(Update as of June 2017)
Thinking of traveling around the globe and wondering where to start? Having a Philippines passport sometimes limits you to travel to certain countries. But don’t let that stop you! According to Wikipedia, there are 61 visa-free or visa on arrival countries for Philippines passport holders. So that’s plenty of places to go to. Yay!
In addition, residing in a GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) country makes it stress-free to travel to some destinations as well. I’ve been a resident in Qatar for more than 9 years and have been traveling for more than 7 years. Here are some of my experiences and a few tips on how to apply at some visa-required countries.
Hong Kong (Visa-free)
Sri Lanka (Visa on Arrival)
When I visited Sri Lanka in 2011, visa on arrival access is still applicable. However, I have read that from January 2012, travelers should obtain an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) prior approval for their arrival. Maximum stay: 30 days. Visa fee: US$ 20.
Holders of a valid visa or residence permit of any GCC countries, EU/EFTA countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea or Israel do not require a visa. Maximum stay: 90 days within 180 days. For those residing elsewhere, check the link below to apply for an e-visa. Visa fee: US$ 20.
E-visas can be obtained online provided holding a valid supporting document (a valid visa/residence permit from USA, Canada, UK, Schengen, Japan, Australia and New Zealand). Maximum Stay: 30 days within 6 months. Visa fee: US$ 20.
These are the rest of visa-free or visa on arrival countries which I haven’t visited but surely are on my next travel plans.
|COUNTRY||MAX. DAYS OF STAY|
|Colombia||90 days on arrival, extend another 90 days for 180 days total|
|Cook Islands||31 days|
|Costa Rica||30 days upon arrival, extendable up to 90 days|
|Gambia||90 days; must obtain an entry clearance from the Gambian Immigration prior to travel|
|Jeju Island (South Korea)||30 days|
|Myanmar||14 days. Also e-Visa for 28 days|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1 month|
|Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus||3 months|
Visa on Arrival
|COUNTRY||MAX. DAYS OF STAY||FEE|
|Armenia||120 days||AMD 15,000|
|Cape Verde||30 days||EUR 25|
|Comoros||2 weeks||USD 100|
|Djibouti||30 days||EUR 75|
|East Timor||30 days||USD 30 (arrival at Dili airport or seaport only)|
|Guinea-Bissau||90 days||EUR 85|
|Iran||30 days||EUR 30-80|
|Kyrgyzstan||30 days||USD 40-100|
|Marshall Islands||90 days||—|
|Nepal||90 days||USD 25-100|
|Nicaragua||90 days||USD 50|
|Papua New Guinea||60 days||FREE|
|Pitcairn Islands||14 days||Landing fee 35 USD or tax of 5 USD if not going ashore|
|Saint Lucia||6 weeks||USD 50|
|Somaliland||30 days||USD 30|
|Tanzania||30 days||USD 50-100|
|Timor-Leste||30 days||USD 30|
|Uganda||3 months||USD 100|
|Zambia||90 days||USD 50|
|COUNTRY||MAX. DAYS OF STAY||FEE||WEBSITE|
|Gabon||30-90 days||EUR 75||evisa.dgdi.ga/|
|India||30 days||USD 60||indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html|
|Kenya||30-90 days||USD 60||immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/index.php?id=6|
For GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) residents, e-visa is offered with a few exceptions. See links below for further information:
GCC residents permit should be valid for at least (6 months) and their job professions are in approved list when applying for eVisa. Maximum Stay: 1 month.
GCC residents who are interesting to visit the country for tourism purposes and from approved professions without sponsor. Maximum Stay: 10 days.
Visa exempted countries
There are countries which allows you to enter provided if you are holding a valid multiple entry visas. To know more, click here.
For info on how to apply other visas, kindly click Visa applications.
Make sure to always have with you the essential documents (return flight tickets, hotel bookings, etc.) when traveling to avoid any hassle at the airport’s immigration. Information can possibly change due to new updates, kindly check the immigration website of the country or territory you will visit for further details.
Happy planning and Bon voyage!