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 Tourist Visa extension is the initial extension of twenty-nine (29) days, taking the visit up to 59 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 Visitor 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.
4,310 From One day to One Month Overstay (Updated Sept 2017)
6,000 Total for between One and Two Months Overstay (Updated July 2018)
13,000 Total for Up to Three Month Overstay
15,000 Total for Up to Four Month Overstay
17,000 Total for Up to Five Month Overstay
18,000 Total for Up to Six Months Overstay
20,000 Total for Up to Seven Month Overstay
22,000 Total for Up to Eight Month Overstay
24,000 Total for Up to Nine Month Overstay
26,000 Total for Up to Ten Month Overstay
28,000 Total for Up to Eleven Month Overstay
30,000 Total for Up to Twelve Months Overstay
60,000 Total for Up to Two Years Overstay
90,000 Total for Up to Three Years Overstay
120,000 Total for Up to Four Years Overstay
150,000 Total for Up to Five Years Overstay
180,000 Total for Up to Six Years Overstay
210,000 Total for Up to Seven Years Overstay
240,000 Total for Up to Eight Years Overstay
270,000 Total for Up to Nine Years Overstay
300,000 Total for Up to Ten Years Overstay
450,000 Total for Up to Fifteen Years Overstay
Note: These are approximate costs. Immigration will determine the exact cost when you visit their office.
A reasonable ‘estimate’ can be made by calculating 3,000 pesos for every month of Overstay. Or about 30,000 for each year.
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:
79,500 For a 19 months overstay.
Financial Penalties for Visa Overstay in the Philippines:
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, but less than two months, 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 just 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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I arrived here in the Philippines during the heat of the covid 19 pandemic which seemed like everyday a lockdown, I wanted to extend my visa but was unable to travel 5 hours away due to lockdowns and being told I would have to quarinetine for 14 there and once I got home which was insane! I have been here for 14 months expired visa I want to pay the fines fees and bring my visa up to date! I went with an online visa service which turned out to be a scam they scanned me for 60k peso no visa lying bastards so now I learn my visa expired I’m so paranoid that I’ve thought about kayaking from Palawan to the tip of Malaysia lol but I need to know can I just pay the fines and leave I don’t want to stay I want to leave this hell hole…ive been robbed scammed used and Im so fustrated !
I am pretty sure they are normally lenient during the COVID times, so you need to get to an office when you can, and sort it out.
I did read that you need to apply for an extension within 30 days after the lockdown is lifted. Otherwise normal rules apply, fines etc.
That should mean you just pay the fines, and leave.
I also suggest reading this guide on leaving: https://www.philippineairlines.com/en/covid-19/departingfromtheph
No more quarantine measures, just mainly the vaccine to fly out now. Go talk to immigration, they are pretty understanding. I think you can plead your case if you show the receipt for the online scam to them. Also request a reconsideration for your visa to be updated. You will need to pay overstay fees but you should have time to plan an exit. I would not fear them, just be honest and they should work with you to help you exit. If you have no money, you can declare indigent status. In that case go to your country’s embassy first. Good luck.
I have student visa expire 1 month if to extend now
I must to pay penalty and continue process to extend ?
or I must downgrade and go back to my contry than come back agian by tourist visa?
hello admin, i have a cypriot gf she arrived last september 3 ,2015 .. she’s still here in philippines , her last extension visa is august 1 2016 but before aug.1 we already applied for her 1month visa sept.1 which is our expected date but the officer in immigration suggest my gf to extend 2months visa because small amount we will be added .. 1month visa is 2470 then for 2months is 2900 so we decided to extend her visa for 2months but the date is october 1, 2016 .. which is over the day for 1 year.. sept.3 2016 she will be 1 year in philippines .. there is a penalty for that? if she stay until oct.1?
please admin answer my question , we are worry .. she need first to go back in her country?? thank you !
There is nothing I am aware of for penalties for staying over 1 year. I stayed for over one year at a time, and Immigration allow extensions for 2 or 3 years for most countries.
Just make sure of leaving before the Visa expires.
If immigration have given a visa valid to a certain date, then the visitor is fully legal until that date. An ECC will be needed though, but that’s not expensive.
The only extra penalty for staying over 12 months relates to those people who have overstayed WITHOUT A VISA, for over 12 months.
My friends was both foreigners. And their child was born in the philippines. Their child also has a passport. Do the child still needs to apply for a visa since she was born in phil.??
A visa will be required, as the child is not Filipino.
A person is only a natural-born Filipino citizen if s/he was born to a father and/or mother who was Filipino at the time of her/his birth.
Being born in the Philippines is NOT grounds for citizenship unless REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9139 applies.
This is only for some over 18’s though.
Thanks. 🙂 And also how about the penalty of the 1 yr old child who was born in the philippines with foreign parents?? Thanks
You should check this, and clear it, with a BoI office as soon as you can.
The Visa fees may be about 25,000 for the full 12 months, and the penalty fees maybe 6,000, unless they do a reduction for minors.
Did the parents keep their Visas up to date?
Yes. Her parents visas are always updated. And also the child have a passport. Thanks very much admin for the info. ??
I have a US CITIZEN son who is now 10yr old this 07/2016 , he has overstayed here in Pinas for over 4yrs and we forgot to apply his Report of Birth Abroad as a Filipino descent . Now we are worried that we will pay his ridiculous Overtly complicated list of penalties that the BI has systematically designed to deter or confuse the crap out of every foreigners. Believe me this bureau of immigration process for payments is extremely too much . You have all kinds of fees listed from express fee, service fees, etc., that will just confuse the crap out of you.
Anyways — the question ! Does a minor of US citizen need to pay OVERSTAY PENALTIES TOO ?
As a foreign citizen they need to abide by all visa conditions and requirements. That includes penalties as far as I am aware.
My visa expire the 29 August Ans my ticket is the 30 August.. 🙁
I’m trying, but I don’t think i can change my ticket.. 🙁
How will it be if I overstay 1 day, price and how long time will it take in the airport to deal with?
Hope you can give me some answer, because it’s hard to find concrete answers online… :'(
There are no concrete answers, so many different things happen in practice. But in theory you need a Visa Extension before leaving.
If it was me, I would get a standard 30 day extension.
If you try at the airport, they may need to fine you, and get you to renew the visa, and they may send you to the main BoI office to do that, and you then miss the plane.
It isn’t worth the risk.
Question; if someone has overstayed approx 4 years.. and they come clean to pay the fees and get things right.. will they be blacklisted?? He has a 4 year old son in the Phils and is concerned he would not be able to return to his child?
Only Immigration can decide that. They have the power to do either, to blacklist or show compassion.
You have to show the right attitude when going to immigration. It should help if the person has a Filipina partner.
Hi, may i ask if there is mandatory fee in bureau of immigration for the attorney fees for the foreigner that has overstay in philippines over one year??? i mean this attorney fee is out from the quotation they give for the penalties and express lane and etc…..hope you can help me for this …. thank you soo much
I am unsure what you mean by ‘attorney fees’.
What exactly where you charged, with exact wording?
Was an attorney involved?
Hi, good day! I have an american boyfriend and we forgot to extend his visa on the date and now he is 2 months over stay. how much is the penalty and estimate fees?
I think that could be as high as 12,000 pesos (Visa Fees and Penalties combined) if he also needed the ACR-I card. Much less if ACR-I card is not required.
It is best to get it done as soon as possible.
i finished my studying(BS degree) last may and my student visa was valid until July 1, 2016, now i have acceptance from other school(for my master’s degree) witch its classes starts on august. what is the case now? did i over stay? i just waited for the school to approve my application. do i need to go out of country or i can extend my visa?
I am not 100% on student Visas, but..
Your visa expired on 1 July 2016.
You currently have no Visa, and therefore you are in the country illegally.
You need to go to a BoI office and explain so it can be sorted immediately.
I’m planning to book a flight and found a good deal but its not within the 30 day cutoff for non visa. its like 35 days is it better to just pay at the airport the overstay when i leave or just pay for a visa even though its only how many days? I’m a non immigrant born and raised US Citizen. And how much would that cost for say 3-5 days of overstaying
You will probably need to get a full month visa extension.
The time factor at the airport could be a problem that could make you miss the flight. They may even send you out of the airport to sort it out.
Safer to do it in advance at a BoI office, and not worry too much.
hello i just want to ask if how much i need to pay if i did not extend my tourist visa for 7 month i com here september 2015 but the visa is just until dec 2015 im saudi national i have filipina wife and we already married hope u can help me i love the philippine i dont want to have problem tthankyou in advance
I would expect about 20,000 peso. Get it done as soon as possible.
Then begin looking at the marriage visa.
As you are now married this may be helpful at some stage: https://www.in-philippines.com/the-balikbayan-one-year-visa/
i will extend my mom visa to stay in Philippines, it need quarantine. but because on the medical check up said that my mom’s lung have a problem and need to going to pulmonary and need certificate medical from the doctor. i have going to the pulmonary doctor already, but the doctor refuse to give the MC and need me to do many test. Can you advise me what should i do? actually my mom plan staying here for the next 6 months only due to take care of me coz i”m pregnant and will give birth. anyway i’m Indonesian and working here. Thanks
What you have been advised by Immigration needs to be done. You can always advise them of the delay in this and see if they will allow extra time.
Keep Immigration informed, so that they can advice if needed.
or can i request to extend my mom for living here in Philippines until next month only? i’m okay to pay the penalty. due to my mom also don’t want to doing many test to get the MC. my mom arrived Philippines on 7 may and we have extend visa tourist from 6jun until 5july. but may i request to immigration for extend my mom here until the end of July without any quarantine?
Hope all is well with you .
Please help answer my request , I am Chinese citizen was lived in manila. I am working one BPO company from 2014 then 9G working visa holder. but my visa was expired on 21. Sep 2015. then our company will set up new sister company in ortigas. all the Foreign Employees need to change the 9G working visa to PEZA (47a2). so our company was process my 9G visa downgrade to 9A then will apply new 47a2 visa. but our 3th parter ( one travel company) didnt inform any details when the visa downgrade already finished on Nov 19, 2015. so I got one OVER TO LEAVE letter from BI then need to leave Feb 29, 2016 (we only know from now). then I didnt know this point without know anything. so now is almost near July . since June our company was fix my all the doc for overstay problem. it like 8 month overstay in manila. and we already summit all support docs 1. Motion of Reconsideration – June 16, 2016 and 2. Affidavit of Explanation – June 20, 2016. so now awaiting approval. I also worry about BI will put me in blacklist. Can you give me some suggestion for this? In this case, I am not overstay more than 12 months, and my company and new 3th partner will handle all the payment to pay full the BI payment request. I am also will be in Blacklist? Please help it . Thank you so much!!
who can answer my request??
It sounds like your company is arranging everything.
Are they using immigration specialist services?
If so, I would suggest discussing this with them. This does sound quite complex.
You do need specialist help on this.
hello sir iam indian passport holder i over stay only 3 days so how much ill going to pay at airport pls reply
Hi i am korean resident, was holding a student visa until Feb 2016, I was not able to update my visa until now..
May i know the process i should do and estimated cost it will incur.
Hope for your reply
You need to go to your nearest BoI office. I am unsure of the penalties for Student Visa overstay, but would assume similar to the Tourist Visa overstay.
These costs are indicated in the main article above. You are looking at about 6 months Visa costs plus the monthly penalty fees. Maybe an ACR-i card cost too, if you don’t have that.
hi.. gudpm my husband voluntary deportation. in phil. ang problema ko gusto nya mubalik sa phil. hindi cya mkabalik dahil black list name nya.ano gagawin ko. mgtanong din ako ilan babayarin nya.kc 2010 cya dumating tapos voluntary cya uwi 2014.
my 9f expired January 7th 2016, I didn’t enroll ever since it expired please tell my what to do. I need your candid advice on this Thank you
my student visa expired last july and i planned to downgrade my visa and travel back home last october, but my school documents were not yet ready .I also lost my I-card before it would expire..if i plan to go back now, what would be my estimated cost?
I estimated about 35,000 pesos for a 1 year overstay. But you need to check the exact figure ASAP by contacting the BoI (Bureau of Immigration).
ok will do..thank-you very much
I want to know what will happen if my friend who over stayed here for 1 year and 7 months in the Philippines when he arrive at the airport on this coming Sunday. will she be detain or ask her to pay for the penalties then leave the Philippines or both?
Hope you help me regarding this issue. She’s afraid.
An ECC is needed to be allowed to leave. That can take 24 hours or more to get.
You need upto date visas to get an ECC.
The visa should be updated well before leaving to ensure no problems at the airport.
How much is she going to pay for the penalties, ‘coz i’m sure personnel at the airport will talk to her about her over staying here.
How about her ticket will it be forfeited or can be reschedule due to that issue? over stay for 1 year and 7 months.
The airline decide if they will reschedule the flight. The cheap flights are rarely refundable or changeable.
The Airport staff may tell her to go to a BoI office the next day and get the visa and the Exit Clearance Certificate sorted.
You NEED to contact a BoI office immediately.
The fines do vary, but from the figures from the original post, it could be bearing 50,000 pesos.
You need to pay ALL the unpaid Visa costs PLUS the penalties.
Thank you very much for your help Mam/Sir.
Hi. I have a father overstaying here in the Philippines for 15 years. Since 2000 until now 2016. He is married to my mother who is a pure Filipina and he had two kids (me and my sister). On his first visits here, he keep on paying his fees, but after I was born, he settled down and my mother went to work abroad. He has a house here and been good to everyone. Now, he still lives here with us but he want to go back next month. His tourist visa and passport is already expired. He doesn’t have money to pay much penalties. Can I ask for some solutions? If he really needs to pay, how much is it estimated? Or does he have to be deported or go to jail? I think he’ll surrender to the embassy, what will he do? Please help.
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This is not a good situation at all.
First he needs to go to his embassy and sort out his passport.
He needs that before he can do anything.
While there he should ask advice on his current situation. They should know better than anyone on where to start.
Other than that, I would consider an immigration lawyer to guide him.
Will he be blacklisted or do you think he can return here in the Philippines? If in case he needs to pay, will the immigration let him leave immediately?
I would expect him to be blacklisted, but maybe allowed to leave if he pays in full. Maybe not the same day though.
But please, get some professional opinions and help.
He will need Uptodate Visas in his new passport, and an ACR-I card to get the ECC anyway, before he is allowed to leave.
Hi,i have one question,I book a flight on the incoming 17 May because it is a lot cheaper than on the 16 May.The problem is my visa expire on the 16 May,and the flight is at 0525am,17 may.If i go to the immigration in the airport how much is the fine for over staying one night?
Can I suggest you call the Airport Immigration office for this, as you may be sent away to get a new visa. Various problems can occur at Airport Immigration which can cause flight boarding refusal.
Please let us all know how you get on.
I just checked a few things, and here are three actual examples in 2015, of overstaying by one day.
1: Refused boarding, had to cancel flight and go to Manila office to get visa renewed the next day. (about 11,000 php)
2: Allowed to board with no problems, (as it was only 1 day)
3: Told to go and pay at airport counter. 4,000 php for 1 day
Staying under 59 days in the Philippines have different rules to staying 60 days plus.
i had a valid student visa till july 2016 and i had to go home after my 3rd year academics for my training in my country so i got an exit clearance and i left after my training now i came back with a tourist visa by february 18 2016 and my tourist visa stay is overdue by 3 days what do u advise?
can i still apply for my student visa to be re-activated or i need to pay penalty?
if a penalty how much?
For 3 days the penalty will be minimal, you should get it done, then look at the student visa afterwards.
However, is the student visa still valid ?
yes the student visa is valid till july 2016
If your student visa is still valid you may not have needed the visitor visa.
I would go into a BoI and check that the student visa is actually still current and onky needs to be renewed from July.
admin am a ghana national and am one of the countries that are free visa entry into the philippines for 30 days, and i have extended my visa only one time. but am now over staying for 2 months is there any way i could pay my overstay for two months without been deported and extend my visa?
You need to visit a Buruea of Immigration and get the visa updated.
Otherwise you will have problems at the airport trying to leave without a valid visa. That will cause delays and likely cause a missed flight.
If someone has not long turned 18 but was a minor at the time of entering the Philippines and now there mother and father (father being a British national and mother Filipino) are divorced was forced with her family to move from Honk Kong at the time when she was 6-7 years old wants to come to the (UK) her sister lives here (has a British passport).
Would she have to pay a penalty fine if so how much, she has just come of age and no longer wants to stay there but was a minor when entered the country.
Please this is URGENT if you could point us in the right direction.
If she travels on a UK passport she will be treated as a foreigner without a visa.
If she travels overseas on a Philippine passport then, no penalties.
If she travels to Malaysia on a Philippine passport and returns to Philippines on a UK passport she would restart the visa process…
Just a thought.
hello admin, i have a question, its not as bad as the one’s i just read, kind of funny what some people are thinking, anyway, my visa is up april 7th, but my flight leaves the morning of the 8th, and overstay of 10 hours, can i pay that at the airport, or should i go back to the embassy,
I would hate to say I think it should be OK, and then you get told to go to Immigration the following day…
I am not sure. In your shoes I would contact the local BI office, and get something in writing, or, and I think they will do this, renew the visa for a month…
Sorry, I have zero confidence in them letting something slide like that….
I’m a Malaysian and overstaying in the Philippines over 4 months. I wish to return back to Malaysia. How much would it cost me?
It could be something like this:
4 months visa fees at about 4,400 pm = 17,600
Fines at 500 pm = 2,000
500 pesos – Motion for Reconsideration for Overstaying
maybe about 20,000 pesos, and maybe the ACR-i card fee if you didn’t get that, so maybe 25,000 pesos.
Visitor Visa Fees have now increased to 4,400 for one month shown at: http://www.immigration.gov.ph/visa-requirements/non-immigrant-visa/temporary-visitor-visa/extension-of-authorized-stay-beyond-59-days
The BOI fees are rarely what we expect to pay, so the accurate final figure will be whatever they decide on the day.
You may also need the ECC if you have been in the Philippines for over 6 months.
I have a Canadian boyfriend overstaying for 14 years. he used balikbayan visa together with his mother who is a pure Filipina. what should he do and how much is the cost of his payment ?
im from Canada I was born there.v then when I was 5 years old I got balikbayan visa because my mother is a pH citizen that’s why I got here. its almost 14 years. what should I do to renew my visa? and passport?
You need to visit a BoI office and explain the situation.
Normally it would be 13 years of visa fees and penalties, as the balikbayan visa is only for 1 year.
However, being a child at the time, i am not sure if Immigration will be sympathetic to the situation.
If you are also a Filipino there is no problem in staying in the Philippines.
You may also be able to leave the Philippines on a Philippine passport, to a non visa required country, and then return again on your Canadian passport starting a new visa…
Good morning, When I arrived here on a tourist visa , I was detained at the airport on an arrest warrant , 4 yrs old, for a criminal matter of which I had no knowledge. The nbi confiscated my passport and took me to detention. 3 weeks later I was bailed for an amount of money and no order was made as to the surrender of my passport. During the proceedings a stop order at the airport was made , again, no order for the surrender of my passport was made. Nearly 2 years later the charge against me was dismissed by the court…I have now been here 25 months. My , who supposedly visited the nbi to get my passport said that the nbi officers were “pointing fingers ” when asked for the return of my passport, i., e., no one knew where it was. The lawyer informed me yesterday that the nbi required 150,000 pesos for the return of my passport !!!! As far as the Bureau of Immigration is concerned, the lawyer says they require 200 to 300,000 pesos to clear up my enforced overstay !! Even if i had that kind of money, i would not pay i pesos It seems from your post that the Commissioner has the power to waive fines and penalties where it was not the fault of the individual that the visa was not extended…bearing in mind…the nbi had my passport …the nbi had no authority to withhold my passport…i was on bail…there was a stop order at the airport.. i would really appreciate some advice…Thanks.
Have you spoken to your embassy? That would be the first option.
They should then be able to advise you of options.
What is your nationality?
Let the Australian Embassy know what is happening. I would hope that they can help in this situation.
im a chinese student in PH, and the visa is expired at 7-16,2015. meaning to say, i’ve already 7 months overstaying in manila,
and now i need to back home i mean china, and i want inquire what should i do can fix this visa problem also avoid getting in the “blacklist” or something like that
any suggestion or agent u kindly can provide?
You need to go to your nearest Bureau of Immigration, and pay all outstanding Visa costs and penalties, ensuring you have a current valid visa, and ACR-i card.
Once you have done that, you can then apply for the Exit Clearance Certificate.
The total cost will be more than if you had paid on time, but if you clear these costs and leave the country correctly, without causing Immigration any hassle, they may not blacklist you, especially if you give a good reason.
I am from USA and my fiancee is from Philippines. We had a child december 2013 and my child just got his USA passport and my fiancee her k 1 visa. We are being told now there is a problem with my son leaving on Feb 28 2016. That he has to pay exits fines for overstay? What will these fee s be ? Thanks!
This is one of the Philippine laws that I hate !!
Your child has been in the Philippines illegally without a visa … (aargh)
He also needs a n Exit Clearance Certificate, to prove no criminal record… (aargh)
A Philippine passport would be handy for him, but he has a US one, therefore a US citizen. At least no visa needed to enter the US.
The BoI will tell you what needs paying. You should get down there ASAP, and sort it out, in a friendly way… Even though you may not feel that way inclined.
Has your fiancee done the CFO clearance too ? https://www.in-philippines.com/commission-on-filipinos-overseas-program/
If you ve been overstaying a bit more than 6 years do they have any rights to hold your passport ? They said (the immigration) that we could get it back once we are already in the airport?? i am really looking for an legal answer for this because without a passport, we are nobody.
You are in their country illegally.
My guess is that they actually have a right to hold YOU in custody.
So holding a passport is not really that big a deal if looked at it that way.
In many countries you would be in detention AND they would have your passport too.
It seems they want you to leave, and will give you back your passport when you do?
Any changes in fees since last May?
I’m currently 78 days over.
If they refuse to let me stay after paying the fees, will I be given time (like 48 hours, for example), to wrap up my affairs and leave, or will I be expected to head straight to the ariport and have the funds to purchase a ticket out immediately?
I have a friend who overstayed in the Philippines for almost 15 years. He is a Filipino but a US citizen and he is married to a Filipina and have 3 kids.He would like to know how much does he have to pay but afraid to go directly to the BI.
He only has a problem if he wishes to leave on a US passport. At that point he would need an Exit certificate and all visas up to date.
But if he leaves on a Philippine passport he will be treated as any other Filipino. Needing any visas etc for countries to be visited.
I hope that immigration get a better system for this one day.
I do think that some immigration officers may be more relaxed on a case lke this.
He doesn’t have a Philippine passport.Can you tell us how much will it cost if he wishes to leave.
Good day po,
I am a natural born filipino but grew up in the states for 12 years. now on 2007 i made a decision to study college here in the philippines. Upon entering this country, i used my U.S passport because i had no valid philippine passport at that time. A month after i got here, i applied for a renewal of my phillipine passport at our local travel agency. Now this got me thinking that im still a filipino citizen, Untill recentrly i tried to renew my philippine passport since it expired on 2012. I went to the nearest dfa from where we live and they told me to first apply for a dual citizenship ra 9255 since i wrote on the application form that i have a foreign passport. Now i went to another dfa and they were able to renew my philippine passport, but ofcourse this time i did not put that i have a foreign passport. This to me is confusing.. is this a way to just charge a fee for those natural born filipinos who want to get their filipino citizenship back? by letting them apply first a dual citizenship? I did contact the BI and asked them this same scenario that iam explaning to you sir/mam. and they told me that its fine to leave the country without being charged of overstaying for 9 years since iam a holder of a philippine passport, and to just show both u.s and philippine passport upon exiting this country. What is your opinion on this sir/mam? Since i know that it really depends on the immigration officer on that day that i will have contact with. Its really quite confusing also.. I mean i know that holding a philippine passport will claim that you are a filipino citizen. However, will they ask me for any certification like dual certification or anything like that? I asked that question to them also and 2 different immigration personnel that i spoke with said no they will not look for a certification, only a valid philippine passport will do. is this corrent sir/mam? I just want to have your take on this.
Your comment that they say “and to just show both u.s and philippine passport upon exiting this country” does have me worried as I have heard of some that still get penalties in this situation.
Some Immigration officers may see sense and let you go, but it seems that some do not.
Unfortunately I have learned that one has to fear (and plan for) the worst, as it has a strong chance of happening in the Philippines.
You mentioned: “migrating soon with my wife and 2 little kids who are also u.s citizens since i applied their u.s citizenship here at manila. This will be their first time leaving the country also, kinda wierd again because BI is saying that since they were born here. and that i applied their u.s citizenship.. they are no longer filipinos as welll and have to pay some kinda tax for them both upon leaving.”
Your children may also have problems needing an ECC, and Visa issues from the date of becoming US citizens.
I cannot be sure of what the BI will do, but I know what they can do.
In your shoes I would take a Family holiday to Hong Kong, on Filipino Passports. Then fly direct to the US.
Your wife may also need to do the CFO seminar if she is still Filipino and if she flies out on a Marriage Visa etc.
I have never looked into this for visits to Asian countries though… http://www.cfo.gov.ph
Thank you sir, i am considering on going to hongkong first. however they will notice on my wifes passport that she has a u.s visa. Will that cause anything? I’m pretty sure alot of people have also done what you have said about going to another free visa country and getting a u.s flight from there. It is quite wierd my dad also told me that they do show both u.s and philippine passports at NAIA or also known as NAtional Ammunition Implantation Airport haha joke only. Hoping i will get cleared that way since our country has a very strong allegiance with the u.s goverment. either ways.. going to hongkong is a good idea. my mom is planning on picking us up and accompanying us back to the u.s. I hope things will be cleared and hoping to get a nice immigration officer at the airport. Thanks for your fast replies po.
The US visa will probably trigger the need for the CFO even though the trip is to Hong Kong.
Its not straightforward.
It could trigger all sorts of questions and bring the US citizenship into the equation.
I would like to know how do we go about this certain scenario..
My boyfriend is a Filipino but he migrated to US way back 2004 or 2005 and became a full pledge US Citizen. He gave up his Filipino citizenship. Now he went back here last 2009 and he doesn’t even have any tourist visa or anything. Just his plane ticket and his US Passport. Now we would like to know if he needs to pay anything, will he be jailed because of overstaying here? Please give us an insight. Thank you!
Can he get dual citizenship again ? I don’t know about US laws on that. Otherwise, he does have problems being on a US passport with no Visa.
Without getting his Filipino citizenship back, and getting a Philippines passport, he will have a large amount to pay in unpaid visa fees and penalties. He may also be deported back to US.
Look into getting his citizenship back and a Filipino passport.
Then, for leaving the Philippines, travel on the Philippine passport to a country that has no visa requirement, and then travel from there to the US on his US passport.
Anyone leaving on a NON Philippines Passport will need to show Visas for their stay, and an ECC if over 6 months stay.
Good day sir,
This is my scenario… I came here on sept 2007 using my u.s passport as my entry, because of that time i had no valid philippine passport. Since then I had never gone back to u.s.a. Ive been here for almost 9 years now. The thing is one 2007, a month after i got here, i was able to renew my old philippine passport. Then it expired on 2012.. Now when i went to dfa to have it renewed.. They asked me to apply first for a dual citizenship ra 9255 since i indluced in the application renewal form that i have a foreign passport. Now i went to a travel agency, but from there i did not write down my foreign passport, now i have a valid philippine passport with me along with my u.s passport. My question is..When i leave this country to go back lets say next month.. what would happen? I did call the Immigration office here in manila, and they said that as long as i have a valid philippine passport, that iam all cleared. can I have your opinion on this please? oh and by the way, if your wondering why i stayed here for so long is that i studied college here thinking that i am a philippine citizen because i was able to have my philippine passport renewed on 2007 which has expired on 2012.
OK.. I assume you have not had Visa’s for your stay since 2007.
If you leave on a US passport then you will have penalties and fines and all the old visas to pay for…
If you leave on a Philippine Passport, then all you will need is a Visa to go to the country of your destination, or, if going to a visa free country (Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia etc,) just your passport, and a return ticket.
If you are planning on going to the US, then you would need a US visa in the Philippine passport, which you can’t get as you are a US citizen.
If you show the US passport on leaving, then they will treat you as US and fine you etc.
However, if you fly to Hong Kong (etc) on the Philippine passport, (you will probably need a return ticket to avoid complications), then get another flight [Hong Kong to US] on the US passport, you seem to bypass the problem, unless steps are taken by immigration to catch that.
I am not sure if linking the two passports is in effect at the airports.
At the dfa they did say that people are able to avoid penalties because of applying a philippine passport without declaring that they have a foreign passport on their application form. I do know that this can only happen if you are a natural born filipino. Our system really is confusing hehe. I mean its a way for them to earn quick cash if a former filipino citizen wants to become a dual citizen. I am little bit confused po. So when exiting I was advised to show both philippine and us passport. that will let them know that i do not need a visa to enter the u.s. however you did say even if i have a valid pnoy passport and still show my u.s passport… They will treat me still as a u.s citizen and currently bypass my philippine passport? That is a good idea also po. going to hongkong. I mean my situation is im migrating soon with my wife and 2 little kids who are also u.s citizens since i applied their u.s citizenship here at manila. This will be their first time leaving the country also, kinda wierd again because BI is saying that since they were born here. and that i applied their u.s citizenship.. they are no longer filipinos as welll and have to pay some kinda tax for them both upon leaving. but they did say that they might waive it.. i doubt it though since if its a quick way for them to make some cash then they will sure go for it.. one of them told me to not declare a foreign passport as well at the application form so they can get a filipino passport as well. kinda wierd. they all have different opinion at the BI.
According to the law of U.S immigration. A U.S citizen can leave and stay at another country for aslong as he/she wants and return when he/she pleases to. It is the country that they will be residing that will cause them problems. I myself have that same kind of situation your boyfriend is in. Again with the laws of being a Dual Citizen.. The U.S does not favor it but does recognize it because it’s a natural occuring situation. The problems will arise in the country that your bf is now residing in which is this country of ours but ofcourse runned by crocodiles hehe.
pls admin, i need an advise on this, i have being in philippines for over 0ne and a half years now already overstayed, i got married here to a lady from pampanga and had my son with her, she was the reason for my overstay cos she left me empty after taking all i have and went away leaving my son alone to me, i dont know what to do, will i be deported with my son at the same time.
You will need to pay all previously unpaid visa costs plus some penalties.
If the child is with you it may make a big difference to how you are treated. But you need to own up to the BI at the start.
Does the child have your nationality?
Do you have all the paperwork, birth certificate etc?
If the child is Filipino it can’t be deported. Not sure how they handle such a situation.
Hi i have a problem about 15 years over staying in the Philippines 10 years ago and i beleived that is between the year 1991 to 2005.
i went back here in the USA the year 2005.i build a family in the Philippines and have a beautiful wife and have 4 kids and my kids are growing up so i decided to back in the USA but i was become indigent for how many years in the Philippines because of financial problem and suffered financial distressed and i leaved the country 2005 and i am blacklisted in the bureau of immigration because of my over staying in the Philippines. they BI asking me to pay the fine of almost php 180,000 pesos but that amount was waived by the commissioner of the bureau of immigration and the condition not to allow me to re enter the Philippines unless i will pay the said amount of almost php 180,000 pesos.
any advice from any one? my family wants to visit Philippines and my family wants me to go with them but i cannot pay the said amount.
any advice please… Thank you…
I think you may need to ask the BI. And do it before making plans.
They may insist on payment before being allowed into the country.
You can’t really do anything safely without it in writing from BI.
behind in fine’s , want to go back to the US and take my wife with Visa. Dont ever care of coming back here, will they let me waived payment and leave the country with my wife?
Very Very unlikely. (Probably impossible)
You won’t be allowed to leave until you get an Exit Clearance Certificate.
To get the Exit Clearance Certificate [ECC], you need a valid current visa, and a valid ACR-i card.
(My ACR card had expired when I went to leave, and that meant adding another month to my already valid visa, as ACR cards are only issued with a visa, and paying for the new ACR card, so I could get the ECC !!)
To get the Exit Clearance Certificate you must have a valid current visa, and a valid ACR-i card.
This means paying all unpaid Visa fees, and any unpaid ACR-i card fees, plus all the fines that they add, to get you up to date.
Sorry for this news, but it costs money to stay in, and leave, the Philippines.
For your wife, don’t forget that she will probably need the CFO clearance, if this is her first time leaving her country with a partner, if using a partner/marriage visa.
may I ask a question. I am a student, my visa before is 47a2, but my visa overstay from July 2014 until now. so How much i need to pay for monthly ?
I have overstayed for 4 years.. Me and ex girlfriend broke and she tried to have me deported.. The police took me to immigration because of overstaying my visa. After 3 hours of waiting, the immigration officer told the police to take me back home and let me go.. Immigration didnt hold or deport me even after 4 years overstaying. Any comments on why immigration let me stay?
What Visa did you originally have and what dates?
What Visa are you on now ?
hi … i want to ask if how can i pay my penalties in philippines ? i’m in malaysia now .. i was overstay around 8 years because of my family bring me there … but my mom was filipina … my dad is malaysian that’s why i am ban in philippines now till i havent pay my penalties.
Have you asked the Philippines embassy in your country?
i scared that they will ask another extra charges …
I have a very sensitive question and was told not to talk too much about it unless I have someone who could really help me. But
it seems no matter how much I ask around for a direct answer, still nothing.
I was hoping to find someone who is affiliated or possibly an Immigration Officer that I could talk to in person and discuss more.
Hi i have friend american he was overstayed for 4years here in philippines. he was asking me if somebody can help him to know how much he had to pay in immigration to pay all the penaties? i hope somebody can help him..
First he has to pay all the visa fees that he hasn’t paid, so about 3,000 every two months, plus ACR cards for 4 years, maybe up to about 85,000 for that plus at least another 24,000 in penalties. So maybe about 110,000 going by the basic rules.
But, I am unsure of the current 2 month extension fee, it was 3,030 but the website now says 4,900. If that is correct then the total would be nearer 155,000 pesos.
There may be other penalties for staying over the three year limit.
The longer he leaves it the worse it gets.
He should go to the Boi, but make sure he has 120,000 available to pay the cost on the spot. Otherwise he could theoretically be detained until it is paid.
Maybe he should register with the US embassy first to ensure assistance if needed.
hi .. good afternoo n .. i have french man boyfriend and his overstaying for 6 month .. you think how much is the cost for that ?
2,350 for ACR-I card
4,900 for each two months extension (according to latest BoI webpage)
500 per month Penalty
510 Motion for Reconsideration for Overstaying
This could be about 21,000 plus 6,000 if it goes over 6 months.
And possible a ban on coming back.
hi there.. i haven’t extended my student visa for almost 2years now, cos my passport got stolen and it took a year to get a new one. do you have any idea what the penalties could be? based on the fact that i have a police report and affidavit of loss backing up my lost passport.. thanks
I assume you advised the BoI of the loss, when you knew the Visa had expired.
They may let you off without penalties. But… they may still charge it in lieu of interest on the unpaid Visa cost.
You should go in NOW, and fix it, before it becomes a problem.
its ok for me to pay the penalty they ask and go back my country but i want to come back with a new tourist visa within two months i went from here i dont know anything about it but one of my friend he went n came back in 3months who has same problem like me but another friend also with same problem is in my country now n he told its immpossible to back here may i know about it please thank you
i am indian nationalty
That is one of the problems with overstaying a Visa. You still have to eventually pay all the Visa Fees PLUS Penalties, and you get a Black mark in your passport.
Immigration are allowed, and encouraged, to refuse people entry if they feel they will overstay Visas.
This applies to Immigration in All countries.
In India for example, it is a criminal offense to overstay a visa, and travelers must pay a fine, plus regular fees for Visa extension and jail time is possible depending on the situation. You also risk a future block on future visits to India.
I am not sure about jail time in the Philippines, unless you get caught before declaring yourself, but the rest are all highly probable.
With passport control in the Philippines now getting more sophisticated, less people with black marks will be able to get in without being noticed.
At that point is is up to how the Immigration Officer of the day is feeling. If they are in a bad mood, and enforce the rules 100%, then you turn round and go home again.
Maybe best to apply for a Visa before flying, if you don’t want to risk the cost of a wasted flight.
i have been here in philippines almost 2 and half years and i dont even extend my visa for even once what would be the result if i go to immigration i am afraid to go their
hello,, my father is over staying for 20 years and not officially married yet with my mother.. Is there any suggestion for my father? He is Burmese national..
20 years? Oh.. My first thought is to keep hiding. I have no idea what would happen on that. Technically a large fine and probable deportation, but if you are his child, and you are a family unit, I wonder if the BoI would show any compassion.
I just don’t know why people don’t follow the rules and keep up to date with a Visa. But this one is way to late to catch up on that now.
I would consider asking a legal person experienced with these matters, and see if there is anything that can be done without him being in big trouble.
He is now in the position of being unable to even leave the Philippines without probably being taken into custody.
Good am madan / sir. If my father want to go back to myanmar what he should do ? Because he dont have money to pay any penalty being overstay here.
Not sure what would happen if he has no money for the accrued Visa Fees and Fines/Penalties.
He needs to go and find out the cost, and see who could help him.
I did read this on a different case for non payment of fines: “to suffer subsidiary imprisonment in case of non-payment of the fine in each of the above-entitled cases and to pay the costs of suit“
Without the right visa, there will be penalties. No allowances for being married to a Filipino. Everyone must hold a visa to be legally allowed to stay.
what if the foreigner is overstaying for four (4) years and she is married already to a Filipino national. Is there also a penalty?
Yes for four years you going to get a big Pines it don’t matter if you’re married to a Filipino or not you still have to pay thanks tension feet you have to become a citizen you have to file different paperwork to become a citizen before you stop paying them please
I have read that an overstay penalty for even just one day can be as high as 5,000 pesos, or maybe nothing, depending on the Immigration Officer at the time.
Maybe those that didn’t pay were nice, polite and apologetic, while those that had to pay, were annoyed and created anger at the immigration counter.
Am a student in d Phils but my baby is on tourist visa. Is there a way of changing d status of his visa or putting him on mine since he’s a minor?
And if his visa expires 1st but the date of authorised stay stamped at d port of entry reads 14th, will it be extended before 1st or 14th?