Most travelers to the Philippines are given 21-30 days of free entry without a visa on arrival. All you need is a return ticket (we didn't know, and learned this upon arrival), and this is pretty much guaranteed.
If you’re worried you might need to overstay, it’s normally fairly easy to obtain an extension.
First Steps if You Might Overstay Your Philippines Visa
The Bureau of Immigration can arrange 29 day extensions in a relatively painless manner, and two month extensions are also possible under some circumstances.
The standard 29 day extension will set you back roughly PHP3000 ($60). Apparently, there’s supposed to be an additional stamp fee of around PHP100, though it’s inconsistently applied.
It’s also worth noting extensions can only be applied for before your travel permit or visa expires.
If you’ve already overstayed in the Philippines, the easiest thing to do is just head to the airport, and be prepared to pay a fine on the way out.
Fines for Overstaying a Philippines Visa
Like many other countries, the Philippines charges overstayers depending on the amount of time they’ve been traveling without authorization.
Uniquely though, you’ll be fined per month of overstay, not per day. It’s also rounded to the next month. For example, a one day overstay is considered a one month overstay, while a one month and one day overstay is charged at the two month rate.
At the time of writing, the rate was PHP500 (US$10) per month. The payment process is likewise pretty painless. At the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, you’ll simply be directed to a window off to the side, where you hand over the cash, sign a few documents, and you’ll be on your way.Whatever happens, just be sure to arrive at the airport as early as possible, and leave yourself plenty of time. If an immigration official feels the need to give you a lecture, just put on your most apologetic face and deal with it- you actually got off pretty good.
It’s a similar story at other international airports across the country.
Overall, the Philippines is one of the more simple countries in terms of overstays. However, some travelers have reported being given a hard time by immigration officials.
This mostly involves being given a wag of the finger and a stern speech about responsible travel. If you’re particularly unlucky, you might be forced to wait an hour or two to pay the fine.
But if things start to go South make sure you contact your Embassy quickly, as a Filipino prison is not something you want to experience.