How to Get a Temporary Visitor Visa for the Philippines

Philippines Temporary Visitor Visa

Philippines Temporary Visitor Visa

If you are going to the Philippines for a short trip, you might need to get a Temporary Visitor Visa depending on what country you are from. The Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines defines temporary visitors as those people coming to the Philippines for legitimate, nonimmigrant purposes such as sightseeing, sports, health, family reasons, training or study (excluding enrollment in schools for the purpose of obtaining a title or degree), religious pilgrimage, business, cultural and scientific purposes.

Go to my Philippines visa page for information on other types of visas for the Philippines.

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the Philippines Temporary Visitor Visa.

Visa required for U.S. citizens before you go to Philippines: No.
Visa required for non-U.S. citizens before you go to Philippines:

  • Check this list here at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs to see if you need a visa before going to the Philippines.
Find your closest consulate
  • If you’re inside the U.S., click here to find the Embassy or Consulate for the State you live in (there are 10 in total).
Gather documentation

The best list of required documents is here at the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs. The Embassy of the Philippines in Washington D.C. also has a great list here. However, I recommend you check the website of your embassy or consulate to confirm the required documents for your situation.

Visa fee
Submit materials
  • Submit your required materials from Step 2 and visa fee from Step 3 to the Embassy or Consulate you found in Step 1.
  • Submission instructions will vary from consulate to consulate.
Receive your visa

Congratulations!  The Embassy or Consulate of the Philippines will give to you your brand new Philippines visa.

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