Apr 01 2015

6 Month Tourist Visa for Philippines

6 Month Visa or Long Stay Visa for Visitors

Those two terms are actually the same thing, but many people think they can apply for this before entering the Philippines. They can’t.

This 6 month visa is an extension visa only, and the visitor MUST have already renewed the initial 30 day to have stayed for 59 days before applying for the 6 month visa extension.

The COST of a 6 month visa extension.

This is a subject that gets many answers, and many of them are different answers.

The OFFICIAL cost is:  11,500 pesos.

My cost, when I got my Six month Visa Extension in April 2015 was 8,250 pesos.

The price I was quoted by Visa Agencies in my area varied between 16,000 and 18,000 pesos, and their charges for doing it for me ranged between 2,000 and 2,500 pesos (included in the previous figure.)

NOTE: These figures are for Non Visa Required Nationals. ie: People who are allowed to get a visa on arrival at the airport etc in the Philippines.

Why was mine cheaper?

I already had an ACR-I card, saving of 2,600 pesos

So that should be down to 8,900 pesos.  still a difference of 650 pesos.

So there are still a few other differences:

The application was 900 and not 910
The certificate fee was 500 and not 510
The Extension fees came to 3,000 and not 3,010
The ECC was 700 not 710

Here is a breakdown of expected costs and actual costs:

Stated Cost Cost breakdown My Cost
PHP 3,010 Monthly Extension Fee PHP 3,000
PHP 910 Monthly Extension Application Fee PHP 900
PHP 1,010 ACR Re-issuance PHP 250
PHP 250 Head Tax PHP 250
PHP 710 Emigration Clearance Certificate PHP 700
PHP 510 Certificate Fee PHP 500
PHP 2,100 I-Card
PHP 1,500 Express Lane Fee PHP 1,500
PHP 1,000 Express Lane Fee(Certification) PHP 1,000
PHP 500 Express Lane Fee (ACR-I card)
Legal Research Fee PHP 50
Visa Sticker Fee PHP 100
PHP 11,500 TOTAL PHP 8,250


Actual Cost Quoted in April 2015:

Visa Cost 6 months

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    • Rune on September 25, 2017 at 8:15 am
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    Maybe update to show there is no more Express Lane Fee. 🙂

    • Mi hael on March 29, 2017 at 8:36 am
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    But is the 6 month via a multi entry visa?

    • Remy on February 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm
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    Hi, good day may i ask if there is still a chance for a offload filipinos to travel again as tourist in any asian countries that did not required visa? What should i prepare so the philippines immigration will grant me to pass? Its been 3 years now since i was offloaded last Feb. 2014. Never try again. I am scared that i get the same result and its waste of money.

    • ozan karakiraz on January 5, 2017 at 1:19 am
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    Very helpful,thank you.

    • Detrick on October 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm
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    Where are all the places to get an 2 month extension? Is it only in Manila, or can I get it from other cities in the Philippines?

      • admin on October 13, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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      Just about any BoI will do the 2 month visas.

  1. The six month Visitor Visa extension is available at:

    Bureau of Immigration at Manila, Luzon

    Bureau of Immigration at Cebu, Visayas

    Bureau of Immigration at Davao, Mindanao

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