Filipinos can travel to 58 countries on visa-free privilege. Globetrotter John Jay Borja, who has travelled to 50 plus countries, shares few of his best shots.
Filipinos can now travel to 58 countries on visa-free privilege. While this visa-free access is a far cry from the United Kingdom, Finland and Sweden, whose citizens can visit 173 countries without a visa, this is good news for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) especially those living in Dubai and other parts of the United Arab Emirates.
These countries include most of the Philippines’ Southeast Asian neighbors, but also Latin American tourist destinations Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Costa Rica. “This is good news because many UAE-based Filipinos are travelling on business and pleasure. Now, we don’t have to worry about visas in these countries,” said finance expert and globetrotter John Jay Borja.
As there are changes in visa policies from time to time, Filipino travelers are likewise told to always check with the embassies and consulates before making any travel arrangements so as to avoid inconveniences.
It was learned that the Philippines now occupies the 69thth place in the 2013 Visa Restrictions Index, a global index made by Henley & Partners. This international residence and citizenship planning company ranked the 218 countries according to the number of nations their citizens can access with just a passport.
Next to Philippines is Moldova, whose citizens can visit 59 countries. Indonesia, meanwhile, ranks 73rd along with Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Togo. The citizens of Indonesia can only visit 53 countries without a visa. Afghanistan, whose citizens have visa-free access to 28 countries, is at the bottom of the rankings.
Henley and Partners emphasized that membership of the European Union (EU) is a key determinant of ease of movement across frontiers. The company’s report added that “there is a strong correlation between average wealth and access to open frontiers.”
The report further states that the other non-EU countries whose citizens have visa-free access to over 170 destinations are wealthy states like Norway, Japan, Canada, Japan, Switzerland and New Zealand.
The United States, which presents as a top destination for Filipinos whether for permanent residence or vacation, allows its citizens to travel to 172 countries without a visa. The Philippine government allows citizens from 151 states to stay in the country without a visa for 30 days.
COUNTRIES FILIPINOS CAN VISIT ON VISA-FREE PRIVILEGE
AFRICA (Conditions of Access)
- Burundi – visa issued upon arrival
- Cape Verde – visa issued upon arrival for EUR25. A free 24-hour transit visa issued upon arrival at the airport
- Comores – within 24 hours, this must be converted into a full visa at the immigration office in Moroni
- Djibouti – 10 days visa issued upon arrival for DJF3,000; 30 days visa issued upon arrival for DJF5,000
- Gambia – at port of entry passport 24-72 hour transit pass is issued. This must be converted into a full visa valid up to 1 month at the immigration department in Banjui
- Kenya – 90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25
- Madagascar – 90 days visa issued upon arrival for MGA 140,000
- Mali – visa issued upon arrival
- Morocco – 90 days
- Mozambique – 30 days issued upon arrival for US$25
- Saint Helena – visa issued upon arrival
- Seychelles – 30 days
- Tanzania – visa issued upon arrival for US$50
- Togo-7 days issued upon arrival
- Uganda – 180 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
- Zambia – 90 days issued upon arrival for US&50
- Brunei – 14 days
- Cambodia – 21 days
- Indonesia – 30 days
- Laos – 30 days
- Malaysia – 30 days
- Myanmar – 28 day visa issued upon arrival for US$40
- Singapore – 30 days
- Thailand – 30 days
- Vietnam – 21 days
- Georgia – 90 days visa issued upon arrival for GEL50-for a 90 day,single entry visa; GEL 100 for a 360, multiple entry visa
- Hongkong – 14 days
- India – 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$60
- Iran – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
- Israel – 90 days
- Macau – 30 days
- Maldives – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
- Mongolia – 21 days
- Nepal – 15/30/90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25/40/100
- Sri Lanka – 30 days
- Taiwan – 30 days if holding a valid visa for Australia, Canada,Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries,United Kingdom, United States/online registration required
- Timor-Leste – 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$30
- Kosovo – 90 days
- Cook Islands – 30 days
- Fiji – 120 days Visitor’s permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)
- Marshall Islands – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
- Federated States of Micronesia – 30 days
- Niue – 30 days
- Palau – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge
- Samoa – 60 days Visitor’s permit issued upon arrival (free of charge
- Tuvalu – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
- Vanuatu – 30 days
- Costa Rica – 30 days
- Dominica – 21 days
- Haiti – 90 days
- Nicaragua – 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
- Saint Kitts and Nevis – 14 days
- Saint Lucia – 6 weeks visa issued upon arrival for US$50
- Saint Vincent and The Grenadines – 30 days
- Turks and Caicos Islands – 30 days
- Bolivia – 90 days
- Brazil – 90 days
- Colombia – 90 days
- Ecuador – 90 days
- Peru – 183 days
- Suriname – 90 days
Policies on the issuance of visa change from time to time so migrants are advised to contact the concerned embassy prior your travel. The information provided herein only serve as guide.
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THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique. While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.