Countries Pinoys Can Visit Visa-Free
Planning a bit of travel means you’ve got the opportunity to look at destinations you’ve only ever dreamed of. Surely, you’d want to save money on every destination you go to. Aside from the local destinations that you can go to on a tight budget, you can look into some international destinations with no visa requirements for Filipinos. This can get you big savings of between Php1,000 – Php5,000.
Whether it’s for you, or for family members, it’s to your advantage to know which destinations around the world allow entrance without a visa. Here’s a comprehensive list of countries Pinoys can visit visa-free:
Visa-free access for tourism purposes:
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
These countries allow entry completely without a Visa, and are largely destination famed for their beaches and towering urban landscapes. Vietnam, in particular has a lot of tourist attractions in the form of ruins, while Vanuatu’s claim to fame is that a season of Survivor was filmed there.
Territories that will grant Visa on arrival in the country:
Armenia (can be obtained via this website)
India (Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram)
Iran(E-visa pre-approval code obtained via e-mail from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and arriving at Chah-Bahar, Qeshm, Kish, Mashad, Esfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz and Tehran)
Papua New Guinea
Sri Lanka (must secure Electronic Travel Authorization)
Visitors here will have to pass through immigration procedures specific to the territory, with Visa access being granted on interview. Most of these places are beach destinations as well, and all have pretty interesting cuisine for the adventurous foodie.
Countries with conditional visa exemption:
(Some countries also allow conditional visa exemption to Philippine passport holders provided they have valid visas to other countries)
Albania (Schengen, type C or D only)
Bosnia and Herzegovina (Schengen)
El Salvador (Canada, US, Schengen)
Guatemala (Canada, US, Schengen)
Honduras (Canada, US, Schengen)
Montenegro (Ireland, Schengen, UK, US)
Nicaragua (Canada, US, Schengen)
Taiwan (Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen, UK, US but must secure Online Travel Authority)
Other countries with conditional visa exemption:
China allows visa-free access to Hainan who are part of a tour group organized by an accredited tour company based in Hainan.
China also allows visitors to Hong Kong and Macau visa-free access to the Pearl Delta River (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, Huizhou and Shantou) provided you are part of a tour group organized by a Hong Kong or Macau-based travel agency and tour is six days or less.
South Korea allows visa-free access to Jeju Island on stays of 30 days or less.
Jordan is said to grant visa-free entry through Aqaba provided you leave on the same border and within 30 days or less.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure to verify with the embassy or consulate of your chosen country to visit so that they can provide you with a more specific requirements and specifications of your travel.
A major draw of visa-free traveling means not having to wait months to see whether or not you’ll be able to go to the destination of your choice. However, if you’re trying to be money-smart when traveling, you’ll definitely want to combine these with any coupons and credit card promos you can find.
Kyle Kam is from MoneyMax.ph, a financial comparison website aiming to help Filipinos save money through diligent comparisons of financial products. Follow him on twitter @undisputedkyle