Planning a trip isn’t that easy, especially if it’s your first time visiting a foreign country – like the Philippines. If you’re thinking about travelling to the Philippines, then you must already know how different it is from other countries, even OTHER Asian countries. Because of its history, the Philippines has become a melting pot of different cultures but has held up its own identity at the same time.
Whether you’re flying in for business or tropical vacation, here are the top 6 things foreigners have to know when planning a trip to the Philippines.
#1 – Visa and Entry Requirements
- Everyone entering the Philippines must hold a valid passport and it should remain valid for 6 months upon arrival in the Philippines.
- Visitors from nations with diplomatic ties are granted a 21-day visa upon arrival. Here’s a list of countries and their foreign relationship with the Philippines.
- All visitors mush have onward or return tickets upon arrival in the Philippines.
- Visitors who wish to extend their stay from 21 to 59 days should contact the Bureau of Immigration, Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, in Manila (Mon–Fri 8am–5pm). If you wish to call them, please refer to this page for a complete list of phone numbers.
- People from countries on this list are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas provided that they don’t exceed 30 days
- For more information, visit the website for the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration here.