Australian passport holders are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa if they intend to stay for thirty days (30) days or less for pleasure or business purposes, provided they have a return or onward travel to another country and their passports are valid at least six months beyond the intended stay in the Philippines.
A visa is an endorsement made on a passport or travel document by the Philippine Consulate denoting that the traveler’s visa application has been properly examined and that the holder is permitted to proceed to the Philippines. However, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (www.immigration.gov.ph) has the final decision on the entry of a foreign traveler into the Philippines.
The visa thus issued is not a guarantee that the holder will be admitted into the country. The admission of foreign nationals is a function of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration at the port of entry.
Holders of passports issued by other countries are advised to contact the Philippine Consulate General or to visit the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs website (www.dfa.gov.ph) for information if their passport avails of the 30-day visa-free entry privilege.
For a stay of more than 30 days, a traveler must apply for an appropriate visa at the Philippine Consulate General. A visa generally allows a stay of until 59 days in the Philippines. Visitors wishing to stay beyond 59 days may apply for an Extension of Stay at any office of the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines before the authorized stay runs out. Fees for extension of stay will apply. Refer to the Bureau of immigration website for information about extending your stay in the Philippines.
Children below 15 years of age traveling to the Philippines unaccompanied by a parent must secure an Affidavit of Support and Consent from the Consulate. Upon arrival at the airport in the Philippines, the accompanying adult will submit this Affidavit to the immigration authorities and obtain a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG). Fees will apply.
TEMPORARY VISITOR'S VISA FOR BUSINESS
The visa application requires the personal appearance of visa applicant.
In cases where distance makes it difficult for the applicant to travel to the Consulate, the visa application may be lodged by mail. In such cases, the accomplished visa application form and passport photograph must be noted by a Justice of the Peace, the visa fee payment must be in the form of a postal money order, and a self-address Registered Post envelope must be provided by the sender.
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPLICATION FOR A TEMPORARY VISITOR'S BUSINESS VISA:
Passport with a minimum validity of six months beyond applicant's intended date of departure from the Philippines;
Duly accomplished Visa Application Form signed by the applicant;
A company letter of sponsorship from the employer (or sending company) in Australia (stating purpose/nature of visit, contact in the Philippines, length of stay) and an invitation letter from the business contact in the Philippines;
One (1) passport-size photograph of the applicant;
Photocopy of applicant’s confirmed flight booking, itinerary or airline ticket;
A non-refundable visa fee. to be paid either in cash or cheque payable to the “Philippine Consulate of SA”;
The Consulate may require other documents to confirm certain circumstances relating to the applicant’s stay in the Philippines.
IF APPLYING BY MAIL
A Justice of the Peace must certify that the signature and photo in the accomplished application form are those of the applicant. The applicant must enclose a self-addressed Express Post or Registered Post envelope which will be used to return the applicant’s passport.
VISITORS WISHING TO STAY BEYOND 59 DAYS
Visitors wishing to stay beyond the authorized 59 days may apply for an Extension of Stay at any office of the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines before the 59 days run out. Visa extension fees will apply. Refer to the Bureau of immigration website for information about extending your stay in the Philippines.