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18/07/2013: LONG-STAY VISITOR VISA EXTENSION

PRESS RELEASE
No. 52-2013
18 July 2013

LONG-STAY VISITOR VISA EXTENSION

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) recently launched the Long-Stay Visitor Visa Extension (LSVVE) scheme to encourage tourist arrivals in the Philippines. With the LSVVE, foreign nationals may now enjoy longer visa extension (six months) under a single transaction. The visa costs P13,900.00 for visa-required nationals and P11,500.00 for non-visa required nationals based on the schedule of fees below:

 

Fees Visa-Required Nationals (in PhP) Non visa-Required Nationals (in PhP)
Extension fee 3,010.00 3,010.00
Application fee 1,810.00 910.00
ACR 1,010.00[1] 1,010.00
Head Tax 250.00[2] 250.00
ECC 710.00[3] 710.00
Certification Fee 510.00 510.00
I-Card 2,100.00[4] 2,100.00
Express Lane Fee 3,000.00 1,500.00
Express Lane Fee (cert) 1,000.00[5] 1,000.00
Express Lane Fee (I-Card) 500.00 500.00
TOTAL 13,900.00 11,500

 

Currently, BI issues a maximum stay of two months each time a foreign national applies for visa extension. The LSVVE allows foreign travelers to prolong their stay in the Philippines without the need to frequently visit the BI to process their documents. Under this program, the maximum stay given to nationals under Executive Order 408 is 36 months, while visa-required nationals are given 24 months. Conversion to other visa category is also allowed.


BI also introduced a new visa sticker that will replace the wet stamp it uses in implementing extensions of stay in the passports of foreign tourists. (END).

 


[1] PhP510 for 14 years old and below.

[2] No Head Tax for those below 16 years of age.

[3] PhP210 for 14 years old and below.

[4] Actual rate depends on USD=PHP foreign exchange rate.

[5] Double Express Lane Fee.