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Having a passport from a country like the Philippines can restrict travels on many levels – Visa Application is one of them! Filipinos who have experienced applying for visas to US, Europe, Japan, Australia, etc will relate to the distress. Consulates and embassies often require plenty of documentation to justify them granting visas. Yes, the requirements are easy but convincing them that you won’t illegally live and work in their country is the tough part. It can be a tiring process, and it can also be very expensive considering there is no assurance of getting granted a visa. But it certainly doesn’t mean you cannot travel at all.
You can start with countries that do not require a visa. Travel to visa-free countries first and save the others for later. Traveling to visa-free countries is like enhancing your traveler profile, especially if you’re new to traveling. Most of the countries that are on the list may not be your dream country to fly to. But every destination will offer a unique life experience. You just have to try and surprise yourself!
Having said that, below are the countries and territories Philippine passport holders can visit without a need for a prior visa.
|AFRICA||Conditions of Access|
|Burundi||Visa issued upon arrival|
|Cape Verde||Visa issued upon arrival for EUR25
A free 24-hr transit visa issued upon arrival at the airport
|Comores||Within 24 hrs. this must be converted into a full visa at the immigration office in Moroni|
|Djibouti||10 days visa issued upon arrival for DJF3,000; 30 days visa issued upon arrival for DJF5,000|
|Gambia||At the port of entry passport 24-72 hr. a transit pass is issued. This must be converted into a full visa valid up to 1 month at the immigration department in Banjui|
|Kenya||90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25|
|Madagascar||90 days visa issued upon arrival for MGA140,000|
|Mali||Visa issued upon arrival|
|Mozambique||30 days issued upon arrival for US$25|
|Saint Helena||Visa issued upon arrival|
|Tanzania||Visa issued upon arrival for US$50|
|Togo||7 days issued upon arrival|
|Uganda||180 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50|
|Zambia||90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50|
|ASIA – ASEAN|
|ASIA – NONASEAN|
|Georgia||90 days visa issued upon arrival for GEL50 – for a 90 day, single entry visa; GEL100 for a 360, multiple entry visas|
|India||30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$60|
|Iran||30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)|
|Maldives||30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)|
|Nepal||15/30/90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25/40/100|
|Sri Lanka||30 days|
|Taiwan||30 days if holding a valid visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, United Kingdom, United States// online registration required|
|Timor-Leste||30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$30|
|Cook Islands||31 days|
|Fiji||120 days Visitor’s permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)|
|Marshall Islands||30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)|
|The Federated States of Micronesia||30 days|
|Palau||30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)|
|Samoa||60 days Visitor’s permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)|
|Tuvalu||30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)|
|Costa Rica||30 days|
|Nicaragua||30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||14 days|
|Saint Lucia||6 weeks visa issued upon arrival for US$50|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||30 days|
|The Turks and Caicos Islands||30 days|
Note: This is updated as of October 2015. For further information click here.
Sources: DFA; Wikipedia; GMA news
- Every country has its own set of rules regarding the entry of visitors from different nationalities. In all cases, do ensure to verify with the diplomatic post (embassy or consulate) of the country you are flying to since policies may change without prior notice.
- Some countries may require transit visas for non-direct flights.
- The days indicated are the maximum days Filipinos as allowed to stay in said country. If you plan to stay longer, then, you need to apply for a visa or for an extension visa. Verify with the diplomatic post (embassy or consulate) of the country you are flying.
- Information is intended for tourist visit purpose only.
I hope to cross paths with you guys in the future and let me know your thoughts with visas as well. Happy travels!