Philippines Six Month Tourist Visa – Immigration

The immigration building in Manila is gigantic. It must cover three or four blocks. The outside area and inside are clean and free of rubble. I found the customer service the best in the Philippines. I had my six-month visa in a flash.

I was impressed with how quick and efficient the immigration officers were at this facility. I’ll never visit another immigration branch. The Manila office knows what they are doing.

Travel to Manila

It was a beautiful day for travel. It’s been raining for two months, so a day without rain is a pleasant surprise. The fields along the interstate were a vibrant green. Traffic was light, so it didn’t take long to arrive at the Philippines ’ capital city.

Covid Lockdown

The Manila area is under MECQ Covid lockdown. If I didn’t make an appointment, as I reviewed in this article, I would have been denied passage at one of the many checkpoints along the way.

Face masks are required even inside a car with family members. Building entry requires a face mask and face shield. It’s the rainy season but still in the lower 90s, so walking around with these items on your face makes it difficult to breathe. I’m not sure if they do more harm than good.

Officers looked inside our car at each checkpoint to ensure we were following the Covid lockdown rules. Officers handed masks to people who didn’t have one. The whole country seems like one enormous hospital.

Immigration Entry

You need an appointment to enter the immigration building. Make sure to print out your appointment information and bring it with you. An immigration officer will check the paperwork and look for your name on their alphabetical list. If your name is not on the list, you cannot enter.

Upon entering the building, the officers check your temperature and spray your hands with alcohol and watch as you rub it all over your hands.

There is also a security check paper to fill out to ensure you don’t have Covid. You can complete this paperwork while waiting inside. Hand it to the officer when you leave.

Getting the Visa

The immigration office will point you to the correct window to start your process. From the entrance, we turned right and walked to the visa extension assessment window. There was no waiting. The immigration officer checked my passport, visa paperwork, and immigration computer database.

The officer gave me a printout of the charges and sent me to the cash section counter. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount. The cost for the two-month visa I had been getting is 6,300 pesos. The charge for the six-month visa is 8,300 pesos. On the website where I signed up, it listed the amount as 11,770.

I arrived at window 13 and was shown where to sit. There were only three people ahead of me, so I was at the window in five minutes. It took only two minutes to pay the cashier, and I was on the way back to the visa area.

By the time I walked over to the extension window, all the paperwork was complete. I was handed my paperwork, and the officer said, see you next year with a smile. It’s the first time I have ever seen anyone at immigration smile.


I had my six-month tourist visa in a half-hour, but it takes all day at a branch office to get a two-month visa. The whole trip took three hours, and we even went through the McDonalds drive-thru.

Philippines immigration website is here.

Here is the first article of this two-part series.

Check out another article here.

Have you visited the immigration building in Manila? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

Do you have questions about immigration in the Philippines? Add your question below in the comment section.

8 thoughts on “Philippines Six Month Tourist Visa – Immigration”

  1. Thank you for the interesting article!

    I must say I am glad for the strict Covid19 rules. All countries are different and I prefer a strict country instead of a country having their doors open for anyone. Those countries like to increase the virus numbers. Sounds like you had a fast experience at the immigration office. I will remember this when I want to go to the Philippines.

  2. Hi Michael, that was interesting, and I like how they are strict with the covid rules, some countries are to slack.

    This Article was very helpful and I hope soon enough we have all the freedom to travel again, like it was before covid.

    The pictures are very helpful, every country has different rules, and in your experience the Philippine’s are organized

    • Thank you! The problem with the lockdown is people live day to day here. Many people go hungry because they can’t work. The children suffer the most.

  3. Hello Michael, I love your articules. They are interested, fun to read and good & helpful information for those that want to travel. Think a better tittle would be The Philippines & Travel.
    Never the less, your articules are great! And you got some great pictures that help visiolize and explain the articles even better. I love it.

    • Please visit the home page, and you find many articles about Japan. I have lived in Japan more than any other country except the United States. I’m glad you enjoy my articles! Thank you!

      Remember the Travel in Travel and Japan comes first. So it’s not all about Japan.

  4. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is nice to know before hand that it can be a straightforward process. Having your six-month tourist visa in a half-hour is way better than I expected.

    I really like the Philippines. And have been surprised how much Spanish influence they have intertwined in their culture.

    • After being ruled by Spain for 333 years the Philippines doesn’t have much of its own culture, but if you look hard enough it can be found.


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