ENTRY TO THE PHILIPPINES
A foreign national, who is not a “restricted” national5, may enter the Philippines without obtaining an entry (9[a]) business visa from the Philippine Embassy from the country of origin. However, the said unrestricted foreign national must, upon entry: (a) have a passport valid for not less than six months; and (b) hold a valid return ticket. Upon arrival in the Philippines, the foreign national will be granted a 9(a) visa valid for 30-, 21-, 14-, or 7-days, depending on his or her nationality.
If the foreigner is a “restricted” national, he or she must, in addition to the passport and return ticket requirements, obtain from the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in his country of origin or residence a 9(a) visa before entering the country.
Nationals of countries that are part of the EU are not considered “restricted” nationals.