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What To Do If You Overstay in the Philippines? Penalties, Blacklists, Extensions

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Having fun and enjoying your stay in the Philippines, and overstayed your Philippines visa? Stay calm. This article guides expats who accidentally overstay in the Philippines and explains the fines, process, penalties, and risks of being blacklisted from returning to the Philippines in the future.

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I have only over stayed for two days because Iissed my initial flight. I rebooked for the morning out of Clark international, do you know if there will be 2 day fines and if I can pay them at Clark??? Or will I need to go somewhere else.


   
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The overstay fines are dependent on the Immigration Official. However, there isn't a "one-day" fine. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) rounds up to the next whole month- Overstaying one day is the same as overstaying one month. While the total fee varies, minimum penalties reported are:

  • Any Outstanding Visa Extension Fees To Bring Your Current Up To Date; plus
  • Overstaying Fine– $9 USD / 500 PHP per month; plus
  • Motion for Reconsideration Fee For Your Overstay – $9 USD / 510 PHP.

   
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 Jay
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Hi. I have a friend who have a filipino wife. His visa is expired but, he already paid for the penalty. Do you know how much it will cost for getting a 13A visa and what is the requirements? Thank you


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Jay, here is a complete guide to the 13a costs, requirements, and process.


   
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(@Randy)
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If my visa extension is valid to April 4 2024 and i am leaving the country April 4 2024 do i need to get 1 more month visa ext. ?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Randy, officially, the Bureau of Immigration says "The start of the count will be the day of your arrival and the 30th day will be the same day of your departure." You should be ok if you are out leaving the country by the date stamped on your passport/visa. However, I hate cutting things that close. As with many things in the Philippines, it all comes down to how individuals interpret the rules. I would either extend or arrive at the airport extra early to ensure you have time to handle any potential issues.


   
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(@Philip)
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My visa first extension ends February 27. I leave March 2
What is the best way to handle the extra few days?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Philip, you basically have three options:

  1. Overstay, then pay the fine at the airport. I never like this option in any country. I prefer to stay on the "right" side of immigration law, because all it takes is a Immigration officer in a bad mood to make your day difficult.
  2. Extend your visa with the Bureau of Immigration

   
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 Cg
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I got stuck here during COVID and had to spend funds to remain because travel was restricted. Then after the ban was lifted I didn't have funds to depart. I was close to retirement and decided to wait for SS for funds to depart. Unfortunately it took over a year to receive my SS. By that time I had already overstayed 3 years. What should I do. I definitely don't want to go to jail.


   
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Hi Cg, 3 years is along overstay. With extreme overstay cases, I usually recommend consulting with an immigration attorney. Good luck.


   
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 Dan
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If I over stay my 30 day stay by 3 weeks can I pay all fees at the airport as I'm leaving us passport holder


   
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(@Tom Hammerel)
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I am leaving for the Philippines on May 2, 2024 from North Dakota, USA and leaving Manila on May 1, 2024. May has 31 days. Is that one day over the 30 day limit?


   
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(@Tom Hammerel)
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If there is a fine, do I pay it at immigrations in the airport?


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Tom, yes, that would count as an overstay. And the way the Bureau of Immigration works, the fine for overstaying one day is the same as overstaying one month. I suggest applying for a 29-day visa extension (technically a visa waiver). You can extend them online or at a BI office.


   
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Yup. You can pay the fine at the airport.


   
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