Your Philippine Passport Can Now Take You To 66 Countries Without A Visa

Your Philippine passport just became more powerful.

The Henley Passport Index recently released its ranking of passports from countries all around the world. With even more visa-free countries for Filipino passport holders—Taiwan being a notable addition—the Philippines went five places up from 75th last year to the 70th spot this year.

Philippine Passport Can Now Take You To 66 Countries Without A Visa

Last year, the Taiwanese government announced that Filipinos could now stay in the country for 14 days without a visa for purposes of tourism, business, visiting relatives, and events. This is due to Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, which aims to improve the country’s cooperation with neighboring countries in the region.

How will this change things for Philippine passport holders?

The world’s top passports

For quite some time now, Singapore and Germany have been battling it out for the title “most powerful passport in the world.” The title went to a new contender this year.

In 2018, Japan has claimed the top spot. A Japanese passport can give its citizens access to 189 countries without a visa or by merely securing a visa on arrival.

Former champions Singapore and Germany are tied in second place with a total of 188 visa-free countries.

Meanwhile, six countries were able to land in the third place: South Korea, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden. Citizens of these countries can travel visa-free (or visa on arrival) to 187 destinations.

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Other countries that reached the top 10 in Henley and Partners Passport Index are the following:

  • Fourth place (186 visa-free destinations): Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, the United States
  • Fifth place (185 visa-free destinations): Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada
  • Sixth place (183 visa-free destinations): Australia, Greece
  • Seventh place (182 visa-free destinations): New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta
  • Eighth place (181 visa-free destinations): Iceland
  • Ninth place (180 visa-free destinations): Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia
  • Tenth place (197 visa-free destinations): Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania

Meanwhile, in Southeast Asia, there’s a different ranking going on. With Singapore and Malaysia snagging the second and ninth places in global rankings, respectively, it’s pretty obvious that they’ll rank the highest in regional scores.

Here’s how our neighbors—and ourselves—fared in the Southeast Asian rankings:

  1. Singapore: 188 countries
  2. Malaysia: 180 countries
  3. Brunei: 165 countries
  4. Timor Leste: 98 countries
  5. Thailand: 76 countries
  6. Indonesia: 71 countries
  7. Philippines: 66 countries
  8. Cambodia: 54 countries
  9. Laos: 52 countries
  10. Vietnam: 51 countries
  11. Myanmar: 48 countries

The Philippines has been showing significant improvements in terms of visa-free destinations. In 2015, our ranking in Henley and Partners Passport index fell 12 places to 80th from 2014’s 68th place. However, the country quickly picked up the pace as it went up to 76th place in 2016 and 75th in 2017.

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Asian countries like the Philippines are improving their rankings on the list because of improved relations with other countries and starting visa-free agreements that could boost tourism and commerce for all sides, the advisory firm said in a statement.

“While Schengen Area countries have traditionally topped the index as a result of their open access to Europe, developed Asian nations have been able to secure equally high scores in recent years thanks to their strong international trade and diplomatic relations.

“With close to 40 visa-waiver agreements signed by governments since the start of the year, passport-holders around the world go into the summer season with greater collective access than ever before.”

Tour de force

Now that there are more countries you can visit without prior visa application, it’s about time you plan your trip accordingly, so you can hit as many countries as you can with only one flight out of the Philippines.

Here are all the 66 countries, divided by region that you can fly to without securing a visa beforehand:

Region Country


 1.     Brunei
 2.     Cambodia
 3.     Hong Kong
 4.     Indonesia
 5.     Kyrgyzstan
 6.     Laos
 7.     Macao
 8.     Malaysia
 9.     Maldives
 10.   Mongolia
 11.   Myanmar
 12.   Nepal
 13.   Singapore
 14.   Sri Lanka
 15.   Taiwan
 16.   Tajikistan
 17.   Thailand
 18.   Timor-Leste
 19.   Vietnam


 20.   Benin
 21.   Cape Verde Islands
 22.   Comores Islands
 23.   Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
 24.   Djibouti
 25.   Gambia
 26.   Guinea-Bissau
 27.   Kenya
 28.   Madagascar
 29.   Malawi
 30.   Mauritania
 31.   Mauritius
 32.   Morocco
 33.   Mozambique
 34.   Rwanda
 35.   Seychelles
 36.   Somalia
 37.   Tanzania
 38.   Togo
 39.   Uganda


 40.   Cook Islands
 41.   Fiji
 42.   Marshall Islands
 43.   Micronesia
 44.   Niue
 45.   Palau Islands
 46.   Papua New Guinea
 47.   Samoa
 48.   Tuvalu
 49.   Vanuatu


 50.   Dominica
 51.   Haiti
 52.   St. Lucia
 53.   St. Vincent and the Grenadines
 54.   Trinidad and Tobago


 55.   Bolivia
 56.   Brazil
 57.   Colombia
 58.   Costa Rica
 59.   Ecuador
 60.   Nicaragua
 61.   Peru
 62.   Suriname

Middle East

 63.   Armenia
 64.   Iran
 65.   Israel
 66.   Palestinian Territory