Visa

If you are from one of this 151 countries (click to open the list), you have a free 30 days visa upon arrival.

Countries

  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameron
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea (ROK)
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Island
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnamn
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

You will have to show the return flight ticket so they can check the dates.

If you want to stay longer than one month, you will be able to extend your visa for another month in Surigao City. There is a ferry from Dapa (Siargao) to Surigao every morning:

DAPA – SURIGAO (ferry)

    • CEBU (CEB) – SIARGAO (IAO)
      $: 5 € approx.  : 180 mins : –
    • Departure: 5.30 h
    • Returning: 11.30 h
  • First extension (one month) – around 60 €
  • Next extension (two months) plus ID card – around 150 €
  • Future extensions after this point ( two months) – around 80 € each time

Once in Surigao you have to go the the Department of Immigration

Tip: if you are planning to stay in the Philippines for more than one month you can ask for a 59 days visa and save money and time:

  • At the Philippine embassy of your country
  • At the Philippine airport. Upon arrival form your international fight ask at the immigration counter about the two month visa. It will cost 50 € aprox

Important: you must show a return ticket or you won’t be allowed to enter the Philippines.

A few lessons

Hello, how are you: halo komosta
What is your name?: Semay emu nayang
I am James: ako James
Nice to meet you: marajaw napakakilaya
Thanks: Salamat
Please: Palihog

Money

The Philippine Peso (php) is the currency of Phillippines. Check here exchange rates.
In Siargao, apart from the resorts, nobody accepts credit cards. You should bring cash.
Exchange rates at the Ninoy Aquino (Manila) airport are very good.

Once here, if you need to get cash you have three options:

  • www.clicktransfer.com Register, and send money to the Palawan Pawnshop at General Luna. Use this code to do it for free: ASDASDF.
    This is the best option by far:
    • Cheapest: fist time free. Rest only 5 € (aprox).
    • Fastest: between 15 minutes and 24 hours depending on your bank.
    • Easiest: you will get the money right here in General Luna.
  • Go to DAPA and use the ATM’s there.
    • They usually run out of cash (don’t wait till the last moment)
    • They accept a lot of international credit and debit cards but not all.
  • Cash back in a resort: Ocean 101, Ronaldos, will do cash-back charging you 6 % aprox.