TRAVEL

I love traveling, roaming our GOD’s wonderful creation, our sanctuary the planet earth.  My love for it is  just like a tiny seed that incessantly grows and blossoms in my heart as years go by.  One of my dream travel destinations is Peru specifically the Machu Picchu,  it is located in the Cusco Region of Peru. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. It’s one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the most famous places in Latin America. Whenever I think of taking Peru vacation, the classic photo of the Inca citadel sitting high in cloud forest comes to my mind, such a haven for honeymooners.

Upon doing some research  on how to travel to Peru which is  in the continent of South America, stumbled on this site from http://twentyfive.hubpages.com which is so informative so I decided to share it here. It really made  me happy  because I can go there with visa exemption for 183 days, thank GOD.  I’ve put the word confirmed on the  countries I had been as a confirmation that it really has visa exemption policy for Filipino citizens. I still  have a long list which means a long  way to go. To my friends here check it out and start planning your dream vacation, do your bookings and start packing your gear. 🙂

NOTE : By the way some of the policies might change thru time so you can always check respective embassies and consulate offices of the listed countries below for more detailed, helpful information.  it’s time to discover one by one, step by step the wonderful world we’re living in , our Creator’s marvelous gift to us mankind, Enjoy traveling!

People who love traveling,  my  fellow backpackers I hope this  post will be helpful . ^-^

Visa Free for Pinoys

If you’re a Filipino and a holder of Philippine passport who likes traveling and exploring the beauty of the world, but hates the visa requirement to some countries, frown no more for you can still go to wonderful places without hassle-visa-appointments.

The list of countries below doesn’t require a visa for Filipinos prior to arrival. All you need are passportplane tickets / itinerary, and some money for your tour.

No Visa Required for Filipinos in the Following Countries…

Asia

ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)

  • Brunei Darussalam – 14 days
  • Cambodia – 21 days (confirmed)
  • Indonesia – 30 days  (confirmed)
  • Laos – 30 days
  • Malaysia – 30 days (sufficient fund must be at least 500USD)  (confirmed)
  • Singapore – 30 days  (confirmed)
  • Thailand – 30 days  (confirmed)
  • Vietnam – 21 days  (confirmed)

Non- ASEAN

  • Azerbaijan – 30 days visa issued upon arrival
  • Taiwan – 30 days if holding a valid visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, United Kingdom or United States. Check athttps://nas.immigration.gov.tw/nase/ to meet the requirements.
  • Georgia – 90 days visa issued upon arrival, 360 days visa free to those who have temporary residence of Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait
  • Hong Kong – 14 days  (confirmed)
  • India – 30 days visa issued upon arrival
  • Iran – 15 days visa issued upon arrival if holding an e-visa pre-approval code obtained via email from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mfa.gov.ir
  • Israel – 90 days (3 months)
  • South Korea (if arriving at Jeju Island only)  – 30 days  (confirmed) other places in South Korea except Jeju Island for example Seoul  you need a Tourist Visa
  • Macau – 30 days  (confirmed)
  • Maldives – 30 days visa issued upon arrival, extension of maximum 90 days is possible by paying MVR 750
  • Mongolia – 21 days
  • Nepal – 15/30/90 days visa issued upon arrival for around US$25/40/100
  • Sri Lanka – 30 days visa obtain upon arrival if holding Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). You can get this prior to arrival at www.eta.gov.lk
  • Timor-Leste – 30 days single entry visa issued upon arrival for around US$30, extension is possible up to 90 days

Europe

  • Kosovo – 90 days

Oceania

  • Cook Islands – 31 days
  • Fiji – 120 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival and can be extended
  • Marshall Islands – 30 days visa issued upon arrival and can be extended
  • Micronesia – 30 days
  • Niue – 30 days
  • Palau – 30 days visa issued upon arrival, additional USD 50 for extension
  • Samoa – 60 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival
  • Tuvalu – 30 days visa issued upon arrival
  • Vanuatu – 30 days

North America

  • Bermuda – 31 days before but since May, they now require visas for Philippine passport holders
  • Costa Rica – 30 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival
  • Dominica – 21 days
  • Haiti – 90 days
  • Nicaragua – 90 days visa issued upon arrival
  • Saint Lucia – 6 weeks Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 30 days visa issued upon arrival
  • Turks and Caicos Islands – 30 days

South America

  • Bolivia – 90 days
  • Brazil – 90 days
  • Colombia – 90 days
  • Ecuador – 90 days
  • Peru – 183 days
  • Suriname – 90 days

Africa

  • Burundi – 1 month visa issued upon arrival
  • Cape Verde Islands – visa issued upon arrival around £ 25
  • Comoros – visa issued upon arrival
  • Djibouti – 1 month visa issued upon arrival
  • Gambia – visa issued upon arrival
  • Kenya – 90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Madagascar – 90 days visa issued upon arrival for MGA140,000
  • Morocco – 90 days
  • Mozambique – 30 days visa issued upon arrival. Extension of 30 days is possible around USD 66
  • Saint Helena – visa issued upon arrival
  • Seychelles – 1 month Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival if holding return ticket, sufficient funds (minimum USD150 per day of stay, and proof of accommodation)
  • Tanzania – visa issued upon arrival for around USD50 to USD200
  • Togo – 7 days visa issued upon arrival if with return ticket, 3 passport photos, and yellow fever vaccination certificate
  • Uganda – visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Zambia – 90 days visa issued upon arrival for USD 50/80/160 single/double/multiple entry

**UPDATED and CHECKED: January 3, 2012

**Information is intended for tourist visit purpose only

**Details may change anytime after the update due to new laws so double-check the immigration rules of the country you’re planning to visit

**Transit visa may be required when you’re not on a direct flight

**Sources: International Air Transport Association (IATA), Qantas, Wiki, Visalink, VisaHq.ph

Some important notes:

The list of countries above won’t let you need a visa BEFORE your arrival. Doesn’t mean you won’t need one forever. I just listed the allowed days just like when you’re going to SG for example, you may visit the place until the allotted days without a visa. You can also extend your stay but you have to comply with their visa requirement – that’s the time you have to secure a visa or permit depending on your purpose (work, business, study, etc)

The other countries require a visa upon arrival. It’s usually done at the port of entry or at the immigration bureau of that country. They usually ask you about your purpose of visit/travel and check your documents like your passport(which must be at least 6 months valid from the date of expiry), valid IDs (when I say valid it means it’s not expired and is accepted by all government offices),return tickets, and money. They usually require you to hold proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay. Some strict countries checkpoint authorities require documents such as employment letter, hotel reservations, personal invitation, permit to travel and the like. They have the authority to refuse your entry if you fail to comply with them.

Feel free to leave comments below and use it to share your visa concerns and experiences with others. You can exchange related stuff in the comments section just like a forum.  Let’s be polite, courteous and hospitable. I want to see that in here. Help each other instead of turning each other down…

Enjoy your travel adventures.

Start seeing the places you’ve only heard about.

Remember we only live once, appreciate the awesome beauty of  planet earth.

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