TEMPORARY VISITOR'S VISA
Canadian passport-holders visiting the Philippines for business or for pleasure are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for stays not exceeding thirty (30) days provided that they have onward or return bookings to their country of origin or another country of destination. Visitors who intend to stay longer than 30 days in the Philippines are required to obtain a Temporary Visitor’s Visa before their departure.
Requirements for the Temporary Visitor's Visa
- Completed FA Form 2 (Visa Application Form) -
- Canadian passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond expected date of departure from the Philippines
- Photocopy of airline ticket or flight itinerary
- Declaration of financial means, such as a bank or credit card statement showing ability to support oneself financially in the Philippines
- One (1) colored ID photograph taken in the last six (6) months
- For business travellers, a letter from the sponsoring firm in the Philippines or in Canada stating the purpose of visit
The consular officer may also require additional documents from the applicant, depending on the purpose of the visit.
The validity of the Temporary Visitor’s Visa indicates the amount of time that the visa holder must use the visa before it expires, and not the amount of time the holder is allowed to stay in the Philippines. For example, a holder of a Philippine single-entry Temporary Visitor’s Visa, which is valid for 3 months from the date of issue, must use the visa within that 3-month period; it does not mean that the visa-holder is allowed to stay in the Philippines for 3 months.
The initial length of stay for all holders of the Temporary Visitor's Visa is 59 days. Those whose stays in the Philippines will exceed 59 days must secure an extension of stay from the Bureau of Immigration and pay the required fees.
Unaccompanied Non-Filipino Minors Traveling to the Philippines
Unaccompanied non-Filipino minors travelling to the Philippines must obtain a Temporary Visitor’s Visa prior to travel, regardless of the length of stay in the Philippines.
Furthermore, under Section 29(a)(12) of the Philippine Immigration Act, non-Filipino children below fifteen (15) years of age who are unaccompanied by a parent or not coming to a parent in the Philippines can be excluded entry to the Philippines. However, such unaccompanied children may be granted entry with a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) from the Bureau of Immigration upon arrival in the Philippines.
The WEG is a formal permission of at least one of the parents of the child(ren) to travel to the Philippines. The WEG is a requirement of Philippine immigration authorities.
The adult accompanying the child(ren) must bring the documentary requirements listed below and upon arrival at the port of entry in the Philippines, obtain application forms for the Waiver of Exclusion (WE) from the Immigration Duty Supervisor (IDS). The accomplished WE application form and documentary requirements will be submitted to the IDS. A waiver fee will apply for each child.
The documentary requirements of the WEG are the following:
- Letter addressed to the Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration of the Philippines from the parent requesting the granting of Waiver of Exclusion Ground and allowing the entry of the child(ren) to the Philippines. The letter must name the adult accompanying the child and representing the parent(s) during the trip;
- Affidavit of Consent of either parent of the child(ren), notarized by the Embassy;
- Photocopy of the child(ren)’s passport information page;
- Photocopy of the parent(s)’s passport information page;
- Copy of the child(ren)’s flight itinerary indicating the departure from the Philippines;
- Copy of the invitation (from sponsoring institution or sponsoring parent) for the child(ren) to come to the Philippines;
- Waiver Fee of PHP 3,500.00 per minor child, to be paid to Philippine immigration authorities upon arrival in the Philippines
Information on the WEG can be accessed at the following links to the website of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration:
Visa Applications by Mail
If the applicant is unable to personally appear before a Consular Officer, the visa application (FA Form No. 2) must be duly notarized and submitted with the other requirements. A pre-paid courier envelope (such as Xpresspost) must be enclosed to ensure the safe return of the applicant's passport and other documents. The application and supporting documents should be mailed to:
Embassy of the Philippines
Attention: Consular Section
30 Murray St.,
Ottawa ON K1N 5M4
Visa Fees in CAD
For holders of Canadian passports:
Temporary Visitor’s Visa (9a)
- Single entry, valid for 3 months 43.50
- Multiple entry, valid for 6 months 87.00
- Multiple entry, valid for 1 year 130.50
The Embassy accepts payment in cash as well as bank draft or postal money order made payable to PHILIPPINE EMBASSY. Those who choose to mail their visa applications must include payment in bank draft or postal money order.