How to extend your visa in Siargao

Follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to extend your visa in the Philippines and Siargao.

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Last updated: 08.06.2023

FAQ

Yes. You can extend the visa in Siargao, if you do it enough time ahead and using an additional service.

It costs different for every country and type of extension. Prepare around 3K PHP for every two months extension. Additionally, a service fee of 1K PHP for every extension to save your trip to Surigao.

When extending your visa, you will need to bring your visa fee and a valid passport. 

You need to renew it before it expires. You can extend the tourist Visa for 1,2, or 6 months at a time, except for the first extension.

Visa Process Breakdown

  1. Upon arrival, a 1-month visa-on-arrival, which is single-entry, can be obtained.
  2. Decide if you want to extend your visa. The visa can be extended multiple times, but the total length of the visa cannot exceed 36 months.
  3. The first extension is for 1 month. You can do it at the same time together with the next extension if you want, so 3 months in total.
  4. The second extension can be 1, 2, or 6 months. However, it is important to note that some immigration offices may refuse to issue a 6-month extension and only allow 1 or 2 months.

Visa Extensions Costs

Please Note!
The prices constantly change (Depending on the US Dollar), so this is just a rough estimate.

Option 1: additional 1 month

Price: ₱3,000

Option 2: additional 3 months + ACR Card
If you want to stay more than 2 months, you must issue an ACR card.
Price: ₱11,200

Every Additional Extension After Having an ACR Card:
You can extend 1, 2, or 6 months every time.
Price per month: ₱1,400

Getting an Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC)

If you’re a foreigner leaving the Philippines on either an immigrant or non-immigrant visa, make sure to secure an Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) as part of the process. Here’s what you need:

  • Complete the form with fingerprints (done in the immigration office)
  • Valid ongoing visa
  • Two 2×2 passport photos
  • Passport with the latest entry stamp to the Philippines
  • Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR Card)
  • Price: ₱500

No flight ticket is required. The ECC is a mandatory document that you’ll want to have before your departure from the country.

Extending your Visa in Siargao

The Bureau of Immigration, located in Surigao City (Notice! Surigao is not Siargao), comes to Siargao every first week of the month and offers immigration services. There are some important things to consider when using the service:

  • This is only a remote service of the main office in Surigao. The actual extension is done in the main office. Therefore your passport will be taken, and you will get them back the following week.
  • The actual extension is done on Monday of the week after they come to the island. So plan your days left wisely.
  • The service costs an additional 1K PHP to save you the trip to Surigao.
  • Payment is cash only

Location: Next to Shat’s guesthouse
Open hours:
Mon-Sat, the first week of the month
09:00-16:00

Extending your Visa in Surigao City

To extend your visa any day during the month, you must visit the closest Bureau of Immigration in Surigao City.

Don’t forget to bring with you:

  • Visa fee in cash
  • Valid passport issued by one of the eligible countries.

Additional Points To Notice

  • Leaving the country at any point will void the remaining duration of your visa. You will need to obtain a new visa on arrival upon returning to the country.
  • If you stay longer than six months, an “Exit Clearance” is required before going to the airport. It is recommended to obtain this clearance about one week in advance.
  • You can apply for a visa extension anytime, which will be added to your current visa. Applying early does not cause you to lose time. Applying at least one week before your visa expires is recommended.
  • All transactions are cash only, and they may not always have change. It is recommended to bring large and small bills and some coins to pay the exact amount.
  • It is a good idea to bring your pen, as they may not have enough available.
  • Even if you intend to extend your visa, proof of onward travel valid for use within 30 days of arrival is required to enter the country.