Visa-Free Countries for Philippine passport holders

 

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There’s no other way to describe it – the Philippine passport sucks compared to other countries when it comes to visa-free access.

In fact, the passport was just ranked #63 out of 94 on the recently published Global Passport Power Index, tied with the countries, Zimbabwe, Tunisia and Dominican Republic. Singapore took the lead this year. Last year, it was tied for #1 with Germany, which has now come in 2nd. Sweden and South Korea are tied for 3rd.

But, don’t let this dismal ranking stop you from traveling!

There are Filipinos everywhere in the world—whether they’re OFWs, expats, immigrants or tourists. The only difference is, we can’t just pack up and travel at a moment’s notice to Paris a la Carrie Bradshaw. Our trips take SO MUCH more time and planning in comparison to others with strong country passports.

Then again, we could still be denied entry…

We won’t sugarcoat it; that is all part of the process. Even after submitting stacks of documentation, proof of funds and promissory notes that you won’t overstay—you might still encounter that dreaded word, “denial”. And until our home country gets its sh*t together, we will have to grin and bear it.

No visa? No problem!

Don’t worry though, if you really have to scratch that travel itch in a jiffy – there are still plenty of other countries you could visit – no visas required!

Here’s a quick list of places you could visit easily as a Filipino:

(updated Nov 2017)

ASEAN COUNTRIES

Country Visa Requirement Notes
Brunei visa not required 14 days
Cambodia visa not required 21 days
Indonesia visa not required 30 days
Laos visa not required 30 days
Malaysia visa not required 30 days
Myanmar visa not required 14 days
Singapore visa not required 30 days
Thailand visa not required 30 days
Vietnam visa not required 21 days

ASIA

Country Visa Requirement Notes
Armenia eligible for eVisa* 120 days
Georgia eligible for eVisa * 30 days
Hong Kong visa not required 14 days
India eligible for eVisa * 30 days
Israel visa on arrival 90 days
Macau visa not required 30 days
Maldives visa not required 30 days
Mongolia visa not required 21 days
Nepal visa on arrival * 30-90 days
South Korea visa not required for Jeju Island only 30 days,

As of Nov 2017:

temporary visa-free entry for PH tourists, until April 2018, if they enter through the Yangyang Airport for the Winter Olympics (source)

Sri Lanka eligible for eVisa * 30 days
Taiwan visa not required as of November 2017 (source) 14 days
Timor Leste visa not required 30 days

* – visa fees required

NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

Country Visa Requirement Notes
Costa Rica visa not required 30 days
Dominica visa not required 21 days
Haiti visa not required 90 days
Nicaragua visa on arrival * 30-90 days
St. Lucia visa on arrival * 6 weeks
St. Vincent & the Grenadines visa not required 30 days

* – visa fees required

SOUTH AMERICA

Country Visa Requirement Notes
Bolivia visa not required 90 days
Brazil visa not required 90 days
Colombia visa not required 90 days
Ecuador visa not required 90 days
Peru visa not required 183 days
Suriname visa not required 90 days

OCEANIA

Country Visa Requirement Notes
Cook Islands visa not required 31 days
Fiji visa not required 120 days
Marshall Islands visa not required 30 days
Micronesia visa not required 30 days
Niue visa not required 30 days
Palau visa not required 14 days
Samoa visa not required 60 days
Tuvalu visa not required 30 days
Vanuatu visa not required 21 days

AFRICA

Country Visa Requirement Notes
Cape Verde visa on arrival * 21 days
Comoros visa on arrival * 45 days
Djibouti visa on arrival * 30 days
Gabon eligible for eVisa * 30 – 90 days
Gambia visa on arrival, with prior immigration approval * varies
Guinea-Bissau eligible for eVisa * 90 days
Kenya visa on arrival * 90 days
Lesotho eligible for eVisa * varies
Madagascar visa on arrival 30 days
Malawi visa on arrival * up to 1 year
Mauritania visa on arrival, only from Nouakchott airport * varies
Mauritius visa on arrival * 60 days

* – visa fees required

AFRICA (cont…)

Country Visa Requirement Notes
Morocco visa not required 90 days
Mozambique visa on arrival * 30 days
Rwanda visa on arrival * 90 days
Saint Helena visa on arrival * 30 days
Seychelles visa on arrival, must show proof of sufficient funds, flights and accommodation * 30 days
Tanzania visa on arrival * varies
Togo visa on arrival * 7 days
Zambia eligible for eVisa * varies
Zimbabwe eligible for eVisa * varies

* – visa fees required

All original graphics by Joli – Creative Commons Photo sources:

Coron By POTW Michelle
Wat Pho By Y.Thanongsak
Taj Mahal by By M. Chaerani / I. Soemardjan
Playa Manuel Antonio By RAMDOM X
Rio de Janeiro By Klaus with K
Milky Way Palau  By LuxTonnerre
Herds in Masai Mara By Roomtorun
Chefchaouen, Morocco By Allenfleming

LEGEND:

 visa not required

 

  • no visa needed
  • no fees required
  • just bring your valid Philippine passport, must have at least 6 months validity
  • *very* high likelihood of approval of entry
eligible for eVisa

 

  • eVisa application must be filled out and granted online – in advance of trip
  • fees may (or may not) be required
  • high likelihood of approval (at embassy’s discretion)
visa on arrival
  • visa will be granted upon arrival at the airport
  • fees may (or may not) be required
  • you may need to bring additional requirements such as ID photo or proof of funds, tickets & accommodation
  • high likelihood of approval (at immigration’s discretion)

By the way, note that visa policies and requirements change constantly so please verify with the respective embassies for the latest updates.

So are you ready to pack your bags? Did any of the above countries surprise you?

Let us know in the comments!

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Comments

  1. Koala

    This is actually by far the most well-researched and updated list of visa-free places for Filipinos, everything is correct as far as I know. Didn’t realize Mongolia is visa free. Learned something new. Cheers!

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      admin

      Aw, thank you for the kind comment!

      We really did work very hard on this — visa rules change all the time (especially for Africa), so researching for articles like this can be tricky. So glad readers like you appreciate it! 🙂

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