An archipelago, Philippines is a place that lures nature lovers with its exotic beauty and pristine sea beaches. A group of as many as 7,641 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, the land of Philippines appears to be straight out of a picture post card. In this article, we give you the details of how to acquire a visa to visit the enchanting Philippines.

Visa Free Entry

Owing to the Philippines sharing a cordial relationship with them, the citizens of certain countries are allowed to enter Philippines for a stay of less than 30 days. Some of the prominent countries among them are-

  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • The USA
  • The UK
  • The UAE

The Different Types of Visas

Those looking to visit Philippines can opt for three types of visas depending on their purpose of visit and duration of stay. They are-

  • Tourist Visa: Those looking to explore the land of Philippines as tourists can opt for this type of visa. It’s also suitable for those visiting family and friends
  • Transit Visa: A visitor who needs to transit through any of the airports in the Philippines en route his final destination shall need a transit visa
  • Business Visa: These visas are meant for those looking to do any kind of business in the Philippines and make investments there

The price of a normal tourist visa to the Philippines is AED 300. The visa fee shall differ based on the type of the visa issued. Applicants are requested to confirm the fee with their respective consultants.

For the smooth processing of the visa by the embassy and to avoid any delays, it’s important to ensure proper submission of certain supporting documents. They are-

  • A valid UAE residency proof valid for a minimum of 90 days from the day of journey
  • The original passport with two bank pages valid for at least 6 months from the day of the journey
  • In case of any employee of a company visiting the Philippines, he/she shall need an NOC letter from the company mentioning the date of joining, the designation, the pay and the purpose of visit addressed to the Philippines embassy. For businessmen, a valid trade license, a self-introduction letter mentioning the monthly earnings along with the passport details of the partners, investors or co-owners if any.
  • 3 recently taken photographs of dimension 3.5*4.5 cm having a white background
  • A bank statement with details of transactions carried out over the last 3 months bearing the bank stamp or an original bank statement
  • An invitation letter from friends or relatives will be an added advantage
  • An invitation letter for all business travelers

Points to Note

  • The embassy keeps the original passport to stamp the visa on it
  • The passport can be taken back by the applicant if he/she needs to travel by paying additional charges
  • The applicant needs to visit the embassy personally to submit the visa along with other original supporting documents
  • The service fees and the visa fees are not refunded under any circumstances whatsoever
  • A confirmed return air ticket and proof of hotel booking need to be furnished at the airport after landing in the Philippines

It needs to be noted that visa applications may be delayed or rejected by the embassy due to the following reasons but not being limited to these reasons solely. The reasons are-

  • Application forms with incomplete information
  • Application forms having errors with/or some necessary information omitted
  • Some supporting documents not being clearly visible
  • Air tickets not being booked

Also note that transit visa policies differ between nations. Applicants are therefore requested to check with their airline before traveling.

Once the visa is received, it’s vital that the applicant informs the visa consultant in the event of there being any discrepancies in the documentation. Failure to do so shall be considered by the embassy as an acknowledgement of the visa having been processed with correct information.

The time needed to process the visa is decided by the applicant’s nationality, but it usually takes 2 to 10 working days. If the Philippines has a visa agreement with the applicant’s country, the processing of the visa shall be much faster. The processing time begins the very next day after receiving the application. The working days in the UAE are Sunday through Thursday.


Is it mandatory to have a visa to visit the Philippines?

Yes, it’s a must that all UAE citizens with multiple nationalities have a visa to visit the Philippines.

Do infants and children need visas to enter the Philippines?

Yes, infants and children shall need a visa to enter the Philippines accompanied by their UAE citizen parents.

Should the air tickets be booked before applying for the visa?

Yes, it’s advisable that the air tickets be booked before submitting the visa application for smooth processing and approval of the visa.

How many days does it usually take to process a visa to the Philippines?

Provided that all necessary documents are submitted promptly and the application filled without any errors, the number of days needed to process a visa is usually 2 to 10 working days.

Is the visa fee ever refunded?

No, under no circumstances whatsoever is the visa fee refunded.

Is the reason for rejection of the visa shared with the applicant?

No, in most cases the embassy doesn’t reveal why the visa has been rejected. However, in some exceptional cases, it might.

How is the visa received?

The embassy authorities stamp the visa on the passport.

What’s the visa application fee?

While the standard visa fee for a normal visa for a UAE citizen is AED 300, it varies between nations and may be low or high accordingly.