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Old 18-12-2011, 20:44   #1
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Philippines Permitted Length of Stay ?

I've been in the Philippines under foreign flag around 13 months. I'm concerned I may have overstayed, but no one seems to know what the actual permitted length of stay for a foreign yacht is. It doesn't make any mention of it on the paperwork, and no one mentioned anything to me... the time slipped by and now I've realized it's been over 1 year.

Some tell me 6 months, some tell me 12 months, some tell me 16 months.

Obviously if I have overstayed there's going to be some kind of problem.

Anyone know the answer to this? Am I in the clear, or if not, what should I do about it?

chardis
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Old 18-12-2011, 21:12   #2
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Re: Philippines Permitted Length of Stay?

Everyone says noonsite is a good resource.

Maybe this will help.


Noonsite: Philippines


I see references to 21 days, 60 days, and this quote about one year.

"Officially yachts gain free entry for one year and the only charges are for immigration visa extensions."

Though it is still unclear to me, but it implies that staying over a year is OK. But it almost sounds like you have immigrated to the Philippines at this point.

I lived there on Luzon for two years and loved it.

Someone here will have a better answer for you.
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Re: Philippines Permitted Length of Stay?

Thanks for your reply. The 21, 60 & 1 year is in reference to the person. My personal visa does not have a problem as I have been getting the appropriate extensions. But the boat... that's where my concern is.
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Re: Philippines Permitted Length of Stay?

Using this search phrase, "how long can i stay in the philippines as a tourist".

I find this quote,

Foreigners holding temporary visitors visa pursuant to Philippine Immigration Act of 1940 and aliens admitted under E.O. 408 may extend their stay in the Philippines every 2 months for a total stay of 16 months. Extension of stay after16 months, up to 24 months need the approval of the Chief of the Immigration Regulation Division. Extension of stay after 24 months need the approval of the Commissioner. (MCL Memorandum dated 31 July 2007)

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The Bureau of Immigration, Philippines Official Website - Extension of Stay
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Thanks for your reply. The 21, 60 & 1 year is in reference to the person. My personal visa does not have a problem as I have been getting the appropriate extensions. But the boat... that's where my concern is.
Sorry, for my lack of help.

The noonsite quote says yachts are free for a year, and the only charges are for visa extensions. Confusing, I think, since boats don't get visas.

Though it does suggest that after one year some type of "charges" will then apply to the vessel.
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Re: Philippines Permitted Length of Stay?

Oh, I see what you mean, Noonsite says:
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Officially yachts gain free entry for one year and the only charges are for immigration visa extensions.
That would make me over... anyone know what happens in this case?
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Old 18-12-2011, 22:16   #7
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Re: Philippines Permitted Length of Stay?

I saw another thread on this forum said that it's 1.5 years allowed! Noonsite is not always correct, but then neither are people. So still confused on this point...
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Re: Philippines Permitted Length of Stay?

In Subic Bay, Foreign Registered Yachts planning long stay in the Philippines can avail themselves of an annual sticker showing Excise or Duty waiver.

This is issued by SBMA Seaport Division and acts like a cruising permit for coming and going out of the Freeport zone, without having to get Port clearances.

I cannot remember cost (not much) but will be renewing in January and can advise.
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Re: Philippines Permitted Length of Stay?

I don't understand. I've never been to Subic, and am already over 12 months.
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This program is only in it's 3rd year, so if you apply for a sticket, they don't ask how long you have been in the Philippines.
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Re: Philippines Permitted Length of Stay?

Sorry, I'm a bit slow today...

So are you saying that if I go to Subic I can effectively check in and out of the free port, and leave PH from there?

I'm intending to leave PH in January you see, all I want is to be able to leave without any trouble from a potential overstay. I'm still not certain how long a yacht is allowed to stay in PH for...
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