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How to Extend Your Stay and Visa in the Philippines

Fell in love with the Philippines? Or fell in love with someone in the Philippines? Or you just really think it’s more fun in the Philippines? Whatever reason you have for wanting to stay longer in paradise, here are tips on how extension of your visitor visa in the Philippines can be obtained.

Most passport holders from other countries can arrive in the Philippines and obtain a visa on arrival good for 30-day stay in the country. If you wish to stay longer, you must apply for a visa extension at an office of the Bureau of Immigration, preferably a week before your visa expires. A day before is fine but better to be sure.

EXTENSION OF STAY FOR 29 MORE DAYS OR LESS

Tourists who want to extend their stay in the Philippines for 29 more days after their initial 30-day stay can apply for a VISA WAIVER.

Where? You can head to the main BI office in Intramuros, Manila or any of these offices.

What to bring? Make sure to bring your original passport, an application form (which you can get at the office or download here), and a Sworn Statement for overstaying /updating of stay of more than six (6) months.

How much is the payment? Please click here for applicable fees.

EXTENSION OF STAY BEYOND 59 DAYS

Any foreign tourist who plans to stay longer than 59 days must secure extensions of stay with the Bureau of Immigration.

Where? You can head to the main BI office in Intramuros, Manila or any of these offices.

What to bring? Make sure to bring your original passport, an application form (which you can get at the office or download here), and a Sworn Statement for overstaying /updating of stay of more than six (6) months.

How much is the payment? Please click here for applicable fees.

Important Reminders

  • Dress code is enforced in the immigration offices. Dress appropriately and avoid wearing shorts and thongs or flip-flops. Security will deny entry for those who will show up in these apparel. (Provincial offices like in Boracay and Dumaguete may not require the mentioned dress code. But better be sure than sorry, right?)
  • Bring a recent 2×2 photograph of yourself on white background which you need to attach in the application form.
  • Review the list of fees above and make sure to bring cash in Philippine pesos enough for the fees applicable to your extension.

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