The Philippines is one of the most accessible destinations in the world as it allows visa-free entry for short-term stays for over a hundred different nationalities, including Australia.
Philippines Visa for Australian Citizens
Australians don’t need a visa for the Philippines if they intend to visit the country for tourism purposes and stay under 30 days on Philippine territory.
However, not everyone travels in these circumstances. Australian citizens, for example, are eligible to request an extension of their stay for a fee if they decide to remain longer than the 30-day limit.
If it is known beforehand that their visit is likely to last longer than 30 days, it is best for eligible nationals to apply for a Philippines eTA visa waiver or other relevant permit prior to making any travel arrangements.
An eTA is an electronic travel authorization that can be requested online in minutes. The application can be completed from anywhere in the world, including Australia.
Foreigners are also encouraged to go through the different visa types offered by the Philippine Government to determine what kind of permit they’ll need to apply for. In case an authorization is required, Australian nationals should select a visa that best aligns with the purpose of their visit to the country.
For Australians planning to stay in the Philippines longer than the 30-day limit, a non-immigrant tourist visa may be necessary for entry.
Passport Requirements for Philippines eTA from Australia
The Philippine Government requires that all travelers meet the following criteria in order to successfully apply for and obtain a Philippines eTA from Australia:
- An eligible passport which must continue to be valid for 6 or more months after the visitor has left the Philippines
- Evidence of sufficient funds to support oneself during their stay in the Philippines (this can be a bank statement, cash, or a credit card)
- Hotel accommodation bookings
It is important to note that everyone visiting the Philippines will have to go through immigration control where they will be expected to answer certain security questions honestly and accurately.
Foreigners will also be asked to present their travel documents and a printed copy of their eTA visa waiver.
Apply for the Philippines eTA from Australia
In order to apply for the Philippines eTA visa waiver, Australians will have to access the relevant eTA online portal.
The website contains an application form that foreigners can fill out to request the eTA permit. The questionnaire asks the traveler to provide information such as:
- Full name and date of birth
- Passport details
- A current email address
- A valid credit/debit card to pay the application fee
After the application form has been completed, the applicant will be assigned a Unique Identification Number or UID. It’s possible to submit a group application in which case, only one member (the primary applicant) will be issued the UID.
It is extremely important that applicants make sure to provide correct and complete information in their form. Should they fail to do so, their application may be rejected or they may be refused entry at the border.
If the applicant made a mistake in filling out the form, they might have to submit a new application with the correct information. In some instances, they may be able to update the information by contacting the eTA website with their UID number.
Travel to the Philippines from Australia
It is worth noting that it can take up to 3 business days for the Philippines eTA visa application from Australia to be processed. In rare cases — for example, when the request presents mistakes or lacks information — processing times may become longer.
Once the request for a permit has been approved, the applicant will receive the online visa waiver for the Philippines via email at the address they provided on their application form.
The Australian traveler will also need to keep a copy of the eTA visa waiver on their mobile phone/handheld device and take a printed copy on an A4 sheet of paper with them to the Philippine port of entry when they travel. In the case of multiple people traveling as a group, each individual will need to have their own separate sheet of paper showing their eTA permit.
Foreigners should note that before leaving for the Philippines, they will be required to show a ticket for onward travel at the airport. If they fail to provide a ticket, most airlines will require foreigners to purchase one on the spot or risk being left behind.
Besides meeting the above requirements in order to obtain a travel permit, Australians should also follow the terms and conditions of their visa or visa waiver for the entirety of their stays in the Philippines. These terms include, for example, the permitted stay in the country and the possibility to work or study in the Philippines.
Failure to do so may result in a fine and/ or the permit being withdrawn.