Philippines/Visa extention


QUESTION: Hi Sir Bill,
Thank you for having this kind of website that helps many people.

I would like to ask if you would know what date the immigration will be stamping in our passport if we arrive at the airport by midnight? Is it the new day date? Coz,we will be arriving at NAIA by 11:30pm on the 9th march and i know we will be taking an hour or more for the immigration, so if the immi person will stamp 9th as our arrival it means we need to extend my husband's visa coz our returning flight is on 31 mar,can we apply for the visa extention at the airport's immigration?  

Thank you,
Jem :)

ANSWER: depends on the individual official and how fast you get through the line / queue but it doesn'y matter because even if he stamps the 10th he will need to pay an extension if leaving 31st because both arrival date and departure dates are counted for the 21 day stay. If you can change your flight to 30th then you save U$65. Yes most of the time the VISA WAIVER can be paid upon departure P3030.

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QUESTION: Hi Sir Bill,thank you but as Ive read in the phil consulate here in Aus  the reckoning of the 21 days begins on the day after the arrival in the Philippines. If he stamp 10th the 21th days will begin on the 11th so on the 31st will our 21th day, is my understanding right Sir? Sorry for the ignorance :/


We have 3000 to 4000 tourists each year since 1986 stay at our guest house near all 4 Manila airports so our advice comes directly from personal experience and what we have been told. In the 27 years since we opened our doors to budget travelers the arrival and departure days are counted in the 21 day visa. So I guess the only way you will find out if the Australian Phil Consulate or my information is correct will be on 31st when your husband departs Manila. Email me so I can share the updated information with others.  


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