FULL LIST: 79 Visa-Free Countries For Filipinos (Including VOA & eVisa)

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VISA-FREE: Obtaining a visa for a Filipino may seem 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 can simply prove that you are visiting the country and not planning to stay and work, 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 no surefire way to get approved. But if you are not looking for too much hassle when you are planning to go abroad for a vacation, then you can go ahead and visit countries that are Visa-Free or offer Visa-on-Arrival or eVisa.

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Here we’re going to explain the difference between the types of visas you can obtain and which countries Filipinos can visit without a visa. Read on to learn more.

Visa-Free countries for Filipinos

What is a Visa?

A visa is your pass into a country. This allows you to enjoy what the country has to offer, from its many tourist destinations to its humble and exciting cultures. A visa also contains information like:

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  • 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, you need to wait a little bit longer until they inform you about the right time to enter their country.
  • When you must leave – Visas have an expiry date as most countries do not wish for you to stay there for an extended period of time. So on your visa the date is also indicated so you know when to pack your things and leave.
  • How long you can stay – This is to ensure that you do not delay or overstay your welcome.
  • The number of permitted visits – They also give you a number of how many times you can visit.
  • Work rights – This is the information that sets the difference between a working visa and 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 simply plan to visit on vacation.

Types of Tourist Visas

VISA-FREE

A visa-free country means that you can enter this particular country without worrying about obtaining a visa. This also means that you can come and go as well as you please. 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 should be good to go. Make sure you apply for a passport in advance if you need one.

VISA-ON-ARRIVAL

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 a 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.

VISA-REQUIRED

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.

e-VISA

An e-Visa simply means that your visa application can be completed with the help of the internet. With this kind of visa, there is no label, sticker or even stamp before travel. Your e-Visa is linked to your passport number on a computer, so it’s easier to track all your travels and make it possible to apply for future visas.

How powerful is the Philippine passport in 2019?

Well, the Filipino passport is fairly powerful, that is because Filipinos can enter 39 countries visa-free, 32 countries with VOA (Visa on Arrival) and 10 countries with an eVisa. Some countries may accept 2 different types of visas depending on where you’re going and what you plan to do there. In total, there 79 countries Filipinos can visit without having to apply for a visa at the embassy in advance.

Among the top countries with the strongest passport is Japan which can enter about 190 countries Visa-Free. But, enough about that. We Filipinos can enter 79 countries without much hassle to explore and create amazing memories!

Here are the 79 countries that you can visit without a pre-approved visa from the embassy if you’re a Filipino.

Visa-free Countries for Filipinos

  1. Bolivia
  2. Brazil
  3. Brunei
  4. Cambodia
  5. Cape Verde Islands  
  6. China (Hainan)
  7. Colombia
  8. Comoros Islands  
  9. Cook Islands
  10. Costa Rica
  11. Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  12. Dominica
  13. Ecuador 
  14. Haiti
  15. Hong Kong (SAR China)
  16. Indonesia
  17. Iran  
  18. Israel 
  19. Kosovo  
  20. Laos
  21. Macao (SAR China)
  22. Malaysia 
  23. Micronesia
  24. Mongolia
  25. Morocco
  26. Myanmar
  27. Nauru  
  28. Niue
  29. Palestinian Territory 
  30. Peru  
  31. Seychelles  
  32. Singapore
  33. South Korea (Jeju Island) 
  34. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  35. Suriname
  36. Taiwan
  37. Thailand
  38. Vanuatu
  39. Vietnam

VOA Countries for Filipinos

  1. Armenia
  2. Benin
  3. China (Shenzen)
  4. Djibouti
  5. Fiji
  6. Gambia
  7. Guinea-Bissau
  8. Kenya
  9. Kyrgyzstan
  10. Madagascar
  11. Malawi
  12. Maldives
  13. Marshall Islands
  14. Mauritania
  15. Mauritius
  16. Mozambique
  17. Nepal
  18. Nicaragua
  19. Papua New Guinea
  20. Palau
  21. Saint Lucia
  22. Samoa
  23. Senegal
  24. Somalia
  25. Tajikistan
  26. Tanzania
  27. Timor-Leste
  28. Togo
  29. Trinidad and Tobago
  30. Tuvalu
  31. Uganda
  32. Zambia

eVisa Countries for Filipinos

  1. Antigua and Barbuda
  2. Benin
  3. Ethiopia
  4. Gabon
  5. Georgia
  6. India
  7. Lesotho
  8. Sri Lanka
  9. Turkey
  10. Zimbabwe

Tips to Get Approved for a Visa Faster

Here are some ways you can get approved faster when you do need to apply for a visa.

Be Honest

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, enrolling in university, renting or owning a home or having immediate family in your country might help you with that.

Bring all the paperwork

Well, you should always go 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 these 79 visa-free, VOA and eVisa countries Filipinos can visit nowadays, almost half the world is open for you to explore. So which countries are on your bucket list? Are they visa-free?

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