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How-To Get A Philippines Visa Extension [2023]: Guide, Fees, Requirements

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Need to stay in the Philippines longer than 30 days? This guide walks you through the steps and any requirements for a Philippines visa extension. Get insider tips to save time and money getting your visa extensions and waivers. Learn how you can legally stay in the Philippines for up to 36 months on a tourist visa.

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(@Dave Tyler)
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Thank you Marco for this invaluable information, by far the best I found anywhere. I'm here now in the Philippines and have extended my stay to 59 days via the online Visa Waiver. Super easy. Now I'd like to extend beyond 59 days, but you state "Only after the Visa Waiver expires can you apply for regular visa extensions in 1, 2, or 6-month durations." This implies that I would be in the country illegally when I apply for the extension. I can't find any information anywhere about extending beyond the Visa Waiver period. Help!


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Dave, I'm glad you are finding the information useful. You need to complete your extension prior to your 29-day waiver expiring. What I was trying to clarify is that you need to apply for the visa waiver first before applying for the 1,2, or 6-month extensions. You don't go from entering the country for 30 days visa-free, then jump straight in for a 6-month extension. Does that help clarify?


   
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(@Jr Alex)
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I’am a Micronesia citizen who married a Filipina citizen,can I stay in the Philippines for 31 days?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Alex, citizens of these countries can enter the Philippines visa exempt for 30 days, then extend another 29 days with a visa waiver application at the Bureau of Immigration office or website.


   
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(@Frederic CREPIN)
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Hello
I'm French citizen, I will go to Philippines the 7 March for more 30 days, so I need to make an extension
then I must already request an extension on the website or must I wait to be there at the airport


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Frederick, you need arrive first, then you can extend. You can extend online or at the Bureau of Immigration One-Stop branch at Terminal 3 at the airport.


   
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 Ky
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After 59 days is there anyway that I can avoid flying out of the country or is it always mandatory?


   
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 Ky
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Is there anyway that I can remain in Philippines without flying out after 59days? I'm trying to avoid the cost of plane tickets after every 59days


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi KY, It depends on your citizenship. Citizens of some countries can extend their visas for an additional 1, 2, or 6 months for up to 3 years without leaving the country. What passport do you hold?


   
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 Mike
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I am getting married in the Philippines as a US citizen after I arrive i Cebu: on Apr 3. I will not have a visa as I am allowed to be there 30 days without a visa. How do I get a marriage visa while I’m there?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Mike, it is going to be series of many steps.

  1. As a US citizen, you can enter the Philippines visa-exempt for 30 days
  2. Follow the steps to get married in the Philippines
  3. Apply for a Philippine marriage license
  4. Apply for a probationary 13a spousal visa in the Philippines
  5. Extend your visa, until the 13a probationary visa is granted
  6. Convert the 13a probationary visa to a 13a Permanent visa after one year
  7. As you can see there are many step and things to keep track of. If you need help with your 13a visa, we can help.


   
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(@James Dub)
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Hi, Thanks for the guide. Do children (7 years old) also require a visa waiver to extend from 30 to 59 days or is it OK if their parents both have one? She doesn't have an email/telephone and the website doesn't allow 2 visa waivers on the same login


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi James, yes, even children will need to keep their visa valid with an extension. You should be able to use another email address to create an account for her or you can apply in person at a BI branch. Cheers.


   
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