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Type of Philippines Visas

Single Entry Visa
  • Visa type :Tourist/Business
  • Processing time : 8-10 days
  • Stay period : Upto 59 days
  • Validity : 3 months
  • Entry:Single
  • Fees: INR 3,999/-
Multiple Entry Tourist Visa
  • Visa type: Tourist
  • Processing time: 8-10 days
  • Stay period : Upto 59 days
  • Validity : 6 months
  • Entry:Single
  • Fees: INR 6,999/-
Multiple Entry Business Visa
  • Visa type: Business
  • Processing time: 8-10 days
  • Stay period : Upto 59 days
  • Validity : 6 months/1 year
  • Entry:Multiple
  • Fees: INR 7,799/-
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Documents required for Philippines Visa

  • Must have Documents for Philippines Visa:
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    • Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any;
    • Visa Application form;
    • 2 recent colour photographs (Photo Specification);
    • Personal Covering letter (For Employed - Plain paper/ For Self-Employed – Company Letterhead);
    • Original updated Bank Statement with sufficient balance. (last 6 months);
    • Credit Card copy and last 3 month’s statement or Foreign exchange receipt;
    • Income Tax Returns / Form 16 for last 3 years;
    • Confirmed Air ticket;
    • Hotel confirmation and payment receipt;
    • Supporting Financial Documents such as Fixed Deposits, Property Investments, Other Investments etc. (Optional);

    Kindly note: The Govt is very strict on the photograph requirement; please ensure that your photos are as per the specifications.

  • Supporting documents as per your occupation, type of visit:
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    1. If Employed:

    • Original Leave sanctioned certificate with company seal, signatory’s name and designation;
    • Last 3 months salary slip with company stamp.

    2. If Self Employed:

    • Business Registration License / MOA / Partnership deed;
    • Company’s updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Company’s IT returns for last 3 years.

    3. If Retired:

    • Proof of retirement like pension book, statement etc.

    4. If Student:

    • School / College / Institute ID Card;
    • Bonafide certificate.

    5. If Minor:

    • Birth Certificate;
    • No Objection Certificate from the parents / non-accompanying parent on Rs 100/- stamp paper;
    • ID proof of parent like passport or PAN card.

    6. If Visiting friend or relative:

    • Invitation letter;
    • Inviter’s ID proof like Passport or Resident Permit;
    • Address proof like any Electricity bill, any Utility bill etc.

    7. If Sponsored:

    • Sponsorship letter;
    • Sponsor’s national ID proof like Passport, PAN card or Resident permit;
    • Updated bank statement of last 6 months;
    • Income tax returns of last 3 years.

    8. For Business Visa:

    • Invitation letter from host Company stating purpose of trip, business details etc;
    • Covering letter from Indian company on company letterhead.

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Philippines Visa FAQs

  • add Do I need a Philippines visa?

    All Indian Citizens require a valid Philippines visa to travel to Philippines, whether for business or tourism. We can help you to obtain a visa.

  • add How long will it take to get my Philippines visa?

    All visa applications will require at least eight 10 working days of processing time from the time of receipt. But this largely depends on the prompt submission of required documents as well as the meeting of eligibility norms. It is highly encouraged that all applicants submit their Applications at least 15 working days prior to their intended date of travel to the Philippines.

  • add Can I request for expedited visa processing time?

    No. Since 23 April 2018, expedited processing time has ceased.

  • add Must I enter the Philippines only through Manila?

    No. You may also enter the Philippines through any of its international airports in Clark, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Kalibo as well as through the international seaports in Zamboanga and Bongao.

  • add What is the validity of my Philippines Visa?

    The validity of a single-entry temporary visitor's visa for both tourism and business is three months. This means that you should use your visa to enter the Philippines with three months from the date of issuance. Otherwise, you have to apply for a fresh visa.

    The validity of a multiple-entry visa temporary visitor's visa for tourism is six months. This means, that you can use the visa to enter Philippines many times within six months and stay within the authorized length of stay as indicated in your visa for each visit. Please note that issuance of a multiple-entry visa temporary visitor's visa for tourism with a validity of more than six months requires the approval from the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

    The validity of a multiple-entry visa temporary visitor's visa for business is six months OR one-year. This means, that you can use the visa to enter the Philippines many times within six months OR one year from the date of the visa's issuance and stay within the authorized length of stay as indicated in your visa for each visit.

  • add Do I need to personally visit the Philippines Consulate/Embassy to get my Visa?

    No. You do not need to visit the Consulate/Embassy. We will take care of the complete visa process right from verifying your documents to stamping of your visa.

  • add What are the benefits of applying for your Philippines visa through Akbar Travels?

    By contacting Akbar Travels for your visa application, you can eliminate the need for personally visiting the Embassy for your application. All you will have to do is apply online on our website and get your visa processed within the set timeframe. Minimal documentation and quick processing is another of the key highlights. In most case, the visa processing takes only ten working days.

  • add Is it possible for me to track the status of my visa application on the Embassy website?

    Upon the successful submission of your visa file, you can also get in touch with our Visa Experts to check your visa application status.

  • add What is the mode of receiving the visa?

    Once your visa is processed, it will be stamped on your passport.

  • add Do I need to take a health/travel insurance?

    You are strongly advised to purchase a health / travel insurance to cover yourself in Philippines as medical treatment can be very expensive in Philippines. Your travel insurance offers protection against unexpected emergencies on international travel such as coverage of medical expenses, flight delay and cancellations, passport and baggage loss or personal accident. For financial safety and security on your international trip we highly recommend you to purchase travel insurance and avail our special offer.

  • add What is the easiest way to apply for a Philippines Visa?

    The easiest way to apply for a Philippines Visa is to contact us. We are experts in the travel and tourism sector with over 40 years of exp erience. Through our expertise, in-depth knowledge and integrity, we commit to delivering an exceptional experience to our customers each and every time you use our service. We are available by phone and e-mail on all 7 days of the week. In order to help us understand your unique visa needs, please drop in your query and our Expert will get in touch with you.

  • add Are you still having doubts about the Visa process?

    We have you covered across India with presence in all the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow and many more.

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Simple steps to get a Philippines Visa:

Akbar Travels has been a part of more than one million travel dreams. We offer a superior, quick and hassle-free Philippines Visa Facilitation service. With a highly professional and dedicated team of Visa Experts, we are here to cater to all your Philippines visa application requirements.Read more

Throughout your visa process, you will have a dedicated visa expert handling your application.

Here are the steps to apply for a Philippines Visa through Akbar Travels:

Step 1: Provide your travel details to our Visa Expert and get all your queries answered.

Step 2: Pay your Philippines visa fee and get your documents picked by us from the comfort of your home or place of convenience.

Step 3: Our Visa Experts will thoroughly verify and scrutinize your documents and further submit it online.

Step 4: Receive your e-visa.

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Basic Requirements to visit Philippines

  • Have a valid Passport and valid Philippines Visa;
  • Be in good health; Read more
  • Good moral character;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you have your family, property, assets, etc. that would serve as an incentive to come back to your home country;
  • Be able to convince the immigration officer that you will leave the country before your Philippines visa expires;
  • Have sufficient funds to support yourself in Philippines and the amount depends on how long you will stay in Philippines and whether you will be staying with family, friends or any paid accommodation.
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Travel Checklist

  • Passport;
  • Valid Philippines Visa; Read more
  • Confirmed return Ticket;
  • Contact details of your relative, friends or business contact in Philippines;
  • Confirmed hotel bookings (If Any);
  • Philippines Currency and other forms of forex;
  • An unlocked smartphone, preferable with a Sim card from India;
  • Any additional documents required to prove your purpose of visit (especially if you are travelling on a business Visa).
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What to do when you arrive in Philippines

  • Keep your Declaration form in hand (provided to you on the flight); Read more
  • Keep all travel documents (passport, valid Philippines Visa, return ticket, hotel bookings etc.) ready in case the immigration officer asks to produce any document;
  • If you are an unaccompanied minor, make sure you stay with the flight attendant who is in charge of your safety. Additionally, you must recognise the adult picking you up at the airport. If you have any doubts, you must inform the airline staff immediately.
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Philippines travel guide

Located in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is an archipelago comprised of over 7,000 islands situated at the eastern border of Asia between the South China Sea and Philippine Sea. Home to one of the longest coastlines in the world, the Philippines boast a huge range of stunning beaches, one of the many attractions that continue to draw thousands of tourists every year. Read more

Renowned for its affordability, the Philippines are a friendly holiday destination that offers a fascinating yet laid back culture and an interesting range of authentic cuisine. Similar to Bali, some of the Philippines' more famous beaches have become the life of the party, such as Boracay, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the beauty and culture of the Philippines including sparkling malls, colourful fiestas, modern cities and colonial architecture.

The Philippines, a country of islands, is popular for its water and land activities. For the fish at heart, checking out the surfing and scuba diving is a must – you can become certified before you leave – and for those wanting to take in the rich land with a verdant landscape, don’t miss all of the islands’ lavish forests, beaches, and tropical hotspots. And if not for the land and sea itself, visit the Philippines for its overwhelmingly welcome locals who’ll make your vacation even more pleasant. Boasted with one of the longest coastlines in Asia, it’s worth a travel to the Philippines for its serene beaches and crystal-clear waters. Some of the more noted beaches include Boracay Island, El Nido, and Camiguin Island. Philippines travel is an adventure in itself with its nightlife scene, specifically Manila and Boracay. There’s no distinction between tourist and local, making it all the more enjoyable to let loose and dance until you see the sun come up.

The country is blessed with white-sand beaches, pale blue seas, amazing corals and fish, lagoons, mountains, rivers, rice terraces and volcanoes. Days can be spent exploring the diverse and sometimes challenging terrain, en route to cascading waterfalls and dramatic caves. The fine sand beaches that fringe the Pacific Ocean offer the ideal base for a relaxing holiday, perfect for lounging and taking in the delightful surroundings.

Places to visit in Philippines

1. Boracay

There is a reason that Boracay Island is considered the beach capital of the Philippines because there are more than 12 beaches. This tiny island in the west Visayas region is ideal for beach-goers who are after simple relaxation in the sun or water activities. White Beach, on the west side of the island, is one of the most popular beaches, with a lively reputation. Puka Shell Beach is on the tip of the island and is a favorite spot for shell collectors. Cagban Beach is a quiet spot with nearby caves that are rumored to still contain treasure chests. Diniwid Beach is a tiny beach at the north end of White Beach that has the best view of the island from a platform rock located there. This island is known for its many resorts, so finding a place to stay is easy. For a panoramic view of the island, take a day trip to Mount Luho, its highest point.

2. Bohol

The island of Bohol in the Philippines' central Visayas region runs at a slower pace, and it's a destination that showcases the country's natural beauty. One of the most unique natural wonders on the island is the Chocolate Hills in Carmen. This UNESCO-protected site is a collection of 1,200 geological formations that turn brown in the dry season, resembling a landscape of chocolate candy kisses. Bohol is home to a family-owned sanctuary for the tiny Tarsier primate, known for its large engaging eyes. For a small fee, you can take an intimate walk through the grounds and stand inches away from the small nocturnal mammal. The showcase of Bohol is the beach.

3. Cebu

The island of Cebu, in the central Visayas region, is considered the port to some of the best diving and snorkelling in the Philippines. If you are an underwater enthusiast, Cebu is one of your best options for excursions that get you up-close to whale sharks, coral reefs, and sea turtles. Some of the most spectacular scenery from the water near Cebu are the sea caves that attract photographers and outdoor enthusiasts looking for unique diving and snorkelling sites. The Sudlon National Park, located approximately an hour from Cebu City, is a breath-taking park to explore and hike. While Cebu's greatest draw is its water, Cebu City is a metropolitan area, with tourist attractions like museums and cathedrals that will interest history buffs.

4. Banaue

The rice terraces of Banaue are one of the most striking things to see in the Philippines. The emerald-green terraces are an agricultural wonder in this area. Your most impressive view of the terraces is at sunrise, when clouds and fog lift off the mountain to reveal the intricate landscape of the terraces. The Batad Rice Terraces and the Bangaan Rice Terraces are protected UNESCO World Heritage sites. For a deeper taste of this region, take a stroll through the Banaue Ethnic Village or the Hiwang Village to mingle with the indigenous people who farm the rice terraces.

5 Vigan

The historical city of Vigan in the northern Philippines is one of the most charming towns to visit in the Luzon region. Its culture is a fusion of Chinese and Spanish influences originating from settlers to the area. Take a ride in a horse-drawn kalesa through the streets and admire the colonial architecture, courtesy of the Spanish who colonized the area in the 18th century. Vigan is a city with many nuances to explore. The best view of the area is from the Bantay Bell Tower, which is also a noted landmark in the area. The Calle Crisologo historic district is a walkable district, where you will encounter many local craftsmen and see historical architecture. A visit to the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral is breath-taking and a perfect spot to sit and people-watch as you take in the local culture.

6 Manila

The Philippines capital of Manila, on the island of Luzon, is a bustling city with non-stop activity. Hop on board one of the colourful jeepneys, the main form of public transportation, to get a taste of local life. Usually over-packed with locals, the bumpy ride through the streets on the iconic and kitschy jeep/bus hybrid vehicles will be one of the highlights of your visit. Plan stops to the main park in the city, Rizal Park, and the historical San Agustin Church that was built in the 16th century. Buy local fruits and handmade gifts at the public market at Quiapo Church, where you are likely to see several thousand people show up on Fridays for worship.

7. Davao City

For a city scene outside of Manila, head to Davao City, which has a large metropolitan area. Davao City is the main city in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. Despite its malls and large population, Davao City features many natural elements, including the Eden Nature Park, Philippine Eagle Center, and the Davao Baywalk near the sea. One of the must-visit spots in Davao City is Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. Davao City is a prime location for shopping as there are several large malls, including Abreeza Mall and SM Lanang Premier Mall. For a peek into Davao City history and culture, the tiny Davao Museum of History and Ethnography is worth a visit.

8. Sagada

One of the most unique experiences you can have in the Philippines is in the northern tribal region in Sagada. Nestled in the rugged and remote Cordillera Mountains are tribes that embrace the occasional visitor. This area is a paradise for the advanced outdoor enthusiast. The steep mountains and high elevation enhance the thrill and skill level required for outdoor adventure. One of the must-sees in this region are the hanging coffins that hide deep in the mountains. It is best to connect with a local guide to take you to this incredible site because this is not a tourist area, but rather an authentic tribal region hiding an experience worthy of bragging rights. Hiking is popular in Sagada, particularly to Mount Ampaco, which has the highest peak in the region or through Echo Valley, which has steep and rugged terrain.

9. Coron Island

One of the top diving destinations in the world, Coron Island is a tropical paradise, with electric blue and green water that almost seems unreal. The mountainous island sits on the tip of the Palawan island region, the western-most section of islands in the Philippines. The island is popular for diving because of the numerous wrecks here. Many of the preserved shipwrecks are located in depths ranging from shallow water at just three meters to deep water at 42 meters. Some of the wrecks require more than one dive to explore due to their size, but you can easily spend a week diving in this area. For non-shipwreck diving, check out Barracuda Lake, a former volcano with many unusual rock formations and fish.

10. Baguio

Baguio is a city tucked away in a mountainous region on Luzon Island. Though it is a city, Baguio is intimate and reminiscent of a cottage-type environment. Baguio is called the City of Pines for the rich pine forests and cooler temperatures that surround it. You can explore one of the many hiking and biking trails or take in a round of golf at one of the resorts in the area. Baguio is unique to other destinations in the Philippines because the city is surrounded by trees and not water. Parks like Mines View and Burnham let you enjoy some of the flora and fauna that are special to this region. Be sure to spend some time along Session Road, which is the main drag through Baguio, where you can take in a slice of local life.

11. Puerto Princesa

The rock islands, caves, and natural parks of Palawan Island are the hidden paradise of the Philippines. The coastal city of Puerto Princesa is where you should base yourself in order to explore some of these natural gems of the country. The Subterranean River National Park is a great first stop to see a five-mile underground river and impressive limestone caves. The UNESCO World Heritage site has boat tours that take you through the national park. Other must-see spots in Puerto Princesa are Honda Bay, which is popular for snorkeling, and Ugong Rock, where you can try ziplining and caving.

12. Samal

On Samal Island, also called Garden City of Samal, hiking, diving, and kayaking are a way of life. One of the top things to do on Samal Island, besides relaxing at the beach, is visit the Monfort Bat Sanctuary, which is home to millions of bats in the caves. An enjoyable day trip away from the beach is to Hagimit Falls, where you can walk on the nature trails and cool off in one of the pools below the tropical waterfalls. Samal Island is a short distance away from Davao City, which makes a great change of pace when you want a more metropolitan scene or a broader range of dining.

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Philippines Facts and Figures

Name :
The Republic of the Philippines
Location :
Southeast Asia
Time:
IST (+) 2½ hours Read more
Capital:
Manila
Major cities in Philippines :
Cebu, Davao, Quezon City, Caloocan City
Language:
Filipino, English
Area:
300,000 sq kms
Population:
104,256,076 (July 2017 est.)
National day:
12 Jun (Independence Day)
Currency:
12 Jun (Independence Day)
Main Airline:
Cebu Pacific 5J
Philippine Airlines PR
International Airports:
Ninoy Aquino (MNL)
Laoag (LAO)
Zamboanga (ZAM)
Best time to visit Philippines:
November to April
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Other Philippines Visa types

We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for other Philippines visa applications.

1. Temporary Visitor’s Visa or 9 (A)

This is probably the most common type of visa and holders are called “Foreign Tourists.” According to DFA, a foreign tourist is someone entering the Philippines for a legitimate, non-immigrant purpose such as “sightseeing, sports, health, family reasons, training, study (excluding enrolment in schools for the purpose of obtaining a title or degree), religious pilgrimage, business, cultural, and scientific purposes regardless of their race, gender, language, or religion.

2. Work Visas & Permits

Working in the Philippines is a different ballgame from visiting. There are four different types of work visas and three different work permits that foreigners can apply for.

Work Visa

a. Pre-Arranged Employee Commercial Visa or 9 (G)

This is the most common type of work visa. A 9 (g) holder can enter and exit the country multiple times as long as the company they are working with is a licensed business under existing Philippine laws. In order to apply for a 9 (g), an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is required.

b. Pre-Arranged Employee Non-Commercial Visa or 9 (G)

Also called a Missionary Visa, this is issued to foreigners engaged in missionary, social, rehabilitation, and medical missions. Locally registered companies can serve as the petitioner of the visa but they have to be involved in the community immersion project at an assigned community or location. Foreign applicants are not allowed to receive an income from the local company.

c. Special Non-Immigrant Visa or 47 (A) (2)

Non-immigrant, foreign nationals entering the Philippines for a temporary period of time may apply for a special non-immigrant visa. Under Section 47 (A) (2) of the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, as amended, the President can allow admission to foreigners as he may prescribe.

d. Special Non-Immigrant Visa Under E.O. 226, as amended by R.A. 8756 (ROHQ)

The ROHQ is granted to foreign personnel of regional or area headquarters of multinational companies. The visa is valid for a three-year entry to the Philippines or equivalent with the applicant’s employment contract with the home office.

For applicants to qualify, they must be an executive of the applicant-company, will work exclusively for the applicant’s regional or area headquarters or regional operating headquarters, will receive a salary, and will be paid by the Philippine headquarters an amount equal to at least 12,000 USD or the equivalent in other foreign currencies, per annum.

Work Permits

a. Special Work Permit (SWP)

The SWP is granted to foreign nationals who will be employed/assigned to the Philippines for 6 months or less. In order to receive an SWP, a locally registered company must be willing to serve as a petitioner. The SWP is valid for 3 months upon application and is extendable for another 3 months. Note that holders of SWPs are considered as tourists and the tourist visa extensions must be applied if needed.

b. Provisional Work Permit (PWP)

Foreign nationals awaiting the approval of their employment visas but need to start working will be issued a PWP.

The PWP is usually valid for 3 months upon issuance or until the 9 (g) is issued. Those awaiting their Alien Employment Permit from DOLE must also secure a PWP in order to begin work.

c. Alien Employment Permit (AEP)

The AEP allows all foreigners to work in the Philippines should domestic manpower be unavailable for the particular job.

Unlike the SWP, the AEP is valid for 1 to 5 years, depending on the duration of the contract, and can be renewed for a maximum of 5 years. Unless exempted by law, all foreign nationals who wish to work in the Philippines must acquire an AEP.

Special Resident Visa

Foreigners who wish to stay in the Philippines either for an indefinite period of time or permanently, whether for work, employment generation, investment, or retirement will be issued a special resident visa.

Special Investors Resident Visa (SIRV)

Holders of the SIRV are allowed to reside in the Philippines indefinitely and can enter the country multiple times as long as their investments are in the Philippines. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) may issue the SIRV once the Board of Investments (BOI) endorses the foreign national.

Special Visa for Employment Generation (SVEG)

SVEG holders are considered special non-immigrants with multiple entry privileges and conditional extended stay, without need of prior departure from the Philippines. This visa entitles the holders to such privileges for as long as their investments, as well as other requirements, remain in the Philippines. It will be issued by the BI upon the endorsement of DOLE.

Special Resident Retiree Visa (SRRV)

Foreign national with an SSRV are entitled to reside in the Philippines during their lifetime, and multiple entry privileges as long as the requirements of the visa remain in the Philippines. The BI may issue an SSRV upon endorsement from the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA).

3. Immigrant Visas

13 (A) Non-Quota Immigrant Visa
Foreign nationals who are married, as recognized by Philippine laws, to a Filipino Citizen may be granted this visa. The Filipino spouse should be the petitioner. The foreign national may stay in the country as a tourist, extending if necessary, pending the visa’s approval.

4. Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)

Foreign nationals from countries with no existing reciprocity agreement with the Philippines but are validly married, as recognized by Philippine laws, to a Filipino citizen will be granted a TRV.

TRV holders may stay in the Philippines for 5 years and extend the visa as necessary provided that the conditions of the visa are maintained.

5. Entry Visa

Restricted foreign nationals may be granted permission to enter the country if they have an entry visa granted by the Philippine Embassy that has jurisdiction over their place of residence or origin. Note that the entry visa does not grant foreigners the authority to stay in the Philippines. It also does not guarantee that holders of said visa will be granted access to the country. It is simply proof that officers at the Philippine Embassy evaluated all necessary documents and deemed the applicant eligible to stay in the Philippines. Entry still rests with immigration officers.