The Philippines is a beautiful country. Travelers who go to the Philippines as foreign citizens can get one of the following types of visas to legally enter the country: Tourism, Electronic Travel Authorization, Non-Immigrant, Quota Immigrant, Service, and Long-Term visas for leisure, tourism, and extended stays longer than 90 days. These visas types also have sub-types that include specific visas for education, business, transit, and tourism documents.
Each visa type has its own set of requirements for filling out the application as well as specific limits on validity, length of stay, and associated costs. See below for more detailed information on the different types of visas and, if you are from Taiwan, how to get the digital Electronic Travel Authorization.
Types of Philippines Visa and Information on the Electronic Travel Authorization
NOTE: This article generally uses Taiwan and the online visa application as a sample. To check the requirements and visa fees for your country, use our Visa Checker Tool for more details. For non-Taiwanese residents, you will need to go to your embassy or consulate to fill out the application and to obtain your standard paper visa.
What types of common visas can I choose from to travel to the Philippines?
The Philippines has three main types of visas: non-immigrant, immigrant, and special visas. Here are some of the most popular ones:
Section 9 Visas for Non-Immigrants
- Tourist Visa or 9(a) - for tourism and transit
- Transit Visa or 9(b) - for those who are temporarily passing through the Philippines
- Business Visa or 9(d) - for trade and business trips
- Student Visa or 9(f) - for students getting an education in the Philippines
Section 13 Visas for Immigrants
- Quota Visa or 13 - 50 immigrants from each nationality are allowed each year to emigrate to the Philippines
- Re-entry and Repatriation Visas or 13(a) - 13(g) - for Filipino citizens who have been gone a long time, those born outside of the Philippines but have Filipino parents, and more.
Section Special Visas are designed for retirees, businesses that employ Filipino residents, investors in Filipino companies, certain employees of Filipino multinational corporations, and those employed by Philippine offshore foreign banks and their dependents.
Besides the visa fee, what is required to fill out an application for the Philippines visa?
When applying for the Philippines electronic travel authorization or in-person paper visa, you will need to supply the following information:
- Travel Itinerary - Be able to provide a receipt or reservation sheet that shows your plans to exit the Philippines.
- Accommodation Information - They want to know that you have a secure place that you are staying while you are in the Philippines.
- Payment Method - We accept credit/debit cards as well as PayPal Secure online payment. Check with your local embassy to find out what payment methods they will accept.
- Current Passport - Your passport must be valid for at least six months past the date you plan to arrive in Taiwan.
Note that visas for business, education, and tourism from other non-Taiwanese citizens may require additional documentation such as bank statements, proof of residency, and official invitation letters from the Filipino entity you will be associated with.
How much is a visa for the Philippines and what are the associated costs?
Each visa or electronic travel authorization for the Philippines will have a different price. Any additional fees will be for processing, whether it is in person or online.
Below is a sample of the costs associated with an Electronic Travel Authorization for Taiwanese residents.
- Standard: USD $173.99
- Rush: USD $277.99
- Super Rush: USD $403.99
When I get to the Philippines, am I allowed to exit and re-enter the country as needed?
There are different limits on how many times you can enter the country with each visa. Some allow just one entry, some allow multiple entries, and some allow unlimited entries.
For Taiwan citizens holding the Philippines Electronic Travel Authorization, you will have Multiple Entry.
Once I get a visa for the Philippines and pay for it, will I be guaranteed entry into the country?
Not necessarily. Final permission is given by officials once you arrive in the Philippines.
What is the maximum amount of days I’m allowed in the Philippines while holding a visa?
The maximum amount of days that you are allowed to stay with an eTA is 30 days in Total.
This may vary based on which visa you select.
How long does it take to process a visa application for the Philippines?
During the application process for the Philippines electronic travel authorization, you will need to select a processing speed. We have three speeds to choose from:
- Standard - It will take up to 7 Business Days to get your eTA.
- Rush - It will take up to 5 Business Days to get your eTA.
- Super Rush - It will take up to 2 Business Days to get your eTA.
Other visa types will have different waiting periods based on the requirements and processing times of your individual consulate or embassy, so be sure to check with them for the correct waiting periods.
How long do I have to use the electronic travel authorization once I receive it?
Your electronic travel authorization is only valid for 30 days after issued so be sure to plan your trip accordingly.
Tourist, student and business visas may allow for longer or shorter validity periods, but this is pretty standard for all visa types.
Philippines Visa - Types and How to Get the Electronic Travel Authorization
The visa fee for the Philippines depends on how you get your visa and can cost up to $100 USD, depending on the process. So be sure to check with your embassy or consulate in order to get the full information on how much the final cost will be.
If you have any further questions, use our Visa Checker Tool to get specifics about your country. Or, you can chat with our support staff 24/7 by using the chat feature at the bottom of this page.