Guidance

Apply for a visa for a Commonwealth country or British overseas territory in Philippines

Published 24 January 2014

This page explains how you can apply for a visa if you want to travel from the Philippines or Palau, the to some Commonwealth countries and British overseas territories. Our visa application centre in the Philippines accept visa applications for the following countries

1. British overseas territories:

  • Anguilla
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • St Helena
  • Bermuda

2. Commonwealth countries:

  • Bahamas
  • Grenada
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Swaziland*
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu

Do not need a visa if they are going on a cruise.

You can apply for a visa to St. Kitts and Nevis online using the evisa.gov website. All visa fees are paid on arrival in St. Kitts. If you want to travel to any other country that is not on the list above, you must contact that country’s nearest embassy or diplomatic post to find out whether and how you need to apply for a visa.

3. Before you apply

Before you apply, you must:

  • prepare your supporting documents- you will need to provide all the necessary supporting documents for your application;
  • check the Visa application fees. We charge a fee for handling applications on behalf of other countries and we may also charge a forwarding fee if we have to refer your visa application to the country to make a decision.

4. How to apply

If travelling to a British overseas territory or Commonwealth country, you must:

If you apply online, you will need to print out and sign your completed form. If you do not have access to a printer when you apply, you will be able to log in and print out the form later. When you have completed your online application, you will receive an email message containing your application number (also known as a ‘GWF reference’). Please make a note of this number.

5. Paying your visa application fee

You must pay your visa application fee online, in US dollars, either a Visa card or MasterCard. In addition to credit cards, a debit card or pre-paid card bearing the Visa or MasterCard logos are also accepted. Other methods of payment will not be accepted.

5.1 Forwarding fee

For some Commonwealth countries and British overseas territories, visa applications may need to be referred to the territory you intend to visit. Where a visa application has to be referred to a British overseas territory for a decision, an additional fee is charged. Any referral fees must be paid in cash at the visa application centre. In cases of referral, the waiting period for approval may take up to 2 months or longer, depending on the country. UK Visas and Immigration cannot guarantee that the visas will be issued on time.

5.2 Visa application centre

To complete the application process, we recommend that you book an appointment at the visa application centre in the Philippines. You can book, reschedule or cancel an appointment online by using the VFS Global Booking an Appointment service.

You will not be required to give your biometric data.If you have applied online, your appointment must be no more than 30 days after the date when you completed and submitted your online visa application form.

If you are unable to book any available dates it means that all the available appointments have been taken. In this case, unless you are part of a group of 5 or more, you can still attend the visa application centre without an appointment and submit your application on Monday to Friday between 07:00 to 08:00. Applicants without an appointment are advised that the queues to submit their visa application may take anywhere from a few minutes up to 2 hours or more depending on the number of applicants on any particular day. Applicants with an appointment will be treated as a priority.

If you are part of a family or group, each member of the family or group must make an individual appointment. For example, if you are a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 children you must make 4 individual appointments.

You cannot send your printed application form or supporting documents by post. You must come to the visa application centre in person, and bring all the necessary documents with you. If you pay your fee at the visa application centre, we will give you a receipt. We will not refund the fee if your application is unsuccessful. You can find the address of the visa application centre on the VFS Global in Philippines website.

When you attend your appointment, you must bring:

  • the printout of your completed online visa application form, signed by you;
  • your passport. You are not legally required to have 6 months validity on your passport at the time you apply for your visa. But your passport must be valid at the time you apply and at the time you arrive in the UK;
  • 1 recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) colour photograph of your face, which meets the requirements set out in our photo guidance, which you can download from the right side of this page the receipt for your visa application fee; and
  • any supporting documents relevant to your application and a photocopy of each document (including English translations)

6. Waiting times

If your application needs to be referred, you may have to wait 2 months or longer (depending on the country) for a decision on your visa application. We cannot guarantee that your visa will be issued by the date you request.

6.1 More information

If you require more information about visas for the above Commonwealth countries and British overseas territories, please contact our commercial partner VFS Global. You can find their contact details on the VFS Global in Philippines website.

7. Supporting documents

This page lists the supporting documents that you must provide if you are applying for a visa to travel from the Philippines or Palau to some Commonwealth countries and British overseas territories.

  • A valid passport or refugee travel document containing at least 1 page which is blank on both sides, so that your visa can be inserted - your passport should be signed by you, and the name and signature should correspond to the details given on your visa application form
  • Your previous passport(s), if applicable
  • Evidence of funds (bank book or detailed bank statements)
  • Evidence of employment/studies
  • Evidence of reservations (you are advised not to purchase your ticket until your visa has been issued)
  • Evidence of purpose of visit (for example - letter of invitation).
  • 1 recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) colour photographs of your face, which meets the requirements set out in our photograph guidance, which you can download from the right side of this page.

Business persons

If you are applying for a visa for a business trip, you should provide the documents above plus:

  • a letter or fax from your employer stating the purpose of your journey
  • an invitation letter or fax

In both cases, the letter or fax must be in English if a referral is required.