Filipinos travel overseas for different reasons. Others work or study while others for business or tourism purposes. Overseas Filipino workers need to obtain valid visas to secure work permits (study permits for international students) in other countries. Others who just love to visit for a few days may find it a waste of time to apply for tourist visas. This page is all about various destinations outside the Philippines that do not require ordinary Philippine passport holders (not diplomatic passport holders) to apply tourist visas for a certain length of time given that they have valid travel documents and they have onward plane tickets. It means that if they cannot find their preferred destination here and they are ordinary Philippine passport holders (not dual citizens too), they need to go to the nearest consulate or embassy of that particular country and apply for a tourist visa.
The things written here are based on my personal experience as well as information obtained from relevant sources. There might be changes later so it is still better to contact the nearest consulate or embassy.
1. Do ordinary Philippine passport holders need a tourist visa to visit countries in Southeast Asia?
No. The Philippines is part of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Filipinos who have valid Philippine passports do not need a visa to visit all the member states of ASEAN such as Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. The length of stay may vary so it is better to check each country’s immigration rules.
2. Do ordinary Philippine passport holders need a tourist visa to visit China, Japan and South Korea?
Yes. Filipino tourists need a tourist visa to visit each country except in the following areas:
a. Jeju Island, South Korea: Filipino tourists are allowed to stay up to 30 days.
b. Hong Kong, China: Filipino tourists are allowed to stay up to 14 days.
c. Macau, China: Filipino tourists are allowed to stay up to 30 days.
d. Hainan, China: Filipino tourists do not need a tourist visa to visit Hainan. However, I have no idea on the length of stay allowed.
3. What countries in the Middle East do not require tourist visas for ordinary Philippine passport holders?
Israel is the only country that does not require a tourist visa. Filipino tourists are allowed to stay up to 90 days. Iran can issue visa on arrival but I am not so sure about this. It is better to contact an Iranian embassy or consulate. Visa on arrival may be obtained by Filipinos residing in a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States who want to enter Bahrain.
4. Do ordinary Philippine passport holders need a tourist visa to visit Maldives, India, Nepal and Mongolia?
No, but Filipino tourists need visa on arrival in Maldives, Nepal and India and have 21 days visa-free access to Mongolia.
5. Do ordinary Philippine passport holders need a tourist visa to visit Brazil?
No. Filipino tourists are allowed to stay in Brazil up to 90 days. Other countries in South America that have visa-free access are Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Suriname and Ecuador. The length of stay may vary so it is better to check each country’s immigration rules. Guatemala is visa-free for holders of valid USA, Canadian, and Schengen visa.
6. What other countries do not require ordinary Philippine passport holders to apply for tourist visas and no visa on arrival?
Costa Rica, Fiji, Haiti, Micronesia, Morocco, Samoa
Mexico is also visa-free for holders of valid USA visa entering Mexico through the USA.
The Holy See (Vatican) is visa-free for Filipinos who are already in Italy. A Schengen visa is required to enter Italy.
Taiwan is visa-free (30 days) to Filipinos who has never worked as a blue collar worker there and are currently holding valid visas or permanent resident cards of USA, Canada, Japan, UK, Schengen, Australia and New Zealand.
Dominica is visa-free (21 days) for Filipinos who have valid visas issued by Canada, USA, United Kingdom or a Schengen member state.
Georgia is visa-free (90 days) for Filipinos holding a valid multiple entry visa for the US, EU, or Schengen member states, which has been used at least once to enter those countries.
7. What other countries do not require ordinary Philippine passport holders to apply for tourist visas but with visa on arrival?
Armenia, India, Mozambique, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Togo (better to obtain visa before traveling), Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Zambia
8. What other countries do not require ordinary Philippine passport holders to apply for tourist visas but with entry permit or clearance and electronic travel authorization?
Sri Lanka (electronic travel authorization), Seychelles (visitor’s permit on arrival)
Please contact embassies or consulates in case of changes.
A former Philippine ambassador once said, “we’re all ambassadors of our country.” We must remember that.