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Citizens of most countries do not need a visa to visit the Philippines for tourism purposes for up to 30 days. However, there are a few exceptions, including citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Citizens of these countries will need to apply for a visa in advance.
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To apply for a visa, you will need to provide the following documents:
Visas can be applied for at the Philippine embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
In addition to having a valid visa, all visitors to the Philippines must also meet the following entry requirements:
Visa extensions can be obtained from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in order to prolong your stay in the country. The BI is responsible for processing various changes related to visa status. To apply for a visa extension, you will need to provide photocopies of your passport and complete a visa application form.
The cost of the extension will depend on the type of visa you hold and the duration of the extension you desire. Typically, a one-month extension will cost approximately 3000 PHP.
It is important to adhere to the dress code when visiting the BI office, so avoid wearing board shorts or tank tops.
The BI office is located on the 2nd Floor of Sarabia Co, Torralba Building, CPG Ave., Tagbilaran City. It is recommended to visit on Mondays and Tuesdays between 8AM and 12NN, as well as 1PM and 5PM.
If you require further information, you can contact the BI office at +63 38 235-6084.
There are no specific health requirements for travel to the Philippines. However, it is always a good idea to be up-to-date on all routine vaccinations, including measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and varicella (chickenpox).
It is also a good idea to take malaria medication if you are traveling to the Philippines during the rainy season (June to November).
The following items are prohibited from import into the Philippines:
The official currency of the Philippines is the Philippine peso (PHP). You can exchange your currency for PHP at banks, hotels, and exchange bureaus.
Tipping is not mandatory in the Philippines, but it is customary to tip service providers such as waiters, taxi drivers, and tour guides. A tip of 10-20% is considered appropriate.
The Philippines is a generally safe country to visit. However, as with any travel destination, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to protect yourself from petty theft and other crimes.
Here are some tips for staying safe in the Philippines: