Jul 24 2013

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Visa Extensions in Puerto Galera

There is an Immigration Office in Puerto Galera, even though it isn’t shown on the the official website.

It’s current operating hours are:

Monday: 8:30 am to 12:00 noon.

Tuesday: 8:30 am to 12:00 noon.

Wednesday: 8:30 am to 12:00 noon.

For those who say it is open all day on Monday and Tuesday…. it isn’t.  Trust me, as I turned up on Tuesday at 1pm, and it was closed.  They changed their opening hours between my last two visits, sometime between May 2013 and July 2013.


The Puerto Galera Immigration office is in a small room near the shopping area just above the main public market. The building also houses the Public Library and a Western Union Office.

On both sides of the Public Market there are concrete stairs, and you need to go up ONE floor, to the second floor. [The ground floor of buildings in the Philippines is called the first floor, so the Second Floor is the first one you get to when going up the stairs]

Go up the stairs on the Right [When facing the market], then turn right when you reach the next floor.
After facing right, you will see that straight ahead on the left is Western Union, and on the right is a shopping area, turn right and follow the line of dresses on sale. Halfway down on the right is a small door, this is the Immigration Office.

If you take photocopies of the photo page of your passport, and the page(s) with your Philippines entry stamps (especially the first entry one), then you could be out again within 10-15 minutes. That is how long it took me today, but I do already have the ACR photo card, so that may speed up the process.

This office also did not object to me wearing shorts 😉 Not like the very strict Cebu office.

The cost for a 2 month extension (May 2013) was 3,030 pesos. (I expect the same price in July 2013)

P 300 Application Fee
P 1,000 Extension Fee
P 500 Certificate Fee
P 30 LRJ
P 1,000 Express Fee

It was 4,500 pesos in July 2013, as there was an extra charge for the Temporary Resident permit, after 6 months. !!

Visa Fees so far:

FREE 21 day entry visa
PHP 3,030 after 21 days, lasting for another 38 days, total 59 days.
PHP 7,340 after 59 days, lasting for another 2 months and including the ACR Photo card ( I-Card)
PHP 3,030 after 4 months, for another 2 months.
PHP 4,500 after 6 months, lasting for another 2 months and including the Certificate of Residence (Temporary Visitor).

ACR Card:
FrontPhilippine Immigration ACR Card Front Back:   Philippine Immigration ACR Card Back

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