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Where Does Your Philippine Passport Take You?

You don't need a visa for these far-flung destinations.
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Congrats, you’re not an Afghan passport holder. (If you are, sorry.) According to Henley & Partners' Visa Restriction Index, an Afghan passport only allows visa-free access to 24 countries, while a German passport allows easy travel to 176 countries.  


Now, where does your Philippine passport rank? The index, produced in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association, has us at 6th in the region and 75th globally, which means we’ve slipped a bit in the global rankings over the past decade. (In 2007, we were still 62nd.)

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What does this ranking mean for you as a traveler? In 2017, according to Henley & Partners a Filipino passport allows you visa-free travel to 61 countries and territories, mainly in Southeast Asia and South America. So, if you’re planning a last-minute trip, here are a few suggestions for easy destinations:

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Brazil, Bolivia, and Colombia all do not require visas for stays up to 90 days, so you can make that impromptu South America trip happen any time. And if you’re in the mood for first-rate ecotourism, Costa Rica let’s Filipino travelers stay visa-free for 30 days. You may want to go off the beaten path, in which case there’s Fiji (4 months), Madagascar (30 days), Morocco (90 days) and Myanmar (14 days).

So, whether you want to visit the stunning blue hued town of Chefchaouen in Morocco, or go on a jet-ski safari around Fiji, now you know that applying for a visa won’t be necessary.

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