Do British Citizens need a visa for the Philippines?

No. British citizens can enter the Philippines for up to 30 days visa free. If  you intend to stay for longer than 30 days, you can apply for a tourist visa from the Philippines Embassy

Do they ask about criminal records?

If you arrive in the Philippines, you will need to complete an arrival card (see below) The arrival card does not ask about criminal records.


If you require a visa for your visit to the Philippines, you will have to complete a visa application form. Question 16 on the form asks:


‘Have you ever been arrested or convicted for any offense or crime, even though subject of a pardon, amnesty, or other legal action? NO YES, if yes, state circumstances’

 It is unknown if disclosing a criminal record here will prevent you from being issued a visa. Every applicant will be dealt with on a case by case basis. However, applicants with sexual or drug offences should be aware that the Philippines has a very strict rules and regulations which may block these individuals from obtaining a visa.  If you have any of the above offences, you will not be required to declare if you are staying for 30 days or less as a visa will not be required.