Philippines SRRV Visa Update and Requirements- All Your Questions Answered (2021)

08/10/2022

Latest SRRV Updates From The Philippines Retirement Authority

Has the suspension been lifted for the SRRV Visa?

Yes. The Philippines Retirement Authority (PRA) started accepting and processing SRRVisa applications as of June 1, 2021. However, the SRRV SMILE Visa program for early retirees over 35 years old is still suspended.

Are foreigners allowed to enter the Philippines now?

The situation changes frequently, but as of February 10, 2022, fully vaccinated foreigners are permitted to enter the Philippines. 

The requirements to enter the Philippines differs if you are a US citizen (or one of the 157 countries on this list), returning Balikbayan Filipino, or from a visa-required country. 

To get complete details on who can enter and the specific entry requirements, you can read my article on "Can I Travel To The Philippines Right Now?"

Can I enter the Philippines if I am married to a Filipino?

Yes. All vaccinated foreign nationals who are married to Filipinos are allowed to enter the country. For citizens of visa-free countries under Executive Order 408 (hint: like the United States), you can enter the Philippines without needing an an EED or entry visa.  

For visa-restricted citizens, you can apply for a Philippines entry visa/9a visa from your nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate on the basis of having a Filipino spouse.

However, all foreigners must follow the new Entry Requirements starting February 10, 2022

Are SRRV Visa holders allowed in the Philippines?

Yes, retirees who already hold a valid Special Resident Retiree Visas (SRRV) can enter the Philippines without an Entry Exemption Document (EED).

They are changing the laws. Do you know when the Philippines government will reinstate the SRRV Visa program?

The PRA has already reinstated the SRRV Visa program as of June 1, 2021. HOWEVER, the SRRV program is only open to retirees 50 years and older. The widely popular SRRV Smile Visa program for retirees 35 years old and up is remains suspended.

ARCHIVE OF PREVIOUS PRA UPDATES

Last Official Announcement From the Philippines Retirement Authority

Brief Overview Of The Philippines Special Resident and Retirees Visa Program

The Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) is a special non-immigrant visa allowing you to permanently live in the Philippines. This article is a brief overview of the Philippine visa program, benefits, documentary requirements, and visa fees. 

To get the complete list of requirements, links to application forms, checklists, and process to retire in the Philippines, read my Guide on How To Get A Philippines Retirement Visa

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What Are The Benefits Of The SRRV?

  1. You can live permanently in the PhilippinesWhether you prefer the bustling capital of Manila, the cooler climate of Baguio, the university small-town feel of Dumaguete, or one of the 7,000+ world-class islands, with the SRRV you can stay as long as you like.
  2. No more visa runs. You have multiple entry privileges with no minimum stay requirements. You can enter and leave the country as you please.
  3. Special SRRV Only Exemptions from annual application and renewal of a Philippines Immigration Alien Certificate of Registration Identity (ACR-I Card), paying a travel tax in Philippine airports, applying for a separate work visa, student visa, or study permit.
  4. Concierge Greet and Assist Program at major Philippine airports
  5. Free assistance in dealing with other Philippine government agencies
  6. Potential discounted health insurance premiums when enrolling in PHILHEALTH
  7. Customs, duties, and TAX-FREE importation of your household goods and personal effects valued up to $7,000 USD
  8. Special retiree discount privileges and promotions from select PRA-accredited Merchant Partners
  9. Foreign-sourced pensions and annuities are exempt from income tax
  10. Enjoy a quality of life with prices 60%+ less than in the United States
  11. Do not need to show an onward travel ticket when entering the country
  12. SRRV holders are exempt from the mandatory COVID-19 health insurance

Four SRRV Visa Types

a copy of a Philippines SRRV Visa

One Visa with Four Options (Classic, Courtesy, Expanded Courtesy, and Human Touch)

1) SRRV Classic - For healthy retirees over 50 years old. SRRV Classic requires a foreign currency deposit:

  • $10,000 visa deposit if you collect a monthly pension or social security of $800+ per month or more
  • $20,000 is the requisite deposit if you DON'T have a monthly pension or social security worth at least $800 per month

 EDITOR'S NOTE : Investment Opportunity- You don't have to let your required deposit sit in the bank, you can convert your deposit into an active investment.

Allowable investments include: 

  • real estate investment (purchase of condominium unit or long-term lease of a house and land)
  • membership shares into a golf club or country club.

2) SRRV Courtesy - For healthy foreign retirees over 50 years old, who were:

  • Former Filipino Citizens
  • Foreign Nationals who worked as an ambassador, diplomat, or staff of an NGO in the Philippines. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recognized list below.

The deposit required for the SRRV Courtesy is only $1,500

DFA Recognized NGO and International Organizations  <click to expand>

  • ASEAN CENTRE FOR BIODIVERSITY
    (ACB)
  • ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
    (ADB)
  • FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION
    OF THE UNITED NATIONS
    (FAO)
  • INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS
    (ICRC)
  • INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
    (IFAD)
  • INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION
    (IFC)
  • INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION

    (ILO)
  • INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
    (IMF)
  • INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION
    (IOM)
  • INTERNATIONAL RICE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    (IRRI)
  • SOUTHEAST ASIAN MINISTERS OF EDUCATION ORGANIZATION
    (SEAMEO INNOTECH)
  • SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGIONAL CENTER FOR GRADUATE STUDY
    RESEARCH IN AGRICULTURE
    (SEARCA)
  • SOUTHEAST ASIAN FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    AQUACULTURE DEPARTMENT
    (SEAFDEC)*
  • UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
    (UNDP)
  • UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND
    (UNICEF)
  • UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
    (UNHCR)
  • UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION
    (UNIDO)
  • UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND
    (UNFPA)
  • WORLD BANK
    (WB)
  • WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME
    (WFP)
  • WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
    (WHO)
    *
  • WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
    (WHO)

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

3) SRRV Expanded Courtesy - Any retired foreign member of the Armed Forces from countries with existing military ties and/or agreement with the Philippine Government can apply for the SRRV Expanded Courtesy with a deposit of $1500 USD. As an example as a retired member of any branch of the US military (regardless if you served in the Philippines or not) is eligible.

4) SRRV Human Touch - This visa category is for ailing retirees over 50 years old, who need medical care in the Philippines, have a $10,000 visa deposit, are guaranteed a pension of at least $1,500 per month, and obtains health insurance accepted in Philippine hospitals. 

Deposit amounts above (except for Human Touch) are for the Principal Retiree and two dependents (legal spouse or unmarried children). If you have over two dependents, you will need to deposit an additional $15,000 per dependent. An exemption of additional dependent deposit for SRRV Human Touch and SRRV Courtesy for Former Filipino citizens.

Philippines Retirement Visa Suspended (SMILE)

October 2021 Update - The SRRV Smile Visa, targeting young expats who retired early and digital nomads 35 years old and over, was suspended on October 2020. The SRRV Smile remains suspended until further notice. Read more about the SRRV Smile Visa here.

However, all other SRRV Visas (Classic, Courtesy, Expanded Courtesy, and Human Touch) are available for any retirees above 50 years old. 

US Dollar Deposit Requirements

SRRV CLASSIC- With Pension: $10,000; Without Pension: $20,000

SRRV COURTESY- $1,500

SRRV EXPANDED COURTESY- $1,500

SRRV HUMAN TOUCH- $10,000

*Amounts cover you plus 2 dependents (legal spouse or minor children), except for Human Touch, which only covers 1 dependent.

Amounts must be deposited in a PRA-Accredited Bank

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Whether you choose beaches or the city, the SRRV allows foreign retirees to stay in the Philippines indefinitely. 

Required Documents To Apply For A Philippines SRR Visa

  1. 1
    Financial Deposit Into Approved Philippine Bank- For a list of PRA-Accredited banks and payment instructions, check out our complete guide to Retiring in the Philippines.  
  2. 2
    Valid Passport- with valid entry visa (9A- temporary visitor's visa or BB- Balikbayan Visa if you were a former Philippine Citizen.
  3. 3
    PRA SRRV Visa Application Formmust be typed and completely filled out. Downloadable forms are available in our FREE checklist.
  4. 4
    Medical Clearance- A clear medical report no more than 6 months old. The clearance can be done either in the Philippines or from your home country. If from the Philippines, any Department of Health (DOH) Accredited hospital complete a PRA Medical Certificate (RSSC Form No 0012).
    If you get a medical clearance from a doctor outside the Philippines, you will need to authenticate, translate, and apostille the certificate to make it valid. Each member of your family will need a clear medical certificate.
  5. 5
    Clean Police Background Check or Police Certificate - An English translated and apostilled police clearance from your current country of residence or home country. Must not be more than six months prior to the date of filing of visa application.

 EDITOR'S NOTE : Alternative Documents To A Police Certificate- If your country of origin does not issue Police Certificates or if your current background check is expired or not properly authenticated or apostilled, you have two options:

  1. A PRA Certified clearance from Interpol
  2. A written affidavit to get a properly authenticated police clearance submitted within one year from your SRR Visa issue date AND a Philippines NBI Clearance (see below).

You can receive a waiver for the background check if you are:

  1. 6
    NBI Clearance- If you or any member of your family over 18 years old has already been in the Philippines for over 30 days, then you will need to get a clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). 
  2. 7
    Passport Photos- Eight (8) pieces. Size 2" x 2" 
  3. 8
    *Optional- Legal Proof of Relationship to Principle Applicant- If you include your spouse or a dependent child, you will need to submit Proof of Marriage or Birth Certificate (as applicable). If your documents are from outside the Philippines, your original documents will need to be translated and apostilled.

Get Organized

Get your FREE step-by-step Philippines SRRV Visa application checklist for expats retiring to the Philippines. Organize your application with the checklist. Don't miss any paperwork or forget a step. 

Basic Requirements for SRRV

SPOUSE
  • Financial Deposit
  • Valid Passport
  • Application Form
  • Clear Medical Report
  • Police Clearance
  • NBI Clearance
  • Passport Photos
  • Marriage Certificate
DEPENDENT CHILD
  • Financial Deposit
  • Valid Passport
  • Application Form
  • Clear Medical Report
  • Police Clearance * 
  • NBI Clearance *
  • Passport Photos
  • Birth Certificate
  • If 18 - 20 years old

Additional Requirements And Application Process

How To Get A Philippines Retirement Visa For As Low As $1500

Do I Need Health Insurance?

Yes. Most health insurance will not cover you for any injuries sustained outside your home country. You will either need to get PHILHEALTH medical insurance or Expat Medical Insurance.

If you retire abroad, expat health insurance is a more complete option. Expat Medical Insurance is the "normal" insurance you are familiar with to from home. Coverage is built for expats outside the US and insurance premiums are much cheaper than in the US. 

How Much Does A Philippines SRRV Visa Cost?

SRRV Visa Fees

ONE TIME PROCESSING FEE

PER PERSON

YOU

$1,400

SPOUSE

$300

DEPENDENT

$300

EXCESS DEPENDENT

$300

ANNUAL FEE

PER FAMILY

CLASSIC

$360

COURTESY

$10

EXPANDED COURTESY

$10

HUMAN TOUCH

$360

An annual fee of $360 (up to three family members) and $100 for each additional dependent.

Don't Become A Victim Of Government Bureaucracy Get A Free SRRV Checklist

The PRA can process your retiree visa application in as little as 15-days. However, missing documents or an incorrect application form can delay your process indefinitely. The SRR Visa application is filled with paperwork and required documents. To ensure you don't miss a step or form, download our FREE checklist here. 

How do I get SRRV?

Read the complete 10-step process flow detailing the application and SRRV approval process.  

Can you email me forms to start this process of SRRV?

Sure, use this link to request a copy of our FREE SRRV Checklist, with updated links to the required forms.

FAQs: Philippines SRR Visa General Questions

Is SRRV a permanent resident visa?

Yes, a Special Resident Retiree's Visa (SRRV) is a multiple-entry visa allowing expat retirees to live permanently in the Philippines with no minimum stay requirements.

How long does it take to get SRRV visa?

Complete and properly filled out applications can be processed as fast as 15 to 20 working days, if you apply at one of the main PRA branches. If you apply through a satellite office, processing time can extend to 25 to 30 business days.

Can I apply for the SRRV visa from the USA?

Yes. Technically, you complete the SRRV application in the Philippines. However, from the United States, you can start the SRRV process. Once you meet the full SRR Visa requirements, you can send the completed visa application via email to the Philippines Retirement Association. The PRA will petition for an Entry Exception Document (EED) allowing you to enter the Philippines.

Once you arrive in the country, you will complete the remaining requirements for SRRV processing.

How do I apply for a travel exemption so I can enter the Philippines?

As of February 10, 2022, SRRV holders no longer need an Entry Exemption Document (EED) for you to enter the Philippines. All fully vaccinated foreigners can now enter the Philippines.

Submit your SRRV application and all supporting documents for pre-evaluation to [email protected] After receipt of application fees, the PRA can request an Entry Exemption Document (EED) for you to enter the Philippines.  


About the author

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  • mark landin says:

    I currently live in the US. I’m looking at possibly retiring in the Philippines. I receive a monthly veteran disability pay of $1550 a month. Can I use that as a pension towards my srrv visa?

    • Marco Sison says:

      Hi Mark,

      As a veteran, you may qualify for special financial incentives for the SRRV Expanded Courtesy Visa Program. If you were in the US military and are over 50 years old, and

      1. Can show a guaranteed pension income of $1,000+ per month
      2. Then your required SRRV deposit is ONLY $1,500
      3. And your renewal is only $10 per year!

      If you would like visa application assistance to deal with the Philippines Immigration bureaucracy, drop us a line.

      Cheers,

      Marco

  • Francoise Fettous says:

    Hello, I’m living in Japan and I am considering applying for a SRRV. Could you please tell me if I can apply from abroad or if I need to be in the Phillipines for the whole process? I am unable to find a clear answer to this question on internet. Thank you

  • Quick question regarding the SIRV, does it expire ever?

    Can it be made go never expire, even while you end the investment

    • Marco Sison says:

      Hi Mikael,

      For the Philippines Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV) (not to be mistaken for the SRRV), you can perpetually renew the special visa allowing you to stay permanently in the Philippines as long as your company is still in business and meets the minimum investment requirements. However, if you end your investment, your visa will be reverted to a temporary visa. You will then need to find a different way to stay long-term in the Philippines (13a Marriage, Retirement Visa, etc.).

      If you need any help with your SIRV application, let us know.

      https://nomadicfire.com/philippines-visa-consultation

      Cheers,

      Marco

      • I am 68 yr old transman engaged to a Filipina. Deposit is $10,000 for me. Once we marry, can we use the Deposit money to buy a house? Which visa would I apply for? And what kind of health insurance would I need?

        • Marco Sison says:

          Hi Robert,

          Regrettably, the SRRV deposit can only be used for condominium purchases or long-term leases of a house and lot. However, you can look into a 13a Spousal Visa once you are married, which does not require a deposit. However,(this is not my area of expertise), a quick Google search states the Philippines does not recognize transgender marriages. The SRRV might still be your best bet.

          There are pros and cons between the 13a vs. the SRRV. You can read about the 13a visa specifics here.

          Your situation might benefit from speaking with one of our Visa and Immigration specialists.

          If you would like a visa consultation session, you can sign up for one here.

          Cheers,

          Marco

  • George Mendoza says:

    Can I apply For SRRV using visa free entry instead of 9a or BB ?

    • Marco Sison says:

      Hi Phil,

      Visa-free vs. 9a vs. BB would depend on your citizenship.

      If you are from the US or one of the 157 countries with Visa-Free entry, you can enter visa-free instead of using the 9a.

      https://nomadicfire.com/philippines-visa-policy#countries
      The Balikbayan Privilege is reserved for former Filipino citizens (and their spouses) who were naturalized as citizens of another country.

      If the Balikbayan Privilege applies to you, then that is the best visa to enter the Philippines and begin your SRRV process, as you get the longest initial visa duration.

      Let me know if you have any other questions or need assistance with the application process. Drop me a line, and we can set you up with one of the Visa Specialists who can file on your behalf and reduce the administrative hassles.

      https://nomadicfire.com/philippines-visa-consultation
      Cheers,

      Marco

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