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How much are the Penalties for Overstaying as a Tourist in the Philippines?

How much is the Overstaying Fee for Tourists in the Philippines?

Most Tourists to the Philippines are allowed to stay for 30 days before needing to apply for a Visa. The first Visa is the initial extension of twenty-nine (29) days. This is commonly followed by a two month extension, although some Bureau of Immigration offices allow a 6 month extension.

If a person stay in the Philippines without a Valid Visa, then penalties are applied, and added to the unpaid Visa fees.

These combined penalties and fees can add up over time and can be something like the following figures:

I have calculated the following approximate costs for overstay payments including Visa Fees, ACR cards and Penalties.

Pesos:
4,000 From One day to One Month Overstay
13,000 Total for Up to Three Month Overstay
18,000 Total for Up to Six Months Overstay
30,000 Total for Up to Twelve Months Overstay
60,000 Total for Up to Two Years Overstay
150,000 Total for Up to Five Years Overstay
300,000 Total for Up to Ten Years Overstay
440,000 Total for Up to Fifteen Years Overstay

These figures are approximate calculations based on 2016 fees. They may reduce the cost if they base it on the actual fees dues for older years, which may be less than the 2016 fees.

Charges can also be higher in some cases, such as one example in the comments below:

Pesos:

79,500 For a 19 months overstay.

Financial Penalties for Visa Overstay:

The minimum penalties appear to be:

  • All Visa Extension Fees not previously paid.
  • Fine for Overstaying – (additional) Php 500.00 per month
  • Motion for Reconsideration for Overstaying – (additional) Php 500.00

I have read that the Overstay fee for just a few days would be about 4,000 pesos.

This would be the 3,030 peso first Visa Extension fee + Overstay Fees.  (2015 fees)

If the Overstay is for over one month, then I would guess that the fee would be closer to 12,000 peso, made up as follows:

3,030 pesos – First Visa Extension fee
7,340 pesos – Next Visa Extension fee plus the ACR-i card fee
1,000 pesos – Fine for Overstaying (2 months)
500 pesos – Motion for Reconsideration for Overstaying

If the Overstay is for over one year, then I would guess that the fee would be closer to 35,000 peso, PLUS possible DEPORTATION.  The fee would be made up as follows (assume figures for 13 months):

3,030 pesos – First Visa Extension fee
22,490 pesos – Six x 2 month Visa Extension fees plus the ACR-i card fee
6,000 pesos – Fine for Overstaying (12 months)
500 pesos – Motion for Reconsideration for Overstaying
plus maybe one ACR-i card renewal fee

That is my guess, based on the actual costs for Normal Visas last year.  If anyone has paid an Overstay Fee, please give details in the comments box below, showing the date and the fee paid and the total days overstayed.  Thank you.

The Official Statement for Visa Extensions is:

Foreigners admitted under Section 9 (a) of the Philippine Immigration Act (PIA) of 1940, as amended, or Executive Order No. 408, as amended, may extend their authorized stay every two (2) months for a total stay of not more than:
– a) Twenty-four (24) months for visa-required nationals; and
– b) Thirty-six (36) months for non-visa required nationals.

The said periods shall be counted from the date of applicant’s latest recorded arrival.

Overstaying Foreigners in the Philippines

Foreigners who have overstayed for twelve (12) months or less but have been in the country beyond the maximum allowable period already may be permitted to update their stay with order to leave the country within fifteen (15) calendar days therefrom and their names may be included in the Bureau’s blacklist upon the discretion of the Commissioner; Provided that, the Commissioner, in the exercise of sound judgment, may allow such foreigners to update and extend their stay taking into consideration their Filipino lineage, medical condition, minority and other analogous circumstances.

Foreigners who have overstayed for more than twelve (12) months regardless if their stay is within the maximum allowable period or those found to be overstaying by virtue to a complaint or Mission Order regardless of the period shall be referred for deportation.

Sourced from: www.immigration.gov.ph/…/234-honorable-secretary

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  1. mich

    Hello admin ,

    I came to Philippines last Dec 2014. I had the balikbayan visa for 12 months I’ve been overstaying for almost 2 years now. How much do you think is the penalty for me? I’m a US Citizen but was born in the Philippines. Can I still apply for a dual citizenship?

  2. Lee

    Hello! Are dual citizens (fil-am) get fines for staying in the Philippines? Also my daughter is born here to both dual citizen parents-married (PHL) but I was able to secure a CRBA from the US Embassy, question/s is 1: considering that she is a US CITIZEN with US passport, does that mean she already occured a fine/penalty ? 2: we’re planning to go overseas for a vacation and I was told to secure a Recognition to be a Filipino Citizen from the Bureau of Immigration and a Phl passport (DFA) to refrain from any possible conflicts.
    Is there anything else I need to worry about or process?
    Thanks in advance.

  3. Eseoghene

    Hello admin. I am a Philippine 13a visa by marriage holder. My visa expired 2 months ago. If i am leaving the Philippines now or i want to renew, what are my visa fine costs.

    1. admin

      I am not sure about the 13a Visa holders, but it might be similar to the Tourist visa overstay rates shown. You need to go to an Immigration office ASAP, to get the visa situation sorted, before it becomes more expensive, or worse.

  4. Eseoghene

    Hello admin. Am a Philippine 13a visa by marriage holder. My visa expired 2 months ago. If i am to exit or renew it now. How much is the fees. ?

  5. Tony

    Hello ….I have been reading with interest your posts ….as I am an over stayed for 18 months now and want to reslove the situation …in your comments you say “be referred for deportation” …I wish to avoid blacklisting and deportation obviously …I intend to use a solicitor as my grounds are based on medical reasons…Is it likely I will be detained whilst we give evidence to prove the basis of my claim .

    Thank you in advance

    1. admin

      With reasonable reasons it would be unlikely to involve being detained, but the solicitor you mention should be better placed to give a more accurate answer.
      Please let us know how you get on, after it is resolved.

      1. Fhem Ramos

        Dear Admin,
        Is there any grace period for more than one month stay? Like 30days plus five days before the flight? Airport immigration just gave us one month stay. and we have more five days to stay in phils. And if ever, how much would we pay each person. thank you

        1. admin

          No grace period. It is normally 3,030 pesos for the first extension.
          It is better than it was before, when it was just a 21 day visa free entry.
          Some people have said they got the first extension at the airport on arrival.
          Others arranged a longer visa before arrival.
          I always went to a BoI office about a week before expiry, to get the renewal.

          1. Fhem

            Where is the BOI located? Complete address please. Thank you?

          2. admin

            Immigration Office Addresses:
            http://www.in-philippines.com/immigration-offices-in-the-philippines/

          3. Fhem

            Please complete address of BOI. Thank you

  6. terence hagan

    hi, i have been informed that foreigners who overstay more than 12 months no longer get O.T.L. and B.L.O, as long as they pay the overdue fees and a fine they can stay in the Philippines .is this correct ??

  7. nica

    hi im nica
    my sin is overstaying in 7moths how much i can pay for this and what can i do?

    1. admin

      It may be about 22,000, and you need to go to your nearest Bureau of Immigration office.

      1. Paul Osterhout

        1 day over on my tourist visa, Flight lvs on 23rd visa expires on 22nd. Officials said I had 30 days but welcome to the PI’s, what is the fee.

  8. lp

    Hi, if I already had an ACR I card then applied for an extension on the expiry date, they gave me a stub to return in one week, does that mean I have to pay for overstay of 7 days or it is covered from the date of my application?

    1. admin

      There is no overstay if it is just the ACR-icard. It is the Visa that is important. You need a valid visa at all times, even if the ACR card isn’t valid. My ACR card ran out and I was told to just renew it at my next visa renewal.

      1. Chie

        Hi..my niece is overstaying she is U.S. citizen but her parent is filipino.how much penalty.. she went here 2014 until now her age is 4 yrs old

        1. admin

          Is the child a dual citizen? If not, it should be a bit less than the 150,000 shown for Up to Five Years Overstay.

  9. Chandra Shekar

    My student visa has been expired in March and now I want to extend my visa.. So how much it will cost for my extension

  10. daisy alhambra

    hi admin..
    i have a question..my daughter who is canadian citizen ,and i have her birth late registration here in philippines consulate of toronto.she goes to school there for a year…now she is applying for philippine passport but having problem coz they asking for so much document..now she want to go back to canada …since she does not have the philippines passport and probably not consider dual citizen ,how much can she pay for overstaying…she is like 14 month now …

  11. Grace

    Hi admin,
    I have a foreigner friend who stay here for almost 8 months now his problem he don’t have enough money to pay for his extension here he’s very much worried because of overstaying his passport may clause and that’s the only thing the bank asking before he can get his money what’s the best things to do so he can get his money before going back to the US

    1. admin

      He needs to find a way to get the money to pay for the visa, the penalties and the ECC. Without that he can’t leave. His passport won’t be affected, unless it expires normally.
      He should speak to his embassy if he is unable to sort it out himself, they may be able to do loans to help in emergencies, some countries do.

  12. asuka adachi

    I am a japanese citizen i was born in japan my mother is a filipina my father is japanese.unfortunately before my mother died last 2010 she did not apply for us a dual citizen.i came in the philippines when i was 3 years old and we didnt have the opportunity to go back to japan until now.my passport had already expired.i have no communication with my father.my problem is how can i go back to japan?

    1. admin

      You need to check your passport renewal with the Japanese embassy or consulate. They should be able to sort that out, if you have all your details.

      As for your status in the Philippines, you may end up being classed as an overstaying foreigner, and you need to resolve that with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration. There should be a way to get Philippines Citizen status. You need to discus that with a Philippines immigration lawyer, or a friendly Bureau of Immigration officer.

  13. Oliver Floralde

    I dont know how long a British national is allowed in the Philippines? So im not sure how much i’ve overstayed. Been here since April 12. Wondering where should i settle the fine? Do i need to go to the bureau? Or can i settle it at the airport?

    1. admin

      Being on a British passport means you get treated like most others. You get 30 days free entry, and then need to renew.
      Your passport will show you the date you should have renewed on, as there will be a stamp showing your entry, with the date you are permitted to stay until.

      If you haven’t renewed, then you have been illegal since 12th May, in your case.

      You need to go to a Bureau of Immigration now, and pay the overstay fines, and extend your stay. The Immigration at the airport would normally send you back to a main office to finalise your visa issue, before allowing you to fly. That normally means missing a flight, and sometimes an overnight stay, or longer, before being able to re-book.

  14. Sonja

    I am a European citizen, I came to the Philippines in October of 2014. I did a few renewals of my visa and got my ACR card. After that I was unable to renew my visa and other requirement to be able to stay in the Philippines. because of my OBSSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER that makes everything so difficult for me. Iam now overstaying here for 20 months. My plan is to pay everything and fix my papers. My question is Will the immigration let me extend my stay here because its so difficult for me to travel and if ordered to exit will they allow me to come back..please help me.i have been a good tourist here though, helping some poor people around my village.

    1. admin

      There are no guarantees, I hope that someone else that has done this can answer you better.

  15. Maia King

    Hi, admin! My father was a naturalized US citizen (born filipino) and my mother is a filipino citizen. I was born in guam (6-11-97) twhich is why im a US citizen and we moved here in the Philippines (2003). Til then we were never able to return to Guam because my dad got ill and died. I am studying now and i am really anxious if there are laws that we’ve unconsciously disobeyed since my parents missed reporting my birth at the DFA in Guam. What should we do? My mom is incapable of fixing my documents because she cannot understand much of the English language. Hope to hear from you admin.

  16. Goro

    Hi admin
    I am dual citizen, my mother is a filipina ang my father is japanese and came here when i was 3 years old and im staying here almost 14 years is that legal if you are dual citizen?

  17. Goro

    Hi admin
    I am dual citizen, my mother is a filipina ang my father is japanese and came here when i was 3 years old and im staying here almost 14 years is that legal if you are dual citizen?

    1. admin

      There is no problem for you staying in the Philippines as you are a citizen.

      The difficulty sometimes happens when leaving and using a foreign passport, and you get treated as a foreigner.

      The rules appear vague, some people have no problems, but some have to sort out exit visas etc.

  18. Eva

    My father is a u.s.citizen and he was overstayed here for almost 4 months. He want to go back in America, how much his penalty for this.

    1. admin

      Maybe up to about 15,000 to 18,000 in unpaid visa fees and penalties.

  19. walter wlk

    hi admin,
    i am from germany, i am 63 yrs of age, i came to Philippines last April 02, 2014…i always renew my visa every 6 months, but last May 28, i cannot renew my visa anymore because i need to go out of this country but i dont know that every before 3 years i must go out of this country….and now i overstay here for about 11 days today? but i cant afford now to go home, what would i do? what if i would still stay here in the Philippines what would i must make? is’t have a option to stay here and how much i pay the penalties? and what is the requirements? i have a 70% heart failure….i need advice will help me….please….thank you so much..

    1. admin

      If you can’t afford to leave, you need to see what options might be available to get a resident visa. Do you have a Filipina partner? In your situation, you may need to see an immigration lawyer there.

      Normally I would suggest the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa for this. But you need US$10,000 deposit, plus a Certificate of Retirement Benefits. The cost is also US$1400 + US$360 per year. You have mentioned not being able to afford to leave, so that may not be do-able.

      Having gone past three years is normally a problem, BUT, an immigration lawyer might be able to get you around it.

      A quick trip to Hong Kong and back would get you started again on the visitor visa 3 year schedule. Not sure how they deal with the penalty for the 11 days over. They may be lenient.

      1. walter wlk

        i dont have filipina partner i am single…thank you for your advice….

  20. walter wlk

    good advice

  21. Joy

    Hi,
    My son is travelling with my dad in the Philippines. My dad is a Filipino and so is my husband, usually when we go there they just stamp us with a balikbayan stamp when we travel so…no visa needed. This time, however , they told my dad that since we (the parents) are not with him our son needs a visa…his cut off for staying is the 27th and their flight is the 28th… Where do they need to go to get the extension or will they just be charged fees when they leave? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    1. admin

      Your nearest Bureau of Immigration will do that. Some have said that the airports can, when you arrive, but too many also say they won’t.

      I wonder if they would allow you through immigration while the current visa is valid, and then wait for the flight the next day, on the other side of Immigration. Maybe not a good idea..

  22. Katrina

    Hi ask KO lang po may son is Canadian citizen his parents are both Filipinos but may son is in the Philippines right now and decide to go back here in Canada how much is the penalty do I need to pay. Thank u god bless

  23. Sponze

    Hi…..
    I’ve been trapped here in the ph for 16 years….Since i am 5 yrs old….I’m planning of voluntary Deportation….What are the Consequences of it….My mother is pure Filipina …. And My Father is Foreigner…..

  24. lva Palan

    I have an Indian friend and overstayed here or rather say trap at the Philippines for 6 yrs already due to being scammed by some aviation schools.he wants to go home but he and his parents at indian doesnt have money already because of being scammed twice that caused his family burden by their debts just to finish his aviation class.he is trying to call the indian embassy but it is always hard to connect to indian embassy to ask for assistance for voluntary deportation.any suggestio since he really dont have money and struggling for his everyday needs.suggestion.thank you

  25. ava

    I have an Indian friend and overstayed here or rather say trap at the Philippines for 6 yrs already due to being scammed by some aviation schools.he wants to go home but he and his parents at indian doesnt have money already because of being scammed twice that caused his family burden by their debts just to finish his aviation class.he is trying to call the indian embassy but it is always hard to connect to indian embassy to ask for assistance for voluntary deportation.any suggestio since he really dont have money and struggling for his everyday needs.suggestion.thank you

  26. Yamapi

    Hi. Does it really take months for DOJ to process overstayed (student) visa? I paid all my fees and penalties at school few months ago until now I still dont have my passport. I need it to exit the country since it is also a requirement by staying here for 3 years already. Thanks

  27. Waves

    Hello,
    I went to get my visa for the second month and there was a misunderstanding.
    So i ended up with my visa ending 1 day before my flight back home. The problem is Thats its not easy to go the the immigration office from the place i am staying.
    What happends if i just go to the airport? will i just need to pay a fine, or will they send me to the immigrationoffice? I am scared if that happens it will take really long and i will miss my flight.. how much would it cost?

    Thank you so much !

    1. admin

      There is the chance that you will be told to go to an immigration office from the Airport. That would take hours. I would arrange something the day before the flight, at the latest, and renew, to avoid problems.
      Too many people miss flights for reasons like that.

  28. Gina

    Hi admin,
    I was wondering how much it would cost and what process I have to go under for overstaying I’m the philipenes. I arrived in October 2016 and got pregnant shortly after. My doctor has a note for my hospital stays and I was wondering if this would help for the penelaties since I have t been well to fly. I have been cleared to fly by 2 separate doctors and am on a time crunch. Where do I go to pay these fees? And how do I go about this. Also my husband is also Canadian, same as me, and he has been here 10 months and no visa, how much will it be for him? Thank you. If you could also give us a comtact number

  29. marie

    Hi Good Day,Sir i have a friend from UK he overstayed in Philippines almost 9 years but he deported and blacklisted already now he ask my help..if he can come to stay again in Philippines once he can pay overstay before and how much the worth of money 9 years overstayed?pls help me Sir for my friend..Thank you very much

  30. Joyce

    Hi admin,

    My concern is this…i have a foreigner husband and we have one child..he was here since 2010 and he is just using a tourist visa,at first he renew maybe about 3 to 4 times only..from that

    1. admin

      He needs to get his status legalised before he has major problems. I would suggest using an immigration lawyer and get the right visa.

  31. melody

    Hi admin
    Am s atudent in Philippines and my student visa as expired for seven months now and i just got the money for my renewal how much am i going to pay, And am going to be penalized for it

    1. kim

      You should visit Visa Student Desk located in Quezon City Hall to know the penalty fees.

  32. melody

    Please am i student in philippines and my student visa as expired for 7 months now how much am i going to pay to renew my visa

  33. chelsea

    my daugther was born in the philippines, i applied his Australian Citizenship in the Philippines. Yesterday was supposedly our 1st time to go in Australia, but the immigration refuse my daughter to leave the philippines because they are talking about something we have to pay.

    1. admin

      They will probably be saying that your child needs an ECC before leaving.
      The head of Immigration at Manila airport told me of cases like that a few years ago.

      http://www.in-philippines.com/requirements-for-an-ecc-exit-clearance-certificate/

  34. ago

    my name is ago ,, i have tourist overstay ..for 3 months now… a friend of mine is saying 7000pesos for a month …i want to know how much is per a month please..am confused .. if the one here or his new information

    1. admin

      The Philippine Immigration rules do not appear to have changed. However some people have paid higher than others at times. That might include ACR-i cards though.

  35. Lucas

    Hi Admin,

    I am a US citizen, I came to the Philippines in February of 2013. I did a few renewals of my visa and got my ACR card. After that I was unable to renew my visa and other requirment to be able to stay in the Philippines. I have two kids with my filipina girlfriend. I’m looking to return back to the US within the next few months with my two children. My plan is to get dual citenzship for my kids and fix all my paperwork. I know I have to fix my paperwork first. My question is. Once I finish my paperwork will I be deported and black listed before I can process my children’s paperwork? Also would you recommend that I get a lawyer to process my visa paperwork? Any advice will help. Thank you.

    1. admin

      In your situation I would probably use a lawyer. You have 4 years overstay, and ‘could’ be deported immediately. That is stated as a possibility. As a single traveller, that may not be a big deal, but for someone with kids it could be a nightmare.
      A specialist lawyer might be able to help you through this.

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