BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEMPORARY VISITOR’S VISA APPLICATION
Applicants are also reminded that incomplete visa requirements will NOT be accepted; incomplete requirements may result in the delay or denial of the application.
The Embassy accepts only applications of foreign nationals who reside and/or work in Belgium and Luxembourg.
Applicants are advised to lodge their applications not earlier than one (1) month before their intended departure for the Philippines. This is because the validity period begins on the visa issuance date itself.
The following are the minimum requirements for a Temporary Visitor’s Visa application:
1. Duly accomplished visa application form (Download F.A. Form No. 2-A HERE);
2. One (1) colored passport-size (4.5cm x 3.5cm) photograph (with white background) taken within the last six (6) months;
3. Passport with validity of at least six (6) months after the intended stay in the Philippines AND one (1) photocopy of the passport’s data page;
4. Photocopy of identity/residence card;
5. Proof of financial capacity to support stay in the Philippines (e.g., latest bank statement, pay slips from the last 3 months, employment certificate disclosing one’s salaries and other entitlements, proof of investments, pension statements, sponsorship letters supported by sponsor’s latest bank statement);
6. Copy of return/onward airline reservation ticket or flight booking confirmation;
7. If staying in a hotel -- copy of hotel booking confirmation for the whole duration of stay / If hosted -- signed letter of invitation/accommodation from sponsor AND sponsor’s valid ID;
8. If traveling for business or volunteer work – original endorsement letter from the firm/institution in Belgium/Luxembourg stating the purpose of the visit AND confirmation letter from the sponsoring firm/institution in the Philippines;
9. If applicant is visiting the Philippines for the first time – certificate of no criminal record (e.g. Police Clearance or Blanco Register); and
10. Visa fee (non-refundable, to be paid in cash):
Single-entry visa, valid for 3 months...............€27.00
Multiple-entry visa, valid for 6 months............€54.00
Multiple-entry visa, valid for 12 months..........€81.00
*Processing time is five (5) working days.
*Additional supporting documents may be requested by the Consular Officer.
*Please present the original documents requested with their photocopies.
*Visa fees are subject to change without prior notice.
- In case the applicant is unable to submit his/her requirements personally, the application may also be filed through a representative. In such cases, the visa application form must be duly notarized by a local notary public and must bear the official notarial seal. Failure to comply will result in the rejection of the application.
- Those who intend to stay for more than 59 days may apply for an extension of their visa with the Bureau of Immigration. For more information, please click HERE.
- In accordance with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration Memorandum dated 08 May 2012, foreign nationals arriving in the Philippines who are admissible under Section 9(a) of the Philippine immigration Act of 1940, as amended, or under E.O. 408 (with the exception of Balikbayans), but who do not have valid return or onward tickets, shall be automatically excluded or not allowed entry.
Additional requirements for minors travelling to the Philippines
Visas are required of minors who are traveling to the Philippines. Minors must be accompanied by an adult when traveling to the Philippines.
For minors below eighteen (18) years of age, visa applications may be filed by either parent or by their legally appointed guardian who must submit proof of the said relation to or responsibility to look after the minor.
For minors aged twelve (12) years and below, and are included in either of their parents’ (collective) passports, minimum documentary requirements must be submitted and corresponding visa payments must be made (per child). All persons included in the passport must be properly identified with a photograph affixed to the passport.
WAIVER OF EXCLUSION GROUND (WEG) for minors below 15 years of age and unaccompanied by or not joining a parent to the Philippines
Under Section 29(a) (12) of the Commonwealth Act No. 613 or the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, children below fifteen (15) years of age who are unaccompanied by or not joining a parent when traveling to the Philippines are classified as excludable. For them to be admitted into the Philippines, they must secure a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) from the Bureau of Immigration.
In order to obtain the WEG order, the applicant must submit the following requirements to the Immigration Officer upon arrival in the Philippines:
1. Affidavit of Support and Consent by either parent or legally appointed guardian of the child, naming therein the person who will be accompanying the child to the Philippines and with whom the child will stay while in the country. The said Affidavit must be notarized by a local notary public or the Consular Officer at the Embassy (fee of €22.50 if notarized by the Embassy, to be paid in cash);
2. Affidavit of Support and Consent issued by the Commune/Gemeente, with sworn translation in English and apostillized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium/Luxembourg;
3. Extract from birth registration (international version) of the minor, apostillized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium/Luxembourg;
4. Authenticated Marriage Contract/Certificate of parents, with sworn translation in English and apostillized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium/Luxembourg;
5. Clear photocopy of the child’s passport data page;
6. Clear photocopy of the accompanying adult’s passport data page;
7. Clear photocopy of the parents’ valid passport data pages; and
7. Payment of immigration fees.
For foreign nationals aboard privately owned yachts or sailboats
A Temporary Visitor’s Visa is required for foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines aboard privately owned yachts or sailboats. Applicants are required to provide the following particulars of the yacht/sailboat and its crew members:
3. Passport details of the crew;
4. Vessel to be used for entry: type, name, registration, call sign and other particulars;
5. Estimated date of entry into Philippine territory;
6. Port/area of entry (Philippine waters);
7. Estimated period of stay in the Philippines;
8. Character reference/shipping agent in the Philippines (if any); and
9. Purpose of visit.
Note: Upon entry into the Philippines, the crew of the yacht or sailboat are required to register immediately with the nearest station of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and submit the yacht/sailboat.
For foreign newsmen, journalists and cinema/television groups
Foreign newsmen and journalists visiting the Philippines in pursuit of their profession are required to apply for a Temporary Visitor’s Visa. In addition, they will also need to submit requirements for accreditation by the International Press Center (IPC) in the Philippines.
Requirements for IPC Accreditation of Documentary Filming Group:
1. Letter of request stating intention to do a documentary film in the Philippines, and accreditation of the production crew. The letter should be addressed to:
MS. ROSALINDA G. CONI
Officer in Charge
International Press Center,
Presidential Communications Operations Office,
G/F National Press Club Bldg., Magallanes Drive,
Intramuros, Manila 1002
2. List of TV equipment (IPC will assist in facilitating the clearance and release of their equipment from the Bureau of Customs);
3. List of production crew members and designation;
4. Flight details and itinerary of the filming crew;
6. Three (3) 2x2 colored passport-size photographs (with white background) taken within the last six (6) months for each of the production crew members;
7. Photocopy of passport data pages;
8. Duly accomplished IPC Accreditation Form (Download Form HERE) and Bio-data/General Application Form for Special Work Permit, which they have to apply at the Bureau of Immigration. Note: Each crew member will have to pay the amount P6,440.00 plus P60.00 for the notarization of their application. IPC can also assist the applicants if they do not have a local coordinator; and
9. Upon arrival in the Philippines, the production crew has to go to the IPC Office for accreditation (the local coordinator, if there is any, can coordinate with the IPC in advance).
Requirements for IPC Accreditation of News Reporters/TV Crew/Photographers:
1. Letter of endorsement from the agency that the crew represents;
2. Certification from the crew’s respective Embassy in the Philippines;
3. Three (3) 2x2 colored passport-size photographs (with white background) taken within the last six (6) months;
4. List of equipment;
5. Photocopy of passport data pages;
6. Itinerary and name of contact person in the Philippines;
7. Curriculum Vitae; and
8. Upon arrival in the Philippines, the crew has to go to the IPC Office for accreditation (the local coordinator, if there is any, can coordinate with the IPC in advance).
For foreign nationals who wish to take up a short-term, non-degree course
Foreign students who wish to take up a short-term, non-degree course (e.g., language and computer courses) must apply for a Temporary Visitor’s Visa. Upon arrival in the Philippines and acceptance by the school/institution authorized by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students, s/he should apply for a Special Study Permit at the Bureau’s Study Desk, together with the following documents:
1. Request Letter;
2. Certificate of Acceptance from the school accredited by the Bureau of Immigration to accept foreign students;
3. Photocopy of passport reflecting the applicant’s authorized period of stay;
4. Affidavit of Support AND proof of financial capacity; and
5. Birth Certificate.
Extension of Authorized Stay in the Philippines
In case the visa holder’s stay in the Philippines exceeds the authorized period of stay, he/she must report to the Bureau of Immigration, secure an extension of stay and pay the corresponding immigration fees. The Embassy advises visa holders who plan or want to extend their stay in the Philippines to directly approach the Bureau of Immigration. For more information on the application procedure and fees, please click HERE.