by Venus Zoleta, on category "Lifestyle"
June 14, 2019
What’s your dream destination? Raring to go to Japan, Korea, the US, or France? That dream can be really elusive for many Filipino travelers, what with these countries’ strict visa requirements. Applying for a visa is generally time-consuming, tedious, and costly. You won’t even get your money back when you’re denied for a visa.
Even if visa policies of certain countries have become more relaxed in recent years, some travelers would rather not go through the trouble and postpone visiting their dream destination until they’ve collected enough stamps on their passport.
The Pinoy traveler’s best bet? Traveling to visa-free countries! Filipinos can visit 67 countries without having to apply for a visa, according to the 2019 Henley Passport Index.
If a country allows visa-free access for Filipinos, it means you don’t need a visa to enter it, as long as you meet these conditions:
When traveling to visa-free countries, you just have to check in with your passport in the immigration counter of the airport. The immigration officer may ask for a copy of your hotel booking and/or return ticket.
Here’s the complete list of countries Filipinos can visit without a visa and the allowed maximum length of stay:
*As of this writing, Taiwan has not announced yet whether or not it will extend its visa-free trial program for Filipino tourists, which ends in July this year.
Some countries issue a visa upon the visitor’s arrival. This type of visa is called visa on arrival, which means you’ll receive your visa from the immigration at the destination country’s airport.
Unlike countries that require a visa, visa-on-arrival countries don’t require visitors to undergo a pre-application process in their origin country. They just ask for documents such as a valid passport, return ticket, proof of hotel booking, and passport-size photo. Visitors may also have to pay a visa fee.
Despite this, visa-on-arrival countries are still among the easiest destinations to visit, just like visa-free countries.
Here’s the list of countries that issue visa on arrival to Filipino travelers and their maximum allowed stay:
Nicaragua – 90 days
Some countries allow conditional visa exemption to Philippine passport holders provided they hold valid visas or valid permanent resident card to other countries. Others like China, Korea, and Jordan allow visa-free access to Filipinos visiting only a specific area in their country or as a part of a tour group based in their country. Countries that implement conditional visa exemption policies issue visa on arrival to Filipinos.
Here are countries you may visit if you meet their visa-free entry conditions:
Maximum Length of Stay
|Albania||Schengen visa||90 days within 6 months|
|Andorra||Schengen visa||90 days|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Canada/Schengen/UK/US visa||30 days|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Schengen visa||15 days|
|Bulgaria||Schengen visa||90 days within 6 months|
|China (visa-free access to Hainan province only)||Visitor joining a tour group organized by a Hainan-based travel agency||30 days|
|Croatia||Schengen visa||90 days within 6 months|
|Cyprus||Schengen type C, double-entry, or multiple-entry visa||90 days within 6 months|
|El Salvador||Canada/Schengen/US visa||90 days|
|Guatemala||Canada/Schengen/US visa||90 days within 6 months|
|Honduras||Canada/Schengen/US visa||90 days|
|Jordan||Travelers visiting individually or joining a group through a Jordanian tour operator (Visa fee waived if spending at least two consecutive nights in Jordan)||30 days|
|Montenegro||Ireland/Schengen/UK/US visa||30 days|
|Romania||Schengen visa||90 days within 6 months|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||Canada/Schengen/US visa||15 days|
|Serbia||Schengen/UK/US visa||90 days within 6 months|
|South Korea||Any of the following:
|Turkey||Schengen visa (must apply for Turkish e-Visa)||30 days|
The list of visa-free countries for Philippine passport holders changes every year. Some countries may discontinue accepting Filipino tourists without a visa, while other countries that used to require a visa may allow visa-free entry in the future.
So, just to be sure, visit the Henley Passport Index website to confirm if the country you want to visit still allows visa-free entry for Filipinos. Also, make sure to verify with the embassy or consulate of the country you’ll visit, so you can get more specific requirements for your travel.