Philippines Tourist Visa Requirements, Fees for Indian Citizens | Y-Axis ✅

Philippines Tourist Visa

Philippines Tourist Visa

The Philippines, situated in the western Pacific Ocean, consists of approximately 7,641 islands, broadly divided into three geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The country has some of the best biodiversity in the world. The most popular tourist destinations in the country are the beaches, islands, rainforests, mountains, and diving spots.

Citizens of certain countries including India are entitled to a visa-free entry to the Philippines if they want to visit the country as a tourist. However, this visa-free entry facility is valid for only 21 days. For visits that will exceed 21 days, a tourist visa is necessary.

All nationals exempted from visas that extend their stay by two months per extension, but the entire period of their stay cannot exceed two years. Nationals who are required to apply for a tourist visa may also extend their stay, but only 30 days for each extension. In the Philippines, the cumulative amount of time spent cannot exceed 6 months.

About the Philippines

Officially the Republic of the Philippines, the Philippines is a group of more than 7,000 islands in Southeast Asia in Pacific Ocean. These islands come under the three main geographical divisions of Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon.

The Philippines shares maritime borders with many countries – China, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Palau, and Indonesia.

A multinational country, the Philippines has diverse cultures and ethnicities throughout its varied islands.

Manila is the capital of the Philippines and Quezon City is the largest city. Both Manila and Quezon City come under the urban area of the National Capital Region (Metro Manila).

Filipino, the national language of the Philippines, is an updated version of Tagalog. Around 80% to 90% of Filipino is Tagalog, the rest is comprised of English, Spanish, and other languages.

English and Filipino are both official languages, with English being used more commonly by the government.

The Philippines has an estimated population of around 108.8 million.

Prominent tourist destinations in the Philippines

·       Banaue Rice Terraces

·       Mayon Volcano

·       Puerto Princesa Underground River

·       Boracay

·       Malapascua Island

·       Chocolate Hills

·       Tubbataha Reef

·       Fort Santiago

·       Mt. Pulag National Park

·       White Beach

·       Philippine Eagle Centre


There are many reasons that make the Philippines worth visiting. These include –

  • Experience the colourful and fun festivals in the Philippines, such as Sinulog Festival, Higantes Festival, Kadayawan Festival, Moriones Festival, Dinagyang Festival etc.
  • Vibrant and fun
  • Unique diversity, 16 regions with their own individual culture
  • Cuisine, a blend of oriental, American, and European tastes
  • Abundance of fresh seafoods
  • A rich cultural heritage
  • More than 90% speak English
  • An epicenter of marine biodiversity
  • Top diving sites in the world
  • Plenty of pristine beaches
  • Value spending, export-quality goods are much cheaper
Document requirements to apply for a tourist visa:
  • A valid passport
  • Passport size photos
  • Old passports and visa
  • A copy of your completed and signed visa application form
  • Details about your itinerary
  • Proof of hotel bookings, flight bookings
  • Copy of return ticket
  • A cover letter with all the required details about your itinerary
  • Salary slip for the last 6 months
  • Income tax returns for the last 3 years
  • Travel insurance
  • If employed, a certificate of current employment with full name, address, telephone number of the employer with a duration of service and salary details of the employee
  • When the Applicant is self-employed, a copy of his business registration
  • If the Applicant is a minor, documents of the parent or legal guardian documents are required that show proof of income

Before you apply for a visit visa, ensure that you meet the visa requirements, fill the application form, attach the required documents, and pay the required fees.

Processing time:

It can take about 10 working days in order to process the visa. Individuals should make their applications in advance to avoid delays in their travel plans.

How Y-Axis Can Help You?

Y-Axis is best positioned to help you with your Philippines visit visa. Our teams will help you:

  • Advise you on the required documentation
  • Advise you on the funds that need to be shown
  • Fill out the application forms
  • Review your documents for the visa application

Talk to us to get your Philippines visitor visa process underway

Which visa is required for visit overseas to the Philippines?

Generally, in order to visit the Philippines for a short visit, an individual will have to apply for a 9A: Temporary Visitor’s visa.

What if I need to go to the Philippines on business?

You will have to apply for the Philippines 9A visa. The Philippines issues the 9A visa for the following purposes –

  • 9A: Temporary Visitor’s visa for pleasure [Tourist visa]
  • 9A: Temporary Visitor’s visa for Religious Workers and Missionaries
  • 9A: Temporary Visitor’s visa for Business [Business visa]
I am from India. Can I go to the Philippines without a visa?

Indian nationals, intending to visit the Philippines for the purposes of tourism, might be granted visa-free entry into the country for an initial authorized stay not beyond 14 days.

Indians can avail visa-free entry into the Philippines provided that meet all of the following conditions –

  • A valid [used or unused] multiple entry visa or permanent residence permit for Singapore, Japan, the US, Schengen Area, Australia, the UK, or Canada. 
  • An Indian passport with a validity remaining of a minimum of 6 months from the date of departure from the Philippines.
  • Return or onward journey ticket.
  • No adverse record with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.
Can I extend my visa-free entry into the Philippines?

The initial 14 day visa-free entry into the Philippines might be extended with an additional 7 days. Hence, a maximum stay of 21 days can be availed.

What if I enter the Philippines without a visa and convert it to another visa?

No, if you gain visa-free entry into the country, you cannot convert to another visa category when in the Philippines. A visa-free entry into the Philippines is non-convertible to other visa categories.

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