6 Steps To Get A Philippines Entry Exemption Document

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What is A Philippine Entry Exemption Document (EED)?

SRRV Applicants must have a Philippine Entry Exemption Document (EED) prior to applying for a 9(a) visa allowing expat retirees to travel to the Philippines.  The Philippines Retirement Association (PRA) will request an EED for expats who have completed the SRRV basic requirements. However, approval of the EED is issued by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and endorsed by the Department of Tourism (DOT) 

Which Documents Are Required For A Philippines Entry Exemption Document?

The Philippines Retirement Association (PRA) will only request an EED for visa applicants who have submitted ALL the SRRV documents. Documentary requirements include Letter Request for EED, SRRV Application Form, Medical Certificate, Police Clearance, Proof of Pension Income, etc. 

Foreign parents with minor children will need to show legal proof of relationship (birth certificate, adoption papers, etc.) 

Download a complete list of SRRV required documents here.

What happens after the EED is Approved?

Once the PRA sends you the approved EED, you will need to present the EED at your local Philippine Embassy or Consulate and apply for a 9(a) to enter the Philippines. Once you arrive in the Philippines, you will need to complete the Special Resident Retiree Visa (SRRV) application process to move to the Philippines permanently.

What Is 9(a) Temporary Visitor visa?

A 9(a) visa is a temporary non-immigrant visa issued to foreign nationals only valid for a short period of time (between 7-59 days depending on citizenship).

Is the EED Required To Get The 9(a) visa or a SRR Visa?

The Philippines Entry Exemption Document (EED) is the first requirement for foreigners to enter the country. Foreigners can acquire a short-term 9(a) visa to travel to the Philippines with an EED. However, the Philippines Retirement Association (PRA) will only request an EED if you have completed all the Special Retiree Resident Visa (SRRV) minimum requirements. 

How long does it take to process an Entry Exemption Request?

The PRA will begin processing your EED once they receive the complete requirements. However, it is difficult to estimate a timeline, because an EED requires approval from three government agencies: the Philippines Retirement Authority, the Department of Tourism, and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

What happens to my deposit if My Philippine Entry Exemption Document is denied?

Your visa deposit and payment fees are refunded if you do not meet the entry requirements and your EED request is denied. However, the PRA will reduce the refunded balance by charging a $200 USD processing fee.

Is the EED A Permanent Residence Visa?

The EED is not a visa. The EED is a temporary approval allowing you to enter the Philippines. To live in the Philippines permanently, you need a visa like the SRRV. 

Can Foreign Nationals Enter The Philippines Now?

Yes, but under specific conditions. Including dual citizens, Balikbayan program participants (accompanying foreign spouses, former Filipino citizens, and children of Filipino parents), and visa holders with valid visas. You can read the latest SRRV updates here. 

Do I Need An EED If My Spouse Is A Filipino Citizen?

If you have a 13(a) visa (issued to a legal spouse of a Philippine National), you do NOT need an EED if you are traveling with your Filipino spouse. If you arrive in the country by yourself, you will need an EED.

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How To Apply For An Entry Exemption Document (EED) Allowing Foreigners To Enter The Philippines

Step 1- Gather required documents

Can be the most time-consuming part of the process. To enter the country, these documents do NOT have to be apostilled or authenticated. However, to get your visa, the same documents will need validation, which is easier to get in your Country of Origin.

Documentary proof includes valid passports, an employment certificate, a police background check, a bank statement, proof of financial capacity, and a marriage certificate.  

Get a complete checklist of additional documents here.

Step 2- Transfer Visa Deposit and Payment of Fees

Send the visa fee and deposit to the Philippines Retirement Association (PRA) bank. The amount depends on which visa you will be applying for. Specific amounts and bank details can be found at

Step 3- Entry Exemption Request

After submitting all the documents online and sending your deposit to the PRA bank, you can request the Philippines Entry Exemption Document from the PRA allowing you to enter the country. 

Step 4- Deal With Bureaucracy

Your Entry Exemption request needs sign off from THREE different government agencies.

  • Philippines Retirement Association (PRA)
  • Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)

For help dealing with the paperwork and red tape click

Step 5- Get a Temporary 9(a) Visa

Present your approved EED at the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate to apply for a 9(a) Temporary Non-Immigrant Visa allowing you to enter the country.

Step 6- Finalize the SRRV Visa

After arriving in the Philippines, complete the visa process by physically submitting all the documents from Step 1, along with your passport with your entry visa to finalize the Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) process. The SRRV allows you to permanently immigrate to the Philippines

You can now live in the Philippines long-term and enjoy the beautiful beaches, friendly people, and low cost of living.

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