visa free countries for Filipinos

2019 update: Asian countries that Philippine passport holders can visit visa-free, VOA and e-visa

To date, there are a lot of visa-free Asian countries for Philippine passport holders. This includes visa-free, visa on arrival (VOA) and e-visa applications with over 20 countries. If you’ve already given up in applying for visas to Schengen, USA, Canada, etc, then this list includes countries that are equally interesting and beautiful.

What are the different types of visas?

[us_iconbox icon=”fas|angle-double-right” size=”18px” iconpos=”left” title=”Visa-free” title_tag=”h6″]Visa-free allows you to enter a country without applying for a visa on certain number of days. For most Filipinos, the ASEAN countries are the familiar visa-free countries as this is where we always start our travels. In the past, I received a lot of inquiry about unfamiliar visa-free countries like Morocco. Again, visa-free is visa-free. Just like entering Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc, you don’t need to present any document or proof of income. A valid passport is all you need.[/us_iconbox]
[us_iconbox icon=”fas|angle-double-right” size=”18px” iconpos=”left” title=”Visa on arrival (VOA)” title_tag=”h6″]VOA is granted upon entry. Note that you don’t need to apply prior to arrival. When you see a destination labeled as VOA, all you have to do is book the ticket. You will be issued a visa when you land. No need to go to the Embassy![/us_iconbox]
[us_iconbox icon=”fas|angle-double-right” size=”18px” iconpos=”left” title=”E-visa” title_tag=”h6″]An e-visa is a visa you have to apply for online prior to arrival. This is super easy to do as you will do everything over the Internet (submission of documents, payments, etc). Each country has its online visa application portal where you can easily process your application. Once approved, you will get your visa via-email. This is what you will present upon entry in a certain country. [/us_iconbox][us_separator type=”default” style=”dashed”]

Visa-free countries for Philippine passport holders (ASEAN Countries)

Most visa-free countries for Filipinos are located in Asia. If you are a first-time traveler, I suggest that you do Asia first as they are very open to Filipino travelers. The leniency is because of the ASEAN alliance (more like the Schengen region membership) that the Philippines have among Southeast Asian countries.

Country
Visa type
Duration
Brunei
visa-free
14 days
Cambodia
visa-free
21 days
Indonesia
visa-free
30 days
Laos
visa-free
30 days
Malaysia
visa-free
30 days
Myanmar
visa-free
14 days
Singapore
visa-free
30 days
Thailand
visa-free
30 days
Timor Leste (East Timor)
visa on arrival
30 days

1. Brunei: visa-free for 14 days

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My first visit to Brunei taken in Kampong Ayer [@psimonmyway / Instagram]

  • The capital of Brunei is Bandar Seri Begawan.
  • Direct flights to Bandar Seri Begawan from Manila are available (2h flight). Fare price estimate is ₱5,000 PHP (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Bandar Seri Begawan is 40% more expensive than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Bandar Seri Begawan for 1 person costs ₱300 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Compared to many Southeast Asian neighbors, Brunei has a higher standard of living and longer life expectancy (77 years avg)
Where to stay in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei:

2. Cambodia: visa-free for 21 days

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Angkor Wat 2016 – probably my third time in Cambodia [@psimonmyway / Instagram]

  • The capital of Cambodia is Phnom Penh.
  • Direct flights from Manila are available to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, at ₱7,000 PHP approx (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Phnom Penh is 27% more expensive than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Phnom Penh for 1 person costs ₱310 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Traditionally, birthdays are not celebrated in Cambodia. Older people might not even know their birthdays.
Where to stay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:

3. Indonesia: visa-free for 30 days

Komodo Island, 2015: I joined a media trip for bloggers by the Indonesia Tourism Board [@psimonmyway / Instagram]

  • The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta.
  • There are direct flights to Bali and Jakarta from Manila. Fare price estimate is ₱7,000 PHP – ₱10,000 PHP (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Jakarta is 17% more expensive than in Manila
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Jakarta for 1 person costs ₱329 PHP (est).
Where to stay in Jakarta, Indonesia:

4. Laos: visa-free for 30 days

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  • The capital of Laos is Vientiane.
  • There are no direct flights to Vientiane and Luang Prabang from Manila. You will need to stop in Bangkok. Fare price starts at ₱12,000 PHP. Since flights are expensive, you can do a land/bus travel when you visit Thailand. It’s cheaper!
  • Consumer prices in Vientiane are 45.50% higher than in Manila
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Vientiane for 1 person costs ₱372 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Laos is the highest consumers of sticky rice (“khao niaow”)
Where to stay in Vientiane, Laos:

5. Malaysia: visa-free for 30 days

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The newly painted Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur [@psimonmyway / Instagram]

  • The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.
  • There are direct flights to Kuala Lumpur from Manila. Fare price estimate is ₱6,000 PHP (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Kuala Lumpur is 7.39% higher than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Kuala Lumpur for 1 person costs ₱230 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: This might surprise you, but Borneo is actually the third largest island in the world, after Greenland and New Guinea.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

6. Myanmar: visa-free for 14 days

  • The capital of Myanmar is Naypyidaw.
  • There are no direct flights to Myanmar from Manila. You need to stop in neighbouring countries like Thailand. Fare starts at ₱12,000 PHP (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Yangon is about the same as in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Yangon for 1 person costs ₱250 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Myanmar was known as Burma until 1989 when the military junta renamed the country.
Where to stay in Yangon, Myanmar:

7. Singapore: visa-free for 30 days

things to do in Singapore

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands at night [@psimonmyway / Instagram]

  • There are direct flights to Singapore from Manila. Price starts at ₱7,000 PHP (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Singapore is 128% more expensive than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Singapore for 1 person costs ₱474 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: The hit movie Crazy Rich Asians was set in Singapore.
Where to stay in Singapore, Singapore:

8. Thailand: visa-free for 30 days

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Ayutthaya, Thailand [@psimonmyway / Instagram]

  • The capital of Thailand is Bangkok.
  • Direct flights from Manila to Bangkok are common but has increased its prices through the years. When I went in March 2018, I paid ₱10,000 PHP for a 2-way flight.
  • Cost of living in Bangkok is 7% more expensive than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Bangkok for 1 person costs ₱150 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that was never colonized by a European country.
Where to stay in Bangkok, Thailand

9. East Timor: visa on arrival for 30 days 

Philippine passport holders can enter East Timor on a visa on arrival status only if arriving in Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport in Dili, East Timor. The price is $35 USD (₱1,800 PHP approx). If you are traveling by land, you will need to obtain a visa prior to arrival.

  • The capital of East Timor is Dili.
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Dili. The easiest route that people took is from Indonesia. From Bali, it will be a 2-hour flight (approx).
  • Cost of living in Dili is 77% more expensive than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Dili for 1 person costs ₱500 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Diving, whale-watching, trekking, biking, great scenery, stunning mountain driving and pristine white and gold sand beaches. East Timor is one of the world’s unsung tourism destinations.
Where to stay in Dili, East Timor

10. Vietnam: visa-free for 21 days

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Hanoi, January 2018 [@psimonmyway / Instagram]

  • The capital of Vietnam is Hanoi.
  • Direct flights from Manila to Hanoi starts at ₱6,000 PHP (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Hanoi is 17% cheaper than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Hanoi costs ₱100 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Vietnamese cuisine is considered amongst the healthiest in the world.
Where to stay in Hanoi, Vietnam:

Visa-free countries for Philippine passport holders (Asia)

Country
Visa type
Duration
Armenia
e-visa or visa on arrival
e-visa for 21 days; VOA for 120 days
Hong Kong
visa-free
14 days
India
e-visa
60 days
Iran
visa-free
14 days
Israel
visa-free
90 days
Kyrgyzstan
visa on arrival
30 days
Macau
visa-free
30 days
Maldives
visa on arrival
30 days
Mongolia
visa-free
21 days
Nepal
visa on arrival
21 days
Sri Lanka
visa on arrival
30 days
Taiwan
visa-free
14 days
Tajikistan
visa on arrival
45 days

11. Armenia: e-visa for 21 days; visa on arrival for 120 days

I’ve read that Filipinos can enter Armenia visa on arrival for 120 days (when entering Yerevan Airport) but based on experience, they asked me for a visa when I entered Armenia from Georgia. Visa regulations on borders change but if you are planning to travel from Georgia, it’s better to have an e-visa. Applying for an Armenian e-visa is super easy!

  • The capital of Armenia is Yerevan.
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Yerevan. The easiest route is via Dubai, however, Filipino passport holders are required a visa to enter/change airlines in Dubai.
  • Cost of living in Yerevan is 22% cheaper than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Yerevan for 1 person costs ₱300 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Armenia is the first country to adopt Christianity. They are Christian Orthodox.
Where to stay in Yerevan, Armenia:

12. Hong Kong: visa-free for 14 days

  • Flights from Manila to Hong Kong are direct (about 1 hour). Fares start at ₱7,000 PHP (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Hong Kong is 166% more expensive than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Hong Kong costs ₱600 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Hong Kong is home to Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
Where to stay in Hong Kong, Hong Kong:

13. India: e-visa for 60 days

  • See also: Indian e-visa for Philippine passport holders
  • The capital of India is Delhi.
  • Flights from Manila to India are not direct. I flew from Kuala Lumpur to Rajasthan, India when I went. The ticket costs ₱25,000 PHP (one-way, approx).
  • Cost of living in Delhi (India) is about the same as in Manila (Philippines)
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Delhi ₱408 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: India is the world’s largest democracy, with 1.2 billion people.
Where to stay in Delhi, India:

14. Iran: 14 days visa-free

  • The capital of Iran is Tehran.
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Tehran. In order to get to Iran, you can fly from Kuala Lumpur, Dubai or Doha.
  • Cost of living in Tehran is 35% more expensive than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Tehran ₱328 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Iran has the fourth largest oil reserves in the world.

15. Israel: visa-free for 90 days

  • The capital of Israel is Jerusalem.
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Jerusalem. You can fly from Hong Kong or Bangkok direct to Tel Aviv.
  • Cost of living in Jerusalem is 90% more expensive than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Jerusalem starts at ₱834 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Israel has more vegans per capita than any other country in the world.
Where to stay in Jerusalem, Israel:

16. Kyrgyzstan: visa on arrival for 30 days

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  • The capital of Kyrgyzstan is Bishkek.
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Bishkek. The fastest way I found in getting here is through Hong Kong then Almaty. Since there will be two stops, the estimated price for the fare is ₱70,000 PHP (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Bishkek is 25% cheaper than in Manila.
  • A meal in an inexpensive restaurant in Bishkek starts at ₱250 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: There are just 29.5 residents for each square kilometer of land – making Kyrgyzstan one of the world’s least crowded countries.
Where to stay in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan:

17. Macau: visa-free for 30 days

  • Direct flights to Macau from Manila are available (2h 20m flight). Fare price estimate is ₱7,000 PHP (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Macau is 76% more expensive than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Macau for 1 person costs ₱632 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Macau has a bigger casino revenue than Las Vegas.
Where to stay in Macau, Macau:

18. Maldives: visa on arrival for 30 days

hotels in maldives

  • The capital of Maldives is Male.
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Male but flying from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are pretty cheap!
  • Cost of living in Malé is 47% more expensive than in Manila (Philippines).
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Male for 1 person costs ₱532 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: The world’s first underwater cabinet meeting was held in the Maldives.
Where to stay in the Maldives:

19. Mongolia: visa-free for 21 days

  • The capital of Mongolia is Ulaanbaatar.
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Ulaanbaatar. The fastest way is through Hong Kong.
  • Cost of living in Ulaanbaatar is 23% cheaper than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Ulaanbaatar for 1 person costs ₱321 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: The endangered two-humped Bactrian camel is native to Mongolia.
Where to stay in Ulanbataar, Mongolia:

20. Nepal: visa on arrival for 21 days

  • The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu.
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Kathmandu. The easiest way is flying through Bangkok.
  • Cost of living in Kathmandu is 5% cheaper than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Kathmandu for 1 person costs ₱203 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Nepali time is 45 minutes off of the Coordinated Universal Time. The time in Nepal is based on Mt Everest, and not the time zone lines.
Where to stay in Kathmandu, Nepal:

21. Sri Lanka: visa on arrival for 30 days

  • The capital of Sri Lanka is Colombo.
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Colombo. To get there, you have to fly through Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Singapore.
  • Cost of living in Colombo is 12% cheaper than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Colombo for 1 person costs ₱168 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Apart from being a large tea producer, Sri Lanka is famous for its cinnamon, an indispensable ingredient for many of its fabulous food.
Where to stay in Colombo, Sri Lanka:

22. Taiwan: visa-free for 14 days

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  • The capital of Taiwan is Taipei.
  • You can fly directly to Taipei from Manila. Flight duration is about 2 hours and fare starts at ₱7,000 PHP (2-way).
  • Cost of living in Taipei is 52% more expensive than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Taipei for 1 person costs ₱358 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: 7-11 convenience stores is a culture in Taiwan. These stores are owned by a Japanese company. In these stores, you can print a document, call a taxi, send a parcel, pay your bills and do much more.
Where to stay in Taipei, Taiwan:

23. Tajikistan: visa on arrival for 45 days

  • The capital of Tajikistan is Dushanbe.
  • There are no direct flights from Manila to Dushanbe. To get there, you can fly through Dubai or Almaty.
  • Cost of living in Dushanbe is 40% cheaper than in Manila.
  • An inexpensive restaurant meal in Dushanbe for 1 person costs ₱181 PHP (est).
  • Fun fact: Tajikistan is slightly larger than England and has around the same population as London!
Where to stay in Dushanbe:
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Are you a Philippine passport holder? Which countries have you visited above?

Where did you go? How was the experience? Was it really visa-free? How much did you spend? Share your thoughts on the comment box below to help other Filipinos plan their travels!

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Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. Trisha is an ambassador of Girl Rising, a global movement for girls' education and empowerment. In no particular order, her favourite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Follow her life adventures on Instagram: @psimonmyway

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