Philippine Passport Holders can visit 33 countries Visa Free, 29 countries that issue Visa on Arrival, and 14 countries that issue eVisa in 2018.
Most of the Filipinos can now travel the world thanks to affordable airfare being offered by airline companies. You may check the list of budget airline companies below. Philippine passport holders need next are the list of countries they want to visit to know if it requires a visa, visa free, visa on arrival, or e-visa to be permitted entry in its borders.
The tedious part of travelling for Philippine passport holders is when the destination country requires a visa. It is needed to be planned maybe 4 to 6 months prior to the date of departure. Unlike if travelling to visa free countries which probably needs less than a month or just a week of planning.
The reason is visa requiring countries need a lot of documents from Filipino travellers such as filled out visa application form, need to produce bank statement of account, employment certificate, hotel bookings, and sometimes flight ticket/reservations. When all the documents are presented to the countries’ embassy, they will still need to verify it which sometimes requires another 3 weeks before the traveller know if the visa is granted. The visa processing fee is also not refundable if the visa application was denied.
Good thing is that there are a handful of countries that permits Philippine passport holders to enter their borders without visa, or needs only a visa on arrival, or e-visa which is a lot easier to process. The Philippines is ranked 64th with a visa-free score of 63 when comes to travel freedom for its citizen without the need for a Visa according to www.passportindex.org . As of 2018, there are total of 33 countries that have Visa Free, 29 Countries with visa on arrival, and 14 eVisa entry policy for Philippine passport holders.
These includes ASEAN countries, other countries in Asia (none ASEAN), Africa, North, Central, and South America, one country in Europe, and several Oceania countries.
If you are a first-time traveler I would suggest that you try visiting first the countries that are visa free to be exposed to other culture other than the Philippines. Please find below the respective countries that have visa free, visa on arrival, and e-visa policy for Philippine passport holders.
16 Asian Countries Visa free for Philippine Passport Holders
Brunei Darussalam – 14 days
Cambodia – 15 days
Indonesia – 30 days
Laos – 30 days
Malaysia – 14 days
Myanmar – 14 days
Singapore – 30 days
Thailand – 30 days
Viet Nam – 21 days. Single entry eVisa is valid for 30 days
Hong Kong – 14 days
Macau – 30 days
Mongolia – 21 days
Israel – 90 days
Taiwan – 14 days (under a 9 month trial period from November 2017 until July 31, 2018)
Myanmar (Burma) – 14 days visa free, need to apply for eVisa for 28 days stay, visa holders must arrive via Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay airports
12 Asian Countries that allows Visa on Arrival and eVisa for Filipinos
Armenia – 120 Days
Azerbaijan – eVisa required
India – 60 days, e-visa holders must arrive through 24 designated airports and / or 3 designated seaports
Iran – 30 days
Kyrgyzstan – 1 month. Visa on arrival is available at Manas International Airport
Maldives – 30 days
Nepal – 90 days
Sri Lanka – 30 days
Timor-Leste – 30 days
Tajikistan – 45 days via Dushanbe International Airport
United Arab Emirates
9 Countries in North, South, and Central America Visa Free for Filipinos
Bolivia – 90 days
Brazil – 90 days
Colombia – 90 days can be extended for another 90 days
Peru – 183 days
Suriname – 90 days
Costa Rica – 30 days, can be extended for total of 90 days
Haiti – 3 months
St. Vincent and the Grenadines – 1 month
5 Countries in North, South, and Central America Visa on Arrival and eVisa for Filipinos
Nicaragua – 90 days
Saint Lucia – 6 weeks
Saint Kitts and Nevis – 30 days
Trinidad and Tobago
4 Africa Countries Visa free for Filipinos
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) – 90 days
Morocco – 90 days
Gambia – 90 days
Rwanda – 90 days
17 Africa Countries Visa on Arrival and eVisa for Filipinos
Comoros – 45 days
Guinea – Bissau – 90 days
Kenya – 3 months
Madagascar – 30 days (free visa on arrival)
Malawi – 30 days can be extended to 90 days
Mauritania – Visa on arrival available at Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport
Mauritius – 60 days
Mozambique – 30 days
Togo – 7 days
Gabon – E-Visa holders must arrive via Libreville International Airport
Sao Tome and Principe
3 Oceania Countries Visa free for Filipinos
Fiji – 4 months
Micronesia – 30 days
Vanuatu – 30 days
5 Oceania Countries Visa on Arrival for Filipinos
Marshall Islands – 90 days
Palau – 30 days
Papua New Guinea – 60 days
Samoa – 60 days
Tuvalu – 1 month
1 Europe Country Visa free for Philippine Passport Holders
Kosovo – Visa free for 15 days of stay, if you have a valid Schengen Visa
You can use the list as your reference whenever you are looking for the countries that have visa free (no visa requirements), visa on arrival, and eVisa policy for Philippine passport holders.
Visa Free entry countries – these are the list of countries that allow Philippine passport holders to enter their border without the need for Visa and stay there for a period of time.
Visa on arrival countries – These are the countries that will require Filipinos a visa before they will be allowed to enter their borders. The visa can be acquired at the airport, seaport, or point of entry of the said country. There is a fee for this particular type of visa and it will be issued by an immigration officer. There is no need for prior visa application.
Electronic Visa (eVisa) – these type of visa needs to be applied online (usually at the embassy website of respective countries). There is no label or stamp that will be attached to your passport. Your visa is linked to your passport number which can be accessed by airline company prior to departure and immigration officer upon arrival to your destination country.
The visa policy may change without notice so it would be better that you check the respective embassy websites of the country you plan to visit for the updates regarding this matter.
Budget Airline Companies
When comes to affordable airfares, Filipino passport holders can always resort to budget airline companies, and sometimes to flag carriers for the latest promotions and cheap flights.
Popular budget airline companies are the following:
– AirAsia (Manila to Thailand)
– Cebu Pacific Air
– Scoot Tiger
– Jetstar Airways
– Jeju Air (Manila to South Korea flights)
There are also several travel aggregator websites and travel metasearch engines that can help Filipinos determine which airline companies offer the cheapest airfare at the time of their search.