How long can you stay in the Philippines if you are a US citizen?
(Updated 3 November 2018)
I’m a US citizen and I want to know how long I can stay in the Philippines if I decide to retire there?
Simple Answer — A Long Time.
Now, how long is a “long time”? Well in contrast to the USA, where visitors (if they can even GET a tourist visa) are normally limited to a 90-day stay, with no extensions, the Philippines is a dream country for international nomads for overseas retirees.
Apply The KISS Principle
Let’s start with a US citizen (or a citizen of any of the many visa waiver countries listed here). The simple news is, you need only two things:
- Your passport (valid for at least 6 months at the time you enter the Philippines).
- Proof of Onward travel within 30 days of your arrival in the Philippines.
That’s all? Yep, that’s all you need to get in the door. From that point onward I’ll show you how to stay here in the Philippines legally for up to 36 months. There are other visas you can get which let you stay even longer (up to the end of your life), but this is the KISS section, so let’s just stay with the initially free to anyone tourist visa.