The below provides a high level summary of immigration requirements for the Philippines. Whether a traveler may enter as a business visitor or requires a work permit depends on the traveler's nationality, duration of stay and activities in the country.

Allowable Activities

  • Attending business meetings or discussions
  • Attending a conference or seminar as an unpaid participant
  • Conducting site visits

Basic Requirements

To be considered a business visitor, the foreign national must show:

  • That the purpose of the visit is limited, specific and determined prior to applying
  • That he/she will remain on foreign payroll
  • Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months past intended departure

Maximum Period Stay

The maximum duration of a visit is 59 days.

Work Permit Types

In the Philippines there are four main categories of work authorization: the Special Non-Immigrant 47(a)(2) Visa, the 9(g) Pre-arranged Employment Visa (Commercial), the Special Work Permit, and the Multiple Entry Special Visa (MESV).

Maximum Period Stay

Depending on the visa, the maximum period of stay can range from three months to three years.