These days, Filipinos seem to be spreading their wings and getting to go all over the world, especially for a country with such a small total land mass. Luckily, with the wanderlust catching on with the younger generation, and the desire to give their children a better future gripping the older generation, the Philippine passport is stronger than ever before, allowing Filipinos to travel to a wider array of countries, all at lower stress and cost.
This short piece will discuss some of the visa information for those wanting to travel out of the Philippines!
First step of any trip would be to find out where you are flying from, and the most convenient, budget-friendly way of getting to your destination! Here are all the international airports in the Philippines.
- Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila)
- Clark International Airport
- Mactan-Cebu International Airport
- Francisco Bangoy International Airport (Davao)
- Iloilo International Airport
- Kalibo International Airport
- Laoag International Airport
- Puerto Princesa International Airport
With 62 countries and territories allowing Philippine passport holders to enter visa-free/visa on arrival, the Philippine passport is stronger than ever before. Honorable mentions go to:
South East Asia
14 days: Brunei, Hong Kong
21 days: Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam
30 days: Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Macau, East Timor, Maldives, Sri Lanka
For the whole list of visa-free countries for Filipinos in 2018, just visit here!
However, there are many who want to visit specific places not on the list, so here are some of the popular choices, and the way to obtain the required visas:
(Try to apply for a visa from the embassy of your port of entry, this is only one example)
Via French Embassy (VFSFrance): Schedule an appointment here (or dial the hotline, also on their website)(check requirements here, or call and ask before you show up so you don’t waste your time or theirs), show up, pay the fees (€60 for visa processing, €26 for service fees, ₱5/page of photocopying, ₱330 for courier service), and wait for your passport + visa to arrive home.
Do NOT go to the British Embassy for this, as they have chosen VFSGlobal as the point of contact for visas into the UK. Make sure your requirements are set, fill out the application form online (making sure to apply for the standard visitor’s visa), make an appointment and pay the fees! For a more detailed, personal Filipina’s experience on this, give this a read!
Four items required: application form, passport, 2×2 photograph, and receipt of visa application fee. An interview is 100% required, so an appointment for that is also necessary, with whatever other documents you believe will help your application, e.g. proof of stable work in the Philippines, proof of funds, proof of flight out of the US, etc. For more information, check this out.
Check the type of visa you require, find you an accredited agency (Japan no longer hands out visas directly through applications with their embassy), prepare the required documents (you can find those on the correct visa pages), pay the fees (each agency is different, call to confirm!), and wait by the phone to find out if your passport is ready or not. Many-a-times it is quite suspense-filled as the agencies do not tell you over the photo if it was successful or not, just hope for a white sticker on the back of your passport (instead of red), meaning you just got a whole lot closer to Japan!
The steady rise of the Philippines can be seen no further than witnessing first-hand the true extent of ‘Filipinovation’ within this country, and the ability to be found all across the world, coming from a developing country, is a telling sign that this exact spirit is nothing short of phenomenal. Filipinos, let this be a call to action; make a plan, pick a date, set a destination, and fly!