Philippines has free 30 days visa for all the European Union citizens and most other countries, click here to know if your country is inside the list of eligible for visiting the Philippines with free visa for visiting the Philippines. In this blog post will tell you how to get the visa extension in the Philippines – a step by step guide.
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If you are planning to visit the Philippines for the first time and you think 30 days free Visa in the Philippines is not enough. You have to start thinking on how to get a visa extension in the Philippines. Read here if you want to have a Philippines retirement visa.
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How much do visa extension in the Philippines cost?
If you want to extend your visa in the Philippines. Im not an expert, Im just writing based on my experience and from my last visa extension in the Philippines.
I always have been doing the visa extension in Angeles City, where we are based here in Pampanga. The office is at Marquee Mall and the office opens 10 am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. Note properly, the office is closed during weekends.
Before applying for a Visa extension in the Philippines
Make sure you wear proper clothes since it is a government office, but in Angeles City they aren´t picky about this. So for example, if you wear flip-flops, and go shirtless, it could be possible and it will not be a problem in Angeles City. But could be a problem in other official government offices in the Philippines and maybe they will not attend you if your clothes aren´t appropriate!
The cost for 29 days extension is 3150 PHP= around $60 USD (take note is only 29 days the extension visa). If you’ll choose express, you’ll be able to get your visa in 2-3 hours. You just need to bring your passport, no need to bring your pictures or anything else just cash for the fees.. If you want to do the regular visa and not the express one, you will save 1000 PHP=$20 USD and you’ll have to give your passport for one day.
The next day you’ll go there for the payment and be able to finally pick up your visa extension after 3 days more. To sum it up, if you chose the regular visa, it will take you 5 days, you have to go to their office 3 times but save 1000 pesos to get a visa extension in the Philippines. I did both of them. So, it just depends on your situation, your free time and your budget.
Note: If you are late with your visa extension, you will have to pay a penalty of 1000 PHP=$20 USD apart from the other fees!
This is how easy to get a visa extension here in the Philippines for 29 days. But if you want another extension longer than 59 days. You will have to buy The ACR-I-CARD (Alien Certificate and Registration) and its valid for 12 months. You’ll have to submit requirements, such as a photocopy of your passport, have your picture taking. The ACR-I-CARD costs around 2800 PHP. Its only the cost of the card plus you have to add the fees of one month extension that was mentioned above which is 3150 PHP if you do express or 1000 PHP less if you are patient and go for the regular.
Make sure you bring enough cash , just in case the office is far from the ATM. If you are running out of pages in your passport as it happens if you travel for a long time, good thing the stamp will be very small and not even half of the page of your passport.
If it happens that in one month traveling in the Philippines is still not enough with two months you will have more time to visit amazing places in the Philippines!
Let us know in the comments if we missed something and if you have new information to get visa extension in the Philippines.
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