Starting August 1, 2013, nationals from 151 countries may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a maximum of thirty (30) days*, provided they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines, and present a return or outward bound ticket to their country of origin or to a next country of destination.
Pursuant to the Bureau of Immigration’s Memorandum Circular No. RADJR-2013-006.
For the list of 151 countries, please click here.
Chinese Nationals, including citizens for Hong Kong and Taiwan, will need a special permit.
* For Brazilians and Israelis, the maximum period of stay without a Visa is of 59 days.
FOR INDIAN NATIONALS
Starting May 1, 2012, Indian nationals with a valid U.S., Japanese, Australian, Canadian, Schengen, Singapore, OR United Kingdom visa will be granted a 14-day visa free entry which may be extended for an additional 7 days for a maximum stay of 21 days for business or tourism purposes not convertible to another visa type.
*BI Memorandum Circular No. RADJR-12-008.
The policy only applies to Indian Nationals arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA 1-3) who have the following: (1) National Passport valid at least 6 months, beyond the contemplated stay (2) Return or Onward ticket (3) No derogatory record in BI, NICA, or INTERPOL.
For trips more than 21 days, Indian nationals are required to apply for a tourist visa in New Delhi or any Foreign Service Post where they’re valid residents.
The Philippines is fortunate to be free from epidemics. The country remains safe from bird flu and foot-and-mouth diseases.
If you’re coming from an area where yellow fever has been reported, you’ll need a certificate of vaccination.
For more information, visit http://www.doh.gov.ph/
Before leaving the plane, you will be asked to fill out the Baggage Declaration Form.
The following items are allowed duty-free:
- A reasonable quantity of personal clothes, jewelry, and toiletries
- Two cartons of cigarettes or two tins of pipe tobacco
- Up to two (2) liters of alcohol
The following items are prohibited:
- Dangerous drugs
- Pornographic materials
The following items are regulated:
- DVDs and VCDs
- Controlled chemicals/substances/precursors
The following items are restricted and require prior import permits and health, sanitary or phytosanitary certificates:
- Foreign agricultural products, such as animals, plants, wildlife
- Their products and by-products, such as meat, eggs, fruit
- Endangered species
“Balikbayans” have separate rules and should check with the Embassy or Consulate in their current residence.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE REGULATIONS
It is illegal for any incoming or outgoing passenger to bring in or take out Philippine Pesos in excess of P10,000.00 without prior authority from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Any violation of this rule may lead to the money’s seizure and civil penalties and/or criminal prosecution. (BSP Circular 98-1995)
The transportation of foreign currency or monetary instruments is legal. However, the carrying of foreign currency in excess of US$10,000.00 or its equivalent in other foreign currencies must be declared to a Customs Officer or the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
Violation of this rule may lead to seizure and sanctions, fines and / or penalties.
For more information about Bureau of Customs Passengers Guidelines, visit http://www.customs.gov.ph/bustravel.php
DRIVING IN THE PHILIPPINES
Tourists who hold a driver license issued by the road authority of their home country are allowed to use that license to drive in the Philippines for a period of until 90 days after their arrival in the Philippines. If their driver license is not written in English, it should always be accompanied by an official English translation issued by their respective country’s embassy in the Philippines.
BRINGING PETS TO THE PHILIPPINES
A traveler who wishes to bring a pet to the Philippines must contact the Animal Health Division (AHD) of the Bureau of Animal Industry through telephone +632 928 2743 or facsimile +632 928 2836. The agency's website is http://www.bai.da.gov.ph/
The information that the pet owner must provide are:
•The species and breed of the pet(s);
•The gender and description of the pet(s) you are bringing;
•The expected date of the pet(s)’ arrival in the Philippines.
The following documents for each pet are necessary:
•A valid health certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian in the country of origin, which indicates that the pet has been examined and is free from communicable diseases at least ten (10) days before the travel to the Philippines. If the country of origin is not free from rabies, a certification that there has been no rabies cases within a 20 kilometer radius of the pet’s home in the last six (6) months.
•A vaccination card showing the pet’s vaccination for rabies, canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, canine parvovirus, or feline pan-leucopenia and proof that the animal was treated for internal and external parasites.
The Bureau of Animal Industry will send an import permit to the person concerned. The fee will be paid upon arrival in the Philippine airport.
PASSPORT EXPIRES SOON? FIND OUT IF YOU COULD STILL ENJOY A MORE FUN VACATION!
Because we want the world to experience what More Fun in the Philippines feels like, we’ve officially opened our doors (and our shores!) to a few of our friends with well-worn passports.
Are you one of the lucky travelers that get to take on a Philippine adventure just before your passport retires? Check out the full list of qualified countries and book your tickets to paradise before it’s too late!
Click here to see the list.