The Philippines is a wonderful island nation enriched with beautiful landscapes and vast local cultures. People from all over the world travel to the Philippines in order to experience the rich diversity of its people and explore its beautiful countryside.
People travel to the Philippines for a variety of reasons, and therefore, the Philippine Government offers different types of visas to cater to people’s travel needs. There are two main categories of visa offered by the Philippine Government: Immigrant and non-immigrant visas. People traveling to the country for tourism may need to apply for a non-immigrant tourist visa. However, travelers are encouraged to go through the list of different types of visas offered by the Philippine Government to see if they are required to obtain a visa prior to traveling to the country.
It is worth noting that a visa may not be required in many cases as the Philippines has visa-free entry for citizens of most countries. The duration of stay for a visa-free entry varies in accordance with the traveler’s nationality but most nationalities are allowed to stay for up to 30 days in the Philippines without having a visa.
Do Emiratis Need a Visa for the Philippines?
The Philippine Government has recently extended the electronic travel authorization system to more nationalities in the hope of encouraging tourism. Emiratis can now apply for a Philippine eTA tourist visa from the comfort of their home or office. Emiratis, like other nationalities, are allowed visa-free entry into the Philippines for a stay of up to 30 days. However, for longer stays, it is recommended that the traveler obtains a Philippine eTA tourist visa prior to traveling.
Philippines Entry Requirements for Emirati Citizens
Before beginning the application process for a Philippine eTA tourist visa, the traveler must ensure that they adhere to the requirements set by the Philippine Government in order to visit the country. These requirements include:
- Having a passport that is valid for at least six months after the expected date of departure
- Roundtrip tickets
- Hotel bookings
- Cash or debit/credit cards
It is worth noting that all individuals planning to travel to the Philippines will have to go through immigration control at the Philippine port of entry. They will be expected to answer certain security questions honestly and accurately and may even have to provide travel documents along with a copy of their printed eTA visa.
How to Get an eTA Philippines from the UAE?
The process of applying for an eTA visa is quite simple and relatively quicker than having to go to a local embassy or consulate. The traveler will have to access the Philippine online visa website in order to apply for the visa. There is an online application form they will have to fill out which will ask them to list some biographical information as well as some passport details. The form will also require the individual to provide a valid email address and valid credit/debit card information. Once the application is completed and submitted, the traveler will be given a Unique Identification Number or UID. In the case of multiple travelers applying together in a group, the UID will be assigned to the primary applicant. The traveler(s) will also be charged a processing fee.
It is worth noting that the information provided on the application form must match the information shown on the traveler’s passport otherwise he/she will risk being denied entry to the Philippines. The eTA visa in such circumstances is deemed invalid, therefore, it is necessary to fill out the application form as accurately as possible. In the event that a traveler makes a mistake filling out the online eTA visa form, he/she may be required to submit an entirely new application. Sometimes, the traveler can contact the Philippine eTA website and have the information updated instead.
Travel to the Philippines from the UAE
After the traveler has submitted the online Philippine eTA visa application, he/she can expect to hear back on the status of his/her application within 3 business days. In some cases, the wait can be longer depending on whether there is any additional processing required on the application.
Once the traveler’s eTA visa application has been approved, he/she will receive the eTA visa via the email address they provided on the application form. The traveler will then have to save a copy of the Philippine eTA visa on their mobile phone/handheld device and also take a printed copy with them to the airport/port of entry when they travel. Please note that the eTA visa should be printed on an A4 sheet of paper and each traveler should have their eTA visa printed on a separate sheet.
Travelers should note that they will be required to provide evidence of onward travel from the Philippines before boarding a flight to the country. Some airlines refuse to board passengers if they fail to show a ticket and, in some cases, passengers may even be required to purchase tickets on the spot in order to proceed with their planned visit to the Philippines.
Some other things to keep in mind while traveling to the Philippines:
- Travelers are prohibited from carrying firearms/weapons and pornography while traveling to the country
- Travelers can bring up to 2 liters of alcohol or 400 cigarettes (or two tins of tobacco) without paying duty fees
- Travelers bringing in $10,000 in foreign currency or P10,000 in local currency will need to declare that to customs upon entry or exit