Philippines Tourist Visa Extension
A Philippines Tourist Visa is mandatory for citizens of some countries. Nationals of other countries can avail of the free visa waiver and a first extension (fees apply).
This map shows the type of visa needed or visa waiver granted by the Philippines.
Please also consult the comprehensible list on Wikipedia.
Before this initial visa or visa-waiver expires, tourists and other aliens need to extend their visa for 1, 2 or even 6 months. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) recommends to “file for your visa extension application seven (7) days before your Temporary Visitors’ visa expires”. (sic)
Tourist Visa Extension
An extension of this Philippines Tourist Visa can be obtained at any office of the Bureau of Immigration. More information about the whole visa extension procedure can be found here.
Until autumn 2016, obtaining a visa extension could have been an annoying process. Many long-stay tourists and expatriates recommended to go to a small field office instead a regional office ore even the head office in Intramuros (Manila).
Several readers of our website and friends reported that the “lean office initiative” of the new government has now reached the BI.
You do not need anymore a bunch of photocopies and several passport photos. The BI writes:
“For visa extension requirements, kindly bring your passport and submit a filled out visa extension form (TVS-C-VE-2016) at any BI offices”.
That’s really a big progress. The above link allows you to download the needed form. You then can print it and fill it in before going to the BI. Have also a look at the ACR-I application form because this is a very large form and needs some understanding. All available forms can be found here.
Form fun – not only in the Philippines
It seems that any person developing forms anywhere in the world never had to fill in a form. Let’s have a look at this BI form.
- How can one write more than 4 or 5 characters in this space?
- Why this special form of date? dd-mm-yyyy would be easier.
- One box for males and two boxes for females? Do females have to write XX?
- Two boxes without labels? Maybe if you have another civil status…
- This format is perfect for Philippines cell #. But what if your SIM card is from abroad?
- The last paragraph makes us think, that you can only apply once. What happens with your second extension?
Philippines Tourist Visa and others
The new procedure and the new form are nice samples of the government’s efforts to make tourist’s life easier. Several friends also reported that BI staff has become much friendlier. We also made this experience with other government agencies. We really hope that this progress will go on and make life of tourists and citizens easier. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂