6 Month Tourist Visa for Philippines

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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.

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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

11 : 10,049 : 3,414,326

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u will pay no matter what wth marrige visa or retirementvisa or any kind expect to spend 2000 to 3000 us for it within 2 years then usualy a fee every year,such a fee fee country

Utter nonsense . Way cheaper . 13 a visa maybe 300 Usd per year

My experience today:
6month extension has compulsory express lane fee additional 2500 peso so total cost 9800 peso.
Also not multiple entry.
2 month visa non express 2800 peso.
Therefore I’ve gone for 2 month visa regular lane… No brainer!

but in last 18 months ,u cannt get regular lane price even if u wanted,i only get it once inlast 6 years

they haventoffered that in over 18 months,always u pay express lane fee which is not expresss usually 2 hours min,

Hi Ashley,
thx for your hint at the “regular lane”!
How long does the “regular” apllication take for a) visa extension b)ACR-I card?

Is the 6 month visa multiple entry?

Hello, I have been to the Philippines many time but never more than 30 days. I am hoping to stay longterm. However I have a felony conviction in the US that is 20 years old. Because they take fingerprints will I get rejected?

Team, am going to General Santos area or region March 2020 and plans are 6+ months and heard this location they will only issued 2 months via possible Davao does 6 months after 59day or end of extension not find the law and think each area might have different law. Am divorce, free, retired military clean record and was also thinking about SRRV military process is cheaper and long term.

definetly not u can stay as long as 36 months no matter what your record,then u leave for a dayu get nother 36 months althoughevery 2 months u pay fee app 70 us no in 2020

no u wont have to worry positive of that even if u say up to 36 months ull be fine

hi my fiance he arrived last year last oct.31 then every month we do for extension visa to him…he staying 5 months already in philippines…on april 21 he can apply for 6 months extension visa?

Hi, We extended our for 29 days and we are planning to get the 6months visa extension. But what if we will be leaving out of the country for few weeks, can we still extent our visa for 6months when we come back or we need to extend again the 29days 1st visa extension?

And what we need to bring when we extend the 6months visa?

Thank you btw for the information provided in this blog.

okay your cost was 8,250 or 11,500 that was in 2015 it is 2019 now is it different now

Dear sir/madam,

Where can i find the sworn statement for overstaying?

I have found the two other documents that I have to fill in already.

Thanks for your help.

Kind regards,
Roel Hensen

Hello can l ask ? Ung fiance ko po kasi e . Mag sisix months na sa Philippines pwede ba nalang namin gawin ung extend niya dito sa philippines or kailangan lumabas nang bansa para sa kanyang Stamp ? Thankyou sana masagot

What office In cebu city,? my friend want to extend 1 month stay in Philippines.

magkno po ang ecc charge Ng blacklisted ? pra po aware mgkno dpt bayaran .thanks

I am going to phillippines and plan to stay for upto 6 months do I have apply for a visa beforehand

in 2020 after aug 1 ,u wont get in unless u have visa stam before u arrive,i arrived sept5 had to stay on floor before immigration for4 days before wife could get proper documents submitted to auf office in manila with 200us then bring back to airport meeting security only outside then waiting another 10 hours for airlines staff to sign off and by the way cost wife app 190 in us dollar in pesos for visa exzeption permit plus there fees dont forget 93 when u land for covid before u even get near immigraion such a deal hun,

Hi dear sir,my wife is Filipina and I want to stay in Philippines permanently so what kind of visa I should apply for it?
Thank you


u will pay no matter what wth marrige visa or retirementvisa or any kind expect to spend 2000 to 3000 us for it within 2 years then usualy a fee every year,such a fee fee country

Hi, i just rewed my Visa for 2 months while i did for 6 months for 2 years…
The head of bureau of immigration in Iloilo gives now 6 months renewal only to married foreigners…That s ridiculous.
I guess i ll go to boracay and give it a try there, renewing every 2 months is really a hassle.

Hi there, I agree the IloIlo office is acting rather strange as of late. I have extended my stay 3 times for a total of 7 months – upon the recent extension I was told that since I was staying in the country over 6 months I had to go for an interview with the department head. Was asked, who, what, where, when, why and how. I went online and there is nothing that speaks to this requirement and the odd line of questing. Every visit is a different set of rules and roll of the dice apparently.

Hello, your post was very interesting. I live in iloilo and I have been here for six months and I was also told I had to be married to a philippino before I can get a six months extension. The asked me three times when I am going to marry my girlfriend I told them who knows i have only just met her.

They told me to go to Manila next time and get a special retirement visa good job I know how much that is but they don’t care they act very strange lots of questions.

I go to Cebu next time for my six months extension.

I am currently here on a 6 month tourist Visa from the usa. How early prior to expiration of my Visa can I apply for my next 6 month Visa extension? Thank you

Hi I would just like to ask , is it gona be a tourist visa and a TRV after ? or just TRV ? I am getting married to my fiancé and he will go back to the Philippines because his student visa has expired last week . and having said , if its TRV , can he apply for a job if he wants to ?

hello…i am an italian of 57 yrs old. i am sick and cannot walk because my knee is so painful and sometimes i forget where i am and what to do. what can i do after my visa expired?

I am reti6in the Philippines. Likely getting married. Before leaving the US I received a 59 day extended visa thru the Philippines Consulate in LA. Will I be able to get a 6 month extension? I will must go to the Immigration office in Bacolod. Is this a quick process or am I going to be faced with long lines? Thanks

Can i get long term visitor visa for 6 months or 1 year. Want to spend time with my GF ( Partner). I am indian national, Can i enter philippines with visa on arrival for 30 days and can easily extend to another 6 months or 1 year??

Hi are you certain you can just get 30 days at immigration then apply for 29 days? I thought it was apply for 59d ays then extend monthly. For extending.

Hi I have already been and stayed in phillipines in june 2018, I want to go in October for 3 months, do I have to wait for the 29 days are up then I can apply for 2 months or longer…How can I do this thanks

Hi my friend a swedesh national want to stay in the phil.for 3 mos.where can she apply a philippine visa,,thank you very much

I want to come to Philippines to be with my girlfriend how do i get the visa to stay for a long period of time

I would like to stay for 6 months

I live in new zealand but have a british passport how much would a 6 month visa be and does the cost of p11500 cover the whole 6 months or is it p11500 per month

If i get a 6 or 12 month visa why do i have to keep going out of the country every two months

If i came for 6 or 12 month visa why would i have to leave the country every 2 months

Did you read the article?

I want to come to Philippines to be with my girlfriend how do i get the visa to stay for a long period of time

Please help me,My gf is pregnant and i want to her to give birth our baby in phililines,The immigration allowed her to give a 6months extension?.how if ever thy dont want,.she can stay illegal for 6months and after her give birth i pay all fines and cost for 6months..Please give me advice..

Maybe update to show there is no more Express Lane Fee. 🙂

But is the 6 month via a multi entry visa?

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.

Very helpful,thank you.

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?

Also BOI Taytay

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