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Philippines’ rank at Visa Index 2016

Philippines ranks 76th out of 219 countries concerning Visa-free travel. (depositphotos)
Philippines ranks 76th out of 219 countries concerning Visa-free travel. (depositphotos)

According to Henley & Partners Visa Index 2016, the Philippines ranks 76th, along with Cape Verde, where 61 destination countries can be visited by Filipino citizens without any Visa; just having your E Passport, a valid booking at the place where you will be staying and of course, some pocket money – you’re off to go!

In planning your first time or next vacation with family or friends, try starting with the regional areas which means visiting nearby countries closer to the Philippines. It is best to be specific first on your budget, your length of stay, your most convenient time so you may have the most enjoyable trip ever.

Here are some of the countries you may include in your bucket list for travel including their permitted stay for Philippine passport holders / Filipino citizens.

Asian countries who are also fellow ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) members;

Brunei Darussalam – 14 days / Cambodia – 21 days / Indonesia – 30 days / Laos – 30 days
Malaysia – 30 days / Singapore – 30 days / Thailand – 30 days / Vietnam – 21 days.

Asian countries but are not ASEAN members;

Azerbaijan – 30 days, visa issued on arrival /  China, Shenzhen – 7 days visa if arriving from Hong Kong, and is valid in Shenzhen area only. Hong Kong – 14 days / India – 30 days visa issued on arrival
Iran – 15 days, must obtain an e-visa pre-approval code from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs /

Israel – 90 days / Laos – 21 days, visa on arrival / Macau – 30 days / Maldives – 30 days visa issued upon arrival / Myanmar – 21 days / Mongolia – 21 days / Nepal – 21 days visa issued on arrival

Republic of Georgia – 90 days visa will be issued upon arrival, 360 days visa free to those who have temporary residence of Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait.

South Korea – 30 days, if arriving at Jeju Island or after visiting Korea 4 times with visa / Sri Lanka – 30 days, but must get an Electronic Visa Authorization prior to departure.

Taiwan – 30 days, if holding a permanent residence certificate or an unexpired visa from: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, United Kingdom or United States. And must register online at nas.immigration.gov.tw prior to arrival.

East Timor- 30 day visa is issued at the Dili airport and seaport.

African Continent

Burundi – 21 days / Cape Verde Islands – 21 days / Comoros – 21 days / Djibouti – 30 day visa issued on arrival / Gambia – visa issued upon arrival / Kenya – 90 days visa issued on arrival / Madagascar – 90 days visa issued on arrival / Morocco – 90 days / Mozambique – 30 days visa issued on arrival

Saint Helena – visa issued upon arrival / Seychelles – 30 days, must show sufficient funds & proof of accommodation / Tanzania – visa issued on arrival / Togo – 7 days, visa issued on arrival. Requires yellow fever vaccination / Uganda – 90 day visa issued on arrival at Entebbe Airport / Zambia – 90 days visa issued on arrival.

Central America

Costa Rica – 30 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival / Guatemala  – 30 days visa upon arrival / Nicaragua – 90 days visa issued on arrival.

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