The pinoys are almost always suspected of intending to work in a foreign country under the guise of tourism. I truly hate that especially because I am pinoy. Who can blame foreign policy makers from other countries for feeling suspicious? There are indeed a lot of stubborn pinoys who work abroad without proper visas.
Unfortunately, the good guys like us suffer the consequences. I know several decent people who applied for tourist visas to the States and Europe who got denied despite sincerely intending to see the country and not to work.
Aside from the horror and the shame of getting turned down, you also bear additional application costs, time and money-wise, when applying for visas. My advice is to do this strategically by building your international travel reputation and maintaining it.
- Get a passport.
- Go first to countries where you do not need a visa. Scroll down to see the list.
- Build your local financial ties that would guarantee the b**tards that you are indeed coming back to your beloved motherland- buy a house/condo, get a car, have a decent amount of money or assets under your name it can be an inherited land, bank deposits and securities.
- If you’re a good looking single pinay in your 20s-30s, you might want to consider getting married before applying for a visa in the US and European embassies to increase your chance of approval. The embassy clerks are almost always scared that you will look for someone to marry in their country and never come back. It’s funny how they think that all pinays are desperate to get married when it seems to me that americans and europeans are twice as desperate.
Here’s the list of the supposed countries that do not require visas for Philippine passport holders.I’ve marked the countries I’ve been to. But there are still a lot of countries in this list which I hope to visit in the next 3 years- Peru, Nepal, Brazil, Sri Lanka, and Georgia (where men kiss each other as a form of greeting).
- BRUNEI – 14 days
- CAMBODIA – 21 days
- INDONESIA – 30 days
- LAOS – 30 days
- MALAYSIA – 30 days VISITED & VERIFIED
- SINGAPORE – 30 days VISITED & VERIFIED
- THAILAND – 30 days
- VIETNAM – 21 days
- GEORGIA – 90 days (visa issued upon arrival, costing USD10-200)
- HONG KONG – 14 days VISITED & VERIFIED
- INDIA – 30 days (visa issued upon arrival, costing USD 60)
- IRAN – 30 days (visa issued upon arrival free of charge)
- ISRAEL – 90 days
- MACAU – 30 days VISITED & VERIFIED
- MALDIVES – 30 days (visa issued upon arrival free of charge)
- MONGOLIA – 21 days
- NEPAL – 15|30|90 days (visa issued upon arrival USD 25|40|100)
- SRI LANKA – 30 days
- TAIWAN – 30 days for valid US, Schengen, UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand
- TIMOR LESTE – 30 days (visa issued upon arrival for USD 30)
- KOSOVO – 90 days
- COOK ISLANDS – 31 days
- FIJI ISLANDS – 120 days (visa issued upon arrival free of charge)
- MARSHALL ISLANDS – 30 days (visa issued upon arrival free of charge)
- MICRONESIA – 30 days (visa issued upon arrival free of charge)
- NIUE – 30 days
- PALAU – 30 days (no visa issued upon arrival, contrary to wiki) VISITED & VERIFIED
- SAMOA – 60 days (visa issued upon arrival free of charge)
- TUVALU – 60 days (visa issued upon arrival free of charge)
- VANUATU – 30 days
- COSTA RICA – 30 days
- DOMINICA – 21 days
- HAITI – 90 days
- NICARAGUA – 90 days
- ST. KITTS & NEVIS – 14 days
- ST. LUCIA – 6 weeks (visa issued upon arrival for USD 50)
- ST. VINCENT & GRENADINES – 30 days
- TURKS & CAICOS – 30 days
- BOLIVIA – 90 days
- BRAZIL – 90 days
- COLOMBIA – 90 days
- EQUADOR – 90 days
- PERU – 183 days
- SURINAME – 90 days