I want to travel the world. But, where can my Philippine passport will take me? #ThirdWorldCountryProblem
My first travel abroad was in May 2016 where I went to Hong Kong as a solo female backpacker. Yes, I traveled alone on my first international trip just the same with my first plane ride and first travel to Manila as an adult.
With your Philippines passport, you can visit 61 countries visa-free as of January 2017. Please don’t feel bad being a #ThirdWorldPassport holder because, no matter what, there are perks of your Philippine passport. I want to regard this post as an ever note of my future travels. I am currently on long-term travel and would like to familiarize myself where can I travel with my Philippines passport without the headache of applying for a visa. When I was planning this trip, I already know that I want to prioritize to explore all visa-free countries first before I choose the complicated path of applying for a visa.
ASIA (Member of ASEAN)
- Brunei Darussalam – 14 Days
- Cambodia – 21 Days
- Indonesia – 30 Days
- Laos – 30 Days
- Malaysia – 30 Days
- Myanmar – 14 Days
- Singapore – 30 Days
- Thailand – 30 Days if entering via international airport and up to 15 Days if entering through a land border checkpoint from a neighboring country (like Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia).
- Vietnam – 21 Days (If you wish to apply for one month or three months VISA, single or multiple entries, you can apply here and use my promo code: SOLITARYTRAVELS to get 10% discount. (NOTE: The promo code should be input in CAPITAL LETTERS to work!)
ASIA (Non-ASEAN Member)
FREE VISA, eTOURIST VISA ONLINE, and VISA ON ARRIVAL (VOA)
- Armenia – 120 Days, VOA
- China, Shenzhen – 7 Days, only if you are crossing from Hong Kong and only valid in Shenzhen area.
- Hong Kong – 14 Days
- India – 60 days (Must obtain eVisa and must arrive via 24 designated airports or 3 designated seaports.)
- Iran – 15 Days, (Must arrive at these airports: Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran, Mehrabad Airport in Tehran, Mashad Airport, Shiraz Airport, Tabriz Airport, Isfahan Airport.)
- Israel – 90 Days
- Kyrgyzstan – 30 Days
- Macau – 30 Days
- Maldives – 30 Days (Hotel bookings and return flight ticket are a MUST.)
- Mongolia – 21 Days
- Nepal – 21 Days
- South Korea – 30 days, ONLY if arriving at Jeju Island or after visiting Korea for 4 times with VISA.
- Sri Lanka – 30 Days, MUST obtain an eVISA.
- Taiwan – 30 Days, ONLY if holding a permanent residence certificate or a valid visa from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen Countries, United Kingdom or the United States. Expired visa from the country mentioned above is also acceptable as long as it’s not more than 10 years since the expiration of the visa. MUST register online. (NOTE: Taiwan just announce that starting November 1, 2017, Philippines passport holder can enter Taiwan visa-free for 14 days. This is a trial basis only.) Updated: October 18, 2017
- Tajikistan – 45 Days
- Timor-Leste (East Timor) – 30 Days, issues at the Dili Airport and Seaport
FREE VISA, and VISA ON ARRIVAL (VOA)
- Cape Verde Islands – 21 Days
- Comoros – 21 Days
- Djibouti – 30 Days, VOA
- Gambia – 90 Days, with prior clearance from the Immigration
- Guinea-Bissau – 90 Days, VOA
- Kenya – 90 Days, VOA
- Madagascar – 30 Days, VOA
- Mauritania – VOA, ONLY available on Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport
- Morocco – 90 Days
- Mozambique – 30 Days, VOA
- Rwanda – 90 days
- Saint Helena – VOA
- Senegal – 30 Days, VOA, MUST have invitation letter
- Seychelles -30 days, MUST show sufficient funds & hotel bookings
- Somalia – 30 Days, VOA, Invitation letter from sponsor MUST be submitted 2 days before arrival
- Tanzania – VOA
- Togo – 7 Days, VOA, MUST have yellow fever vaccination
- Uganda – 90 Days, VOA at Entebbe Airport
- Zambia – 90 days, VOA
VISA ON ARRIVAL (VOA)
- Costa Rica – 30 Days, Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival
- Guatemala – 90 Days, ONLY if you have valid USA visa
- Nicaragua – 90 days, VOA
FREE VISA, and VISA ON ARRIVAL (VOA)
- Anguilla – 21 Days
- Dominica – 21 Days
- Haiti – 21 Days
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 30 days, VOA
- Turks and Caicos Islands – 21 Days
eVISA and FREE VISA
- Georgia – 30 Days, using eVisa, 90 Days VOA (ONLY if you have valid visa or residence permit from EU/EFTA/GCC, Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, UK, US)
- Kosovo – 90 Days
- Turkey – 30 Days (single entry), MUST obtain an eVisa (ONLY if you have valid visa or residence permit from Schengen Countries, Ireland, UK, and the US)
OCEANIA/ PACIFIC ISLANDS
FREE VISA and VISA ON ARRIVAL (VOA)
- Cook Islands – 31 Days
- Fiji – 120 Days, Visitor’s Permit on arrival
- Marshall Islands – 90 Days, VOA
- Micronesia – 30 Days
- Nauru – 30 Days
- Niue – 30 Days
- Palau – 30 Days, VOA
- Papua New Guinea – 60 days, VOA
- Pitcairn Islands – 14 Days, VOA
- Samoa – 60 Days, Visitor’s Permit on arrival
- Tuvalu – 30 Days, Visitor’s Permit on arrival
- Vanuatu – 30 Days
- Bolivia – 90 Days
- Brazil – 90 Days
- Colombia – 90 Days
- Ecuador – 90 Days
- Peru – 183 Days
- Suriname – 90 Days
TIPS AND ADVISE
- During immigration process or interview, honesty is the best policy.
- Onward flight ticket, hotel bookings, itinerary, attraction tickets (if applicable) and questions about your purpose for travel will be asked. Be ready with your documents and wear a big smile.
- Financial capability is sometimes asked. If you’re a freelancer or digital nomad like me, print your bank statement for the last six months and PayPal or Payoneer transactions.
- If you’re working on Upwork, Certificate of Earnings is already available on the site.
- If you’re a working in the corporate world, please have your company ID with you and/or vacation leave approval.
- Please check online the other specific requirements before making any booking of flight or hotel. Be resourceful!
- Always research and join a travel group where you can ask for advice or suggestion. You can join my facebook group here.
Are you a Philippine passport holder? Where was your first international trip? How was your experience?
I would love to hear your experiences! Leave your tips, suggestions, insights, violent reactions on the comment box below!
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