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ANNOUNCEMENT

EFFECTIVE 01 MARCH 2013:

Applicants for temporary visitor's visa (business/ pleasure) are advised to file their applications at least two (2) weeks prior to their scheduled flight.

Applicants for non-quota immigrant visa are advised to:

(1)  File their application two (2) months before their intended departure for  
the Philippines;

(2)  Book their flight to the Philippines only after the interview was conducted and the visa application was approved; and

(3)  Bring their Filipino spouse with them to the Philippine Embassy on the date of the scheduled interview.

Temporary Visitors | Payment of Visa Fees | Notes | Other Visas

Citizens of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as well as those of other countries (please call the Consular Section of the Embassy for further information on categories of other countries)  who wish to visit the Philippines could be admitted into the country without the need of securing a visa abroad, if their stay in the Philippines is not more than 30 days.  They must be holders of a valid passport and have confirmed reservations for their return travel or onward travel to another country.

Tourists who avail themselves of the 30-day no-visa requirement may be granted an extension of stay by the Bureau of Immigration in the Philippines, subject to payment of applicable extension fees and other fees as may be charged by that Bureau.

Visitors who need a Visa

Visitors not covered by the above and those who intend to stay more than 30 days are required to obtain a temporary visitor's visa for pleasure/business.

Stateless persons issued a travel document by the Swiss Government must secure a visa.  They must present their Swiss Residence Permit and Travel Document together with other requirements listed below.  These 2 documents should have a validity of at least 6 months.

Requirements for a 9(a) visa:

         Original Passport which is valid for 6 months

          One (1) photograph (size: 45 mm x 35 mm), signed at the back

          One (1) duly-accomplished application form (FA Form No. 2-A) download visa form

          Photocopy of airline ticket with portion indicating onward travel or a travel confirmation from the travel agency

          Self-addressed envelope with Sfr. 6.00 (registered) postal stamp for the return of the passport

          Fees:
CHF 30.00 - for a single entry (valid for entry within 3 months from the date of issuance)
CHF 60.00 - for a multiple entry (valid for multiple entry within 6 months from the date of issuance)
CHF 90.00 - for a multiple entry (valid for multiple entry within one year from the date of issuance)

          For visitors travelling for purposes of business: business letters from the company sponsoring the trip

          For foreign residents in Switzerland: copy of Swiss Residency Permit

Payment of visa fees:

Starting Friday, 1 March 2013, Post Finance Swiss Post will no longer be accepting Postanweisung/ Postal Money order.  Applicants can send their cash/ payments by "registered letter" value added service.  Letter contents are insured up to a value of 500 francs.  Cash can also be sent by A Mail Plus, the contents of which are insured up to a value of 100 francs.  Visa fees can be paid by cash addressed to the Philippine Embassy, Kirchenfeldstrasse 73, CH-3005 Berne.   The Embassy will not be responsible for any loss and no complaints will be entertained.

Notes

1. Children travelling with parent

A child included in the parent's passport are also required to submit a separate application form, photograph, and visa fee.

2. Waiver of exclusion ground for children below 15

Children who are below 15 years old are required to be accompanied by one or both parents. A child, who is below 15 years old and travelling to the Philippines alone (not accompanied by either parent) or not joining a parent in the Philippines,  must obtain a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG).

Please contact the Embassy for the requirements for the issuance of a WEG.

3. Visa validity and maximum period of stay

Tourist visas have a validity of either 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year from the date the visa is issued. The validity period is the time within which the bearer can enter the Philippines.

         Single-Entry Visa valid for three (3) months

This visa will allow the holder a single entry to the Philippines.  The holder must enter the Philippines within 3 months from the date the visa was issued.   Upon arrival in the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration may stamp fifty-nine (59) days, allowing the holder to stay for this period (59) days.

        Multiple-Entry Visa valid for six (6) months or one (1) year

This visa will allow the holder multiple entry to the Philippines for a period of six (6) months or year beginning on the date the visa was issued and valid for entry for six (6) months or one (1) year.

Every time the holder enters the Philippines, the Bureau of Immigration may stamp fifty-nine (59) days, allowing the holder to stay for this period (59 days).  Possession of a multiple-entry visa for six (6) months or one (1) year does not mean that the holder can stay in the Philippines for more than 59 days.

4. Tourists who wish to stay for more than 59 days

Tourists who have entry visas to the Philippines but wish to stay for more than fifty-nine (59) days may extend their stay at the Bureau of Immigration.  They may request information regarding extension procedures with the immigration officer at the airport upon arrival in the Philippines.

Further Infomation

For further information, please contact the Philippine Embassy at Tel. 031 / 350 1717, Fax 031 / 352 2602, Email: Visa Section (visa@philembassyberne.ch).

Other Visas

Click here for Special Investors Resident Visa

Click here for Special Retirees Resident Visa

Click here for Pre-arranged Employment Visa


 


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