According to the Henley Passport Index, the Philippine Passport is 78th among global passports. As of this writing, a Philippine Passport holder may visit 67 countries without a visa (38 no visa and , 29 visa on arrival).
Japan has the most powerful passport — its holders can visit 193 countries without a visa. Next in line are Singapore and Korea with access to 192 countries each. Germany and Spain in third place; Finland, Italy, and Luxembourg on fourth, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden on fifth. Believe it or not, the US passport is only seventh on the list.
So, what countries can a Filipino visit without the need to secure a visa? Here’s the list.
Visa-free countries for Filipinos:
- Cook Islands
- Costa Rica
- Ivory Coast
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Visa Upon Arrival Countries:
- Cabo Verde
- Marshall Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Lucia
- Trinidad and Tobago
There are countries that issue eVisa to Filipino citizens. This means that the Filipino applicant may simply apply for the visa online, submit the requirements online, and wait for the email confirming the visa status and documents you need to print and present when crossing the border.
These countries are:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- United Arab Emirates
And for the rest of the world, Filipinos need to secure a visa in order to enter its borders.
Remember, you need a passport that is valid for at least six months after your departure date. As a traveler myself, I would recommend that you keep your passport updated within a 12-month timeline — don’t wait until you’re down to seven or six months before expiration. Have it renewed the moment it has less than 12 months validity. That is the safe (and sensible!) way of making sure you don’t get into any passport problems when you’re crossing borders.
I hope you found this article helpful and informative. Stay tuned for more.
Happy New Year!