a number two is a mistress, while a lowbat is a cellphone on low battery.
Moving on to more exciting things, the Philippines is guaranteed to keep you entertained while on vacation. There are plenty of interesting things to see. If you are interested in the cultural aspects of the country, know that the Philippines have several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Banaue Rice terraces in Batad are spectacularly built. The sights are stunning, and you will be able to capture some of the most incredible photos while there. You can also visit some Baroque churches like the Inmaculada Concepción in Manila, Nuestra Señora in Ilocos Sur, San Agustín in Ilocos Norte, and Santo Tomás in Iloílo. They all display impressive European Baroque architecture.
While we are on churches, you may want to check out the Basílica de San Sebastián in Quiapo. The landmark draws many tourists because it is built entirely out of steel. Not to mention that it looks very impressive.
If you are looking for something to do in the Philippines, all you need is time because you can take your pick. For one, the country consists of 7000 islands, so beaches are everywhere. As mentioned in the introduction, you would need 20 years to enjoy a day at each one. However, we can recommend a few choice beaches. One of the most popular and beautiful beaches can be found in Boracay. Words do not do it justice. People put it into songs. The blue waters and sandy beaches make this place a small piece of heaven. El Nido is similar, and so are the beaches of Puerto Galera and Pagudpud. If you are looking for something more remote, we recommend the beaches of Botolan.
Scuba diving is widely popular in the Philippines. One of the best places you can dive is the Tubbataha Reefs National Park. The coral reef and marine life are simply spectacular. You could also check out Anilao.
Filipino cuisine may not be as popular as the cuisine of its neighbors. However, there are a few things that you may be curious to try. Street food is particularly interesting. One dish is called Adidas, but don’t worry. Unlike the shoes, this dish is edible. It is called Adidas because it is made of barbecued chicken feet. You may also be interested in the Adobong Mani and the Banana Cue.
The Philippines is mostly a safe country to visit. Violent crimes are not prevalent. However, as with any other developing country, you need to use your common sense. Do not flash large bills and do not wear visible jewelry. Phone snatching is pretty common in dense urban areas. Other than that, you have nothing to worry about.
The people in the Philippines are usually incredibly friendly. Almost to a fault. As long as you are courteous, you will be treated with the utmost respect. Remember to take off your shoes if you are entering someone’s home, and refrain from looking around when you do. Using words such as ‘Salamat’, which means thank you, will leave a good impression.
Needless to say, a trip to the Philippines can be incredibly rewarding. There are so many things you can see and experience that you will want to go back a second time. The beaches are pristine, the cultural tours are educational, and the people are welcoming. You should definitely give it a try when you have the chance.
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- Select the country to which you are requesting the visa
- Select the type of visa and read the instructions carefully.
- Select Apply Now
- Fill in the application form
- Pay using a Visa Card, Mastercard or other debit card.
- Await approval via email, then download and print the e-Visa from your account.
- Present your printed e-Visa to the immigration officer at the port of entry.
We know that our applicants can come across unexpected changes in their travel plans that may prevent them from traveling and therefore getting their visa. This is why we understand you may want to request a cancellation of your visa application and a credit for the amount paid. However, we will only approve the refund/credit if it follows our Refund policy guideline:
- If your application has not been reviewed by our team, nor submitted to the government for approval, then you will receive a credit for the full amount of the iVisa processing fee and government fee(visa cost).
- If your application has been reviewed by our team but has not yet been submitted to the government for approval, you will receive a credit for the full amount of the government fee (visa cost).
- If your application has been submitted to the government for approval or a visa is already issued, unfortunately, no credit is available.
Our policy also applies to these circumstances:
- If we make a mistake on your application, a 100% refund of the iVisa processing fee will be issued and we will process your visa again at no cost.
- If you purchase rush or super rush processing additional fee and we do not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a credit for the iVisa rush or super rush processing fee.
- If you miss your trip because iVisa does not deliver the travel document within the agreed timeframe, you will receive a full cash refund for the government fee and iVisa processing fee.
- The exception to the clause above is if the government is the cause of the delay or your arrival date was sooner than our super rush processing time. In such case, you will receive a credit for the iVisa processing fee.
If for any reason, you are not satisfied with our services, please feel free to contact us. Under reasonable circumstances, we will grant a credit of the iVisa processing fee to be used for a future order.
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