Philippines is Visa Free for Foreigners from these 157 Countries

Foreigners coming from these 157 countries are allowed to enter to the Philippines without a visa and stay in the country for 30 days or less for the purposes of tourism and business.

Currently, there are 35 European countries, 12 Caribbean countries, 12 Oceana countries, 9 Middle Eastern countries, 20 Asian countries, 22 countries both from North and South America, and 46 countries in Africa are allowed to travel to the Philippines and stay for not more than 30 days with no visa needed.

The Republic of the Philippines is becoming one of the top travel destinations for foreigners mostly for tourism and businesses. Some expats choose to stay for good because they’ve found their special someone, warm weather, and retirement purposes.

According to the Department of Tourism website,  for the last 5 years, the number of international tourist visitors is continuously increasing.

In 2015 there are about 5.3 million, 5.9 million in 2016, 6.6 million in 2017, 7.1 million in 2018, and in 2019 the growth became double-digit at 15% equivalent to 8.26 million. The 2019 top 3 visitors are Foreign nationals from South Korea, China, and the USA.

Top Foreign Nationals Visiting the Philippines in 2019

  • Top 1: South Korea – 1,989,322
  • Top 2: China – 1,743,309
  • Top 3: USA – 1,064,440
  • Top 4: Japan – 682,788
  • Top 5: Taiwan – 327,273
  • Top 6: Australia – 286,170
  • Top 7: Canada – 238,850
  • Top 8: United Kingdom – 209,206
  • Top 9: Singapore – 158,595
  • Top 10: Malaysia – 139,882
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source: www.tourism.gov.ph

The reason foreigners visit the Philippines can be because of numerous factors. The beautiful 7101 islands with marvelous sceneries and white sand beaches, the English speaking locals that are hospitable especially to foreigners, mouth-watering food, and the low cost of living at least as compared to their origin country. The warm weather can also be a reason especially for foreigners living from cold countries and wanted to have a change of environment.

When it comes to natural scenery, the Philippines has a lot to offer

The country has one of the longest navigatable subterranean river, The Puerto Prinsesa Underground River in Palawan. It was listed in the 7 wonders of the world in 2012.
The 2000-year-old Banaue Rice Terraces located in the Ifugao Province north of Luzon is recognized as 8th wonders of the world. According to atlas.com.

The Mayon volcano of Albay in Bicol has the world’s most perfect volcanic cone as describe in Britannica.com. Its picturesque shape has made it popular to tourist, mountain climbers, and campers.

There are 1260 chocolate hills that are unique in Bohol province. Its color turns brown during the summer that is why it got the name “chocolate hills.”

The Philippines is an archipelagic country which only means that it has massive white sand beaches of course with clear waters. The country has the Boracay island which was awarded as the best island in the world in 2012.

There is El Nido in Palawan, paradise beach in Bantayan island of Cebu, Pagudpod beaches are popular to surfers, the province of Leyte has Kalanggaman Island known for its long sandbars. There is really too much to mention about this part since the Philippines has thousands of islands.

Also, when comes to feasts and celebrations, the Philippines has a handful of it. Foreigners can’t miss the Ati-Atihan festival in Kalibo Aklan, Sinulog festival of Cebu, and Panagbenga festival of Baguio.

The Filipinos are very hospitable in general

I think by culture Filipinos love having a conversation with foreigners. Locals may evade the conversation at first in fear of “Nose Bleed” or fear of running out of English words to say. However, once they get along, the sky is the limit hahaha.

It is the reason foreigners are able to adjust easily and don’t feel homesick. Probably one way for us to practice our English speaking skills and also an opportunity to spread the Tagalog language to the world. Why? Because Filipinos love to teach Tagalog to expats hahaha.

Locals are proud when foreigners are able to appreciate the beauty of the country and are delighted when they hear expats speak in Tagalog. How do I know these? Because that is what I feel every time I hear foreigners speak Tagalog even for a bit.

Foreigners Love Filipino Food

Filipino cuisine is influenced by cultures from different parts of the world. Nearby countries such as Chinese, Malay, and Indonesia and the previous colonizers such as Spain and America have a fair share of contributions when comes to food that we commonly see on the table of Filipinos. Even the name of the country “Philippines” was named after King Philip II of Spain back in the 16th century.

Adobo is considered as the national dish of the Philippines or is favored by many. Though I think the “sinigang” is not far behind hahaha. These two will always make it to the table during common lunch or dinner of Filipinos. Variations of Lechon will always be present on the table on celebrations. Not to mention the ‘SISIG” which is according to a world-renowned chef, is perfectly positioned to win the hearts and minds of the world.

Eating a Balut will always be an unforgettable experience for foreigners. Every major city in the Philippines have their own version on how they cook certain Filipino dish but surely, Foreigners will enjoy it.

The Philippines has a Low Cost of Living

The cost of living in the Philippines is low as compared to western and some other Asian countries. One US dollar is equivalent to 50 PHP. Imagine a 2.60 USD can buy you a decent meal in Jollibee a prominent fast food restaurant in the Philippines. The food cost will be even cheaper if foreigners will prefer to eat at usual “carinderia.” 1 rice and 1 dish would probably cost 100 pesos or 2 USD or less.

Foreigners can rent a studio or 1 bedroom condo for 500$ / P25000 pesos per month in an upscale location like Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig. A quick search at lamudi.com.ph will show condominiums with a rent within that range.

If expats have 1000 US dollars budget for a month, they can thrive or on a minimum, survive their monthly expenses, and live worry-free. Come to think of it, its roughly 12000 USD or roughly 600,000 pesos per year.

Out of 197 countries in the world, there are about 157 countries whose foreign nationals can enter the Philippines for a certain number of days. philippine visa requirements for foreigners

List of 157 Countries with Visa Free Entry to the Philippines

Below is the list of countries whose foreign nationals are allowed to enter and stay in the Philippines visa free for 30 days or less for tourism and business purposes.

Provided the latter has a valid return ticket from their country of origin or have an air ticket for their next travel destination. Also, their passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond their planned period of stay in the Philippines.

30 Countries in Europe

  • 1. Andorra
  • 2. Austria
  • 3. Belgium
  • 4. Czech Republic
  • 5. Denmark
  • 6. Estonia
  • 7. Finland
  • 8. France
  • 9. Germany
  • 10. Hungary
  • 11. Iceland
  • 12. Ireland
  • 13. Italy
  • 14. Latvia
  • 15. Liechtenstein
  • 16. Lithuania
  • 17. Luxembourg
  • 18. Malta
  • 19. Monaco
  • 20. Netherlands
  • 21. Norway
  • 22. Poland
  • 23. Portugal
  • 24. Slovak Republic
  • 25. San Marino
  • 26. Spain
  • 27. Sweden
  • 28. Switzerland
  • 29. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • 30. Vatican City

5 Countries in South East Europe

  • 1. Bulgaria
  • 2. Croatia
  • 3. Greece
  • 4. Romania
  • 5. Slovenia

12 Countries in the Caribbean

  • 1. Antigua and Barbuda
  • 2. The Bahamas
  • 31. Barbados
  • 32. Dominica
  • 33. Dominican Republic
  • 34. Grenada
  • 35. Haiti
  • 36. Jamaica
  • 37. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • 38. Saint Lucia
  • 39. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 40. Trinidad and Tobago
  • 12 Countries in Oceana
  • 41. Australia
  • 42. Fiji
  • 43. Kiribati
  • 44. Marshall Islands
  • 45. Micronesia
  • 46. New Zealand
  • 47. Palau
  • 48. Papua New Guinea
  • 49. Samoa
  • 50. Solomon Islands
  • 51. Tuvalu
  • 52. Vanuatu

9 Countries in the Middle East

  • 1. Bahrain
  • 2. Cyprus
  • 3. Israel* can stay for up to 59 days based on the agreement
  • 4. Kuwait
  • 5. Oman
  • 6. Qatar
  • 7. Saudi Arabia
  • 8. Turkey
  • 9. United Arab Emirates

9 Countries in Asia

  • 1. Brunei Darussalam
  • 2. Cambodia
  • 3. Indonesia
  • 4. Lao People’s Democratic Republic or LAOS
  • 5. Malaysia
  • 6. Myanmar (Burma)
  • 7. Singapore
  • 8. Thailand
  • 9. Vietnam

3 Countries in South Asia

  • 1. Bhutan
  • 2. Maldives
  • 3. Nepal

3 Countries in East Asia

  • 1. Japan
  • 2. Mongolia
  • 3. Republic of Korea

5 Countries in Central Asia

  • 1. Kazakhstan
  • 2. Kyrgyzstan
  • 3. Tajikistan
  • 4. Turkmenistan
  • 5. Uzbekistan

1 Country in Northern Asia Eastern Europe

  • 1. Russia

3 Countries in North America

  • 1. Canada
  • 2. Mexico
  • 3. United States of America

7 Countries in Central America

  • 1. Belize
  • 2. Costa Rica
  • 3. El Salvador
  • 4. Guatemala
  • 5. Honduras
  • 6. Nicaragua
  • 7. Panama

12 Countries in South America

  • 1. Argentina
  • 2. Bolivia
  • 3. Brazil* can stay for up to 59 days based on agreement
  • 4. Chile
  • 5. Colombia
  • 6. Ecuador
  • 7. Guyana
  • 8. Paraguay
  • 9. Peru
  • 10. Suriname
  • 11. Uruguay
  • 12. Venezuela

3 Countries in Africa

  • 1. Cape Verde
  • 2. Mauritania
  • 3. Zimbabwe

2 Countries in North Africa

  • 1. Morocco
  • 2. Tunisia

9 Countries in Central Africa

  • 1. Angola
  • 2. Cameroon
  • 3. Central African Republic
  • 4. Chad
  • 5. Congo
  • 6. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 7. Equatorial Guinea
  • 8. Gabon
  • 9. Sao Tome and Principe

5 Countries in South Africa

  • 1. Botswana
  • 2. Lesotho
  • 3. Namibia
  • 4. South Africa
  • 5. Swaziland

15 Countries in East Africa

  • 1. Burundi
  • 2. Comoros
  • 3. Djibouti
  • 4. Eritrea
  • 5. Ethiopia
  • 6. Kenya
  • 7. Madagascar
  • 8. Malawi
  • 9. Mauritius
  • 10. Mozambique
  • 11. Rwanda
  • 12. Seychelles
  • 13. Uganda
  • 14. United Republic of Tanzania
  • 15. Zambia

12 Country in West Africa

  • 1. Benin
  • 2. Burkina Faso
  • 3. Cote d’Ivoire
  • 4. The Gambia
  • 5. Ghana
  • 6. Guinea
  • 7. Guinea Bissau
  • 8. Liberia
  • 9. Mali
  • 10. Niger
  • 11. Senegal
  • 12. Togo

*Only foreign nationals from Brazil and Israel can visit the Philippines for 59 days without a visa based on the existing agreements between countries.

List of Foreign Nationals allowed to Stay in the Philippines for 14 days or Less Visa Free

  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Passport Holders
  • Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) Passport Holders

List of Foreign Nationals allowed to Stay in the Philippines for 7 days or Less Visa Free

  • Macau-Portuguese Passport Holders
  • Hong Kong British Passport Holders

Philippines VISA Application Requirements for Foreign Nationals

If you are a foreigner from countries not listed above, you have to apply for a visitor visa to travel to the Philippines.

  • Completely Filled Out visa application form
  • Foreign passport with validity of at least 6 months beyond the planned stay in the Philippines
  • 2 pieces passport-sized photos (4.5cm in height by 3.5cm in width)
  • Proof of bona fide status as businessman or tourist
  • Valid airfare ticket for return to the port of origin or to the next destination country
  • Visa application fee payment

How to apply for a Philippine Visa for Foreigners?

  • Foreign nationals must apply in person
  • Applicants should visit the Philippine Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction on their country of location or residence.
  • If the visa applicant is a minor, the application for the latter must be made by a person who is responsible for the minor’s welfare. Also, the minor needs to appear at the consulate for an interview together with the person applying for the visa on his/her behalf.

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