How Far Can The Philippine Passport Take You?
In this year’s passport ranking by passportindex.org, our neighboring country Singapore has quietly climbed to the top spot from 14th in 2016, pushing down the long-time number 1 passport in the world which is the German passport to number 2.
Meanwhile, the rest of the top 10 countries in the list includes the following in correct order: Sweden, South Korea, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Spain, Norway, and Japan.
The Philippines passport may be far down the list, however, it has seen a slight improvement from the previous years in terms of visa-free score. Also, on a more localized scope, the Philippines passport ranked 6th out of 10 among all the ASEAN nations. Currently, it achieved visa-free score of 62 from 61 last year. Not really much on paper, but considering the work behind it and the economic implication it entails, it’s quite a big deal of achievement.
Having a visa-free score of 62 means Filipinos can travel to 62 countries ( out of 218) without the need of a visa beforehand. Among these 62 countries, 33 countries are visa-free while 29 of them offer visa on arrival.
What many Filipinos don’t know is that, just like any other visa-free countries, countries that issue “Visa on arrival” visa generally do not go through the tremendous background check process that they go through when applying for a visa. Instead, upon your arrival in the destination country, immigration officers will simply issue you with a visa provided that you are able to present the basic tourist requirements such as pocket money, hotel booking, return flight, and of course payment for the visa. The chances of getting ‘rejected’ are extremely low.
In many instances, the only reason why these countries issue visas upon arrival is money – they charge you for the visa, but do basically nothing in return.
New visa-free destination
Late this year, Taiwan has finally opened its doors to Filipinos, visa-free. From November 1, 2017, Filipinos can enter Taiwan for 14 days for business and leisure purposes. This visa-free initiative is part of Taiwan’s goodwill and its “New Southbound Policy” to build a people-to-people exchange of visits and an economic community between the Philippines and Taiwan. For now, it’s a nine-month trial that will last until July 31, 2018.
Hopefully, after that period, it will be permanently lifted for Filipino passport holders.
How far can you go?
Despite not being a top ranking passports, 62 visa-free destinations are still more than enough to satisfy anyone’s craving for an out of the country adventure. Take your pick, here’s a quick rundown of the countries where a Philippine passport could easily take you!
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