In terms of freedom to travel, Philippines passport holders can agree that there’s still a long way to go in order to enjoy more visa-free countries. Right now, Filipino travelers still need to comply with visa requirements to travel to most first-world countries.
Visa applications eat up a lot of time because many countries process visas for about 15 to 30 days. As a traveler, this is totally tedious, not to mention costly. The visa processing, requirements, and the effort to submit documents take a lot of energy, time, and money.
However, there are several countries that permit the entry of Philippine passport holders without a visa. In this article, we are going to talk about the 69 visa-free countries for Filipinos and find out the allowable number of days a tourist can stay within that region.
Visa For International Travel
Because the Philippines is a third-world country, the risk of being a source of illegal workers and immigrants is higher. This is the reason why most first-world countries require visa issuance to assess the applicant’s financial circumstances and health condition.
Visitors are required to submit the reason for travel and justify the financial capacity to travel to another country. Out of 195 countries in the world, the Philippines’ global ranking is at 64th, slipping eight places from 2018’s 56th spot.
In addition to global rankings, some countries also sign deals in order to ease the entry of visitors to another country. This is the case for the countries that are part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The 36 countries that are part of the OECD help stimulate economic progress and world trade. This is the reason why these countries allow visa-free entry for tourists. Sadly, the Philippines isn’t part of this organization, hence, a visa application is required.
Limitations Of Visas
Different visas exist to cater to the different needs of visitors. For instance, a tourist visa is different from a working or student visa. The limitations are completely different; a student visa is given to qualified students who need to study in a particular country.
Most often, tourist visas have shorter stays compared to work or student visas. This is because tourists aren’t allowed to work in a different country without a permit. Tourists who want to enjoy longer stays need to apply for a visa extension.
Visa-Free Countries For Filipinos
To date, there are a total of 69 countries that allow the entry of Philippine passport holders without a visa. However, some of these countries require a visa for those who want to stay longer than two weeks.
16 Asian Countries
Brunei Darussalam (14 days)
Cambodia (15 days)
Laos (30 days)
Indonesia (30 days)
Singapore (30 days)
Myanmar (14 days)
Malaysia (30 days)
Thailand (30 days)
Palestinian Territories (duration not indicated)
Taiwan (14 days; visa-free extended to July 31, 2020)
Israel (90 days)
Macau (30 days)
Hong Kong (14 days)
Vietnam (21 days)
Mongolia (21 days)
Burma (14 days; e-Visa required for 28-day stays and more)
10 Asian Countries That Allow Visa On Arrival
Sri Lanka (30 days)
Timor Lester (30 days)
Iran (30 days)
India (60 days)
Georgia (duration not indicated)
Armenia (120 days)
Nepal (90 days)
Kyrgyzstan (1 month; visa on arrival at Manas International Airport)
Maldives (30 days)
Tajikistan (45 days via Dushanbe International Airport)
9 North, South, and Central America Countries
Ecuador (duration not indicated)
Peru (183 days)
Bolivia (90 days)
Brazil (90 days)
Colombia (90 days)
Haiti (3 months)
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (1 month)
Suriname (90 days)
Costa Rica (30 days)
5 North, South, and Central America Countries That Allow Visa On Arrival And E-Visa
Dominica (duration not indicated)
Trinidad and Tobago (duration not indicated)
Saint Kitts and Nevis (30 days)
Saint Lucia (6 weeks)
Nicaragua (90 days)
4 African Countries
Gambia (90 days)
Rwanda (90 days)
Morocco (3 months)
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (90 days)
16 African Countries That Give Visa On Arrival
Cape Verde (duration not indicated)
Comoros (45 days)
Guinea (90 days)
Djibouti (duration not indicated)
Kenya (3 months)
Madagascar (30 days; free visa on arrival)
Malawi (30 days)
Mauritania (duration not indicated)
Mauritius (60 days)
Mozambique (30 days)
Togo (7 days)
Uganda (duration not indicated)
Lesotho (duration not indicated)
Zambia (duration not indicated)
Zimbabwe (duration not indicated)
Sao Tome and Principe (duration not indicated)
3 Oceania Countries
Micronesia (30 days)
Vanuatu (30 days)
Fiji (4 months)
5 Oceania Countries Allowing Visa on Arrival
Palau (30 days)
Samoa (60 days)
Tuvalu (1 month)
Marshall Islands (90 days)
Papua New Guinea (2 months)
While visa policies change often, travelers can enjoy the mentioned 69 countries that require no visa.
However, it is still best to bring supporting documents like bank statements, employment certificate, and return ticket to avoid issues upon arrival to these countries.