Visa

NOTE: Visa issuance remain suspended until further notice

 

The Philippines allows citizens of several countries with which it maintains diplomatic relations, such as Canada, to avail themselves of visa-free entry into the Philippines, provided their stay will not exceed 30 days and their passports are valid for at least six (6) months beyond their intended stay in the Philippines.  Canadians who intend to stay more than 30 days, however, will need to apply for a visa with the Philippine Consulate General.

Non-Canadian passport holders from countries that have been extended visa-free privileges may also enter the Philippines without visas for a certain number of days.  For more information on what these countries are, please visit https://www.dfa.gov.ph/list-of-countries-for-21-day-visa.

Balikbayans or returning former Filipinos may likewise enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a period of one (1) year, provided that they have a passport valid for 6 months beyond the intended stay in the Philippines, a roundtrip ticket, and proof of former Philippine citizenship (e.g. old Philippine passport or PSA-authenticated birth certificate). Foreign spouses and their minor children may avail themselves of this privilege if traveling with the Balikbayan.

Validity of Visa

  • 3-month Single Entry Visa – This visa may be used once within three (3) months from the visa issuance date
  • 6-month Multiple Entry Visa – This visa may be used several times within six (6) months from the visa issuance date
  • 1-year Multiple Entry Visa – This visa may be used several times within one (1) year from the visa issuance date.

The validity of the visa indicates the dates during which the visa holder may legally enter the Philippines and the number of times he/she may do so.  It is not equivalent to the period of stay in the Philippines.  Every entry entitles the foreign national to a period of stay in the Philippines of 59 days for Visa-free countries and 30 days (or less) for Non-Visa-free countries. To extend beyond the authorized period of stay, the foreign national will have to apply with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.  Information on securing an extension of stay and the corresponding fees are available at www.immigration.gov.ph.

Types of Visa

Visas are generally categorized into Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visa, of which the more common ones issued by this Consulate General are the following (for additional information on visa, please visit www.immigration.gov.ph):

Non-Immigrant Visa

  • 9(A) Visa for Temporary Visitors
  • 9(E) Visa for Accredited Government Officials, their Families and Attendants

Immigrant Visa

  • 13(A) Immigrant Visa by Marriage

Visa Requirements

9(A) Visa for Temporary Visitors (Pleasure or Business)

  • Applicant’s passport, with at least one blank page, and valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of stay in the Philippines (for minor applicants, the parent/s or legal guardian may submit the application on behalf of the minor)
  • Photocopy of passport data page
  • Duly-accomplished Non-Immigrant Visa Application Form (FA Form No. 2), with passport-size photo of the applicant taken within the last six months (notarized, if sent through mail)
  • Original and photocopy of proof of permanent residency in Canada (i.e. permanent resident card, work permit card, etc), for non-Canadian passport holders
  • Original and photocopy of proof financial income or support(i.e. bank statement, employment certificate, payroll slip, proof of pension, international credit card)
  • Flight itinerary or round-trip ticket

For foreigners going on business trips

  • Please include a letter of certification identifying the applicant as a bona fide businessman/woman and stating the purpose of his/her trip or a letter of invitation to an international convention or business meeting.

For minors accompanied by one parent only 

  • Please submit a notarized letter of consent from the other parent or a court order stating that only one parent has legal custody of the minor.

For minors below 15 years of age traveling without a parent to the Philippines

  • An additional Waiver of Exclusion Grounds (WEG) from the Commissioner of Immigration in the Philippines will be required (form available with the Consulate General), which must be notarized, for a fee of $36.25.  The following documents shall be submitted, along with the WEG, to the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at the port of entry:
  • Affidavit of Request and Consent (form available with the Consulate General) by both parents or legally appointed guardian of the child naming therein the person who will be accompanying the child to the Philippines and with whom the child will reside in the country, to be notarized for a fee of $36.25
  • Original birth certificate of the child
  • Photocopy of the data page of the child’s passport
  • Original and photocopy of the guardian’s passport
  • WEG fees to be paid directly to the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival of the minor children at the port of entry

9(E) Visa for Accredited Government Officials, their Families and Attendants

  • Applicant’s passport, with at least one blank page, and valid for at least six months beyond the intended length of stay in the Philippines
  • Duly-accomplished visa application form, with passport-size photo taken within the last six months
  • Note Verbale from applicant’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Authority to issue visa from DFA Home Office

13(A) Immigrant Visa (for those who would like to take up residence in the PH)

  • Applicant’s passport, with at least one blank page, and valid for at least one year from date of application
  • Photocopy of passport data page
  • Duly-accomplished Immigrant Visa Application Form (FA Form No. 3)
  • Four (4) passport-size photos, taken within the last six months, and signed across the bottom front
  • Medical Examination Report (FA Form No. 11) accomplished by a licensed physician, to include HIV test
  • Chest X-Ray Plate (CD format is acceptable), taken within the last six months, to be presented to the Consulate General for sealing and hand carried to the Philippine Immigration authorities at port of entry
  • Police Clearance from RCMP
  • Original and photocopy of documentary evidence to prove principal’s Philippine citizenship and to show applicant’s relationship to the Philippine citizen (i.e. PH passport, birth certificate, or dual citizenship identification certificate for the principal, and Marriage Certificate or Report of Marriage for the spouse-applicant, or Birth Certificate or Report of birth for the child-applicant (under 21 years old)
  • Evidence of financial support (i.e. ownership of real property, financial assets certificate from the bank, pension, etc.)
  • Personal appearance for interview
  • Other documents as may be deemed necessary by the Consular Officer
  • Fee of C$217.50 per applicant (non-refundable), in cash or money order

Visa Fees

For nationals of visa-free countries:

  1. Single entry valid for three (3) months $ 43.50
  2. Multiple entry valid for six (6) months $ 87.00
  3. Multiple-entry valid for twelve (12) months $ 130.50

For nationals of Non-visa free countries:

  1. Single entry valid for three (3) months $ 58.00
  2. Multiple entry valid for six (6) months $ 116.00
  3. Multiple-entry valid for twelve (12) months $ 174.00

Date modified: May 27th, 2020