These are the ultimate list of countries that offer visa-free entry to Filipinos in 2022. Philippine passport holders can travel to 33 countries without a Visa, 29 countries with a visa-on-arrival, and 14 countries using an eVisa in 2022.
Most Filipinos can now travel the world thanks to affordable airfare offered by airline companies. You may check the list of budget airline companies later 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 be permitted entry into its borders.
The tedious part of traveling 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 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 massive number of documents from Filipino travelers. Such as filling out visa application forms, need to produce bank statements of accounts, employment certificates, hotel bookings, and sometimes flight tickets/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 traveler knows if the visa is granted. The visa processing fee is also not refundable if the visa application was denied.
Whats good is that there are countries that permit Philippine Passport holders to enter their border without Visa, or need only a visa-on-arrival, or e-Visa which is easier to process.
For first-time Filipino travelers, it would be better to visit countries that do not need a Visa. The advantage is you will be exposed to Culture different from the Philippines without hassle. Please find below the respective countries that you can visit without Visa. Moreover, you will find below those countries that issue a visa-on-arrival, and e-Visa to Philippine Passport holders.
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17 Asian Countries that offer Visa-Free Entry for Filipinos in 2022
- Brunei Darussalam – 14 days
- Cambodia – 15 days
- Indonesia – 30 days
- Laos – 30 days
- Malaysia – 30 days
- Singapore – 30 days
- Thailand – 30 days
- Vietnam – 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 (resumption on September 29 2022)
- Myanmar (Burma) – 14 days
- Kazakhstan – 30 days
- South Korea – Jeju Island for 30 days and Gangwon Province for 15 days
- Palestinian Territories
12 Asian Countries that allow 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)
- Georgia – up to 90 days
- India – 30 days (travelers’ point of entry must be New Delhi and Mumbai airports)
- Iran – 7 days (Filipinos must have the details of their hotel booking and the contact number of the person inviting them)
- Kyrgyzstan – 30 days1 month. Visa on arrival is available at Manas International Airport
- Maldives – 30 days (Filipino should have a return/onward ticket and enough funds)
- 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 Beautiful 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 Visa-Free Countries in Africa 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 – 120 days / 4 months
- Micronesia – 30 days
- Vanuatu – 30 days
5 Oceania Countries Visa on Arrival for Filipinos
- Marshall Islands – 90 days
- Palau – 30 days (Filipinos must have return/onward plane ticket)
- Papua New Guinea – 60 days
- Samoa – 60 days
- Tuvalu – 1 month
You can use the list as your reference whenever you are looking for countries that have visa-free (no visa requirements), visa-on-arrival, and eVisa policy for Philippine passport holders.
5 Advantages of Traveling to Countries that do not require Visa
Here are the pros of traveling to visa-free countries for Filipinos. These advantages are also applicable to foreign nationals whose country ranks lower when comes to passport power to travel visa-free.
1. Saves you Money
Traveling to visa-free countries can basically save you money. You do not need to apply for a visa which probably costs thousands of pesos to cover the processing fee charged by the embassy of the destination country. Plus, the fact that there is no assurance that your visa application will be granted.
There are also countries that only offer a 1-year single / multiple entry visa to their borders, this means that every year you need to shell out cash to process again your visa.
For example, Australian visitor visa cost around 135 AUD or Php 4700, while Schengen visa cost around 60 Euros or roughly 3300.00 Philippine peso, Korean visa application cost around Php 1000.00, and USA tourist visa cost around 160 USD or roughly Php 8500. All the visa application fees mentioned are for 1 applicant only.
For Filipinos, that is expensive considering that as of October 2022, the value of the Philippine peso is weakening. Imagine, your visa application gets denied for whatever reason. You probably going to be sad for a week or two because processing fees are usually not refundable.
2. You can fly right away
When you have the budget, you basically can travel immediately with little to no preparation. You can take advantage of the long weekends plus 1-day leave (hahaha) in the Philippines to enjoy 4 days 3 nights tour to a visa-free country.
When a long weekend shows up in your schedule, you can just purchase an airline ticket ahead of time and you are good to go. There are airfare promotions from airline companies that you can utilize to save more.
However, when traveling to countries that require a visa, you have to consider the visa validity duration, which must coincide with your scheduled vacation leave in your company, and it should also coincide with an affordable airline ticket. Otherwise, you will probably have a hard time making a decision to carry out your plans or just cancel them.
3. No need to fill out a visa application form and Produce Documents
If you are a first-time traveler. I tell you visa application and producing documents is one of the most tedious and overwhelming parts of traveling to visa-required countries. There are online forms and hard copies that you need to accomplish to start with your application process.
You have to research how to fill out the visa application form properly to increase the chance of your visa getting approved.
You also do not need to produce documents required by the embassy of your destination country. These are the usual requirements for visa application:
- bank statement for your evidence of funds
- employment contract/certificate to show that you have significant reason to go back to the Philippines
- cover letter to know the reason why you want to visit your chosen country and the tourist destinations you are going to visit
- recent passport-size photo ID
- birth certificate (if you will be traveling with your children) and marriage certificate if you are traveling with your spouse
These documents take time to produce and add extra cost on your part. You need to go to your bank to request a statement of account. Visit your Human Resource department (HR) to request proof that you are one of their employees.
Prepare a convincing cover letter with your day-to-day itinerary to persuade the screening immigration officer to allow you to enter their country.
You have to visit a photo studio to get a new passport-size photo ID which probably costs more than a hundred pesos. Suppose for any unfortunate reason, you do not have a birth or marriage certificate. You have to visit the Philippine Statistics Office (NSO) and request a true certified copy of your documents.
4. You will gain Travel Experience
Traveling outside of the Philippines is not always a walk in the park or pure enjoyment. Sometimes, you will also encounter issues and problems that you can learn something from. Take note of the troubles you encounter and the solutions that you have done. Make sure that when you go out of the country, you will reduce the chance that it will happen again.
For example, prohibited items in hand-carry luggage. Imagine, you have a one-month-old 100ml perfume that costs around 5000 pesos. Whether you like it or not, you have to throw it away once the screening officer in the airport tells you that you cannot hand-carry it.
Another experience is the excess kilos in your checked-in baggage. There are airline companies that charge 600 pesos per kilo for excess baggage. Let us say you have 5 kilos of excess baggage. It will cost you an unnecessary expense worth 3000 pesos which you can eliminate if you have prior travel experience.
5. Experience the different cultures and Seasons
When you travel outside of the country, of course, you will be exposed to different cultures aside from the Philippines. You will know the dos and don’ts in your destination country.
You will have a bird’s eye view of how the locals live their lives, the cost of living, popular local food, discipline, weather, dress code, and history. There are cities that are visa-free for Philippine passports to experience winter such as St. Petersburg in Russia.
You can also compare different airline inflight food to know which among them offers the best-tasting budget food.
Philippine Passport Visa-Free Travel Rank in 2022
The Philippines has a passport global rank of 67 and a mobility score of 75 when comes to travel freedom for its citizen without the need for a Visa according to www.passportindex.org. As of 2022, there is a total of 33 countries that have Visa Free, 40 Countries with visa on arrival, and/or eVisa entry policy for Philippine passport holders.
These include ASEAN countries, other countries in Asia (none ASEAN), Africa, North, Central, and South America, and several Oceania countries.
Passportindex.org also shows that there are 123 countries requiring Filipinos to apply for a visa before they are allowed to enter their respective borders. This includes but is not limited to Schengen area countries, the USA, and Australia.
Another reference, www.henleypassportindex.com/passport in their 2022 data, ranked the Philippines at number 80th which means that the passport holder can travel to 67 destination countries visa-free, 25 of which require visa on arrival, and 2 require an electronic travel authorization (eTA). On the other hand, there is a total of 159 visa-required destinations.
FAQ for Visa-Free Countries for Filipinos
What are the Different Types of Visa for Filipinos
Visa-Free entry countries
These are the list of countries that allow Philippine passport holders to enter their borders without the need for a Visa and stay there for a period of time.
These are the countries that will require Filipinos a visa before they are allowed to enter their borders. The visa is 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 a prior visa application.
Electronic Visa (eVisa)
You need to apply for this visa online (usually at the embassy website of the 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 an 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 updates regarding this matter.
What are the Budget Airline Companies
When it 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 or South Korea)
- Cebu Pacific Air
- Scoot Airlines (Manila to Singapore)
- Tiger Air
- Jetstar Airways (Manila to Singapore or Australia)
- Jeju Air (Manila to South Korea flights)
There are also numerous travel aggregator websites and travel metasearch engines online that can help Filipinos determine which airline companies offer the cheapest airfare at the time of their search. Though what I have noticed is that it is cheaper if you will book your flight directly on the airline’s official website.
Can Philippine Passport Holder travel to South Korea without Visa?
South Korea is visa-free for Philippine Passport holders, Filipinos can stay in the country for 15 days provided that they met certain requirements. Such as the point of entry and exit is via Yangyang International Airport. Filipino tourists should also book a tour program from designated travel agencies. Moreover, they should only travel and explore Gangwon Province and Seoul Metropolitan Area during the duration of their stay.
Jeju Island in South Korea is another location in the country that is also a visa-free entry for Filipinos provided they fly directly to Jeju International Airport. Filipinos can stay on the island for up to 30 days.
Can Filipinos travel to Taiwan without Visa?
Yes, Filipinos can travel to Taiwan visa-free and stay in the said country for up to 14 days. This travel policy is effective starting September 29, 2022, until July 31, 2023. Philippine passport holders must have proof of accommodation or hotel booking, host or sponsor’s contact information, and enough travel funds.
*There you have it guys! Use this post as a reference but please verify also on the website of your destination country about their latest visa rules for Philippine passport holders.