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IMPORTANT REMINDER:

ALL VISA-FREE PRIVILEGES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, WITH REFERENCE TO PROCLAMATION NO. 922 DECLARING A STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY THROUGHOUT THE PHILIPPINES DATED 08 MARCH 2020. 

Kindly refer to Advisory No. 17, for guidance. 

Those who qualify for exemption from the travel restrictions, as listed in the above Advisory, would still need to secure the appropriate visa to be able to enter the Philippines.

 

Visa-Free Entry to the Philippines for Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian nationals

Nationals of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia may avail themselves of visa-free entry to the Philippines, provided they will stay in the Philippines not more than 30 days.  They should have passports valid at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay in the Philippines, and a return ticket to their country of origin or a ticket to their next country of destination.

Other nationals residing in Poland or neighboring countries may also avail themselves of this visa-free entry to the Philippines if they are nationals of countries in the List of Countries with visa-free entry privileges to the Philippines.

Who need a visa to visit the Philippines

The following must apply for a visa with the Philippine Embassy in Warsaw before traveling to the Philippines:

  1. Nationals of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia who intend to stay more than 30 days in the Philippines;
  2. Stateless nationals holding Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian or Estonian passports or similar laissez-passer documents who are not nationals of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia, like the non-citizens of Latvia, regardless of duration of stay in the Philippines, and
  3. Nationals of countries like Ukraine who are not in the List of Countries with visa-free entry privileges to the Philippines, regardless of duration of stay.

Balikbayan: Special visa-free entry for Filipinos and former Filipinos and their families

Filipino and former Filipino citizens, and their accompanying immediate family members, may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a period of one (1) year, provided that they have a passport valid for 6 months beyond the intended stay in the Philippines, a return or onward ticket, and proof of former Philippine citizenship of the principal Balikbayan Filipino or former Filipino citizen, like an old Philippine passport, or a Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Foreigner spouses who are nationals of countries in the List of Countries with visa-free entry privileges, and their minor children, can also enjoy this visa-free entry one year stay privilege only if traveling with the principal Balikbayan Filipino or former Filipino citizen.

Visa validity period and length of stay

The visa validity period indicated on the visa under the “Valid From” and “Valid Until” fields are the inclusive dates during which the visa holder may enter the Philippines. The visa holder cannot enter the Philippines before the starting (“Valid From”) date. The visa holder cannot also enter after the (“Valid Until”) date, even if the visa was not used: The visa holder must enter the Philippines during the visa validity period. The usual single entry temporary visitor (tourist) visa validity period is three (3) months.

The length of stay in the Philippines indicated under the “Period of Stay” field indicates the continuous period of authorized stay in the Philippines. This period starts from the date of arrival in the Philippines, and may extend beyond the visa validity period, depending on the date of arrival in the country. The usual length of stay for temporary visitors and tourists is up to fifty nine (59) days.

Intended duration of stay longer than 59 days

If you wish to stay in the Philippines more than 59 days, please apply for a temporary visitor visa with 59 days authorized stay, and just apply for extension of stay repeatedly before the 59 days stay expires at any Philippine Bureau of Immigration office. This way, you can stay continuously for almost one year in the Philippines with a temporary visitor visa. You will find information on how to extend your stay in the Philippines on this page: http://www.immigration.gov.ph/faqs/extensionofstay 

If you do not want to keep on renewing your authorized length of stay every 59 days at the Bureau of Immigration, you can also apply for a multiple-entry visa valid over 6 or 12 months. With this visa, you can enter the Philippines any number of times during the six months or one year period. By repeatedly leaving the Philippines for short trips to nearby countries like Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand just before the 59 days authorized stay expires, and immediately returning to the Philippines, you receive again another 59 more days authorized stay. It is like you extended your stay at the Bureau of Immigration without having to go there and pay the extension fees. Many airlines offer round trip fares to these neighboring countries that are lower than the Bureau of Immigration extension of stay fees.

Requirements for Temporary Visitor’s Visa (Tourist visa for pleasure or business)

  1. Actual passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from return date) and one (1) photocopy of the data page
  2. Duly-accomplished Non-Immigrant Visa application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, and notarized if sent by mail
  3. Travel Itinerary (applicant must be a holder of a roundtrip/onward flight ticket out of the Philippines)
  4. One (1) colored passport-size (35mm x 45mm) photo taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted
  5. Proof of Financial Capacity (photocopy of latest bank statement and an employment certificate from the employer indicating position and salary, or affidavit of support) (Tourist Visa for pleasure only)
  6. Letter from employer or sponsor of the trip, indicating its specific purpose or nature and length of stay (inclusive dates) in the Philippines (Tourist Visa for business only)
  7. For minor visa applicants (below 18) traveling on their own, affidavit of support and guarantee from either parent, as well as photocopy of parent's bank statement
  8. Visa processing fee, according to fee schedule below (non-refundable), payable in cash or by bank transfer to "Embassy of the Philippines in the Republic of Poland". Checks and bank credit/debit cards are not accepted. An additional service fee of USD10.00 or PLN 40,00 will be charged for fast / expedited release of visa.  If paying by bank transfer, please add USD 6.00 or PLN 16.00 for the bank service charge.

Temporary visitor visa processing fees

For nationals of countries that are in the List of Countries (including Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia):

  1. Single entry valid for three (3) months USD 30.00 or PLN 120,00
  2. Multiple entry valid for six (6) months USD 60.00 or PLN 240,00
  3. Multiple-entry valid for twelve (12) months USD 90.00 or PLN 360,00

For nationals of countries that are not in the List of Countries with visa-free entry privileges to the Philippines (including Ukraine):

  1. Single entry valid for three (3) months USD 40.00 or PLN 160,00
  2. Multiple entry valid for six (6) months USD 80.00 or PLN 320,00
  3. Multiple-entry valid for twelve (12) months USD 120.00 or PLN 480,00

Requirements for 9(c) Seaman’s Visa

  1. 1. Actual passport of applicant (valid at least 6 months from return date) and one (1) photocopy of the data page
  2. Duly-accomplished Non-Immigrant Visa application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink, and notarized if sent by mail
  3. Travel Itinerary (roundtrip ticket not necessary)
  4. One (1) colored passport-size (35mm x 45mm) photo taken within six months before the date of application, showing a clear front view of applicant’s face, with a white background. No sleeveless attire. Blurred or low quality photos are not accepted.
  5. Letter from Shipping Company
  6. Crew List
  7. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate covering certificates for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via courier service, if Passport with Visa is to be mailed back.
  8. Visa fee of USD 20.00 or PLN 80,00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or by bank transfer to "Embassy of the Philippines in the Republic of Poland". Personal checks and credit/debit cards are not accepted.  If paying by bank transfer, please add USD 6.00 or PLN 16.00 for the bank service charge.

Note: The Philippine Embassy assumes no responsibility for any delay or loss in the mail, or while the documents are in the custody of the courier service. The applicant should note the tracking numbers of all envelopes used and submitted.

Processing Time

Applicants may claim their passports with visa after two (2) working days.  In urgent cases, when a faster release of the visa is desired, an additional service fee of USD10.00 or PLN 40,00 will be charged for fast / expedited release of visa.

Visa application by mail

Applicants who are unable to submit their visa applications in person must have their duly-accomplished visa application form attested to by a notary public before submitting the visa application documents to the Embassy.

Payment of visa fees by bank transfer

Account name: Embassy of the Philippines in the Republic of Poland
IBAN: PL37 1030 1508 0000 0008 1605 4001 (for PLN)
IBAN: PL84 1030 1508 0000 0008 1605 4028 (for USD)
BIC: CITIPLPX  / SWIFT Code: CITIPLPX
Bank Name: Bank Handlowy w Warszawie SA
Bank Address: ul Senatorska 16, 00-923 Warszawa, Polska

Important: If paying by bank transfer, please add USD 6.00 or PLN 16.00 for the bank service charge for USD or PLN, respectively.