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Philippines SRRV Visa Update and Requirements- All Your Questions Answered (2023)

The Philippines SRRV has been one of the best retirement visas for Southeast Asia. Has the Philippines suspended the SRRV program? Are foreigners allowed into the Philippines now? Get the latest information and all your questions answered on the Philippines Special Resident Retiree Visa program. minutes

01/16/24

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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 November 11, 2022, all foreigners are permitted to enter the Philippines regardless of vaccination status.

However, 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 unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and fully vaccinated foreigner spouses may enter the Philippines as of October 4, 2022, in accordance with IATF Resolution No. 2. The new resolution allows ALL foreigners, regardless of COVID vaccination status, entrance into the Philippines.

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 November 11, 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 COVID-19 health insurance requirements

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 SCOUT BUREAU (WOSM)

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

3) SRRV Expanded Courtesy - Ideal for US military or any retired foreign member of the Armed Forces from countries with existing military ties and/or agreement with the Philippine Government.

Qualified military veterans with guaranteed monthly income of $1,000+ (social security, military pension, private pension, etc.) can apply for the SRRV Expanded Courtesy with a low 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. 

 EDITOR'S NOTE : Former, Retired, or Ex-Military- You only needed to have served, not necessarily retired from the US Military to qualify for the SRRV (showing a valid DD Form 214 works). 

Also, this option is not just for US Military. Any foreign military from countries with existing military ties and/or agreement with the Philippine Government are 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 to a Philippine citizen 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

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Basic Requirements for SRRV