Visa-Free Destinations in Asia for Filipino Passport Holders
The latest Global Visa Restrictions Index released by the international residence and citizen planning firm Henley & Partners revealed that the Philippines ranks 6th among the Southeast Asian nations with the most visa-free access to other countries. The report detailed that Philippine passport holders can visit 61 countries without a visa—more than 20 of these are just in Asia. So if you want to test how far your passport will take you, here’s a list of all the visa-free destinations in Asia for Filipino passport holders:
One of the largest regions in the Asian Continent is East Asia, which comprises of China, the most populous country in the world.
- China. Some parts of China, specifically Hainan and Shenzhen, accommodate Philippine passport holders. For Hainan, no visa is required for a tourist group of at least 5 people travelling within 15 days. This province is located in the southernmost part of the country, and is known for its beautiful beaches and shorelines like Sanya Bay, and the modern Haitang Bay. On the other hand, for Shenzhen, tourists will only need to apply for visa upon arrival. Shenzhen is an urbanized city, and is known for its shopping destinations. Splendid China Folk Village in the city is also a leading tourist destination here.
- Hong Kong. Known for Hong Kong Disneyland and its urbanized metro, Filipino travelers can now enjoy in HK’s cityscapes. This country is an internationally renowned tourist destination. Some of the other highlights in the country include Ocean Park Hong Kong, its several street night markets, and the giant Buddha statue atop the Po Lin Monastery.
- Macau/Macao. One can stay here for up to 30 days without a visa. Be sure to time your visit during annual festivals such as the Macao International Dragon Boat Races or the Macao Lotus Flower Festival, to make your trip more adventurous. Otherwise, visiting Macau Tower will surely spice up your adventure. Standing at nearly 340 meters high, the tower has shopping malls, restaurants, and the highest commercial sky jumping facility in the world.
- Mongolia. With a rich culture and several monasteries to visit, Mongolia is surely a hidden gem. Vast, green plains and a relaxing way of life is this country’s most attractive points. The capital city, Ulaanbaatar, has several monasteries, as well as remnants of them, which makes travelling to Mongolia an awesome, secluded, cultural trip. The country is one of the least populated countries in the region. Philippine passport holders may stay here without a visa for up to 21 days.
- South Korea. The popularity of Korean culture in the Philippines makes South Korea one of the most attractive tourist destinations for Filipinos. The capital Seoul has turned into an iconic and cultural center that has earned recognition in the Philippines. While Seoul requires visa for visitors, one of its major attractions, Jeju Island, allows visa-free access for 30 days.
- Taiwan. Taiwan is home to Taipei 101, of one of the tallest tower in the world, as well as one of the hottest tourist spots in the country. If you are afraid of heights, you can roam around Taipei, the Taiwan’s capital. Taipei has several shopping streets and malls that will surely make your jaw drop.
This Asian region is made of varying geographies, ranging from desserts to grasslands.
- Maldives. This island country is the ultimate tropical paradise. Taxis come in the form of seaplanes and beach hopping is one of the best things to in Maldives, if not simply walking around the Republic Square. This is one of the pricier destinations in this list but it’s totally worth it. You only need to apply for visa upon arrival.
- Nepal. Filipino passport holders only need to apply for visa upon arrival (good for 90 days) in this country rich with a well-preserved culture. Tourists often come here for a pilgrimage, while others like to enjoy mountaineering and hiking.
- Sri Lanka. Nature lovers, start planning your trip to Sri Lanka. It is one of the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world. You can enjoy the country’s green sceneries and undisturbed flora and fauna, and visiting here only requires an electronic travel authorization.
The Philippines belongs to this Asian region. We Filipino travelers should be stoked to know that we can visit all of our fellow Southeast Asian nations.
- Brunei Darussalam. For up to 14 days, Philippine passport holders can visit all of the best in Brunei—nightlife, soaring palaces, and traditional museums. Make sure to check out the picturesque Ulu Ulu National Park Resort as well.
- Cambodia. Another culturally rich country is Cambodia, which Filipino travelers can visit without a visa for up to 21 days. Seeing the capital city Phnom Penh will definitely be a treat.
- Indonesia. Get a chance to see the beautiful city of Yogyakarta, or the city of Bandung in the west, which is modern yet still close to nature. Visa is not required here for up to 30 days of visit.
- Laos. Because it is the only landlocked country in Asia, Laos has a rather unique topography with mountains and thick forests bordering nearly most parts of the country. The way of life here in Laos is simple and relaxing, which makes it the perfect getaway. Traveling to this country does not require a visa for up to 30 days of visit.
- Malaysia. If it has been your dream to see the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia’s urban center and capital Kuala Lumpur, then you should know that you don’t need a visa (30 days maximum) to visit this place of your dreams.
- Myanmar. Myanmar or Burma is the home to nearly hundreds of pagodas, some of which are 25 centuries old! This predominantly Theravada Buddhist country also houses one of the largest reclining statues of Buddha. A visa is not required to visit this country, and you can extend your maximum 14-day stay to 28 days if you apply for an eVisa.
- Singapore. Philippine passport holders can visit Asia’s renowned Lion City for up to 30 days. Bring to life the kid in you at Universal Studios Singapore or maybe go visit the Night Safari, the country’s one and only nocturnal zoo!
- Thailand. The Kingdom of Thailand attracts thousands of culture lovers worldwide annually, with stupas that glow an amazing golden hue at night, and with an equally vibrant nightlife. You can visit Thailand for a maximum of two times a year for 30 days, which is surely plenty of time for an adventure.
- Timor-Leste. Timor-Leste is often referred to as the least-known country in Asia. This is exactly why it should be your next getaway. Its beaches that are never crowded would make you feel like the owner of a private beach. You may apply for visa upon arrival. This is good for 30 days.
- Vietnam. Philippine passport holders without a visa can visit this country for 21 days. One notable tourist spot is Hue, a Vietnamese City that has turned into a major attraction. It was once the seat of the emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty in the country. Now, the citadel continues to stand with its 19th-century walls.
Western Asia’s topography features mountains and sand desserts. The region is home to the world’s largest supplier of oil and petroleum.
- Georgia. Georgia is home to some of the best ecotourism destinations in Western Asia. More than 40% of the country is covered by lush forests, while 25% of its territory is protected area in the form of National Parks. An example of this is Black Cliff’s Lake. The only visa needed to visit Georgia is an eVisa.
- India. Taj Mahal in India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Wonders of the World. If you’ve only ever heard of it in the news, or saw it in pictures, now is the time to see it for yourself and marvel at it firsthand. Traveling here only requires an eVisa (up to 60 days).
- Iran. Skiing, hiking, or beach hopping, are just some of the adventures you can take in Iran. The country’s capital city Tehran is also a jewel worth visiting. The tourist landmarks like the Azadi Tower and Golestan Palace are some architectural wonders best seen up close. You only need to apply for visa upon arrival (up to 30 days).
- Israel. With no requirement for a visa, Philippine passport holders can visit Israel for up to 3 months. Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is a famous place of pilgrimage. The Old City, a walled city in Jerusalem, is one tourist hotspot that will surely make you want to stay.
Note: Aside from the Southeast Asian nations listed in this article, other countries have changing visa requirements for Philippine passport holders. For some time, Asian countries like Azerbaijan and Tajikistan allowed visa-free access for Filipino tourists.
Make sure to consult the respective embassies of the countries you want to visit so that you can be extra sure that you can travel visa-free. Happy travelling!