As part of the ongoing work to support tourism into the country, the government of the Philippines has introduced the eTA visa waiver, or Philippines electronic travel authorization system, which will be available soon when the local government confirms its launch date.
The online visa waiver program allows eligible foreign citizens to apply online for permission to enter the Philippines for the purposes of tourism.
Foreigners applying for the eTA Philippines from Canada do not need to make an in-person visit to an embassy or consulate to submit their application, making the process quick and straightforward.
Do Canadian Citizens Need a Visa for the Philippines?
When deciding whether to apply for a Philippines eTA for Canadians or a visa for the Philippines, travelers should determine the purpose of their visit.
Those Canadian nationals who intend to visit the Philippines temporarily for non-tourism purposes (business, work, study, etc.) will need to apply for any of a number of visas to the Philippines in the non-immigrant category.
Canadians planning to stay in the Philippines permanently will be required to apply for an immigrant-category visa. All the details about these travel permits are gathered in the Philippines’ visa policy.
Currently, Canadian citizens may stay in the Philippines visa-free for a period of up to 30 days. This length of time may be extended once the visitor of Canada is in the Philippines, but there is a fee for this process.
However, soon they will need a travel authorization to enter the country, known as Philippines eTA. This visa waiver will allow Canadians to enter for up to 30 days to the Philippines and will be available online.
Travel Entry Documents Required for the Philippines From Canada
In order to fulfill the Philippines’ eTA entry requirements for Canadians, visa waiver applicants must be in possession of an eligible passport issued by the Canadian government.
Additionally, this passport must be valid not only at the time of submitting the application but also for no less than 6 months following the Canadian traveler’s planned date of departure from the Philippines.
In addition to the passport details, Canadian nationals will need to submit proof of roundtrip flights (plane, train, boat, etc. tickets), accommodation data, and proof of financial means to cover the expenses related to the trip to the Philippines.
Furthermore, Canadians should bring both an electronic and a physical copy of their eTA approval email to their port of entry of choice in the Philippines, as they may be required to produce these items for Philippine immigration officers.
Foreign visitors from Canada traveling in groups are advised that each member of their group must carry their own, individual paper copy of their Philippines eTA from Canada.
Additionally, visitors of Canada on the Philippines’ eTA will need to answer some immigration security questions once they reach the Philippines.
Canadians should also note that some airlines may not let them board if they cannot show proof of their onward journey from the Philippines.
Philippines eTA Application Process from Canada
To obtain an eTA for the Philippines from Canada, eligible passport holders are required to fill out an online application form to obtain the Philippines’ visa waiver. The questionnaire will request applicants of Canada’s personal details, passport information, email address, and credit or debit card for the application processing fee.
Canadians who submit their applications successfully will receive a UID or Unique Identification Number. Group applications receive one UID, which is assigned to the primary applicant representing the group.
How long before Canadians get their eTA to the Philippines?
It generally takes around 3 business days for a Philippines eTA application to be processed. However, some reviews of the visa waiver for Canadians may take longer due to processing issues.
To avoid delays, it is recommended that travelers from Canada submit their applications for the Philippines’ eTA well in advance of their planned travel date. Once approved, the eTA will be delivered to Canadian travelers via email.
Applicants for the eTA permit should be aware that all the information they provide on their online questionnaire must be accurate and complete. If there is a discrepancy between the details on the application and the Canadian visitor’s passport details, the traveler may see their eTA canceled and/or encounter issues at the border.
Applicants of Canada who make a mistake on their application form will be required to submit a new Philippines eTA application from Canada or, in some cases, log on to the Philippines’ eTA website with their UID number and update the details they have provided.