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The ultimate visa requirements guide for Filipino travelers

Planning on traveling abroad? Is your passport screaming to be stamped? Then, make sure to check out Skyscanner’s ultimate visa requirement guide for Filipino citizens. Whether you’re dreaming of going on a lavish vacation in the Maldives or a backpacking adventure across Europe, this travel guide will surely come in handy, as you plan your next trip abroad. The information below is accurate as of January 2020.

Visa requirements for Filipino citizens

UN observers and members

Country
destination
Requirement for Visa Additional notes
AfghanistanVisa neededWomen must cover their entire body with clothing, except for
their feet, hands and face
 AlbaniaVisa needed 
 AlgeriaVisa needed 
 AndorraVisa needed 
 AngolaVisa needed 
 Antigua and BarbudaElectronic Entry Visa 
 ArgentinaVisa needed 
 ArmeniaVisa on arrival120 days
 AustraliaVisa neededMay apply online. Transit visa is not needed.
 AustriaVisa needed 
 AzerbaijanVisa needed 
 BahamasVisa neededPermanent Residents of Canada are not needed to secure a visa
and may stay up to 30 days.
 BahrainVisa needed 
 BangladeshVisa needed 
 BarbadosVisa needed 
 BelarusVisa needed 
 BelgiumVisa needed 
 BelizeVisa needed 
 BeninVisa needed 
 BhutanVisa needed 
 BoliviaVisa not needed90 days
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaVisa needed 
 BotswanaVisa needed 
 BrazilVisa not needed90 days
 BruneiVisa not needed14 days
 BulgariaVisa needed 
 Burkina FasoVisa needed 
 BurundiVisa on arrival3 months
 CambodiaVisa not needed21 days
 CameroonVisa needed 
 CanadaVisa neededGreen Card holders in the United States do not need a visa to
visit or transit in Canada, unless deemed inadmissible. B or C visa holders
in Switzerland do not require transit visa when traveling to the United
States flying with Air Canada.
 Cape VerdeVisa on arrival 
 Central African RepublicVisa needed 
 ChadVisa needed 
 ChileVisa needed 
 ChinaVisa neededPinoys may travel without a visa to Hainan, Hong Kong and
Macao.
 ColombiaVisa not needed90 days on arrival, extend another 90 days for 180 days total
 ComorosVisa on arrival 
 Republic of the CongoVisa needed 
 Democratic Republic of the CongoVisa needed 
 Costa RicaVisa not needed30 days upon arrival, can extend for total of 90 days
 Côte d’IvoireVisa needed 
 CroatiaVisa neededVisa free for a maximum stay of 90 days for valid visa holders
or residents of the Schengen member states.
 CubaVisa needed 
 CyprusVisa needed 
 Czech RepublicVisa needed 
 DenmarkVisa needed 
 DjiboutiVisa on arrival 
 DominicaVisa not needed21 days
 Dominican RepublicVisa neededPermanent Residents of Canada do not require a visa and may
stay up to 30 days.
 EcuadorVisa not needed90 days
 EgyptVisa needed 
 El SalvadorVisa needed 
 Equatorial GuineaVisa needed 
 EritreaVisa needed 
 EstoniaVisa needed 
 EthiopiaVisa needed 
 FijiVisa not needed4 months
 FinlandVisa needed 
 FranceVisa needed 
 GaboneVisaeVisa holders must arrive at Libreville International Airport.
 GambiaVisa not needed90 days. Must obtain an entry clearance from the Gambian
Immigration prior to travel
 GeorgiaeVisaup to 90 days
 GermanyVisa needed 
 GhanaVisa needed 
 GreeceVisa needed 
 GrenadaVisa needed 
 GuatemalaVisa needed 
 GuineaVisa needed 
 Guinea-BissauVisa on arrival90 days
 GuyanaVisa needed 
 HaitiVisa not needed3 months
 HondurasVisa needed 
 HungaryVisa needed 
 IcelandVisa needed 
 Indiae-Tourist Visa30 days
 IndonesiaVisa not needed30 days
 IranVisa on arrival30 days
 IraqVisa needed 
 IrelandVisa needed 
 IsraelVisa not needed3 months
 ItalyVisa needed 
 JamaicaVisa neededPermanent Residents of Canada do not require a visa
 JapanVisa needed 
 JordanVisa neededVisa fee will be waived if you’re spending at least two consecutive nights in Jordan. Also, you must visit the country through a Jordanian tour operator to enjoy this perk. 
 KazakhstanVisa needed 
 KenyaeVisa3 months
 KiribatiVisa needed 
 North KoreaVisa needed 
 South KoreaVisa needed30 Days Visa-Free Access to Jeju Island. Also, free for transit visitor with Australia/Canada/New Zealand/US visa
 KuwaitVisa needed 
 KyrgyzstanVisa on arrival1 month
 LaosVisa not needed30 days
 LatviaVisa needed 
 LebanonVisa neededIn addition to a visa, approval should be obtained from the
immigration department of the General Directorate of General Security ( La
Sûreté Générale).
 LesothoVisa needed 
 LiberiaVisa needed 
 LibyaVisa needed 
 LiechtensteinVisa needed 
 LithuaniaVisa needed 
 LuxembourgVisa needed 
 MacedoniaVisa needed 
 MadagascarVisa on arrival30 days free of charge
 MalawiVisa on arrival 
 MalaysiaVisa not needed30 days
 MaldivesVisa on arrival30 days
 MaliVisa needed 
 MaltaVisa needed 
 Marshall IslandsVisa on arrival90 days
 MauritaniaVisa on arrival 
 MauritiusVisa needed 
 MexicoVisa neededPermanent residents of Canada and the United States do not
require a visa
 MicronesiaVisa not needed30 days
 MoldovaVisa needed 
 MonacoVisa needed 
 MongoliaVisa not needed21 days
 MontenegroVisa needed 
 MoroccoVisa not needed 
 MozambiqueVisa on arrival30 days
 MyanmarVisa not needed14 days. Also eVisa for 28 days; holders must arrive via
Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay airports.
 NamibiaVisa needed 
 NauruVisa needed 
   NepalVisa on arrival90 days
 NetherlandsVisa needed 
 New ZealandVisa needed 
 NicaraguaVisa on arrival90 days
 NigerVisa needed 
 NigeriaVisa needed 
 NorwayVisa needed 
 OmanVisa needed 
 PakistanVisa needed 
 PalauVisa on arrival30 days
 PalestineVisa not neededArrival by sea to Gaza Strip not allowed
 PanamaVisa needed 
 Papua New GuineaVisa on arrival60 days
 ParaguayVisa needed 
 PeruVisa not needed183 days
 PolandVisa needed 
 PortugalVisa needed 
 QatarVisa needed 
 RomaniaVisa needed 
 RussiaeVisaEvisa is free and valid for a maximum of 8 days for those who are traveling for humanitarian reasons, business and tourism. It’s valid only for St. Petersburg and the surrounding Leningrad Region.
 RwandaVisa not needed90 days
 Saint Kitts and NevisVisa neededVisa obtainable online
 Saint LuciaVisa on arrival6 weeks
 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesVisa not needed1 month
 SamoaEntry Permit on arrival60 days
 San MarinoVisa needed 
 São Tomé and PríncipeVisa neededVisa is obtained online
 Saudi ArabiaVisa needed 
 SenegalVisa not needed90 days
 SerbiaVisa neededVisa free for a maximum stay of 90 days for valid visa holders
or residents of the European Union member states, Switzerland and the United
States.
 SeychellesVisitor’s Permit on arrival1 month
 Sierra LeoneVisa needed 
 SingaporeVisa not needed30 days
 SlovakiaVisa needed 
 SloveniaVisa needed 
 Solomon IslandsVisa needed 
 SomaliaVisa on arrival30 days, provided an invitation letter issued by the sponsor
has been submitted to the Airport Immigration Department at least 2 days
before arrival.
 South AfricaVisa needed 
 South SudanVisa needed 
 SpainVisa needed 
 Sri LankaElectronic Travel Authorization30 days
 SudanVisa needed 
 SurinameVisa not needed90 days
 SwazilandVisa needed 
 SwedenVisa needed 
  SwitzerlandVisa needed 
 SyriaVisa needed 
 TajikistanVisa on arrival45 days at Dushanbe International Airport. Visa also available
online for those arriving via Dushanbe or Khujand airports.
 TanzaniaVisa on arrival 
 ThailandVisa not needed30 days
 Timor-LesteVisa on arrival30 days
 TogoVisa on arrival7 days
 TongaVisa needed 
 Trinidad and TobagoVisa on arrival 
 TunisiaVisa needed 
 TurkeyVisa needed30 day eVisas can be obtained online for USD20 provided that a
return ticket, hotel reservation and at least USD50 for each day’s stay is
shown. Must travel for the purposes of tourism or business and hold a valid
visa OR valid residence permit from one of the Schengen countries, USA, UK or
Ireland (E-visas are not accepted).
 TurkmenistanVisa needed 
 TuvaluVisa on arrival1 month
 UgandaVisa on arrival 
 UkraineVisa needed 
 United Arab EmiratesVisa needed 
 United KingdomVisa needed 
 United StatesVisa needed 
 UruguayVisa needed 
 UzbekistanVisa needed 
 VanuatuVisa not needed30 days
  Vatican CityVisa needed 
 VenezuelaVisa needed 
 VietnamVisa not needed21 days
 YemenVisa needed 
 ZambiaVisa on arrival90 days
 ZimbabweVisa needed 

There are certain counties wherein Pinoys are allowed to enter, if there are in possession of a resident permit or a valid visa for the United Kingdom, the United States, Schengen Area, Ireland or Canada.

Non members of the UN

Traveling to an off-the-beaten-path destination? Headed to Taiwan or Hong Kong? Here are the Visa requirements for Pinoys who want to visit restricted zones, partially recognized countries, various territories and disputed areas.

Asia

Country
destination
Requirement for VisaAdditional notes (excluding fees
for departure)
Hong KongVisa not required14 days
India PAP/RAPPAP/RAP requiredProtected Area Permit required for all of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur,
Mizoram and parts of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand.
Restricted Area Permit required for all of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and
Lakshadweep and parts of Sikkim. Some of these requirements are occasionally
lifted for a year.
KazakhstanVisa not required30 days
Iran Kish IslandVisa not requiredVisitors to Kish Island do not require a visa.
MacaoVisa not required30 days
MaldivesPermission requiredWith the exception of the capital Malé, tourists are generally prohibited
from visiting non-resort islands without the express permission of the
Government of Maldives.
TaiwanVisa not requiredVisa free entry is for 14 days only  (until July 31, 2020)
Tajikistan Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous
Province
OIVR permit requiredOIVR permit required (15+5 Tajikistani Somoni) and another special permit
(free of charge) is required for Lake Sarez.
United Nations Korean Demilitarized ZoneRestricted zone 
United Nations UNDOF Zone and GhajarRestricted zone 
YemenSpecial permission requiredSpecial permission needed for travel outside Sana’a or Aden.

Africa

Country
destination
Requirement for VisaAdditional notes (excluding fees
for departure)
British Indian Ocean TerritorySpecial permit neededSpecial permit needed
Eritrea outside AsmaraTravel permit neededTo travel in the rest of the country, a Travel Permit for Foreigners is
needed
MayotteVisa needed 
RéunionVisa needed 
Ascension IslandEntry Permit neededEntry Permit must be obtained minimum 28 days in advance (3 months for
20/30 pounds sterling, single/double entry)
Saint HelenaVisitor’s Pass neededVisitor’s Pass granted on arrival valid for 4/10/21/60/90 days for
12/14/16/20/25 pound sterling
Tristan da CunhaPermission neededPermission to land needed for 15/30 pounds sterling (yacht/ship
passenger) for Tristan da Cunha Island or 20 pounds sterling for Gough
Island, Inaccessible Island or Nightingale Islands
Sahrawi Arab Democratic RepublicUndefined visa regime in the Western Sahara controlled territory. 
SomalilandVisa on arrival30 days for 30 US dollars, payable on arrival
SudanTravel permit neededAll foreigners traveling more than 25 kilometers outside of Khartoum must
obtain a travel permit
Sudan DarfurTravel permit neededSeparate travel permit is needed

North Atlantic and Caribbean

Country
destination
Requirement for VisaAdditional notes (excluding fees
for departure)
AnguillaVisa needed 
ArubaVisa neededVisa free if U.S., U.K., Canada or Schengen Area resident permit holder
or cruise ship passenger staying not more than 48 hours
BermudaVisa needed180 days, Permanent residents of the United States, Canada or the United
Kingdom do not require a visa.
Netherlands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and
Saba
Visa neededVisa free if U.S., U.K., Canada or Schengen Area resident permit holder
or cruise ship passenger staying not more than 48 hours
British Virgin IslandsVisa neededPermanent residents of the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom do
not require a visa.
Cayman IslandsVisa neededUp to 30 days visa-free for permanent residents of and traveling directly
from: Canada, USA or UK. Visa free for cruise ship passengers leaving on same
day as arrival
CuracaoVisa neededVisa free if U.S., U.K., Canada or Schengen Area resident permit holder
or cruise ship passenger staying not more than 48 hours[265]
France French GuianaVisa needed 
France French West IndiesVisa neededFrench West Indies refers to Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and
Saint Barthélemy
GreenlandVisa needed 
MontserratVisa neededMultiple entry eVisa valid for 1 year can be obtained through the
internet, prior to departure.
Puerto RicoVisa needed 
Saint Pierre and MiquelonVisa neededPermanent Residents of Canada are exempted from passport and visa
requirements for stays of maximum duration of 3 months within a period of 6
months
Sint MaartenVisa neededVisa free if U.S., U.K., Canada or Schengen Area resident permit holder
or cruise ship passenger staying not more than 48 hours
Turks and Caicos IslandsVisa neededVisa is needed as of 1 April 2015
U.S. Virgin IslandsVisa needed 

Europe

Country
destination
Requirement for VisaAdditional notes (excluding fees
for departure)
AbkhaziaVisa needed 
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Mount Athos
Special permit neededSpecial permit needed (4 days: 25 euro for Orthodox visitors, 35 euro for
non-Orthodox visitors, 18 euro for students). there is a visitors’ quota:
maximum 100 Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox per day and women are not allowed.
Autonomous Republic of Crimea CrimeaVisa neededVisa issued by Russia is needed
Turkish Republic of Northern CyprusVisa not needed3 months
United Nations UN Buffer Zone in CyprusAccess Permit neededAccess Permit is needed for travelling inside the zone, except Civil Use
Areas.
Faroe IslandsVisa needed 
GibraltarVisa needed 
GuernseyVisa needed 
Isle of ManVisa needed 
Norway Jan MayenPermit neededPermit issued by the local police needed for staying for less than 24
hours and permit issued by the Norwegian police for staying for more than 24
hours
JerseyVisa needed 
KosovoVisa neededVisa free for a maximum stay of 15 days for valid visa holders or
residents of the Schengen Area member states
Nagorno-Karabakh RepublicVisa neededTravellers with Nagorno-Karabakh visa (expired or valid) or evidence of
travel to Nagorno-Karabakh (stamps) will be permanently denied entry to
Azerbaijan
RussiaSpecial authorization neededSeveral closed cities and regions in Russia require special authorization
South OssetiaVisa not neededMultiple entry visa to Russia and three day prior notification are needed
to enter South Ossetia
TransnistriaVisa not neededRegistration needed after 24h

Oceania

Country
destination
Requirement for VisaAdditional notes (excluding fees
for departure)
American SamoaVisa needed 
Australia Ashmore and Cartier IslandsSpecial authorisation neededSpecial authorisation needed
France Clipperton IslandSpecial permit neededSpecial permit needed
Cook IslandsVisa not needed31 days
Fiji Lau ProvinceSpecial permission neededSpecial permission needed
French PolynesiaVisa needed 
GuamVisa needed 
New CaledoniaVisa needed 
Northern Mariana IslandsVisa needed 
NiueVisa on arrival30 days
Pitcairn IslandsVisa not needed14 days visa free and landing fee 35 USD or tax of 5 USD if not going
ashore
United States United States Minor
Outlying Islands
Special permits neededSpecial permits needed for Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island,
Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island
Wallis and FutunaVisa needed 

Antarctica and South Atlantic

Country
destination
Requirement for VisaAdditional notes (excluding fees
for departure)
Falkland IslandsVisa needed 
South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsPermit neededPre-arrival permit from the Commissioner needed (72 hours/1 month for
110/160 pounds sterling)
Antarctica Special permits needed for British
Antarctic Territory, French Southern
and Antarctic Lands, Argentine
Antarctica, Australia Australian Antarctic Territory, Antártica Chilena
Province Chilean Antarctic Territory, Australia Heard Island and McDonald
Islands, Norway Peter I Island, Norway Queen Maud Land, New Zealand Ross
Dependency

Vaccines

Many countries in Africa require each incoming passenger to secure a Carte Jaune, or also referred as International Certificate of Vaccination, including

AngolaCôte d’IvoireNiger
BeninEquatorial GuineaRwanda
Burkina FasoGabon, GhanaSão Tomé and Príncipe
CameroonGuineaSenegal
Central African RepublicLiberiaSierra Leone
Chad Democratic Republic of the CongoMaliUganda
Republic of the CongoMauritaniaZambia

ABCT

ABTC (APEC Business Travel Card) holders who are traveling on business purposes are not required to secure a visa to these countries

AustraliaJapanPeru
BruneiSouth KoreaRussia
ChileMalaysiaSingapore
ChinaMexicoTaiwan
Hong KongNew ZealandThailand
IndonesiaPapua New GuineaVietnam

Types of visa for Filipinos

Visa-free countries

These are countries that allow PH passport holders to enter their soil and borders without the need to acquire a Visa and stay here for a specific period of time.

Visa on arrival countries

These countries require Filipinos to obtain a visa before they are allowed to set foot on their borders. The visa is usually acquired at the airport, point of entry or seaport of the country. There’s a fee for this visa type, and will be issued by an official immigration officer. There’s no need to apply for a visa from the Philippines with this visa type.

eVisa countries

You need to apply for this visa type online, at the official embassy website of the country you’re visiting. There’s no stamp or label that will be attached to your Philippine passport. Your eVisa is automatically linked to your PH passport number. It can be accessed by the airline company before departure as well as the immigration officer once you arrive at your destination country.

Visa required

You need to apply for a visa before the host country lets you enter their soil and borders. Normally, you are required to provide your personal documents, biometrics and supporting documents for proof of your financial capacity. Some countries will also ask for a return ticket when you apply a visa.

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