Following are the foreign nationals currently allowed to travel to the Philippines:

Category Entry Requirement
Diplomats and members of International Organizations, and their dependents Valid 9(e) visa

Valid 47a2 visa (issued to those performing diplomatic functions)

Filipino dual citizens Any of the following:

·       Valid Philippine passport;

·       Identification certificate (IC);

·       Certificate of Retention/Reacquisition of Philippine         Citizenship

Foreign nationals with existing valid seafarer or long-term visas at the time of entry Valid 9(c) visa

Valid long-term visa (e.g., 13a Immigrant visa, SRRV Special Resident Retiree’s Visa)

*SRRV holders are advised to coordinate directly with the Bureau of Immigration for queries/concerns on their entry to the Philippines.

Foreign nationals who are allowed entry under the Balikbayan program, provided that they are citizens of non-visa required countries under EO 408:

a.     Former Filipino citizens, together with their foreign spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with them; and


b.     Filipino citizens’ spouses and children, regardless of age, who are travelling with them.



For Former Filipino citizens: proof of former Philippine citizenship such as Philippine passport and/or PSA-issued birth certificate.


For spouses and children: proof of filiation with Philippine citizen, such as marriage certificate or birth certificate showing the Philippine citizen as parent.

The following foreign citizens who are NOT travelling with the principal Philippine national, but are joining the Philippine national in the Philippines:

a.     Foreign spouses of Philippine citizens;

b.     Foreign minor children, and foreign children with special needs regardless of age, of Philippine citizens; and

c.     Foreign parents of minor Filipino children or of Filipino children with special needs regardless of age.

·      Valid 9(a) visa

·      DFA entry exemption

·      Documentary proof of relationship to principal Philippine national

All foreign spouse/s, children and parent/s already in possession of 9(a) visas, who are NOT travelling with the principal Philippine national, will be required to present a valid DFA entry exemption at the time of arrival into the Philippines

The entry to the Philippines of all travelers, including Filipino citizens, from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, within 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines shall also be prohibited until 15 June 2021.

Passengers, who have merely transited through India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates, shall not be deemed as having come from or having been to such country provided that they stayed in the airport the whole time and were not cleared for entry into those countries by their immigration authorities.


DFA Entry Exemption Document

Foreign spouses of Filipino nationals who are in the Philippines may apply for the DFA entry exemption document by submitting the following documents to the Consulate:

  • Letter requesting for the DFA entry exemption document;
  • Original Marriage Certificate from the Philippine Statistics Authority
  • (PSA), if married in the Philippines;
  • Report of Marriage (ROM), if married abroad and the applicant has no
  • PSA copy yet;
  • Apostilled foreign Marriage Certificate by issuing country, or foreign
  • Marriage Certificate authenticated by Post;
  • Proof of Filipino citizenship of spouse;
  • Proof that the spouse is indeed living and currently in the Philippines
  • (e.g., barangay certificate); and
  • Notarized invitation from Filipino spouse.

The Consulate will transmit the request for the entry exemption document to the DFA for its consideration.  An entry exemption document is required prior to the issuance of a 9(a) non-immigrant visa by the Consulate.

For more information, please visit the Consulate’s Travel Advisory page.


Visa Requirements

9(A) Visa for Temporary Visitors (Pleasure)

  • 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 applicant’s 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
  • Proof of relationship to a Filipino citizen (e.g. Marriage Certificate, Birth certificate)
  • Copy of spouse’s/child’s Philippine passport

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


Requirements for Other Visa Categories

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$217.50per applicant (non-refundable), in cash or money order


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.

The validity of the visa indicates the dates during which the visa holder may legally enter the Philippines. It is not equivalent to the period of stay in the Philippines. 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

Date modified: July 7th, 2021