The admission of foreign citizens into the Philippines is governed by Commonwealth Act No. 613, as amended, known as the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940.

The Bureau of Immigration is responsible for the administration of Philippine immigration laws and regulations. Issuance of visas outside the Philippines is the responsibility of the Department of Foreign Affairs through its diplomatic and consular missions abroad.

The Consular Section of the Philippine Embassy In Ottawa is duly authorized to issue the appropriate visas to citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Visa Issuance

A Philippine Visa is an endorsement made on a travel document by a consular officer at a Philippine Embassy or Consulate abroad denoting that the visa application has been properly examined and that the bearer is permitted to proceed to the Philippines and request permission from the Philippine Immigration authorities at the ports of entry to enter the country.  The visa thus issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be automatically admitted into the country, because the admission of foreign nationals into the Philippines is a function of the immigration authorities at the port of entry.

Validity of a Visa

The period of validity of a visa indicates the time within which entry into the Philippines may be effected. It does not refer to the length of stay in the Philippines.

For example, a three-month validity for a single entry visa means a person may enter the Philippines within three (3) months from the date of issuance of visa and upon entry in the Philippines, the Immigration officer may grant the initial authorized stay of fifty-nine (59) days. If a traveler is in possession of a one-year or six-month multiple entry visa, this means that the traveller may enter the Philippines any number of times provided it is within the period specified in the visa.

Where to File Visa Application

Visa applicants may file their applications at the Embassy during regular office hours: 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1 p.m. to 5p.m. Mondays thru Fridays, except during Philippine and Canadian holidays.

From 1 August 2013, Canadian passport holders who intend to visit the Philippines for tourism or business may enter and stay in the Philippines for 30 days without visa provided that they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination, and that their passports are valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay in the Philippines (see 30-day Visa Free Entry for more information).



Foreign nationals who are Registered Sex Offenders (RSO) in other countries are NOT WELCOME TO VISIT THE PHILIPPINES.

Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Siegfred B. Mison on 4 June 2014 said any alien whose name is found in the registry of sex offenders as may be provided by a foreign embassy will be issued an order to leave.

In operations order SBM-2014-016 to the bureau personnel, Commissioner Mison stated that foreign nationals who are RSOs clearly pose a threat to public safety.The BI chief listed the guidelines to ensure speedy proceedings against foreign sex offenders.

Within 24 hours from receipt of the letter or records from authorized personnel of a foreign embassy stating that a certain foreign national is a RSO, the office of the commissioner or other BI offices shall endorse the sex offender file to the BI'sLegal Division (LD).

Within 48 hours from receipt of the sex offender file, the LD shall draft the order directing the inclusion of the foreign national's name in the BI blacklist in case the RSO has not arrived in the Philippines.

The Commissioner further added that in case the RSO has already reached the country, the foreign national shall be ordered to leave within 15 days and his name shall be included in the BI blacklist.

If the foreign RSO holds a visa other than a temporary visitor visa (TVV), the LD shall commence the forfeiture proceedings against the subject foreign national. The visa forfeiture order shall include the order to leave with blacklisting.

In case the alien RSO fails to comply with the order to leave, the LD shall commence deportation proceedings against the alien.

The BI shall ensure that the relevant immigration information of the RSO shall be attached to the travel records, alien registration records and derogatory records, and the same will be part of the sex offender file.