Unlock The Hidden Potential Of Your New Philippine e-Passport

5 min. read By eCompareMo on

The Philippines has one of the most secure passports in the world. It may not be exactly among the most good-looking, nor has it been hailed as among the most powerful, but it is right up there with our ASEAN neighbors and other countries in the world when it comes to topnotch security features.

We are talking about fraud-proof measures such as printed latent image, ultraviolet prints, and an embedded chip that stores the passport holder’s biometric information.

This technology enables smoother and faster clearance at immigration checks, as well as automated issuance of boarding passes. e-Passport holders also have access to automated border clearance on e-gates.

In terms of aesthetics, every flip of the page is visually enthusing as the passport showcases the country’s famous scenic spots, among them the Mayon Volcano and Ifugao Rice Terraces.

But the real power of the Philippine e-passport lies in its ability to access 72 countries without a visa. That’s more than enough to fill your annual travel calendar.

Refer to the infographic below to see a map of visa-free countries and continents for Philippine passport holders. We’re also throwing in a table that provides the length of stay, requirements, currency exchange rate estimates, and average daily expense per person, so that you can calculate your travel budget more accurately.

Asia

Country Length of stay/requirements Currency exchange rate* Average daily expense per head**
Brunei Darussalam 14 days Brunei Dollar – P35.70 P3,185
Cambodia 21 days Cambodian Riel- P0.012 P1,652
Indonesia 30 days Indonesian Rupiah – P0.0037 P2,231
Laos 30 days Laos Kip – P0.0061 P1,451
Malaysia 30 days Malaysian Ringgit – P11.38 P1,899
Singapore 30 days Singapore Dollar – P35.69 P5,547
Thailand 30 days Thai Baht – P1.44 P3,130
Vietnam 21 days Vietnamese Dong – P0.0022 P2,012
Armenia 120 days; visa issued upon arrival Armenian Dram – P0.102 P4,312
China 7 days in Shenzen, if crossing from Hong Kong Chinese Yuan Renminbi – P7.215 P3,537
Hong Kong 14 days Hong Kong Dollar – P6.383 P7, 137
India 30 days; apply for eTourist visa online Indian Rupee – P0.773 P1,521
Iran 15 days; apply for e-visa pre-approval code from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iranian Rial – P0.0015 P2,940
Israel 90 days Israeli New Shekel – P13.61 P4,912
Kyrgyzstan 30 days; visa issued upon arrival Kyrgyzstani Som – P0.74 $63.45
Macau 30 days Macanese Pataca – P6.21 P5,738
Maldives 30 days, visa issued upon arrival Maldivian Rufiyaa – P3.23 P3,087
Myanmar 21 days Burmese Kyat – P01.0362 P3,435
Mongolia 21 days Mongolian Togrog – P0.0205 P1,052
Nepal 21 days; visa issued upon arrival Nepalese Rupee – P0.482 P1,399
South Korea 30 days in Jeju Island Korean Won – P0.0441 P5,317
Sri Lanka 30 days; apply for an e-visa authorization prior to departure Sri Lanka Rupee – P0.327 P1,688
Taiwan 30 days Taiwan Dollar – P1.649 P2,824
Tajikistan 45 days; visa issued upon arrival Tajikistan Somoni – P5.86 P4,704
Timor-Leste 30 days; visa issued upon arrival at the Dili airport and seaport US Dollar – P49.67 P1,225

Africa

Country Length of stay/requirements Currency exchange rate* Average daily expense per head**
Cape Verde Islands 21 days Cape Verdean Escudo – P0.490 P2,205
Comoros 21 days Comorian Franc – P0.110
Djibouti 30 days; visa issued upon arrival Djiboutian Franc – P0.278 P1,593
Gambia Visa issued upon arrival; Must obtain clearance from immigration Gambian Dalasi – P1.10 P2,156
Guinea-Bissau 90 days; visa issued upon arrival CFA Franc – P0.0825 P2,572
Kenya 90 days; visa issued upon arrival Kenyan Shilling – P0.482 P2,110
Madagascar 30 days; visa issued upon arrival Malagasy Ariary – P0.01570 P4,770
Mauritania Visa issued upon arrival Mauritanian Ouguiya – P0.1391 P2,120
Morocco 90 days Moroccan Dirham – P5 P1,987
Mozambique 30 days; visa issued upon arrival Metical – P0.7536 P2,083
Rwanda 90 days Rwandan Franc – P0.0602 P1,461
Saint Helena Visa issued upon arrival Saint Helena Pound – P63.65 No data
Senegal 30 days; visa issued upon arrival; Visa available online. CFA Franc – P0.0825 P3,618
Seychelles 30 days permit; must show sufficient funds & proof of accommodation Seychellois Rupee – P3.64 P7,350
Somalia 30 days; visa issued upon arrival, Invitation letter by sponsor should be submitted 2 days before arrival Somali Shilling – P0.086 No data
Tanzania Visa issued upon arrival Tanzanian Shilling – P0.022 P3,081
Togo (Togolese Republic) 7 days; visa issued upon arrival; requires yellow fever vaccination CFA Franc – P0.0825 P2,083
Uganda 90 days; visa issued upon arrival at Entebbe Airport Ugandan Shilling – P0.014 P2,469
Zambia 90 days; visa issued upon arrival Zambian Kwacha – P5.34 P1,495

Central America

Country Length of stay/requirements Currency exchange rate* Average daily expense per head**
Costa Rica 30 days; visitor’s permit issued upon arrival Costa Rican Colon – P0.087 P3,897
Guatemala Guatemalan Quetzal – P6.77 P1,896
Nicaragua 90 days; visa issued upon arrival Nicaraguan Cordoba – P1.67 P1,174

Caribbean Islands

Country Length of stay/requirements Currency exchange rate* Average daily expense per head**
Dominica 21 days Eastern Caribbean Dollar – P18.40 P3,554
Haiti 90 days Haitian Gourde – P0.72 P3,375
Saint Lucia 42 days Eastern Caribbean Dollar – P18.40 P3,517
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 30 days; visa issued upon arrival Eastern Caribbean Dollar – P18.40 P6,750
Turks and Caicos Islands 30 days US Dollar – P49.67 P5,629

South America

Country Length of stay/requirements Currency exchange rate* Average daily expense per head**
Bolivia 90 days Bolivian Boliviano – P7.19 P1,334
Brazil 90 days Brazilian Real – P15.88 P3,356
Colombia 90 days Colombian Peso – P0.0172 P1,228
Ecuador 90 days US Dollar – P49.67 P1,694
Peru 183 days Peruvian Sol – P15.31 P1,974
Suriname 90 days Surinamese Dollar – P6.58 P2,700

Europe

Country Length of stay/requirements Currency exchange rate* Average daily expense per head**
Georgia Visa issued upon arrival. Preferably with invitation. Georgian Lari – P20.36 P4,860
Kosovo 90 days Euro – P54.08 P2,390

Oceania and the Pacific Islands

Country Length of stay/requirements Currency exchange rate* Average daily expense per head**
Cook Islands 31 days New Zealand Dollar – P34.53 P2,450
Fiji 120 days; visitor’s permit issued on arrival Fijian Dollar – P24 P6,860
Marshall Islands 90 days; visa issued upon arrival US Dollar – P49.67
Micronesia 30 days US Dollar – P49.67 P5,175
Nauru 30 days Australian Dollar – P37.42 No data
Niue 30 days New Zealand Dollar – P34.53 No data
Northern Marianas Visa issued upon arrival US Dollar – P49.67s                                No data
Palau 30 days; visa issued upon arrival US Dollar – P49.67s                                No data
Papua New Guinea 60 days; visa issued upon arrival Papua New Guinean Kina – P15.66 P4,900
Pitcairn Islands 14 days; entry permit given on arrival New Zealand Dollar – P34.53
Samoa 60 days; visitor’s permit issued upon arrival Samoan Tala – P19.59 P4,900
Tuvalu 30 days; visitor’s permit issued upon arrival Tuvaluan Dollar – P37.42
Vanuatu 30 days Vanuatu Vatu – P0.45 P2,250

*Estimates as of May 2017

**Based from low to mid-range budget from the following blogs: thelonelyplanet.com, goastontheroad.com, budgetyourtrip.com, tripadvisor.com

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