Applying for Temporary Visitor's Visa in the Philippines

If you are a foreign national who would like to travel to the Philippines for tourism, business or medical purposes, a Temporary Visitor’s Visa is what you need.

A Temporary Visitor’s Visa (9A), also called as the Tourist Visa is generally for short visits and if you are travelling to the Philippines for the purpose of:

  • Tourism – if you are a foreign national who intend to travel to the Philippines for holiday or leisurely stay
  • Business –if you are foreign national travelling for one time business such as attending an international conference or to attend a business meeting. A tourist visa holder may not participate in continuing business in the Philippines otherwise may violate Philippine Immigration Law that is subject to its rules.
  • Medical/Health – if you are going to seek medical treatment in the Philippines provided that it is not due to any contagious disease

Tourist Visa

Depending on your country of origin, you may be given a travel validity to the Philippines for up to 30 days without an entry visa while some may be required to secure first before entering the Philippines.  Once acquired, there would be a date stamp in your passport indicating the length of your allowable stay. It could be an initial stay that is as short as 7 days and as many as 59 days depending on the country of your origin.  

There are two (2) classifications of Temporary Visitor’s Visa with their corresponding admissions:

           1. Non-Visa Required Nationals

                 Classification                                                                                                  Admission
A foreign national under Executive Order 408 as amended                                    30 days
A holder of Temporary Visitor’s Visa                                                                            59 days
Those under Memorandum Circular No. MCL-08-003                                       Visa upon arrival
Group Tour (Memorandum Order No. AFFJr. 05-012) and             Visa upon arrival valid for 30 days    Pro-Investment Visa (Memorandum Circular No. MCL-07-004)
A Foreign National under Executive Order 191                                                         7 days
Letter of Instruction (LOI) 911                                                                                      7 days
Balikbayan                                                                                                              1 year     

           2. Visa Required Nationals who are admissible with entry visa

For you to apply for a Temporary Visitor’s Visa, you will need to submit necessary documents and pay the corresponding fees. This visa may be applied at any Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad but note however that for some cases, you may only be allowed to apply for your Temporary Visitor’s Visa at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin or legal residence.

Temporary Visa

Know that your visa automatically expires if you decide to leave the country before the date of expiry stamped in your passport. On the other hand, in any cases that you need to extend your stay, a visa waiver may be processed that can grant up to an additional stay of twenty nine (29) days in the Philippines.

Our team will be able to make things easy for you to help you process all the documentations needed for your extension. Please feel free to contact us by sending an email at

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