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Just a quick note for anybody who is coming to the Philippines on a tourist visa.  As I have said before, on your initial tourist visa, which is automatically issued upon entry, you get to stay in the country for 30 days.  Near the end of your 30 day stay, if you wish to stay in the Philippines longer, you will need to go and extend your visa.

In order to renew your visa, you need to go to the Bureau of Immigration (BoI) and file for an extension.  The process has changed slightly, though, and you need to know before you go to the BoI.   They are now requiring that you present two ID photos (2″x2″ each) with your application.  If you do not have the photos, your visa extension will be denied.

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Getting the photos is very easy.  On nearly any street block in the Philippines you can find a shop or even street stand where they take ID photos for a very small price.  Just stop at any of these and pick up your photo on the way to your visa renewal at the BoI.

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Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the Publisher & Editor in Chief of the Live in the Philippines Web Magazine. Bob is an Internet Entrepreneur. Bob is an American who lived in Mindanao from 2000 until 2019. Bob has now relocated back to the USA.

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Bob
Bob
13 years ago

Hi Bob B – Firstly, you cannot "immediately" extend your 21 day visa. You must do so a few days before it expires. They won't let you do it right after you enter in most cases. Now, regarding your return ticket…. in most cases, if you have a return ticket, even if it is beyond 21 days you will be OK. So, you should be able to book your return for when you actually want to return, not within 21 days. But, if you need to, you can generally contact the airline and change your departure date. With some low… Read more »

Bob B
Bob B
13 years ago

Hi Bob, Just a quick question if I may. Entering the country on a normal 21 day visit, I naturally have a return flight booked within that timeframe. If I now apply for a Tourist Visa and my time alloted is extended to 59 days what becomes of my return ticket requirements that Philippine Immigration has in place. i.e. My ticket has expired now that I am on a visitors visa. Is it a requirement that I always purchase a return flight each 59 days or a ticket out of the country. Or is is feasible to obtain an open… Read more »

zois
zois
13 years ago

Hi Bob what hapen the other article example the bakikbayan
visa and no remember what other article you write this is very
importand Because somes I go read again I thinging same
to me make the new foreigners have plan to come in philippines.

Bob
Bob
13 years ago

Hi Zois – Over the next 3 or 4 days, each of those articles about the various visas available in the Philippines will be re-posted so that new visitors can keep up with this important information. Just keep following along and you will be seeing them again soon.

sam
sam
9 years ago

hi bob! i want to go to philippines to go studying at manila, in what procedure i will do and how

MindanaoBob
9 years ago
Reply to  sam

You will need to get a student visa, sam, if you want to study here.

ian
ian
9 years ago

Bob- I see this article dates from 2006. Are there any changes that people should be aware of ?

MindanaoBob
9 years ago
Reply to  ian

Hello ian – To my knowledge there is nothing new. As far as I am aware, a 2″ x 2″ photo is still required.

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