When traveling to the Philippines, your nationality and the types of activities you will conduct during your trip will determine whether you may travel lawfully as a business visitor or if you require work authorization. Please seek advice from your immigration counsel if you are uncertain about the specific types of activities that constitute business or work.
As a business visitor to the Philippines, you may engage in the activities below. While this list is not exhaustive and other activities could qualify as business, you may:
Nationals of the European Union, the United States, and many other select countries are eligible for a visa waiver and are not required to obtain a visa in order to enter and conduct business activities in the Philippines for a short duration. Additionally, certain nationals may be eligible for a visa waiver for business purposes if they hold a valid tourist, business or resident visa issued by select countries including Australia, Canada and the United States. Please consult with your immigration counsel prior to travel to determine your eligibility for a visa waiver.
If you are not eligible for a visa waiver, you must obtain a 9(A) Temporary Visitor Visa from a Philippine Embassy or Consulate prior to travel, or upon arrival, depending on nationality. Please consult with your immigration counsel before traveling to determine your eligibility for a 9(A) Visa on arrival.
The activities below, whether paid or unpaid, generally constitute work under Philippine law. This list is not exhaustive, and many other professional activities are considered work in the Philippines, even if conducted for a short duration.
The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work and on whether your employer has an entity in the Philippines. The most common types of work authorization for the Philippines are:
There are no nationalities that are exempt from work authorization requirements for the Philippines.
Inevitably, the legal and strategic considerations impacting visa selection, as well as visa waiver and work authorization eligibility, entail the careful consideration of many factors. We recommend that you consult with your immigration counsel before taking any course of action.