Tourist Visa Extensions in the Philippines, Duration and Cost
Visa extensions are one of the things that puzzles new arrivals here in the Philippines….How does it work? How long can I stay on an extended tourist visa? And how much does it cost?Please check with the Philippines Bureau of Immigration for the latest, correct costs, these fees/rules are always changing and I’ve updated this article a few times since it was originally written. Comments are welcome to keep up to date with costs and procedures.
Keep in mind this information is for tourist visas only, either the kind attained prior to coming to the Philippines at your country’s Philippines Consulate office and good for 59 days, or the kind that is stamped in your passport on arrival in the Philippines giving you 21 days of stay.
Visa extensions are for either one or two months, with a maximum of two months for each extension. When your extension expires, you can get another extension, usually about a week before the expiration date. You can do this until you have stayed a total of 16 consecutive months in the Philippines, and then you must leave the country, or you may request special permission from Manila BI to extend longer. If you leave the Philippines and come back again (even for one day), the process starts over again and you can extend your tourist visa every two months for another 16 months. Visa extensions can be issued at any Philippines Bureau of Immigration office.
The costs for Philippines tourist visa extensions vary depending on how long you have been in the Philippines. The prices are also always changing and new charges are being added such as the express line fees for P500 and the (now required) ACR I-card which every foreigner must purchase, even if they are only on a tourist visa, if he/she will stay in the Philippines for more than 6 months. Most people will extend for the maximum two months every time so I will assume that you are too. If you are extending for one month only, subtract P500.
If you entered the country on a 59 day visa issued at the Philippines Consulate in your own country, you can skip the 38-day waiver extension. If you entered on a 21 day stamp issued at the airport, then your first extension is actually called a “Visa Waiver” which will extend your stay another 38 days to a total of 59 days, and it costs P3,030 or about $70 US dollars.
After that you will have stayed a total of 59 days and if you want to stay longer, you can apply for an extension for one or two months. So this first Visa Extension (the previous one was actually a Visa Waiver) costs P4,860 for two months, or about $120 US dollars. You will also have to apply and pay for an ACR I-Card at this time, which is basically a temporary ID card for foreigners. You can read more about the ACR I-card and the advantages of having one in the post entitled, “Philippines ACR I-card, What Is It, and Why Do I Need It?“. So the cost for the visa extension will be P4,860, about $120 US dollars and the ACR I-card costs P2,200 or $50 US dollars, so the total, including the I-card, is P7,060 or about $170 US dollars.
After 4 months of stay in the Philippines, to extend another 2 months, it will cost P3,330.
After six months of stay in the Philippines, your visa extension for another two months will cost P4,240 or about $100 US dollars.
Then after that, the prices go down. Your extensions at 8 months, 10 months, 12 months, and 14 months will all cost P2,830, about $70 US. And after 16 months of stay, if you still love living in the Philippines, you can buy a cheap roundtrip ticket to a neighboring Asian country (See my post, “Finding the Best Airfare Deals in Asia“) and come back again to the Philippines to start the whole visa extension process all over again! Have fun!
Notes: These prices are based on my own receipts, from the BI office in which I extended, at the time that I extended. You might be charged differently depending on where you extend and if new charges have been added or removed (not likely any charges will be removed) since this article has been written.