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Visa Run from The Philippines: My expenses

Every person does the visa run in its own way. I took a break from the island of Siquijor and the Philippines by staying 7 days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Some people turn around after a few hours, not even leaving KLIA2, the airport in Kuala Lumpur or the airport of their chosen destination.

All people who want to exit the Philippines after they stayed here longer than 6 months and want to re-enter do need to pay the following:

  • exit clearance
  • a set of passport photos  2×2
  • a round trip to a destination of their choice
  • outbound ticket from the Philippines
  • terminal fee
  • travel tax

And after receiving a visa upon arrival for 29 days you need to start applying for the regular visa extensions and after 59 days you need to purchase a new ACR iCard.

I could have limited my costs, in the video, I explain what mistakes I made in this visa run

Here are my total costs of this visa run

PurposePrice in PHPExplanation
exit clearance Cebu Office500
Boat to Duma1,680 1 trip to Dumaguete I took the Motorbike so those costs are higher, v.v.
Bus and ferry to Cebu, vice versa1,062 1. To Immigration
2. to Mactan Airport
1 week Bayfront Hotel Cebu9,875
7 days Kuala Lumpur21,812 I booked Hotel & Flight at AirAsia which was cheaper than separate bookings.
Outbound Ticket 2,229
Terminal fee Mactan Airport850
Travel tax Mactan Airport1,620
additional 6% service tax Kuala Lumpur1,320 new taxes applied, so there was additional payment
Photos for exit clearance60
Extra luggage and suitcase 1,305 I bought a motorcycle jacket that took me over the allowed 7 kg cabin luggage
bank fees400 ATM usage in Kuala Lumpur BDO charges per withdrawal
Train KLIA2 to KL Center and v.v. 1.440 High speed train to KL Sentral Station
Pocketmoney Cebu and Kuala Lumpur25,000
TOTAL69,142 PHP1,086 Euro
(date: september 2018)

Now, I used both the Cebu and Kuala Lumpur trip to do shopping. In the Philippines, some things just aren’t available, either outside the larger cities or at all in the whole country. So the pocket money may seem a little much, but I bought motorcycle gear, some clothes, and shoes.  And there are the taxi prices in Cebu which do add up.

Upcoming costs will be:

  • boat trip to Dumaguete and vice versa 2x
  • first visa extension up to 59 days total 3,130 PHP
  • second 6 months visa extension in a district office and ACR iCard: 7,900 PHP
  • boat trip with a motorcycle to Negros or Cebu depending where I go for the extension, vice versa, apr. 1,400 php
  • gasoline for the trip and one hotel night 2,500 php more or less

Some people apply for a Filipino 59 days visa in the country of their destination. They visit the Philippines Embassy and after 2 days, if granted, they collect a 59 days visa.


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Jeanette, a Dutch female nomad, started to travel the world at the age of 17. Walker of beaches, shell searcher, and iPhone photographer. Always horizon bound preferably on a motorcycle. Currently, she lives in a desert village in Baja California Sur in Mexico. She is an emigration coach and works online.