VISA-FREE: Obtaining a visa for a Filipino is hard. But to be a bit honest, it might not be as hard as you expect it to be. True, your application for a visa might get denied here and there. However if you could just prove that you are visiting the country, then you shouldn’t have to worry about it that much.
The leniency of obtaining a visa depends on the country you are planning to go to. So there is a surefire way to get approved. But if you are not looking for that kind of hassle when you are planning to go abroad for a vacation or even work, then you can go ahead and visit countries that are Visa-Free or even Visa-on-Arrival.
What is Visa?
A visa is your pass into entering a country. Allowing you to enjoy what it has to offer from their many tourist destinations to their humble and exciting cultures. This visa also contains information like:
- When you can visit a country – When you get approved for a visa, this does not mean that you should pack up your things and go immediately. When your visa is approved, that means that you should wait a little bit longer till they give you the right time to enter their country.
- When you must leave – Visas have an expiry date, and like all other countries, they do not wish you to stay there for a very long time. So it is also indicated there the date where you should be already packing your things and leaving.
- How long you can stay – Just to make sure that you understand better and not delay or even overstay your welcome.
- The number of permitted visits – They also give you an amount of how much you can visit.
- Work rights – This is the information that sets you apart from a working visa or a traveling visa. A working visa would give you the leeway to go to that particular country and look for a job while a traveling visa restricts you from doing so. Because of this, the working visa is the most complicated visa to apply for while the traveling visa is something you should acquire when you just plan to go there for the view.
Types of Tourist Visas
A visa-free country means that you can enter this particular country without even worrying about the visa. This means that you can come and go as well as choose when you are coming. You only need to have your return tickets booked as well as a hotel and pocket money for immigration. You might also need your passport to be valid for six months or longer, and you are good to go. So make sure you apply for a passport if you need one. So make sure you apply for a passport if you need one.
Visa-on-arrival or VOA is a visa granted to you by the immigration officer when you enter the country. This means that you no longer have to do those pre-application unless it is stated in their requirements. If followed without a hitch, the visa will soon be presented to you after all the fees are settled and paid.
This means you have to seek and apply for a visa at the embassy. This requires you to complete a certain set of requirements that will make or break your application. These requirements might include documents that show your financial stability as well as your ability, medical conditions, travel history and more, depending on the country you choose to visit.
This simply means that your visa application was completed with the help of the internet. With this kind of visa, there is no label, sticker or even stamp before travel. Your visa is on the immigration computer linked to your passport number so that it would be easier to track all your travels making it possible to procure visas in the future.
How powerful is the Philippine passport in 2019?
Well, the Filipino passport is exceptionally powerful, that is because Filipinos can enter 66 countries visa-free. This information was pulled from the 2019 Henley passport. Among the top is Japan which can enter about 190 countries Visa-Free. But, enough about that. We, Filipinos can enter 66 countries that we can explore and create memories in!
Here are the 66 countries that you can visit without worrying about visa if you’re a Filipino.
- Cape Verde Islands
- Comores Islands
- Cook Islands
- Costa Rica
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
- Hong Kong (SAR China)
- Macao (SAR China)
- Marshall Islands
- Palau Islands
- Palestinian Territory
- Papua New Guinea
- Sri Lanka
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
Tips to get approved for visa faster
Here are some ways you can get approved faster when you are applying for a visa.
This will help immigration officers assess whether you are trustworthy or not; regardless this helps in more ways than one. After all, honesty is the best policy.
Proof of financial capacity
Being able to prove that you can afford to stay in the country is a nice way to start.
Proof that you do not wish to overstay
This might be the hardest thing to prove for travelers. But owning a business in your country might help you with that.
Bring all the paperwork
Well, you should always come prepared. It should be as simple as that. If you are really down for it, you can go ahead and bring all the documents that might help you get accepted.
With all the visa-free countries nowadays, you’ve got yourself a list of countries to visit. What places are in your bucket list? Are these visa-free?