Travel & Visa


Starting August 1, 2013, nationals from 151 countries may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a maximum of thirty (30) days, provided they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines, and present a return or outward bound ticket to their country of origin or to a next country of destination.
(Pursuant to the Bureau of Immigration’s Memorandum Circular No. RADJR-2013-006.)

*Chinese Nationals, including citizens for Hong Kong and Taiwan, will need a special permit.


The Philippines is fortunate to be free from epidemics. The country remains safe from bird flu and foot-and-mouth diseases.

If you’re coming from an area where yellow fever has been reported, you’ll need a certificate of vaccination.

For more information, visit www.doh.gov.ph


Before leaving the plane, you will be asked to fill out the Baggage Declaration Form.

The following items are allowed duty-free:

  • A reasonable quantity of personal clothes, jewelry, and toiletries
  • Two cartons of cigarettes or two tins of pipe tobacco
  • Up to two (2) liters of alcohol
  • The following items are prohibited:
  • Firearms
  • Dangerous drugs
  • Narcotics
  • Pornographic materials

The following items are regulated:

  • Transceivers
  • DVDs and VCDs
  • Controlled chemicals/substances/precursors

The following items are restricted and require prior import permits and health, sanitary or phytosanitary certificates:

  • Foreign agricultural products, such as animals, plants, wildlife
  • Their products and by-products, such as meat, eggs, fruit
  • Endangered species
  • “Balikbayans” have separate rules and should check with the Embassy or Consulate in their current residence.

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