Philippine Bureau of Immigration

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is charged with administering to Philippine law regarding immigration.  This includes visitors not planning to immigrate to the Philippines.  The Philippines is a developing Beautiful Filipinacountry but that in no way insinuates it is a lesser country.  I see a lot of visitors and immigrants that constantly put it down.

Things are different.  However for nearly every negative you can usually find a reasonable positive regarding that issue.  That’s one thing about the Philippines that I don’t think is really true of the USA government any longer.  The USA is so regulated, that common sense is often thrown out the window.  I’m not negative toward the USA either.  Its a wonderful country where the standard of living is grand compared to many parts of the world.

Life is what you make of it.  One can harp on the downside if they want too and live a lesser life or one can focus on the positives and make more out of life.  My life is fuller in the Philippines without all the comforts from my homeland.

The Philippines being a developing nation seeks to bring in tourist and other foreigners.  They need the inflow of cash these people bring.  Most visitors come from Korea.  If I recall, a distant second is the USA.  The Bureau of Immigration handles all these people and its a huge job.

Temporary Tourist Visa

The Philippines makes it very easy to enter the country for many of us.  It depends on your country of origin.  Most people can enter the Philippines with only their passport.  They can stay for 21 days.  At the desecration of the BI one can extend that to 59 days and renew it every 59 days.  Most people will have no trouble getting the extension.  Under this provision of the law, your  passport becomes your visa. Citizens of the following countries can enter this way:

  1. Andorra
  2. Angola
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Argentina
  5. Australia
  6. Austria
  7. Bahamas
  8. Bahrain
  9. Barbados
  10. Belgium
  11. Benin
  12. Bhutan
  13. Bolivia
  14. Botswana
  15. Brazil*
  16. Brunei Darussalam
  17. Bulgaria
  18. Burkina Faso
  19. Burundi
  20. Cambodia
  21. Cameroon
  22. Canada
  23. Cape Verde
  24. Central African Republic
  25. Chad
  26. Chile
  27. Colombia
  28. Comoros
  29. Congo
  30. Costa Rica
  31. Cote d’Ivoire
  32. Cyprus
  33. Czech Republic
  34. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  35. Denmark
  36. Djibouti
  37. Dominica
  38. Dominican Republic
  39. Ecuador
  40. El Salvador
  41. Equatorial Guinea
  42. Eritrea
  43. Estonia *new*
  44. Ethiopia
  45. Fiji
  46. Finland
  47. France
  48. Gabon
  49. Gambia
  50. Germany
  51. Ghana
  52. Gibraltar
  53. Greece
  54. Grenada
  55. Guatemala
  56. Guinea
  57. Guinea Bissau
  58. Guyana
  59. Haiti
  60. Honduras
  61. Hungary
  62. Iceland
  63. Indonesia
  64. Ireland
  65. Israel*
  66. Italy
  67. Jamaica
  68. Japan
  69. Kenya
  70. Kiribati
  71. Kuwait
  72. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  73. Latvia *new*
  74. Lithuania *new*
  75. Lesotho
  76. Liberia
  77. Liechtenstein
  78. Luxembourg
  79. Madagascar
  80. Malawi
  81. Malaysia
  82. Maldives
  83. Mali
  84. Malta
  85. Marshall Islands
  86. Mauritania
  87. Mauritius
  88. Mexico
  89. Micronesia
  90. Monaco
  91. Mongolia
  92. Morocco
  93. Mozambique
  94. Myanmar
  95. Namibia
  96. Nepal
  97. Netherlands
  98. New Zealand
  99. Nicaragua
  100. Niger
  101. Norway
  102. Oman
  103. Palau
  104. Panama
  105. Papua New Guinea
  106. Paraguay
  107. Peru
  108. Poland
  109. Portugal
  110. Qatar
  111. Republic of Korea
  112. Romania
  113. Russia
  114. Rwanda
  115. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  116. Saint Lucia
  117. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  118. Samoa
  119. San Marino
  120. Sao Tome and Principe
  121. Saudi Arabia
  122. Senegal
  123. Seychelles
  124. Singapore
  125. Slovakia
  126. Slovenia
  127. Solomon Islands
  128. Somalia
  129. South Africa
  130. Spain
  131. Suriname
  132. Swaziland
  133. Sweden
  134. Switzerland
  135. Thailand
  136. Togo
  137. Trinidad and Tobago
  138. Tunisia
  139. Turkey
  140. Tuvalu
  141. Uganda
  142. United Arab Emirates
  143. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  144. United Republic of Tanzania
  145. United States of America
  146. Uruguay
  147. Venezuela
  148. Vietnam
  149. Zambia
  150. Zimbabwe

Citizens holding passports from Brazil and Israel may stay for 59 days on a temporary tourist visa rather than 21 days.

Those holding passports of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports, British National Overseas (BNO) passports, Portuguese Passports issued in Macao, or Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports may enter for only seven days.

I will be covering additional methods of entry into the Philippines in other articles on this site. The Temporary Tourist Visa is a non-immigrant visa.

Source:  Bureau of Immigration