The Philippines is a stunning tropical paradise of heavenly white-sand beaches, crystal waters teeming with exotic sealife, and friendly locals. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see how some end up staying longer than anticipated and overstaying their visa in the Philippines.
Read on to find out about the penalty for overstaying your visa in the Philippines, the renewal process and what to do next if your Philippines visa has expired.
Penalties for Overstaying a Philippines Visa
The eTA Philippines allows Taiwanese citizens to stay in the Philippines for 30 days.
Each eTA for the Philippines is assigned to a specific passport. This means that if the passport expires before the visa waiver, then citizens will have to transfer the eTA to their new passport in order to maintain their Philippines permit validity.
Those wishing to study, work or live in the country, will need a different type of Philippines visa before traveling. Regardless of the type of Philippines visa obtained, overstaying a permit can incur severe penalties.
You are considered to have overstayed if you have exceeded the maximum number of days your visa allows.
In the worst-case scenario, offenders will be deported and never allowed back into the country again. The standard fine is P500 per month overstayed.
Nationals of most countries can stay for between 30 and 59 days in the Philippines without a visa. If they stay in the country beyond this period then they will face the same consequences and penalties as those who have overstayed their visa.
How to Renew an Overstayed Philippines Visa
If you have overstayed your Philippines visa, you will need to fill out an application form and hand it in with your passport at:
BI Main Office,
Provided that you have no criminal records, you will then be issued a BI Clearance Certificate and a payment slip. The total fee is currently P3,030 which covers the following:
- Visa waiver: P500
- Visa waiver application fee: P1,000
- Certification fee: P500
- Legal research: P30
- Express fee: P1,000.
Upon successful payment of the above, your passport will then be stamped with the requested extension.
Avoid Overstaying your Philippines Visa
The Philippines eTA is an electronic travel authorization for Taiwanese citizens traveling to the Philippines for a short period of time.
The Philippines eTA requirements for eligible citizens involve:
- A valid passport that has at least 6 months of validity left at the time of applying
- Paying the application fee by credit or debit card
- Having a current email address to receive the eTA to Philippines in the inbox.
Avoid overstaying your eTA by making sure you follow the requirements and regulations of the permit.