Tips to Avoid Visa Rejection Traveling to the Philippines

The Philippines Visa Process is Simple, But Avoid these Mistakes to Ensure You Don’t Get Your Application Rejected

Traveling to the Philippines is generally a hassle free process as long as you have all the required, up to date documents and follow the correct procedures for your home country. Nationals traveling from the countries on the list here, can enter the Philippines without a visa for up to 30 days.
Some countries will be allowed entry for up to 59 days’ visa free, while others are only allowed for 14 and 7 days without a visa. If you’ve ever been subject to deportation or a blacklist, you will not be allowed to re-enter the Philippines.

If your country is not on the list of visa exempt countries, you’ll have to apply for a visa before you travel in your home country and show proof of financial status via a bank statement. The process will tend to be a lot stricter and you must ensure you have all the required documents.

Tips to Avoid Visa Rejection

While it’s very unlikely you’ll not be allowed entry to the Philippines, if you’re from one of the visa exempt countries make sure;

  • You have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport from the date you enter
  • You have sufficient blank pages in your passport to support stamps
  • You have a print out of your onward flights (this is not always asked for but is good practice to have)

If you’re applying for a work visa or longer stay visa:

  • Have paperwork to show why you’ll be staying long-term in the Philippines e.g.; business registration, ITR and employment certificate, proof of investment, a contract of a lease, marriage certificate etc. Officials will want proof of your intentions in the country and that you have the financial capacity to support yourself

  •  If you don’t have any of these, make sure you write out a cover letter stating your intentions and have back-up paperwork showing sufficient funds for your time there


What to Do If Your Visa request is Rejected? 

Common reasons for a visa being denied to the Philippines include:

  • Not having the right paperwork
  • Officials not seeing proof of sufficient funds for you to support yourself or onward travel
  • If you have overstayed multiple times before, been blacklisted or have the wrong pre-arranged visa when you try to gain entry

If you get denied the Philippines visa while applying in your home country, double check you have all the correct paperwork, fees and check online for any changes to visa requirements and requirements for visa applications from your specific country. Check the official embassy website for specific rules for your country.

It could just be simply you’ve applied for the wrong category of visa. Check all the information you’ve filled out is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and when you apply again you should get your visa easily.
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