Visa-Free countries Filipinos can visit

Filipinos can travel to 58 countries on visa-free privilege. Globetrotter John Jay Borja, who has travelled to 50 plus countries, shares few of his memorable photographs.

Hong Kong Harbour

John Jay Borja in Hongkong

Filipinos can now travel to 58 countries on visa-free privilege. While this visa-free access is a far cry from the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden, whose citizens can visit 173 countries without a visa, this is good news for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) especially those living in Dubai and other parts of the United Arab Emirates.

These countries include most of the Philippines’ Southeast Asian neighbors, but also Latin American tourist destinations Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Costa Rica. “This is good news because many UAE-based Filipinos are travelling on business and pleasure. Now, we don’t have to worry about visas in these countries,” said finance expert and globetrotter John Jay Borja.

As there are changes in visa policies from time to time, Filipino travelers are likewise told to always check with the embassies and consulates before making any travel arrangements so as to avoid inconveniences.

It was learned that the Philippines now occupies the 69thth place in the 2013 Visa Restrictions Index, a global index made by Henley & Partners. This international residence and citizenship planning company ranked the 218 countries according to the number of nations their citizens can access with just a passport.

Next to Philippines is Moldova, whose citizens can visit 59 countries. Indonesia, meanwhile, ranks 73rd along with Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Togo. The citizens of Indonesia  can only visit 53 countries without a visa. Afghanistan, whose citizens have visa-free access to 28 countries, is at the bottom of the rankings. Henley and Partners emphasized that membership of the European Union (EU) is a key determinant of ease of movement across frontiers. The company’s report added that “there is a strong correlation between average wealth and access to open frontiers.”

The report further states  that the other non-EU countries whose citizens have visa-free access to over 170 destinations are wealthy states like Norway, Japan, Canada, Japan, Switzerland and New Zealand.
The United States, which presents as a top destination for Filipinos whether for permanent residence or vacation, allows its citizens to travel to 172 countries without a visa. The Philippine government allows citizens from 151 states to stay in the country without a visa for 30 days.

COUNTRIES FILIPINOS CAN VISIT ON VISA-FREE PRIVILEGE

 AFRICA           Conditions of Access

  • Burundi             visa issued upon arrival
  • Cape Verde       visa issued upon arrival for EUR25. A free 24-hour transit visa issued upon arrival
  • Comores           within 24 hours, this must be converted into a full visa at the immigration
  • Djibouti             10 days visa issued upon arrival for DJF3,000;
  • Gambia             at port of entry passport 24-72 hour transit pass is issued.
  • Kenya               90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25
  • Madagascar      90 days visa issued upon arrival for MGA 140,000
  • Mali                  visa issued upon arrival
  • Morocco           90 days
  • Mozambique     30 days issued upon arrival for US$25
  • Saint Helena      visa issued upon arrival
  • Seychelles        30 days
  • Tanzania           visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Togo                 7 days issued upon arrival
  • Uganda             180 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Zambia             90 days issued upon arrival for US&50
Nepal Visa Stamp

Nepal Visa Stamp courtesy of John Jay Borja

ASIA-ASEAN

  • Brunei               14 days
  • Cambodia         21 days
  • Indonesia          30 days
  • Laos                 30 days
  • Malaysia           30 days
  • Myanmar           28 day visa issued upon arrival for US$40
  • Singapore         30 days
  • Thailand            30 days
  • Vietnam            21 days
Brunei Visa Stamp

Brunei Visa Stamp courtesy of John Jay Borja

ASIA-NON ASEAN

  • Georgia             90 days visa issued upon arrival for GEL50-for a 90 day, single entry visa;
  • Hongkong         14 days
  • India                 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$60
  • Iran                   30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Israel                90 days
  • Macau              30 days
  • Maldives           30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Mongolia          21 days
  • Nepal                15/30/90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25/40/100
  • Sri Lanka          30 days
  • Taiwan              30 days if holding a valid visa for Australia, Canada,Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, United                            Kingdom, United States/online registration required
  • Timor-Leste       30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$30
Maldives Arrival Card

Maldives Arrival Card courtesy of John Jay Borja

EUROPE

  • Kosovo                          90 days

OCEANIA

  • Cook Islands                 30 days
  • Fiji                                120 days Visitor’s permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Marshall Islands            30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Federated States           30 days
  • of Micronesia
  • Niue                              30 days
  • Palau                            30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge
  • Samoa                          60 days Visitor’s permit issued upon arrival (free of charge
  • Tuvalu                           30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Vanuatu                        30 days

NORTH AMERICA

  • Costa Rica                                30 days
  • Dominica                                  21 days
  • Haiti                                          90 days
  • Nicaragua                                 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis                 14 days
  • Saint Lucia                                6 weeks visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Saint Vincent and                      30 days
  • The Grenadines
  • Turks and Caicos Islands           30 days

SOUTH AMERICA

  • Bolivia              90 days
  • Brazil                90 days
  • Colombia          90 days
  • Ecuador            90 days
  • Peru                 183 days
  • Suriname          90 days
Brunei

John Jay Borja in Brunei

Kenya Duty Free

John Jay Borja in Kenya

Singapore 2

John Jay Borja in Singapore

Macau Cathedral of St Paul

Thailand Grand Palace

John Jay Borja in Thailand

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