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Philippines/New 6 Month Tourist Visa or 30 Day + extensions


Hi, I want to spend one or more years in Cebu City beginning around April 2014. Looked into the PI retirement visa but decided that it was just too darn expensive. Then I heard about a new 6 month tourist visa that could be extended up to 14 months but cant find any info about how one applies for it. Can you help find out what the precedure is and email me the source?

I am really new at this. Recently spend one month in Cebu City and really enjoyed my stay. The Cebu people were so kind to me that I would like to return for an extended period to visit them again.

I was told that I could go to the Cebu City BI office and just extend my 30 day visa 60 days and continue extending to 1 1/2 years. Is this extension process correct.  Seems if it is, it would be the better way for me to go?

In advance Thank You guys for any and all the information you might have.

Happy New Years

Well guess I'm the last to know because I hadn't heard of this 6 month visa but after doing a search with  I found all the links below which should explain the details. Have a look see. I always advise guests to extend 2 months and instead of picking up their passport with 2 month extension, re-submit another request for a 2 month extension so over a period of one year you save a couple of trips to immigration. Budget about U$600 / year.  


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Bill and Lorna Collings


Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.


I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

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some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

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Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

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3000 to 4000 world travelers and guests on a budget pass through our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel each year since 1986 so we do get a lot of feedback and share a lot of experiences with people which we can then pass on to help others with their questions and problems

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