Foreigners whose intended stay in the Philippines will exceed 21 days have to apply for visa before travelling to the Philippines. A temporary visitor’s visa may be valid for single or multiple entries.

The validity of an entry visa should be differentiated from the length of stay in the Philippines. A three-month validity means that a person may enter the Philippines within the three (3) months from the date of issuance of visa to the date of its expiry. If a traveller is in possession of a six-month multiple visa, this means that he may enter the Philippines any number of times provided it is within the six-month period specified in the visa.

As a general rule, the Philippines requires foreign nationals travelling to the Philippines to have passports valid for at least six (6) months beyond their intended period of stay in the country.

British nationals married to Filipino/former Filipino nationals may avail themselves of the balikbayan privilege if they travel to the Philippines with their Filipino/former Filipino spouses.