30-DAY FREE ENTRY TO THE PHILIPPINES!
There’s good news! Since 2013, if you are English German or from another EU country you do not need a visa if your stay is in the Philippines is 30 days or less. Citizens from 157 countries can now enter the Philippines visa-free if their stay in the Philippines is 30 days or less. Check out the full list of visa-free countries.
IMPORTANT: If the applicant's country is not included in the list, a visa must be applied before entering the Philippines. In such cases, you may contact the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt on the application procedures. Foreign nationals who are subjects of deportation/blacklist orders from the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines and the Philippines Bureau of Immigration shall not be admitted to the Philippines.
If you are planning a visit of 30 days or less, you only need to fulfill two simple requirements:
- Your passport should be valid six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines.
- You must have a return ticket or an outbound ticket to another country of destination. For example, if you plan on heading back to your next country of destination.
When is the 30-day period counted? The count of the 30 days starts on the day after the arrival in the Philippines. This means, if you arrive on 1 January 2015, you must depart the Philippines on or before 31 January 2015.
Do you plan to stay longer than 30 days in the Philippines? In this case, you will have to make an extension (permit to stay) from the Bureau of Immigration.
NON-IMMIGRANT TOURIST VISA – 9 (A)
(3) months, six (6) months, or one (1) year.
Check if you are a member of the list of visa-free countries and if your application for single / multiple entry visas and express processing is applicable.
The Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt accepts e-passports and machine-readable passports for visa applications. Non-machine readable passports (hand-scripted passports) will not be accepted for visa applications.
If you intend to get a visa or visa, you will need to get a visa and then apply for a visa.
The single entry visa costs € 27.00 and has a 3 month validity. This means you have to travel to the Philippines within three months from the date of issuance of the visa. For example, if your visa was issued on 1 January 2015, you have to arrive in the Philippines on or before 1 April 2015. This type of temporary visa only allows you to stay in the Philippines for a maximum period of 59 days.
Visa Required Nationals – Single Entry Temporary Visa (normal visa visa)
€ 36.00 and has a 3 month validity.
The Multiple Entry Temporary Visa (6 Months) for German / EU nationals
The Multiple Entry Temporary Visa with a six (6) month validity costs € 54.00. During the six (6) month validity period. However, for each visit, you can only stay at 59 consecutive days in the Philippines.
For these nationals who wish to obtain a multiple entry visa to the Philippines for tourism purposes, they must prepare and submit an invitation to the Philippine Consulate from the person / company / agency in the Philippines.
For more details, please contact the Philippine Consulate General.
DO YOU PLAN A LONGER STAY THAN 59 DAYS IN THE PHILIPPINES?
After you have entered the Philippines on any of the Temporary Visas earlier, you will have to go to the Bureau of Immigration Central Office or before your visa expires. Links to the Bureau of Immigration offices can be found here.
APPLYING FOR A VISA
Here are the requirements for visa application:
- Original Passport - Make sure your passport is valid for at least six (6) months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines
- Filled out application form + one (1) photograph
- Copy of your flight details - we can only issue a visa
- Proof of payment if you intend to apply by post. As you can apply for a visa at our Consulate, Embassy or the Honorary Consulates, make sure you send your application to the office where you transferred your payment!
- Self-addressed envelope with € 3.95 in stamps that wants to send back your passport to you.
Express processing: If you pay an additional fee of € 9.00, your visa may be processed and released next working day (not applicable to visa required nationals). This can be done via personal appearance at the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt. Kindly inquire with the Honorary Consulates if express processing is possible.
Children who are less than 15 years old and not accompanied by their parents need to apply for a Waiver of Exclusion Grounds (WEG) to travel to the Philippines.
- Applications should be submitted 30 days before the intended departure to the Philippines.
- The Consulate does not want the visa processing to accommodate the applicant's flight schedule.
- Processing of visa applications takes (10) working days after the receipt of COMPLETE requirements, EXCEPT for visa-required nationals for whom prior authority from the Department of Foreign Affairs is required for issuance of visas. Incomplete visa applications will NOT be processed.
- The Consular Officer reserves the right to request additional documents from the applicant.
- In case a temporary visitor visa holder’s stay in the Philippines will exceed the authorized period of stay, he/she will have to report to the Bureau of Immigration to apply for an extension of stay, and pay the corresponding immigration fees. The maximum period of stay given at the port of entry by the Bureau of Immigration is 59 days.
BANK DETAILS OF THE PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN FRANKFURT
Account Name: Generalkonsulat Philippinen
IBAN: DE76 1004 0000 0263 7106 02
Bank Name: Commerzbank AG
In making payments/deposits for the account of the Philippine Consulate General, please indicate the following at the bank:
Reference: Applicant’s Full Name
Type of Consular Service: (For example, Authentication or Visa)
Please be advised that the Consulate follows the “NO REFUND POLICY “ on fees paid by applicants for actual services rendered by the Consulate. “Actual services rendered” include, but are not limited to, services rendered from receipt of documents for review by the Consular Officer or, in case of payment, from the time of its receipt, and not merely restricted to the issuance of document. Fees for unserviced applications or applications no longer pursued are non-refundable.
NON-QUOTA IMMIGRANT VISA – 13(A) AND 13 (G)
The Consulate also issues immigrant visa that enable the holder an unlimited stay on the Philippines. However, you are only eligible for such a visa if you are married to a Philippine citizen or an unmarried child of a Philippine citizen ( 13(a)-visa ), or are a former Philippine citizen yourself ( 13(g)-visa ).
Please find the requirements for the non-quota immigrant visa, the application form and the medical form under the links below.
- List of requirements
- Application Form and Medical Form
BALIKBAYAN 1-YEAR VISA FREE ENTRY PRIVILEGE
The balikbayan privilege extends principally to (1) Philippine citizens residing abroad, and to (2) former Philippine citizens residing abroad who are now German citizens. Derivatively, it extends to their foreign spouses and children under certain conditions.
The following may avail of the balikbayan 1-year visa free entry privilege:
- Former citizens of the Philippines who now possess German citizenship
- German spouse and children of a former Philippine citizen
- German spouse and children of a Philippine citizen (i.e., an overseas worker or a citizen who has been continuously out of the Philippines for at least one year1 )
Please be informed that you can only avail of said privilege if you enter the Philippines with the Filipino spouse/parent. Click this link to see which documents you need to provide upon entry in order to enjoy the Balikbayan-Privilege.
FURTHER REQUIREMENTS/ TYPES OF VISAS
Please find the list of further types of visas and further documents below.
Visa Requirements for Visa Required Nationals
47(a)(2) Special Non-Immigrant Visa for Foreign Volunteers
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
Re: New Visa Regulations for Airline Crewmembers and Special Flights
The Philippine Consulate General wishes to inform the public about the following immigration regulations recently issued by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration involving crewmembers of airlines on a regular and special flights:
- Airline crewmembers of regular and special flights who are on duty status or about to join their assigned flight shall not be required to secure a Philippine visa prior to their arrival in the Philippines. Likewise, the six-month rule on passport validity shall not be applied to them.
- The said crewmembers shall only be required to present either their (a) passport and crew member certificate, or (b) passport and airline identification card.
- This new regulation, however, shall not be applicable to passengers of special flights who are visa required nationals. They are still required to secure an appropriate entry visa from a Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad prior to their arrival in the Philippines.
Anyone who has any questions about this new regulation may contact the Port Operations Division of the Bureau of Immigration at:
Contact Number: +63(2)-877-7888 local 8157
LIST OF VISA-FREE COUNTRIES
The nationals of the countries below may enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding 30 days under Executive Order No. 408:
3. Antigua and Barbuda
19. Burkina Faso
24. Cape Verde
25. Central African Republic
31. Congo, Democratic Republic
32. Costa Rica
33. Cote d’Ivoire
36. Czech Republic
40. Dominican Republic
42. El Salvador
43. Equatorial Guinea
73. Korea (ROK)
89. Marshall Island
102. New Zealand
109. Papua New Guinea
118. St. Kitts and Nevis
119. Saint Lucia
120. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
122. San Marino
123. Sao Tome and Principe
124. Saudi Arabia
128. Slovak Republic
130. Solomon Islands
131. South Africa
141. Trinidad and Tobago
147. United Arab Emirates
148. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
149. United States of America
155. Viet Nam
* Brazilian and Israeli nationals are given fifty-nine (59) days stay based on existing agreements.
Source: Bureau of Immigration