9(b) Visa for Transients

A transient is any foreign traveler who passes in transit through the Philippines en route to a destination outside the Philippines and who does not intend to stay longer than seventy-two (72) hours, or three (3) days, in the country.

The fact that there may be a more direct route than the transit journey through the Philippines does not disqualify the foreign traveler from availing of a 9(b) transient visa. Admission into the Philippines on a 9(b) transient visa also does not preclude the foreign traveler from sightseeing, visiting relatives or friends, or transacting business while in transit in the Philippines.

However, since the procedures and requirements for a 9(b) visa as it applies to Jordanian and Palestinian passport holders are similar to those for the 9(a) visa, including the prescribed clearing period, it is more advisable that they apply for a 9(a) visa instead.