These are the visa free countries for Philippine Passport Holders. Currently, Filipinos can visit 33 countries Visa Free, 29 countries that issue Visa on Arrival, and 14 countries that issue eVisa in 2019.
Most of the Filipinos can now travel the world thanks to affordable airfare offered by local and international airline companies. You may check the list of budget airline companies below. Philippine passport holders need next is the list of countries they want to visit to know if it requires a visa, visa free, visa on arrival, or e-visa to enter its borders.
The tedious part of travelling for Philippine passport holders is when the destination country requires a visa. It requires planning maybe 4 to 6 months prior to the date of departure. Unlike if traveling 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 travelers such as filled out visa application form, travel itinerary details, the need to produce bank statements of account, employment certificate, hotel bookings, and sometimes flight ticket/reservations.
When all the documents are presented to the respective countries’ embassy or accredited travel agencies, they will still need to verify it, which sometimes requires another 3 weeks before the traveller know if the visa is granted.
For example, the visa processing time for South Korea in the Philippines is around 30 to 50 days from travel agencies. You are also not sure if your application for visa is approved. The processing fee is also not refundable if the visa application was denied.
You also need to consider your travel itinerary depending on your number of days travel. Planning and researching for the tourist spots to visit are quite tedious. You have to plan multiple itineraries for different prospective countries to visit, if your visa application gets denied.
Good thing is that there are a handful of visa-free countries that permits Philippine passport holders to enter their borders with no visa, or need only a visa on arrival, or e-visa online 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 by Passport Power Rank. As of 2018, there is a total of 33 countries that have Visa Free, 29 Countries with visa on arrival, and 14 eVisa entry policy for Philippine passport holders.
These include 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 able to experience other cultures different than the Philippines. For example, if you want to experience snow, you can visit St. Petersburg in Russia or Mongolia.
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 – 30 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 (no visa needed until July 31, 2020)
- 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
- Palestinian Territories
12 Asian Countries that allows Visa on Arrival and eVisa for Filipinos
- Armenia – 120 Days
- Azerbaijan –
eVisa required(need to inquire at the embassy Republic of Azerbaijan of what Visa is applicable to Philippine Passport holders)
- 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 – need to apply for eVisa and need to print eVisa confirmation
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 a 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
- Cape Verde
- 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.
Different Types of Visa
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 are allowed to enter their borders. The visa are 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)
This 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.
This means that you need to acquire a visa before the host country allows you to enter their borders. Usually, you need to provide your personal documents, travel itinerary, return ticket depending on the country, supporting documents for proof of financial capacity, and biometrics.
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, South Korea)
– 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.