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Pinoys can visit at least 25 countries without visas - DFA

January 18, 2012 10:00am

Filipino travelers do not need a visa to visit at least 25 countries, according to information provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs. 

These countries include most of the Philippines' Southeast Asian neighbors, but also Latin American tourist destinations Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Costa Rica. 

GMA News Online requested the information from the DFA after noting widespread online glee several weeks ago over a Facebook post that listed about 60 countries where Filipinos can go visa-free.

After sending queries to Philippine embassies and consular posts, the DFA would only confirm 20 countries. But its public information office added that they are still waiting to hear from some overseas posts. 

GMA News Online also called up embassies of countries missing on the DFA list and filled gaps in the information. 
The information provided in the viral Facebook post supposedly came from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Qantas, Wikipedia, Visalink, and

The map below shows visa requirements of each country with a pin. Pin color legend: yellow - visa required; pink - Schengen visa required (Europe); green - visa-free for a certain number of days; blue - visa upon arrival valid for a certain number of days. 

View Visa Policies towards Filipino Nationals in a larger map  

According to data compiled by the DFA's Office of Consular Affairs and GMA News Online, the following countries fall in the visa-free category, followed by the length of allowable stay by Filipinos:
  • Bolivia - 60 days
  • Brazil - 90 days (for holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports, visa-free for (a) duration of tour of duty or (b) 180 days for official business or tourism)
  • Brunei - 14 days
  • Cambodia - 21 days
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica - 30 days
  • Ecuador - 90 days
  • Hong Kong SAR - 14 days
  • India - Visa upon arrival valid for 30 days (limited only to New Delhi and Mumbai airports)
  • Indonesia - 30 days
  • Israel - visa-free for tourists (no. of days of stay will depend on Immigration); visa-free for holders of diplomatic and official passports; visa required for business)
  • Laos - 30 days
  • Malaysia - 30 days
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique - Visa upon arrival valid for 30 days
  • Palau - 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return/onward plane ticket)
  • Peru - 60 days
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Singapore - 30 days
  • Sri Lanka - 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return/onward plane ticket)
  • Suriname
  • Thailand - 30 days
  • Tuvalu - 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return /onward plane ticket)
  • Vanuatu - 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return / onward plane ticket)
  • Vietnam - 21 days
  • Zambia - visa upon arrival; 3 months for tourism, 1 month for business

The DFA is still gathering visa information for the following countries:
  • Guam
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Mongolia
- with Rose-An Jessica Dioquino/ Howie Severino/ Nikki Marzoña/ Kenneth Cortez/ VVP/TJD, GMA News

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