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. Being a first timer, I didn’t know anything about Visa or Visa on Arrival or even the Immigration process. I didn’t know that traveling abroad has restrictions. More so, that my Philippine passport has restrictions. I only know that if I want to travel the world, I need to have a passport. I treat my first travel abroad just like I was traveling locally. Okay, I admit it. I’m naive here. LOL.
But 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 a long-term travel and would like to familiarize myself where can I travel with my Philippine passport without the headache of applying for visa. Also, since I started traveling I really prioritize first to explore all visa free countries before I choose the complicated path of applying for visa.
MY FIRST INTERNATIONAL TRIP EXPERIENCE:
Three days before my I trip, I had a chat with someone whom I met in one of the Facebook groups I am a member that she was offloaded and not allowed to go to Hong Kong by the Immigration. The day before my trip was my last day in my work in the BPO industry. On the day of my trip, I was excited yet nervous. I really want this trip! Once I got my boarding pass, I prepared myself to enter the Immigration process. I checked each Immigration Officer first, one by one and chose someone who I think was in a good mood and do not look stress. I chose a man with hopes that my lady charm will work and I think it worked. He only asked me why I was going alone and put a stamped on my passport. Yepey!
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 (Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia).
- Vietnam – 21 Days (If you wish to apply for 1 month or 3 months VISA, single or multiple entry, you can apply here and use my promo code: SOLITARYTRAVELS to get 10% discount.)
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 United Sates. 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: Starting September 2017, Philippine passport holder can enter Taiwan visa free. This is a trial basis only.)
- 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
- 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 like me, print your bank statement for the last six months and PayPal or Payoneer transactions.
- If you’re on Upwork, Certificate of Earnings is already available in the site.
- If you’re a working in the corporate world, please have your company ID with you.
- 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 group here.
See, your Philippine passport have perks too and believe me, these places are amazing (even though I am just about to explore this places yet)! I hope to cross paths with you on the road in the future and let me know your thoughts with visas as well. Happy traveling!
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