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1 jan 11

Our Philippine passport is now 74th of the world’s most powerful passports among 199 other countries, according to the 2019 Henley Passport Index.  Below is the list of countries that we can visit without the need to secure a visa and those that have visa-on-arrival and e-Visa policies.

Which one will visit first?

Asia  Non-Visa Countries

  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong (SAR China)
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Macao (SAR China)
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Asia Visa-on-arrival and e-Visa Countries

  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste

Africa Visa-free Countries

  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Gambia
  • Morocco
  • Rwanda

Africa Visa-on-arrival and e-Visa Countries

  • Benin
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Comores Islands
  • Djibouti
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Uganda

Oceania Visa-free Countries

  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Micronesia
  • Niue
  • Vanuatu

Oceania Visa-on-arrival and e-Visa Countries

  • Marshall Islands
  • Palau Islands
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Tuvalu

Caribbean Visa-free Countries

  • Dominica
  • Haiti
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Americas
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Suriname

Caribbean Visa-on-arrival and e-Visa Countries

  • St. Lucia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Nicaragua

Middle East Visa-free Countries

  • Israel
  • Palestinian Territory

Middle East Visa-on-arrival and e-Visa Countries

  • Armenia
  • Iran

We wish you a vibrant and hassle-free travels and tours this year!

Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news

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1 jan 10

Denied US visa… again?  We know it could be truly disappointing to be told you are not permitted to leave for a US state and without telling you why.  But take heart, there are a lot of other countries you can tour that are visa-free or have visa-on-arrival policies.

We have the latest list of Asian countries that you can visit without the need for a visa but have a number of days when a tourist can stay.  During my recent trip to Hong Kong last December, I was given a total of 13 days by the Hong Kong Immigration; I stayed for four.

But before we feature the list, let us first share with you the different types of visas that Pinoys need to secure when traveling abroad.  Actually, it should only be counted as three, as the first entry is ‘visa-free’; but based on my experience in Hong Kong last month, I would like to count the visa-free as well since I was only given a particular number of days to stay in the country.

So here it is:

  1. Visa-free

These are countries that do not require a visa but you may only be given a certain number of days to tour the place.  Your ticket must have a return date on it, and you must have a valid booking at a hotel and enough cash to sustain your visit.  Of the three, it is your ticket that the Immigration might scrutinize the most so have it handy all the time.

  1. Visa-on-arrival

There are no pre-application (of visa) required to land at these country’s airports.  You will be granted your visa upon appearing before an immigration officer and after you have duly settled any associated visa fees.

  1. Visa-required

These countries require that you apply for and are granted a visa in the country’s embassy, consulate, or approved travel partner.  The requirements for visa application may vary and may include your financial records and history, medical records, employment documents, and proofs of your previous travels abroad.

  1. e-Visa

Visa applications are done online and should your application be approved, your e-visa shall be linked or electronically associated with your passport number.

In Philippine Star’s latest feature news, the following Asian countries are visa-free for Filipinos, with the corresponding number of days’ stay for tourists:

  1. Brunei – 20-day stay
  2. Cambodia – 21-day stay
  3. Hong Kong – 14-day stay
  4. Indonesia – 30-day stay
  5. Laos – 30-day stay
  6. Macao – 30-day stay
  7. Malaysia – 30-day stay
  8. Mongolia – 21-day stay
  9. Myanmar – 14-day stay
  10. Singapore – 30-day stay
  11. Taiwan – 14-day stay Taiwan will be visa-free until July 31, 2019)
  12. Thailand – 30-day stay
  13. Vietnam – 21-day stay

These countries follow a visa-on-arrival policy and or e-Visa for Pinoy tourists

  1. Kyrgyzstan – 30-day stay
  2. Maldives – 30-day stay
  3. Sri Lanka – 30-day stay
  4. Timor-Leste – 30-day stay

So where do you plan to travel this year?  Share your stories with us!

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Jan 30

The Philippine Passport’s strength ranks 72nd in the world as more foreign countries open their doors to Pinoys without the need for a visa.  Last year, we were 75th among 199 passports, so there is definitely some reason to celebrate the three notches we climbed this year.

Have you been granted a 10-year validity in your passport?  Well, then it’s time to whip out that to-visit countries checklist and see if your dream destinations may now be visited without a visa!

We are not just simply sharing the list of countries, mind you.  We included a bit of information on the best places to visit in the Asian countries, just to tickle your fancy some more.

Asia:

  1. Brunei

Visit the largest museum in Brunei where you can see the Islamic Art Gallery – a magnificent collection of Islamic art belonging to the sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

  1. Cambodia

The Angkor Wat temple.  End of story.

  1. Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland and endless night markets for the insatiable shopper in all of us!

  1. Indonesia

Fine combination of sandy beaches and rolling surf, while basking in the ancient culture known for its warm hospitality.

  1. Kyrgyzstan

Stand on top of the world by climbing the Lenin Peak – a 7,134-meter peak in the country, summited by amateur and professional climbers.

  1. Laos

Explore historical war-shelter cave complexes in Vieng Xai and marvel in its beautiful gardens.

  1. Macao

From Hong Kong, you can book for a day trip to Macau or stay overnight so you can enjoy its extravagant casinos and bustling nightlife.

  1. Malaysia

Visit the Petronas Towers and pay homage to the country’s Hindu temples.

  1. Maldives

If you’re the type who can never be without sand between your toes, head on to Maldives and check in one of their famous water bungalows.

  1. Mongolia

See the world’s largest statue of Genghis Khan!

  1. Myanmar

Go to Shwedagon Paya and visit the 325ft zedi, one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites.  It is adorned with 27 metric tons of gold leaf, wlong with thousands of diamonds and other gems! Truly spectacular!

  1. Nepal

Visit the breath-taking landscapes of the Garden of Dreams in Kathmandu.

  1. Singapore

If you’re traveling with the kids, do not fail to take them to the Universal Studios for some kiddie fun!

  1. Sri Lanka

Do you love elephants and want to see them up close?  Go to the Uda Walawe National Park while you’re in Sri Lanka!

  1. Thailand

Whatever you do, do not miss the Chatuchak Weekend Market for the cheapest deals on clothes, shoes, and bags!

  1. Timor-Leste

On your way down to the beach, do not miss the rock art caves and cliffs that depict ancient practices such as people hunting!

  1. Vietnam

Visit the ruins left by the war in Ho Chi Minh City.

Africa

  1. Cape Verde
  2. Comores Island
  3. Cote d’Ivoir
  4. Djibouti
  5. Gambia
  6. Guinea-Bissau
  7. Kenya
  8. Madagascar
  9. Malawi
  10. Mauritania
  11. Mauritius
  12. Morocco
  13. Mozambique
  14. Rwanda
  15. Seychelles
  16. Somalia
  17. St. Helena
  18. Tanzania
  19. Togo
  20. 20. Uganda

Oceanic

  1. Cook Islands
  2. Fiji
  3. Marshall Islands
  4. Micronesia
  5. Niue
  6. Palau Islands
  7. Papua New Guinea
  8. Samoa
  9. Tuvalu
  10. Vanuatu

Carribean

  1. Dominica
  2. Haiti
  3. St. Lucia
  4. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  5. Trinidad and Tobago

Americas

  1. Bolivia
  2. Brazil
  3. Colombia
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Ecuador
  6. Nicaragua
  7. Peru
  8. Suriname

Middle East

  1. Armenia
  2. Iran
  3. Israel

Gustave Flaubert said this about traveling: Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.

Yes, there is a whole wide world out there waiting to be explored.  And you do not always need a visa to see the rest of our gorgeous planet.  Start off with these countries that welcome Pinoys without too much fuss (i.e. waiting in line at embassies, tons of documents to be submitted) and then tell us about your unique experiences in these visa-free countries.

Safe travels!

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