Stay for 3 Years as a Tourist in The Philippines

Three Years on a Tourist Visa in the Philippines

Non Visa required nationals can stay for up to Thirty-six (36) months on eligible tourist visas before needing to leave the country again.


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Visa required nationals can stay for up to Twenty-four (24) months on eligible tourist visas before needing to leave the country again.

The 24 or 36 month period is counted from the date of applicant’s latest recorded arrival.

Bureau of Immigration Philippines

Immigration Memorandum Circular No. SBM 2013-003 issued on 23 December 2013.

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.

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13 thoughts on “Stay for 3 Years as a Tourist in The Philippines”


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  2. after 36 months staying in the philippines i must go out from the country and back again,how long do i need to stay out?

    1. They didn’t do the 6 month one at Marquee Mall in 2015. They might have changed now though.

      It would be worth asking, if in that shopping centre at any time, or even emailing:
      ACO: BAYANI AGOSTO L. FERRER
      Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Cut-off Time 4:00 pm)
      Direct Line(s) (045) 404-0215
      Facsimile Numbers(s) (045) 404-0215
      E-mail Addresses: angeles_fo @ immigration .gov .ph (remove spaces to use)
      Office Address: Ground, Floor, Metro Supermarket, MarQuee Mall, Pulung Maragul, Angeles City 2009

      The Immigration website used to have a page that showed each Office with its abilities “Philippines Bureau of Immigration Offices and Abilities”, but it seems no longer on the site.

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  4. Dear admin, I will be in the Philippines for nearly 3 years this April, would/will I be able to overstay 3 more months? How? How much will I have to pay?

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    1. I would suggest going into Immigration, before your current visa expires, and ask if you can stay past the 3 year limit.

      If it is possible they will tell you the cost, and if not, you will have time to take a quick trip to Hong Kong or similar, to restart another visa period.

      Either way, you can’t risk being without a visa.

    1. This often depends on the airline you are flying with. It’s only ever been the airline that checks if I have a return ticket.

      1. Philippine immigration requires you to have an onging ticket. Although they rarely check, as you said they generally leave it up to the airline to check. But is it worth the risk not to have an ongoing ticket? There are many cheap options to ensure you have an ongoing ticket. Some internet sites allow you to book a flight for as little as ten dollars, then the flight is cancelled after a short period of time, allowing you to have a legitimate booked flight at the time of entry. So hope I have explained clearly an everyone understands that by law you are required to have an onward flight.

  5. Good afternoon I have been extending my tourist visa for the last 10 months and I’m planning to stay for 3 years. Will I need to exit the country after 16 months? Or i could just extend my tourist visa until the 36 months are up?

    1. If you are a Non Visa required national, you can stay for up to Thirty-six (36) months on eligible tourist visas before needing to leave the country.
      The 36 month period is counted from the date of applicant’s latest recorded arrival.

      Most people just keep renewing until about 35 months, then take a trip out and back again, and start another 36 month period.

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