Visa Processing Time and Release Period

Beginning Friday, 01 April 2022, the Philippines shall open its borders to all fully vaccinated foreign tourists and exemption documents shall no longer be required. Travelers compliant with the conditions set forth in the IATF Resolution No. 165 dated 24 March 2022 shall no longer undergo quarantine.

In this regard, the Manila Economic and Cultural Office shall start accepting tourist visa applications on 31 March 2022.

For more information about travel and visa requirements, click HERE.

To book an appointment for visa application/s, visit click HERE.

Processing Time

Please be advised that visa applications and releasing shall follow the following schedule:

Visa Receiving (Monday to Friday)
  • Individual Visa — 9:00am to 3:30pm
  • Group Visa — 9:00am to 11:30am

* Please note that submission of documents should be accomplished before 11:30 am and 3:30 pm respectively.
* Visa applications are considered to be ready for processing only when the completed visa application documentation has been submitted and paid for at the Consular Section

Expedite Processing

The applicant may request for expedite processing for all Visa Applications. The request must be made with the Consular Section or upon payment of the visa processing fee at the Cashier and payment of the expedite fee has been made.

In cases of Student Visas and Special Non-Immigrant Visas, these may be expedited provided that the authority from the Department of Foreign Affairs has been received by MECO.

Release Period

Visa Releasing (Monday to Friday)

Individual and Group Visa applications shall be ready for release the NEXT working days as follows:

  • Individual and Group Visa — 9:00am to 4:00pm
Release of Expedite Processing

The release of visas under expedite processing will be within three (3) working hours after payment.

All applicants should be aware that the times given above are the general rule but processing times for any particular case may vary according to individual circumstances and any other special requirements.

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