We got a question from Lica today,
Here’s what Lica had to say:
Hello Bob, do I still have to have a visa for me to go to the Philippines? Im a dual citizen(US/Philippine).
Hi Lica – Really, there is no need at all for a visa.
Even just using your US Passport when traveling, you would not need a Visa because US Citizens are eligible to come to the Philippines under the Visa Waiver Program, so no visa is required. If you enter using the Visa Waiver Program, you will get a free 30 day entry stamp into your passport and can stay in the country free of charge, and extend that from time to time for up to a total of a 3 year stay!
Now, on the other hand, since you are a dual citizen you have some other options.
Firstly, don’t forget about the Balikbayan Privilege, sometimes called the “Balikbayan Visa”. When you avail of this program, you will get a free one year stay in the Philippines. Just ask the Immigration Officer at the airport when you arrive to stamp a Balikbayan Visa into your Passport.
But, in my view, the best option would be to enter the country either showing both your US and Philippine Passports, or your US Passport and your Philippine Dual Citizenship Certificate. When you do this, the 30 Day Visa Waiver will be stamped in your Passport (or the Balikbayan Visa) but you can stay for as long as you want. Just show that Dual Citizenship Certificate when you exit the country and all fees for overstaying will be waived.
As a Dual Citizen you have lots of options! Good luck and enjoy your travel!