Filipino immigration authorities will soon launch a visa waiver -known as eTA- that will be mandatory for those countries whose citizens can currently enter the Philippines without a visa in the case of up-to-30-day, leisure journeys. Indonesians are amongst this group.
Travelers from Indonesia are advised to read on to learn more about the Filipino eTA entry requirements.
How to Apply for a Philippines’ eTA From Indonesia
Once the visa waiver is released, Indonesian nationals thinking of traveling to the Philippines will need to complete the Filipino eTA application form, which contains certain personal and travel questions, as well as other routinary queries.
The online form can be filled in by using any electronic device with an internet connection: laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets are admitted.
There are a couple of steps that travelers from Indonesia must follow while accessing the form:
- Registering with a valid email address
- Answering personal, travel, and routinary questions
- Making sure all the inputted information is correct and complete
- Paying the Filipino eTA processing fee
The queries included in the application form include the following:
- Personal data: full name, date of birth, age, and gender
- Contact information: home address, email address, and phone number
- Routinary questions related to criminal records, if any, and health history
Once the online form is completed, Indonesians must pay the visa fee using a credit or debit card.
Filipino eTA’s expected processing time from Indonesia
It is expected that the visa waiver to the Philippines will be processed in a very short time, ranging from a few hours to a couple of days. Therefore, Indonesians are advised to prepare and send their application at least a week before their trip.
In case the Filipino eTA is denied, an email with this information will be sent to Indonesian applicants. If the travel document is approved, then the visa waiver will be attached to the email in PDF format.
If obtained, Indonesian citizens will have to print the eTA to the Philippines and to present it when arriving in the country.
Philippines’ Visa Waiver for Indonesians: Documents & Conditions Required
Once the online visa application is ready, travelers from Indonesia will need to abide by the Philippine visa waiver entry requirements, which include the following:
- Having an Indonesian passport with a minimum of 6 months of validity and that is valid for the entirety of the journey to the Philippines
- Presenting a passport-style photograph of the Indonesian applicant
- Having a working, accessible email address to receive notifications and the actual electronic travel authorization, if approved
- Possessing a credit card or debit card to pay the visa waiver fee
- Proof of accommodation (hotel bookings) and outward travel (flight tickets)
Also, applicants from Indonesia must consider there are certain items that are not allowed into Filipino territory. Therefore, they must be careful when packing.
In the case of Indonesian minors traveling to the Philippines, both parents and legal guardians are permitted to complete the application form of an underage passenger.
Finally, there might be some vaccinations needed before accessing Filipino borders that travelers from Indonesia must take into consideration.
Do Indonesians Need a Visa to Enter the Philippines?
At the moment, since the Philippine visa waiver is not active, Indonesian citizens do not need to present any extra document than their passport for tourist trips shorter than 30 days. In other words, all journeys to the Philippines that last 30 days or less and have tourism as their main purpose can currently be made visa-free by Indonesians.
Once the eTA is in place, they will be obliged to obtain that new travel permit to gain legal access to the country.
If the trip is longer than a month or the purpose is different than leisure, for example, long-term studies or paid work, Indonesians should contact the nearest Philippine embassy in Indonesia about the different types of visas available.
For any other type of travel, Indonesians should check the options in the Filipino visa policy.
Traveling from Indonesia to the Philippines: Trip Advice
Although Indonesia and the Philippines are relatively close and may share certain cultural elements, it is always advised to learn more about Filipino values and customs before traveling.
Another important information, especially if Indonesians are thinking about renting a car during their journey, is to know the regulation for international driving licenses in the Philippines.
With all this information in mind, nationals from Indonesia can have an ideal trip to the Philippines.