Requirements for an ECC – Exit Clearance Certificate

Requirements for an ECC

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration (BI) has stated that the following are needed to get an ECC – Exit Clearance Certificate (also called Emigration Clearance Certificate)


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  • Photo of both sides of Alien Certificate of Registration ACR card. (Must be Current NOT Expired)
  • Photocopy AND Original of the Receipt for payment of last visa extension fees. (To be issued with an ECC, you need up to date valid visas)
  • Current ACR-I card
  • A personal appearance is required for fingerprinting, both electronic scanning and manual ink, and photograph.

There are various forms available for download at: http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php/downloads/application-forms but… not for the Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) as it is now called.

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More Information on the Exit Clearance Certificate

Who needs an ECC Emigration Clearance Certificate or Exit Clearance Certificate

An Emigration Clearance Certificate [ECC] is needed when Foreign Passport Holders are leaving the Philippines after a stay of 6 months or more.

Your passport may be stamped like this, when you get a visa renewal that takes you past 6 months after entry.

Notice of ECC after 6 months

Any child, born in the Philippines, but travelling on a Foreign passport, NEEDS an ECC to leave the Philippines. A notice to this effect is on display at a Bureau of Immigration office.

Requirements for an Emigration Clearance Certificate [ECC]

To be issued with an ECC, you need up to date valid visas, and an ACR-I card.

Cost of an ECC Emigration Clearance Certificate or Exit Clearance Certificate

Cost of ECC-A

The cost for an ECC-A in 2014 was 500 pesos.  There has been some recent talk about it being free, by some people, but two recent comments shown below, show that there is still a charge being made.

  1. ken hogan on January 17, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    i just got my ECC today 17/1/ 2018 at J Mall Mandaue 500 php total
  2. Edward on November 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    I just got my ECC and the total cost was 710 pesos at the J centre mall on the second floor in mandaue

Cost of ECC-B

The cost for an ECC-B in 2015 was mentioned by one person at 2,850 pesos. The cost was mentioned again in October 2018.

  1. Friendly Citizen on October 30, 2018  at 5:37 am
    I paid 2,860 + 500 (express fee) = 3,360.

ECC-A for Visitor Visa Holders

The ECC-A may be secured at the BI Main Office or in select District Offices, Satellite Offices, Field Offices, One-Stop-Shops.
ECC-A is issued to departing holders of Tourist Visas who have stayed for 6 months or more. A valid ACR-i card is required for this when the Visitor visa holder has been in the country for over 2 months.
ECC-A is issued to departing holders of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant visas with valid ACR I-Cards and are leaving the country permanently.

ECC-B for other Than Visitor Visa Holders

The ECC-B may be secured at the BI Main Office or in the airport upon departure.
ECC-B is issued to departing holders of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant visas with valid ACR I-Cards and are leaving the country temporarily.

Update:

Confusion between ECC-A and ECC-B for Tourist Visa Holders

There is confusion on whether a Tourist Visa holder, leaving the country temporarily, and holding an ACR-I card, requires the ECC-A or the ECC-B.

Tourist Visa in the country over 6 months: ECC-A with no confusion. (ECC-A is issued to departing holders of Tourist Visas who have stayed for 6 months or more)

Tourist Visa in the country under 6 months: This is where the confusion arises, as the Tourist Visa holder must also have an ACR-I card (after 2 months) and the rules state: ECC-B is issued to departing holders of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant visas with valid ACR I-Cards and are leaving the country temporarily

However, even if the Tourist Visa holder is only leaving temporarily, their visa will normally expire on leaving, meaning it is a permanent exit on that visa, and they will return on a new visa, automatically given for most nationals, for a 30 day period, with the same conditions applying for a new temporary visa entry.

If the Immigrant or Non-Immigrant visa can be used for re-entry, then it could be classed as ‘leaving the country temporarily’, and selecting the ECC-B.

It is possible that some Tourist Visas may be able to be used for re-entry under those circumstances.

 

When the ECC was enforced in 2013, the reason for this certificate was given as follows:

Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison said that the ECC is being issued to departing foreigner nationals to prove that they have no derogatory records in the country or any accountability with other government agencies.

There are two types of ECC:

The ECC-A is being issued to foreigners who have tourist visas extending for more than six months. (A tourist visa holder in the country for over two months will also have a tourist ACR-i card)

The ECC-B, on the other hand, is given to holders of immigrant and non-immigrant visas with valid alien certificate registration I-Cards.

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  2. You give the information about this new order for Temporary Visa Holders that can get ECC in the airport now, but later, in the comments, I see answers that “you cannot get ECC in the airport”. Is it not valid now? Or tourists still can get their ECC in the airport?

    1. When I got to the airport, as a tourist leaving after 6 months, but without an ECC, I was told I needed to get an ECC-A, and it would be issued in Manila. I am not aware of any changes yet, although I did hear some talk about changes.

      The ECC-B may be secured at the BI Main Office or in the airport upon departure, but this is not for Tourists.

        1. I assume you are referring to this page: “https://www.in-philippines.com/emigration-clearance-certification-ecc-to-be-available-at-airports”, which is for those with a Temporary Visitor Visa, and who are registered under the Alien registration Program (ARP) and have been issued with a Special security Registration Number (SSRN).

          I personally would not want to risk this, until I have heard from others that have actually done so without problems.

          Being refused boarding for technicality is something I would not want to experience again.

          1. Yes, we are afraid also because we will leave on April 9 – it is the national holiday, not-working day. An employee from the official BI Facebook page said that the airport bureau works 24/7, but I’m not sure yet :-/

  3. I would like everyone to know that I just got my father’s ECC today. I paid 2860 + 500 (express fee). I got it early cause I expected a wait time, so I was surprised that they quoted the 500 express fee. When I told the person in charge (window 10) that I can wait and there’s no need for it to be expedited, he said that the 500 fee is part of the process. I find that odd. The name itself doesn’t sound that like it’s mandatory but because I need the ECC , I went ahead. After I paid the due amount, I gave the receipt back to him (window 10) and waited for a couple of minutes. When our name was called, they returned the receipt back to me and wrote numbers and validity date (yes, the guy in window 10 physically wrote the ecc code and valid date). I asked if that was it and he said yes, I just need to present that to the immigration officer when we leave the country. That’s a ripped off. First, I paid for 2k+ just for someone to clear my father, who has a native born acr visa and then find out that they can’t even print a presentable paper for it. I paid more than 2k, have justice. Next, I had to pay 500 for the express fee, while in fact they are not doing anything and they can easily provide the information the same hour. I even saw the guy in window 10 playing games in his cellphone. Very inefficient.

  4. Hi I need to going back to my country because my grandma is not feeling well. I am now staying in Philippines over 2years. I have TVV ( ACR -I Card) and mine one is expired on 8 Jan 2019. I need to stay one month at my country. Which ECC should I need to get? Can I return back to Philipines after my things are done? And how about my TVV( ACR-I Card). I am now really confused that I can’t return back to Philipines. Please suggest me how shall I do for that?

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  6. Now I am really confused.

    I have a valid ACR-I Card because in 2018 I was here for more than 59 days.

    So here’s my question:

    I exited in July 2018 for a trip to Bali. Being here for more than 6 months I got an ECC at a satellite office in Manila.
    I reentered the Philippines with my tourist visa the same month (July 2018).

    Now I need to exit again (temporarily) in November 2018 and return to the Philippines in a few days. So that departure will be less than a 6 month stay
    And yes, my ACR-I Card is still valid.

    So… based on that information… do I need an ECC? Because what I am reading on the immigration website seems to indicate that I would need an ECC-B. And I saw a post someplace that you can no longer get the ECC-B at the airport on your day of departure.

    1. As a tourist visa holder you would have the ECC-A if needed.

      However, if you stay under 6 months, then an ECC is not needed anyway.

      You would come under this Official Wording:
      The following foreign nationals must secure an ECC-A prior to their departure:
      Holders of Temporary Visitor Visa (also referred to as tourist visa) who have stayed in the Philippines for six (6) months or more;

      I see the confusion that comes from:
      “ECC-B is issued to departing holders of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant visas with valid ACR I-Cards and are leaving the country temporarily. ”

      However, yours is a visitor visa, and should come under the ECC-A rules.

      1. Yes. Now I see it. The ECC-B does not refer to the Temporary Visa holder.

        But knowing how much they love to collect fees I still will be apprehensive.

        I thank you for your reply. Maybe some one who has a similar scenario as mine will let us know how they faired when exiting the Philippines.

        1. I had a simila situation a couple years ago. Since my _most_recent_ stay had been for less than 6 motnhs, I did NOT need an ECC. I even joked about it with the Emigration Clerk at NAIA checkpoint.

      2. I understand your point of view, but when you go to the Bureau of Immigration website and click on Visa at the top of the home page and scroll to Immigrant and Non Immigrant Visas….the Temporary Visitors Visa is listed there.

        That is why I thinking if you have a valid ACR-I card and a Temporary Visitors Visa 9A and are leaving temporarily…it falls within the criterion for having to secure a ECC-B.

        1. When I left, after about 12 months there, and with the plan to be coming back 2 weeks later, I was told I needed the ECC-A. I was told this at Immigration.

      3. Hi I need to going back to my country because my grandma is not feeling well. I am now staying in Philippines over 2years. I have TVV ( ACR -I Card) and mine one is expired on 8 Jan 2019. I need to stay one month at my country. Which ECC should I need to get? Can I return back to Philipines after my things are done? And how about my TVV( ACR-I Card). Can I renew my ACR-I card again when I arrive to Philippines? I am now really confused that I can’t return back to Philipines. Please suggest me how shall I do for that?

        1. The type of ECC depends on the visa that you are on.

          There should be no issue about returning, and renewing an ACR card when it expires.

          1. For clarification:

            The ECC-A is being issued to foreigners who have tourist visas extending for more than six months. (A tourist visa holder in the country for over 2 months will also have a tourist ACR-i card)
            The ECC-B, on the other hand, is given to holders of immigrant and non-immigrant visas with valid alien certificate registration I-Cards.

            That was in the statement by the Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison, in 2013.

  7. Im a US Citizen who have been overstaying here in the Philippines for more than 28 years, I can’t go back to the US because of tax payment that needs to be settled. My parents are both filipino but I dont have communication with them I was raised by my auntie here in the philippines, I have a 11 -years relationship and wanted to get married already. Can I get married at the same time be a dual citizen and will my tax disappear if I get married?

    1. It depends on your circumstances. Is your visa up to date, and do you have a valid ACR-I card?

      An ECC can be done within 24 hours, although Immigration do say “Applications for regular ECCs shall be filed three days prior to departure”.

      Some are done in 24 hours, ie: Lodge it, and then return for it the next day, but others do take longer.

      Note: Foreign nationals who failed to present their ECCs comprised 33% of travelers who were denied departure.

      1. ECC is free from any charge if you do the application yourself in the bureau of immigration in Manila. The examples that are given are fees being payed to people doing the work for you. Furthermore: they don’t say 3 days before you travel but they say its taking 3 days to proceed your request.So far better you do it 2 weeks before travelling

    1. That is an interesting question. I am not able to confirm what happens, but if the holder re-enters with the Filipino again, they should get get another 1 year Balikbayan stay period.

      1. The moment you leave the Philippines your Balikbayan is expired. On returning into the Philippines you will not get a Balikbayan if travelling without your wife. If you travel together you get it valid for one year again.

  8. Hello admin! I have a fil-jap son with japanese passport. He was born last june 13. We’re planning to go to japan this 19th of August. For a newborn child, what would be the requirements to get an ECC? Thank you!

    1. You need to go to a Bureau of Immigration and ask for the Exit Clearance certificate. Normally you need to bring visas up to date to be able to travel from the Philippines using a Foreign passport.

  9. Agoda
    1. You need to go to a Bureau of Immigration and arrange the required visa for the child, and ask for the Exit Clearance certificate.

  10. In a 2015, 33% of people who were not allowed to leave the country was because they failed to present an exit clearance when trying to leave.

    Holders of a valid ACR I-Card, that are not tourists, can go to the airport and pay the ECC/RP (Exit Clearance Certificate and Re-entry permit) fee at the airport counter that deals with Travel Taxes. But note the following statement:

    An Emigration Clearance Certificate may be issued to a foreign national at the international port of exit who:

    a) Is leaving the country within twenty-four (24) hours and with Boarding Pass;
    b) Stayed in the Philippines for six (6) months but not more than one (1) year;
    c) Is a holder of a valid Temporary Visitor’s Visa (TVV);
    d) Has no pending obligation with the Government, its instrumentalities, agencies and subdivisions, and has no pending criminal civil or administrative action which by law requires his presence in the Philippines; and
    e) Is registered under the Alien registration Program (ARP) and was issued a Special security Registration Number (SSRN).

    https://www.in-philippines.com/emigration-clearance-certification-ecc-to-be-available-at-airports

  11. Am a student here in the Philippines and my i- card expired last June, my sponsor withdrew coz my marks was not good so I have my ticket to go back this coming Saturday, what should I do_ do I still need ecc or should I just go pay at the airport?

    1. An Emigration Clearance Certificate [ECC] is needed when Foreign Passport Holders are leaving the Philippines after a stay of 6 months or more.

      If you have been in the Philippines for over 6 months the rules say you need an ECC. My own experience with this was that I needed an ECC, but my ACR-I card had expired although I had a valid visa.
      To get the ECC, I had to apply for an ACR-I card again, but could only do that when applying for a visa renewal, so I needed to renew my visa first, so I was faced with the cost of a Visa Renewal, ACR-I card renewal all so I could get an ECC and leave…

      I was told the ACR-I card will take a few weeks, but the receipt for payment will be sufficient at the airport. They said the ECC and the receipt for the ACR-I card payment will be needed. At the airport they checked my ECC, but not the ACR-I card receipt.

      However, mine was a visitor Visa.

      Yours may come under the ECC-B rules:
      The ECC-B may be secured at the BI Main Office or in the airport upon departure.
      ECC-B is issued to departing holders of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant visas with valid ACR I-Cards and are leaving the country temporarily.

      Your ACR-i card will probably be an issue, so you need to go to an immigration office immediately, and sort it out. You may as well do the ECC at that office at the same time. I doubt that the airport will do the ACR-i card, and may refuse you boarding the plane.

        1. I agree. That is one of the problems with the Philippines and immigration (and other things).

          An Immigration office might have a different decision to an immigration officer at the airport.

          I was told I needed my ACR payment receipt to leave the country, but was never asked for it, or the ACR card, at the airport.

          I could have left easier, and without paying for an ACR-I card, but I followed the local immigration office requirements. It was safer to do so in my case.

          Sometimes it is best to do twice as much as you think is needed, to be on the safe side.

          With about 40 people per day being refused boarding, (offloading) for various reasons, it is something to be concerned about.

            1. I think they did, but it was only 1 day. That was for the ECC. They didn’t for the ACR-I card, which I never collected anyway, as I left before it was ready..

  12. Hi, I was born in the US (thus US citizen) and my parents are both Fil (Thus also a Fil citizen)
    I have a us passport but my delayed regustration of birth to the dfa is ongoing.
    I also have a identification certificate from the BI recognizing me as fil.
    Question is, I have a trip this late july to japan and I am going to use my US passport? Do i still need this ECC?

    1. Using a US passport means travelling as a US citizen and having to abide by Phillipine immigration rules on visas and the ECC.

      You could ask an immigration office if the “identification certificate from the BI recognizing you as Filipino” would be OK to avoid anu issues. However, it will be the immigration officer at the airport that decides what happens.

      Normally travelling on Philippine passport to Japan would solve that, but in your situation you will probably need to get an ECC, for your US passport, and that means bringing visas up to date.

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  14. I’m student and I do have student visa so I wanna get ECC my visa is expired 3 months ago, Am I still able to get the ECC?

    1. You will need to renew your visa, and get that up to date first.

      An ECC can only be obtained by current visa holders.

        1. You are currently an illegal alien in the Philippines.

          To be able to leave, you need to get an ECC. But the only way to get an ECC is have a current visa.

          You have no choice but to rectify your immigration status first.

    2. And I’m actually gonna leave the country I won’t continue studying so I need the ECC and my visa is already expired since April,20,2018

  15. My husband is Australian. This time is his longest visit because I just gave birth to our baby. He arrived last February 6 and his tourist visa is valid till September 6. He’s leaving on July 17th that makes it 5 and a half month stay here. Does he need to get the ecc?

    1. Not if he stays under 6 months.

      An Emigration Clearance Certificate [ECC] is needed when Foreign Passport Holders are leaving the Philippines after a stay of 6 months or more.

    2. No, he does not need an ECC cz its less than 6 months. You need to be in the country 6 months or more to need an ECC!

  16. I’m gonna go straight to the point I’m half Japanese and half Filipino, i was born in japan my mom brought me here in Philippines for good at the age of 3 without any papers. I’m already 21 and i can’t attend college due to this problem i don’t have a nso i only got a birth certificate from japan. How can i fly back to japan ? Please help me o don’t have a new passport for 18 years, i can’t get any help from my father cause they’re not together anymore with my mom.

    1. Yours does look a difficult one. Have you checked with the Japanese Embassy to see how they can assist you on getting a Japanese passport.

      If a baby is born in Japan and either of its parents is a Japanese national, then the baby will have Japanese citizenship.

      Being born in Japan is not sufficient on it’s own. One recognised parent must be Japanese. Is this shown on your birth certificate. If you don’t have that, maybe the Japanese Embassy can help you there too.

      To get a Philippine passport, I suggest going to the DFA (https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/passport) and see what they need to be able to help in that.

  17. My husband need to fly in august he is one yr from his arrive.last aug.2017 what we do to get ecc.?we get ticket first before filling ecc?or i need help how?

    1. The ECC is valid for 30 days, so you need to apply for it somewhere between about 25 days and 3 days of flying.

      I would book a flight in plenty of time, and apply for the ECC about 25 days before the flight.

      However, in practice, I got the ECC first, and then booked the earliest flight available.

      1. That is what I am doing. Getting my ECC first. I am a little sketchy on the way the BI responds to me telling them I am getting ECC first then the ticket. But the dude at BI KEEPS focusing on this date of departure.

  18. We paid 1900 for this ecc recipt at airport ?? How much is the real fee or can we get this reciept before the day of our flight

    1. Costs may be different for the ECC-A or ECC-B

      The one for visitor visa holders ECC-A normally take at least 24 hours to process.

      I understood they don’t do them at the airport.

      The ECC-B may be different.

      1. The cost for an ECC-A used to be 500 pesos
        The cost for an ECC-B used to be 2,880 pesos
        Both of had the Express Lane Fees removed, or should have done, in May 2017, but were reinstated in January 2018.

        The Express Lane Fee for the ECC-A was 500 pesos, meaning the cost for that period should have been zero.
        The Express Lane Fee for the ECC-B was 500 pesos, meaning the cost for that period should have been 2,380 pesos.

        Unfortunately the Philippine Bureau of Immigration website no longer shows these costs. In fact, there is one page still showing the ECC cost at 700 pesos plus the Express Lane Fee of 500 pesos. That one however, is for Foreign nationals who were born in the Philippines from foreign parents and will be travelling abroad for the first time.

        There is also a Travel Tax that is paid by some people, but not by normal visitors, this is about 1,700 pesos.

        1. I JUST returned from BI.
          MY ECC was no charge, I only paid 500 peso express lane fee.
          On my second month in country, they charge me 700 pesos for ECC. Check your receipt from the past, one of then will have 700peso.

    2. I did not pay anything for my ecc after my stay of 17 months, it took 2 weeks to get it, i went in on the day they said and it was ready they only finger printed me, and i signed both copies. and i was gone. But it appears that not all bi offices are the same as im seeing people on here paying for their ecc and different costs, so my reccomentaion is to go to your local bi office and ask them how much and when you can tet it! Like i tell everybody just go to your local instead of asking people on here, cz for everybody its different, dont go by what somebody on here tells you cz that is for them is not the same for you.

  19. Agoda
  20. sir Ask ko lang po nag apply ako thru online ang kulang ko lang po ay foreign emmigrant certificate clearance magkanu po bha un sir pag kukuha ako sa BI? mag work po ako sa london ndi ko po alm kng mag kanu babayadan yan lang po kulang ko sa requirements ko sana masagot po ninyo salamat po at kng d po ako makakuha pwd po bha makakuha ng FECC sa dubai salamat po

  21. Hi. I would like to check if the child needs to as well go to BI for ECC. I remember doing it long time back where they were not required to come. They are 7 and 9 .

    1. It was the rule that even babies needed an EEC, when I was talking to immigration at Manila airport a few years ago.

      I haven’t heard of any changes to that.

      Not sure if they need to do fingerprints for them though.

    2. you need to go to your nearest BI office and they willl tell you what to do! do not listen to others telling you what to do, cz not all bi offices are the same!!!

  22. I keep telling you people to go to your nearest immigration office and stop listening to others online, cz every office is different!

  23. Good day. I just want to ask if how to apply for ECC? Do I need to do an ONLINE appointment? What else the steps should I take? How much it will cost? I’m planning to get one for myself coz Im planning to work in Canada. I already have approved work permit and visa. Please help me I need it asap

    1. An Emigration Clearance Certificate [ECC] is needed when Foreign Passport Holders are leaving the Philippines after a stay of 6 months or more.

      It costs either nothing or 500 pesos. The law on this was changing.

      It is easily done at an immigration office, where they check your visa status and take fingerprints.

  24. Hi im married to a British citizen but i delivered our baby here in philippines five months ago from now, I needed an ECC for my son since his a British passport holder and he doesn’t have a dual one.
    I would like to ask if i can get an ECC from Gaisano mactan here in Lapu-Lapu City and just wanted yo know how much it cost?

    1. It might be free now, or just 500 pesos.

      You might need to go to J Centre to get the ECC, unless Mactan has changed recently.

      2nd Level, J Centre Mall,
      A.S. Fortuna Street
      Bakilid, Mandaue City, Cebu 6014

    2. After a 6 month stay you need an ECC. As for the cost, I was not charged anything! But it depends on where you live, but you still need to go to your local BI Office to find out!

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  26. Hi kababayans, has anyone here experienced applying for ECC in a Balikbayan visa? My husband obtained a Balikbayan visa good for 1 year since September 22, 2017. Now, we are going to Malaysia for business trip for 2 days only and will be back here again. Does he need to obtain exit clearance certificate?

    Hope someone here will share his/her experience. Thanks 🙂

  27. Hi..I am just making enquiries, I want to apply for a ECC shortly, but have mislaid my last reciept for my visa renewal..I was told I have to show the reciept before I can be issued with a ECC…I was about to apply for a 13a residence as my wife is a Filipina, but this trip has come up.and won’t have enough to apply for a 13a.but I will once I get back..i hope someone can help me with my enquiry, many thanks

  28. My son’s US passport was held by the philippine immigration in order to process ECC. Is this a normal process? How come it takes more than 10 days and we paid almost 30k in processing fee.

    1. 30,000 pesos is way to high for just an ECC. I paid 500, but I saw someone else pay 710 last year. The Cost should be either 1,210 pesos or 500 pesos depending on if you paid an ECC Fee with your First Temporary Visitor’s Visa extension.
      30,000 may be closer for some people who haven’t kept their visa up to date, and need to pay penalties etc for that. You didn’t mention any other details, so it’s impossible to answer that part.

      They do hold the passport, at least they did with mine, but it was available for collection the next day, with the ECC.

        1. How did you get an ECC without paying for it? Have they made them free now?
          It would seem odd that they would not charge for the fingerprinting, and checks they do.

          1. All BI offices are different, mine was explained as every time I went in every 2 months they charged me a little extra so when I did all my paperwork I asked how much they said no charge. I was going to the BI office in Quezon City in SM North Edsa.

        2. is this real? can someone help me to get FECC? to workphilippines at london coz this is an urgent.Thanks for someone to help me.

  29. Hi admin thank you for. Answering me about the thumbprint issue for the ECC . i do not have a stamp over the thumbprints but there is a satement that reads ( waived per NWR. and it is dated 06 february 2015 then there is an SRRN. NO. 17201EC512094007 . does that sound like my ECC is therefore valid?.your input would be greatly. Appreciated thank you nd God bless!

  30. Nobody seems to be able to tell me how much the ECC is! The immigration officer at SM North Edsa in the mall told me there is no cost, but i think she is wrong as her english is not that good and kept telling me there is not fast lane fee! Can you tell me how much or approximately how much the ECC is ???

    1. I paid 500 pisos for mine, an ECC-A. I have heard of someone paying 2,850 for an ECC-B.

      A normal visitor visa holder should be only 500. I can’t imagine them being free now. But, if they are, you keep hold of your 500 piso.

      1. I already have my plane tickets cz they now require you to buy your ticket before applying for the ECC! Can you tell me where you got your ECC as i keep hearing the cost is different depending on the bi office you go to???

          1. I am from Norway and visit my girlfriend here in the philiphines and I will go back to norway on the 21st of march,and i have been here for 8 months.I have ACR-Icard ,what ECC do i need to get?Is it ECC A or ECC B and whats the different on this A and B.?

            1. just go to your local bi office and they will tell which one you need and the paperwork and all the requirements you will need to apply. There should not be a charge for it as I did not pay for mine!

      2. The exit visa is free. Previously it was 500 pesos just for the privilege of ‘fast track’ services. Since overtime has been abolished, there are NO EXPRESS FEES. All visas are now cheaper than they were about a year ago because the immigration office were stealing money by claiming that they needed overtime to do all the visa requests. What the employee’s of the immigration did was slow the process down so much that overtime was allegedly needed.

        Some immigration offices and their staff are a fantastic help where others are only there to rob you.

        Again, THERE ARE NO LONGER ANY EXPRESS FEES. The exit visa becomes free because of that. My last exit visa cost nothing which is a miracle here in the Philippines lol.

        P.s It’s more fun in the Philippines. 😂

  31. Dear Sir; Madame I am sooo sorry! I finally found out how to get to the post site. I have mistakenly asked the same question 3 times now nd I apologize. You do such a wonderful job AT ANSWERING ALL THESE questions! I am just terrible with computers and humbly ask you to answer my question about the thumb prints on the ECC. They once again are not visible on my ECC and just want to know if it is still valid. It has been officially signed and all forms were filled out. I received my ECC two days later after the process. Your answer would be greatly appreciated and once again i humbly ask for your forgiveness. I am a 70 year old dinosaur on the computer! Thank you and God bless you for all you do!

    1. To be honest, I am not sure on this. I have seen images of the ECC online, and some have the thumb prints and some do not. I can’t recall if my own had them or not.
      This is an example:
      Chris Brown Emigration Clearance Certificate

      Does yours have an official stamp over the thumbprint boxes? I am guessing that would be OK, after looking at the ECC for Chris Brown (the US singer)

      1. Hi admin i have just one more question. When i arrive at the airport do i go to the ticket check in counter first or do i go directly to the immigration office? Thank you nd God bless from a 70 yr old man with anxiety issues!

  32. Hi i apologize but i am a dinosaur on the computer. I cant find my post on my wuestion so i haveduplicated it
    My question was when i went to get my ECC my fingerprints were electronically scanned so my ECC does not show my thumb prints on the ECC
    IS IT STILL VALID? Please reply# thank you!

  33. I have an ECC THAT. Has been officially signed nd my fingerprints were electronically scanned but the ECC does not have my thumbprints visible on the document. Is it still a valid ECC ? I have not askrf this before on this forum.

  34. I have an ECC THAT. Has been officially signed nd my fingerprints were electronically scanned but the ECC does not have my thumbprints visible on the document. Is it still a valid ECC ?

  35. Agoda
  36. I have question admin….I have Philippine passport I apply work in London they requirement is foreign emigrant clearance certificate….

  37. Hi, my child is a dual citizen(dual passports), she will be exiting Philippines with her Philippines passport, but will enter U.S. with her U.S. passport. Does she need an exit clearance? thank you…

    1. Possibly. There is often confusion on this. I have heard that some dual citizens, when trying to leave, have difficulties as they cannot fl;y direct to the US, Australia, UK, and some other countries, unless they have a valid visa for that country. A dual citizen doesn’t, and then shows a foreign passport. The Immigration officer then applies the rules for people leaving on a foreign passport, ie: up to date visa and Exit Clearance certificate if over 6 months, or if born in Philippines.

  38. Hi Sir,

    I have Philippine passport and Japan passport. I’m planning go to Japan early next year and this is my first time to leave the Philippines. Do I still need to apply for ECC or it’s only applicable for those dual national that does not have Philippine passport?. I hope you could help me. Thank you!.

  39. My daugther have irish passtport she born in philippines she is only 2 years old how can i get ecc clearance and what i need

      1. Admin I have a question. I have Philippine passport and Japan passport and I’m planning to go to Japan early next year and this is just my first time leaving the country. Do I still need to get an ECC even if I have Philippine passport? or it’s only applicable if the passport is foreign national when leaving the country? Thank you.

            1. In theory you should be OK, but there have been cases where the immigration officers treat them as foreigners, and asks for an ECC.

              1. Thank you admin. By the way one more question. Do I still need to get an Identification Certificate even if I have a Philippine passport? or it’s only applicable if I don’t have a Philippine passport?. Thank you so much.

                1. I do not know much about ID certificates, but I doubt it.
                  My wife, when travelling overseas, only used her Philippine passport.

                  Does Japan allow visa free travel to Philippine passport holders? If not, then there may be a problem at Phillipine immigration when leaving, without a visa for Japan.

                  1. as far as I know Philippine passport needs to have visa in Japan. But in my case I have Philippine passport and Japan passport. So I think there’s no need for me to get a visa if I’ll be using my Philippine passport. Since I’m also a citizen of Japan. Is that right admin?

  40. Greetings. I’m from India. After getting the Exit clearance, can I come back to Philippines within a month ? Any restrictions or cooling period ? Waiting for your reply, thanks in advance.

  41. Hello! I am a live-in Caregiver in Canada but I am not a resident yet. I am just staying in the Philippines for 2 weeks. Do I need a clearance?

  42. I have a friend whose holding a US passport but a former Filipino whose going back to US this August. He already stayed in PH for 3 months. Does he need to present exit clearance upon check in for his PH-US flight?

  43. Hi, I have a question. My husband is leaving the Philippines for the US. He is an H4 dependent visa holder (I have H1B). Does he need to get the ECC? If so, so he belongs to the ECC-B? We don’t have any green card yet (as we have H1B visa). Please advise. Thanks!

  44. Agoda
  45. Hi. I can’t find sufficient info about getting an ECC-B .Can you tell me the procedures? Where exactly is the BI located in the airport?
    Thanks…☺

    1. you cannot apply for an ECC at the airport, you need to apply for it at your local bi office, and when your there explain to them what is going on and they will tell you what you need to get the ECC. I guess its different in each city cz it took 2 weeks to get mine and there was not cost.

  46. Hi. My son is malaysian nationals. His visa will expire on sept 24. Can i apply now for his extension visa since he will be staying in ph for good?

    1. If he is staying permanently, (for good) then he does not need an ECC. That is only for leaving the Philippines. But he will need a permanent visa, if planning on staying for good.

  47. Good day sir. I want to ask about the ACR-CARD of my boyfriend is expired now and he need to go out. How he can get the ecc its allowed only reciept with out card? Because we need long time then the card is coming.Thanks i need your respond as soon as possible.

    1. When I applied for an ECC after my ACR had expired, i had to renew my visa, even though it was still valid, just to get the ACR, so I could apply for the ECC. Just the receipt for ACR payment was sufficient to be able to apply for, and get, the ECC.
      It was all done in 2 days.

  48. Hi Sir, I lost my official receipt of my last visa stamp, would that be okay to apply for an ECC? do I just have to pay charges for it? Thank you

    1. Dear sir/ madam, u m mahamud yousuf imam. I came in Philippines last November 2016 s a tourist visa. Last February I extended visa for two month. Expired 23rd feb2017. Now I want to leave here. So how can I procced and how much need cost for clearance.

          1. Richard, are you able to help them and explain what part is not correct, and why?
            They had been here for over 6 months, and an ECC is needed for that. This has been mentioned at 500 and 710 pisos by recent comments.
            To get an ECC you need a valid ACR card, so that needs renewing.
            They have overstayed, and therefore outstanding visas fees and fines are payable.
            And people do need to go to a Bureau of Immigration for these things.

            Please advise what part is not right.

            I personally needed an ECC, and had to renew my ACR card before they allowed an ECC application. The ECC cost me 500 pisos. And I had to do it an a BoI office.

  49. We’re leaving here next month 2nd .is it possible to get ECC before end of this month?do I need to bring photo of me and my boyfriend?if so hi many copies?do I need to bring a passport copy of me and my boy friend?what kind of documents required to get ECC.thank u and have a good day.looking forward to ur response

  50. Good day sir/Madame,I just want to ask if how to apply for ECC?do I need to do a ONLINE appointment? What else the steps should I take?how much it cost?I’m planning to get 1for my son he has US passport already but born here in Philippines?

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