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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. Chris

    Hi am in Philippines for 36 days how much would i get charged if i am unable to get a visa from london due to were i live

  2. Rio

    Hi admin! I hope u can give me an idea about this. I have a korean bf his passport expired last nov 29 2008 but he got his visa extended until nov 25,2008. He couldn’t go back to korea because he said he got a problem there that would need to pay and that would need a long time and because we already have 2 baby he decided to stay here and tried to make money somehow. Now he asks his mother and father to talked about his problems there and they said that he just needed to pay a fine around 120k pesos so now he is decided to go back and fix his paper.. how much would he pay for the penalty here in the philippines? And can he still go back here in the philippines after he fix his problems in korea? Will he not be blacklisted here? I just wanted to have an idea so i can tell him how much he would need to prepare.. from nov 2008 until this may 2017 because he plans to go back to korea this may.. thank you

    1. admin

      The above figures show “300,000 peso Total for Up to Ten Years Overstay”, so I would expect something like that, plus the chance of being deported and banned.

      However, a person who has been included in the blacklist may contest the fact by filing a request for lifting to the Commissioner of Immigration.

      He needs to visit an Immigration Lawyer and see what can be done.

  3. Hidehiro Hashizume

    Hi Admin,
    Pa help naman po, I was born here in Japan tapos after 2 years po nun, dinala ako ng mother ko sa Philippines which is no Visa, tapos yung mother ko hindi naasikaso yung sa dual citizenship namin, tapos nagkaroon ng madaming problema about sa family tapos hindi na po kame nakabalik ng Japan for almost 13-15 years. And now po, may tumulong saming foundation which is idedeport kame para makabalik ng Japan, tapos di na kame makakabalik ng Philippines, if babalik kame need daw namin mag bayad ng 300kphp+ any suggestion po para bumaba yung utang or makauwe ng free?

  4. marges

    Hi admin,
    I just want to know your thoughts about my situation.
    I am a natural-born filipino but i got naturalized as Australian citizen on july 2010. I came to Philippines on December 2016 using my australian passport and got married to my filipino husband. Since 2010 until now i wasnt able to fly back to Australia. I haven’t applied for dual citizenship yet.
    What’s the best thing for me to do..pls help.
    Thanks admin..i need your reply.

  5. Anne

    Hi,
    Just want to seek advise lng po. May kilala po kc ako overstaying sa japan and now nahuli na sya ng immigration he overstayed for more or less 15 years and worst scenario here is he is using a fake identity so his identity such as name and docs are his cousins. What is the proa and cons? How can he be save?
    Anticipating response…

  6. Bernadette

    Hi, Admin! How much would be the penalty for 6 yrs overstaying? American citizen po pero filipino both parents. Also, pwede kayang mag dual citizen na lang or mag Filipino citizen totally para ma waive yung penalty kung masyadong expensive? Thanks!

  7. Brian william hogg

    How much is the cost of penalty if ever i cant renew my visa on march 20?

  8. Brian william hogg

    Hi,im a british/scotish national,i been here in phillipines about 6 months with proper visa ..my visa will expire this march 20,but i have little problem my money will be available on march 24,..how much penalties i need to pay if ever for few days overstaying?

  9. Jhel

    Hi admin, ask ko lang, my girlfriend overstayed, her visa till march 5 only and we plan to pay the penalties on march 20, and we decide to extend her for another two months, magkano po ba lahat ng ababayaran namin including the extention for two months, tnx in advance po btw she’s from indonesia

  10. Grace

    Hi admin i will ask;about the situation of my friend he stay already 3 years here at philippines and his plan to flight out in a couple of months you think he can come back here again in the philippines…

    1. admin

      He needs to get an ECC before leaving. At that point he will find out if he gets banned from returning again.

      Without an ECC he would not be allowed to leave until he gets one.

  11. Amy

    Hello admin!! How much cost the super overstaying here in the Philippines since 1997 until now 2017!! If they have chance and how much the renew passport?thank you again admin

  12. Amy

    Hello admin!!I have friend like me a filipina but she get married a u.s citizen she came back in Philippines as u.s citizen since 1997.but she never go back again in Washington until now..because her passport is loss in 1990’s ..and she don’t know how cost the penalty and she have chance?thank you!

    1. admin

      Is she still a Philippine citizen with Philippine passport? I would consider leaving on a Philippines passport to Hong Kong first before going on to the USA.

      1. Amy

        She have U.s passport.not Philippine passport. Admin thank you

        1. admin

          It might be best to check with immigration on that one.
          There may be a legal way around it.

          Otherwise, apply for Philippine passport and avoid penaties and visa fees.

    2. Albert

      How much the computation…my nephew over stay at Philippines since August 2015 up to now…how much the computation??

      1. admin

        30,000 Total for Up to Twelve Months Overstay
        60,000 Total for Up to Two Years Overstay
        Approx.

  13. kyla

    hi admin, just want to ask my fiance ako from US then last renew namin ng extension is until March 2016 lang tapos nawala ung passport niya. so 1 year na this March na wala kami nka renew how much ung penalty namin and ano possible na mangyayare? Thank you.

  14. Helen baladiang

    admin
    I wil use tagalog my laguage, mayron akong kaibigan fro. Belgium dumating sya dito sa,Philippines last October 2016 simula ng dumating sya di kumuha ng visa for extension 5 months na sya ngayon dito at over stay na.kailangan na talaga nya bumalik sa Belgium.pag umuwi sya sa Belgium babayaran ba nya ang pag over stay nya??

  15. matthew

    can i pay my overstay here in san diego and does that fix me to go back to get married and see my child

    1. admin

      I would suggest contacting the Philippine embassy local to you and see if they can help

  16. tommy

    hi admin,
    how to pay the fine ? can you pay online ? or just pay when you arrive in the philippines airport ? if i pay when i arrive is it cash or can it be on card ?

    i wanna go back to philippines and pay may death ..

    1. admin

      I would suggest contacting the Philippine embassy local to you and see if they can help.

  17. Ella

    Hi admin! My fiancé who is an American citizen arrived here at May 2016 with the 3-month tourist visa. That visa expired on July 2016 and he has not yet renewed since then, due to financial problems. He will be able to renew his visa in the next few months and will not reach one year of overstaying for sure, but how much would he need to bring to pay for everything when he renews his visa(please include all expenses since I’m not really sure how this works and if he doesnt bring enough moeny, we might get in trouble)? Also, since he has overstayed for over 6 months, does that mean he will get deported and blacklisted? Are there cases wherein overstaying foreigners don’t get deported and blacklisted? He hasn’t caused any trouble during his stay here and the only reaosn why he wasn’t able to pay for the renewal earlier is because he was still financially incapable. And lastly, will he need to leave the country while his visa is being processed and for how long? Thank you!

    1. admin

      I would make sure I had 50,000 with me, expecting to pay about 35,000.

      Deportation is mentioned for over 12 months overstay. Hopefully that hasn’t changed.

      There can be no guarantees. It is all down to the immigration officers. Make sure you keep him happy and smiling. A friendly attitude often works well. Explain the reasons so they understand, and sympathise.

  18. myra

    hi admin, i would like to ask about the case of my daughter she is a japanese passport holder and i am a philippine national when i always bringing her to the phils. and stay for a long time, but the last time she came to the philippines together with my mother. without notice that she was given a 1month visa and just now we notice about the visa and that was already expired april 19, 2016 almost 1 year and asking my mother to bring her here in japan this coming end of march. what we shoul do and the computation of the penaty, and other possible penaty for my daughter?! thank you!!!

    1. admin

      When your daughter previously arrived, with you, she probably got the 12 month balikbayan visa.
      The entry last time was just the normal foreign entry visa.
      You need to go to immigration and ask if anything can be done, or just accept the fact of paying one years visas etc with fines. Approximate figures are showm in the article above.

      1. myra

        since i am here in japan could it be possible gor my mother to do that in my behalf? do she need to bring my daughter?

        1. admin

          I would assume that a grand parent could do that, but do not know about the personal attendance for a minor.

  19. jane

    Hi admin i have friend over stay for 7yrs, most of the filipinos cheated him and lost all his money so wasnt able to renew his visa and now his mother died recently and he wants to go back to see his mother before the cremation. How much total penalty will he pay?

    1. admin

      The above figures show:
      150,000 Total for Up to Five Years Overstay
      300,000 Total for Up to Ten Years Overstay
      So, expect a figure about half way between that.
      He may need his Embassy to help if he has difficulties.

  20. celton

    hi sir.my boyfriend almost 1 year and 2 months na pong overstay due to illness problem,how much penalty do you think we should pay.

    1. admin

      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):
      (Maybe 40,000 for 14 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

  21. William Pearson

    I would like to know how do i go about my unpaid overstay fees . I would like to go back to see my family

    1. admin

      You need to go into a Bureau of Immigration office.

  22. yolanda

    Hi admin.. Would like to ask if the overstayed almost 6monts with the expired tourist visa then i hv to pay 18 thousand pesos. Is it include with the extension of visa? If it yes how long the BI will gv the another months of extension.

    1. admin

      The figures indicated include visa fees and penalties.
      There is no guarantee of future visa extensions, although under 12 months overstay may not stop that.

  23. Paulo

    Hello admin my girlfriend failed to re new her visa since september of 2016. She arrived feb of 2016 but we where updated with her visa extension til sept 2016 she also have a acr card id as a tourist. How much would it cost for the extension since sept 2016

    1. admin

      You are looking at about 6 months so : 18,000 Total for Up to Six Months Overstay. But maybe a bit less as you already have the ACR card. Maybe 16,000.

  24. Kate

    Hi. Just want to ask something.. My boyfriend holds a Canadian passport and had a student visa. He came here to study last may 2015. He was just able to finish 14 units. He had INC. So the school didn’t accept him to take the same course so he planned to transfer. However, they had to let him pay again since he didn’t finish a year in his old school… They suggested to downgrade first his visa to tourist. But he had problems then with his finance. So he wasn’t able to enroll. Then, after a month, his visa was expired. He was not able to renew or pay the fines for 6 months.

    Now I want to ask this. Do you have any idea how much total will he pay for the fines and everything? or estimation perhaps? He doesn’t want to be in the blacklist, so he wants to fix it. What are the consequences?

    Thank you.

    1. admin

      18,000 looks like a possible figure for six months.

    2. Kate

      Is it all in? When I went to the immigration, they told us it is around 150,000 pesos. And it’s way expensive.

      1. Kate

        And he did not downgrade his visa.. still holding a student visa..

        1. Kate

          Any idea of how much for student visas? sorry

      2. admin

        That’s a lot higher. The figures I have are for visitor visa overstays. Yours is a student visa. It may be different.

        1. Dianne

          Hello Admin, my issue is the same as Kate. My student visa (9F) expired on July 2016 and as of today, it has been 7 months. I was not able to renew my visa because of some money problems. Today, the BI representatives at my university said that I would be deported and fined around 92000P. I just want to know whether it is true because I cannot find anywhere on the internet where it says so. I am actually quite frightened now as I have just 1 year before I graduate and this is the 1st time that something like this happened. Thank you!

          1. admin

            I don’t know the student visa penalties, but those figures could be about right.

            There are penalties for being in a country without a Visa.

            We all need to ensure we are covered for a legal stay, one way or another.

  25. Brandon

    Hi, I’m an American citizen who came to the Philippines to visit my fiance. I ended up missing my flight and couldn’t buy a new ticket, so I’ve been stuck here and my tourist visa expired in April 2016. How much would the fee be for me? I saw that it’d be up to 30,000p, but i just want to be sure i won’t be blindsided by extra costs.

    1. admin

      30,000 should be about right. Do it as soon as you can to avoid possible deportation.

  26. dire

    Hello Admin.

    I apologize for my previous messages. They’re very vague sounding.

    I came to the Philippines with a BB privilege in 2015, and I also planned to study in college. I was a minor (16) when I applied, so I filled out the forms for the SSP and the school said that we will start to convert once I’m 18. So for the year of 2015 – 2016 I had the SSP so I was okay.

    Now that I am 18, I tried to process the conversion of SSP to a Student Visa for the school year of 2016 – 2017. I had all the papers and I submitted them in January. Like I said, I had intervening factors along the way that I couldn’t control, and I ended up being 1 month late. By that, I mean I had to pay for the processing fee but I don’t have enough time for the visa to be processed.

    My BB privilege expires in March, and the visa would be done by March. So, the registrar representative told me to extend my visa (to a tourist, plus 2 months) so that I can process the visa for that year.

    Questions:
    1. I would have to pay P20k for each semester without a visa, for a total of P40k? Plus 1k late fee?
    2. Would my student visa be valid for the year of 2016 – 2017 even though the school year is almost over?

    I’m going to the immigration office to extend my visa and I hope I won’t be in trouble. Thank you for your time.

  27. dire

    Hello, Admin.

    I tried to process my student visa for the school year of 2016 – 2017, but due to intervening factors i was 1 month late.

    What type of penalties will I face? What do I do? What can I do?

    Thank you.

    1. admin

      The cost will not be high for one month. Maybe about 1000 on top of the normal fees.
      Go to the Immigration office and do it now.

      1. dire

        So I will pay P20,000 x 2 (2 semesters) for a total of P41,000?

        I would not have a student visa for the 2016 – 2017 school year. That is why I tried to process it but I was too late.

        I was told to extend my stay here so that I can have the student visa processed, and then I can pick it up afterwards.

  28. Ron

    Hi Sir. I am a foreign student whose student visa got expired July 2015. How much penalty do you think I should pay at the BI for downgrading and returning back to my country without getting deported or blacklisted. I have finished my studies but decided to stay for a while and it’s been 19 months now that hadn’t updated my visa.. What is the proper procedure to exit the country without having any remarks? I am sure that I will be having an order to leave. How much in pesos should I pay at the BI and can I only downgrade my visa in Manila? Or can I do it in Cebu? Thanking you in advance.. If possible do reply me in my mail too..

    1. admin

      It will probably be between:
      30,000 Total for Up to Twelve Months Overstay
      60,000 Total for Up to Two Years Overstay

      Either of Cebu or Manila would be able to deal with your case.

      You need to go to one of them to pay all outstanding visas and fines and then get the ECC, so you are allowed to leave.

      Blacklisting is a decision for immigration. No one can be sure what they will do.

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