Visa

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COUNTRIES OF NATIONALS UNDER EO 408 ENTITLED TO STAY IN THE PHILIPPINES WITHOUT VISA NOT TO EXCEED 30 DAYS: (please click here for the complete list of Countries)

U.S. passport holders, other EO 408 nationals and non-EO 408 nationals who are staying for more than 30 days in the Philippines, must apply for their visa.

The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles informs the public that effective 1 January 2022, all Temporary Visitor Visa 9 (A) visa applications will be processed via the Department of Foreign Affairs Online Visa Application System (OVAS).   All visa applicants must lodge their application through this link: https://www.visa.gov.ph

REMINDERS TO ALL VISA APPLICANTS

  • Philippine immigration authorities will not allow entry into Philippine airports and seaports the following foreign nationals:

    • Those holding non-machine readable passports (e.g. hand scripted passports); or

    • Those previously deported from the Philippines or included in the “blacklist order” of the Department of Foreign Affairs or Bureau of Immigration; or

    • Those with incomplete documentation; or

    • Those with circumstances that would render them inadmissible for entry, even with a valid passport and visa issued by a Philippine Consulate General.

  • For all visa applications:

    • Visa applications and requirements must be sent by mail or courier. Do not use FedEx.

    • The Consulate General will only accept machine readable passports and/or e-passports/biometric passports (passports with the microchip logo) that are valid at least (6) six months from the applicant's departure date and with at least one (1) blank passport visa page.

    • The visa officer can request additional documents to determine whether or not the applicant can be issued a visa.

    • Depending on the applicant’s circumstances, visa processing will take five (5) to seven (7) business days, excluding the time it will take for the applicant's passport with  visa sticker to be mailed. The application may require clearance from other government agencies in the Philippines. Adjust your travel schedule accordingly.

    • It is suggested that a ticketed reservation (paid ticket) be made only when the visa application has been approved.

    • No refund of the visa fee will be given when the application has been denied or visa has been issued but was not used or could not be used during its validity period.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR 9(A) VISA FOR TEMPORARY VISITORS (PLEASURE)
  1. Notarized and duly accomplished application form with recently taken colored passport-size photo of the applicant, front view, with a white background, no eyeglasses or sleeveless attire. Applicant must affix signature on the bottom right side of the photo.

  2. Original and photocopy of applicant’s passport with six (6) months validity beyond intended stay in the Philippines.

  1. Photocopy of proof of permanent residency in USA (i.e. permanent residency card, work permit card, etc), for non-U.S. passport holders.

  1. At least two (2) documents proving financial capacity to shoulder all costs relative to the trip; bank statements, ownership of real estate, etc.

  1. Round-trip flight itinerary to country of origin or next country of destination;

  2. A self-addressed prepaid stamped envelope, preferably USPS Priority Mail, with tracking number, must be included when sending the application. Do not use Fedex.

  1. Visa fee ($30 USD) in the form of Postal Money Order or Cashier’s Check (cash or personal check not accepted).

Please note that the visa issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted to the country. The admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the port of entry.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SENT VIA MAIL/COURIER TO:
THE VISA SECTION
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE IN LOS ANGELES
3435 WILSHIRE BLVD SUITE 550
LOS ANGELES, CA 90010

DUAL CITIZEN OF THE PHILIPPINES AND A FOREIGN COUNTRY

If a dual citizen by reason of birth, per Bureau of Immigration (BI) regulations, you will need either a Philippine passport or a Travel Document. The requirements for both can be found in our Frequently asked Questions page. CLICK HERE 

If a dual citizen by reason of R.A. No. 9225, check with your airlines if it will accept your dual citizenship documents (example: Oath of Allegiance, Order of Approval, Identification Certificate) and your valid foreign passport.

If it will require a Philippine Passport then please check the requirements. CLICK HERE

Before traveling to the Philippines, it is recommended to pre-book an Accredited Quarantine Facility and a COVID-19 Testing Provider

FOREIGN GOVERNMENT OR INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OFFICER/STAFF AND THEIR DEPENDENTS

This is a government to government transaction. This will require approval from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

FOREIGN AIRLINE CREW/SEAFARERS

Foreign Airline Crew Members are allowed entry Foreign Seafarers with 9(C) Visa

INDIAN NATIONALS WITH TEMPORARY RESIDENT VISAS

Per Bureau of Immigration Letter Directive No. JHM-2020-140 dated 20 July 2020, these refer to Indian Nationals issued a Temporary Resident Visa under Sec. 13 of CA 613 and Bureau of Immigration Memorandum Order No. ADD-01-038

CHINESE NATIONALS WITH PERMANENT RESIDENT VISAS BY REASON OF MARRIAGE TO A FILIPINO

Per Bureau of Immigration Letter Directive No. JHM-2020-140 dated 20 July 2020, these refer to Chinese Nationals issued a Permanent Resident Visa under Sec. 13-A of CA 613 and Bureau of Immigration Memorandum Order No. MCL-07-021