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 (as a one-off event, cannot be habitual)
  • 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:

  • A letter describing the specific purpose, nature and length of stay from the employer or inviting entity (for 9 (a) - Business visa applicants only)
  • Passport valid for a minimum of six months past intended stay in the Philippines
  • A valid ticket for their return to the point of origin or travel to the next destination

Maximum Period Stay

Visa Waiver: The maximum initial period of stay is 30 days for most foreign nationals. The stay may be extended. 9(a) visa - Business: The maximum initial duration stay is 59 days. The stay may be extended.

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.