Visa-Free (and Visa-on-Arrival) Countries For Philippine Passport Holders

I love traveling. It always bums me out when I want to go see a place then I look at the visa exemption list and almost always, my dear country is not on the list. Visas are often expensive. I’ve even traveled once where my visa was more expensive than my actual airfare! But yeah, it is what it is. I can’t really do anything about it. So I’m writing this blog to help my fellow Filipinos check what countries they can visit without visa. Happy Travels! 🙂

First off, here are the types of tourist visas that you need.

  1. VISA-FREE – This means that you don’t need a visa to enter that country but you can only stay within a specific period.
  2. VISA-ON-ARRIVAL – This means you’ll need to get the visa to enter the country when you land at the airport. Sometimes they’ll require a passport-sized photo so just to be safe, always bring a photo with you. Also, VOA usually has visa fees involved so just make sure you check the fees so you’ll have cash to pay for it.
  3. E-VISA – This means that you can apply for the visa online. You’ll probably get a notification and then feel free to print it out.
  4. VISA-REQUIRED – This means you have apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate of the country you’ll be going to. There will be requirements which varies from country to country so make sure to apply with the proper timings in mind.

ASIA

  • ARMENIA – Visa-on-Arrival, 120 days
  • BRUNEI DARUSSALAMVisa-Free, 14 days
  • CAMBODIAVisa-Free, 21 days
  • HONG KONGVisa-Free, 14 days
  • INDONESIAVisa-Free, 30 days
  • IRANVisa-on-Arrival
  • ISRAELVisa-Free, 30 days
  • KYRGYZSTAN – Visa-on-Arrival, 30 days
  • LAOSVisa-Free, 30 days
  • MACAUVisa-Free, 30 days
  • MALAYSIAVisa-Free, 30 days
  • MALDIVES – Visa-on-Arrival, 30 days
  • MONGOLIA Visa-Free, 21 days
  • MYANMARVisa-Free, 14 days
  • NEPAL – Visa-on-Arrival, 90 days
  • SINGAPOREVisa-Free, 30 days
  • SRI LANKA – Visa-on-Arrival, 30 days
  • TAIWANVisa-free until July 31, 2018
  • TAJIKISTAN – Visa-on-Arrival
  • THAILANDVisa-Free, 30 days
  • TIMOR-LESTE – Visa-on-Arrival
  • VIETNAMVisa-Free, 21 days

North, South, Central America

  • BoliviaVisa-Free, 90 days
  • BrazilVisa-Free, 90 days
  • ColombiaVisa-Free, 90 days can be extended for another 90 days
  • Costa RicaVisa-Free, 30 days
  • DominicaVisa-Free
  • EcuadorVisa-Free
  • HaitiVisa-Free, 3 months
  • Nicaragua – Visa-on-Arrival, 90 days
  • PeruVisa-Free, 183 days
  • SurinameVisa-Free, 90 days
  • Saint Lucia – Visa-on-Arrival, 6 weeks
  • St. Vincent and the GrenadinesVisa-Free, 1 month
  • Trinidad and Tobago – Visa-on-Arrival

AFRICA

  • Benin – Visa-on-Arrival
  • Cape Verde – Visa-on-Arrival
  • Comores Islands – Visa-on-Arrival
  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)Visa-Free, 90 days
  • Djibouti – Visa-on-Arrival
  • GambiaVisa-Free, 90 days
  • Guinea-Bissau  Visa-on-Arrival
  • KenyaVisa-Free, 3 months
  • MadagascarVisa-Free, 30 days (free visa on arrival)
  • MalawiVisa-Free, 30 days can be extended to 90 days
  • MauritaniaVisa-on-Arrival
  • MauritiusVisa-Free, 60 days
  • MoroccoVisa-Free, 90 days
  • Mozambique – Visa-Free, 30 days
  • RwandaVisa-Free, 90 days
  • SeychellesVisa-on-Arrival
  • Somalia – Visa-on-Arrival
  • Tanzania – Visa-on-Arrival
  • TogoVisa-on-Arrival, 7 days
  • Uganda – Visa-on-Arrival

OCEANIA / PACIFIC

  • Cook Islands – Visa-Free
  • FijiVisa-Free, 4 months
  • Marshall IslandsVisa-on-Arrival, 90 days
  • Micronesia – Visa-Free, 30 days
  • Niue – Visa-Free
  • Palau IslandsVisa-on-Arrival, 30 days
  • Papua New GuineaVisa-on-Arrival, 60 days
  • SamoaVisa-on-Arrival, 60 days
  • TuvaluVisa-on-Arrival, 1 month
  • VanuatuVisa-Free, 30 days

I hope this was helpful. Happy Travels! 🙂

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Reykjavic City Skyline

I was in Reykjavik, Iceland last week. It was so beautiful! We almost didn’t make it coz our flight was delayed by 12 hours coz the airport was closed due to heavy snowstorm. But yeah we were able to catch the first flight when the airport opened and the planes were able to fly to Paris to pick us up. 😉 I took this photo from the top of Perlan Museum. I was lucky enough to get some good photos for about 5 minutes then the wind kicked in and then brought in snow! It was super cold! Haha but yeah it was so beautiful you can really see the 360 view of Reykjavik from up there. 😍😍😍

Taken by: Elaine Adoptante
Taken at: Reykjavic City View from Perlan Museum
Taken on: 15 February 2018
Device Used: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

© 2018 ELAINE ADOPTANTE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Paris, France [Timelapse]

I made this video last week. I compiled all the timelapse videos I took during my trip to Paris early last year.

I love Paris. Contrary to what a lot of tourists said, I met a lot of Parisians and all of them were absolutely lovely people. My short Paris visit was made extra special because of the people I’ve met. Paris is definitely a city for people watchers like me. I fuckin’ loved it! I’m looking forward to visit Paris and some other French cities next time!

Singapore [Timelapse]

Today is Singapore’s 52nd Birthday. And I made a video just for this special day.


I’ve been living here in Singapore for more than 5 years now and it’s been great. Singapore is probably the best place to live in Asia. It is efficient, peaceful and organized. People here are amazing! It has become my 2nd home and I’m grateful to be here.

Hong Kong: My Favorite Dimsum Escape

I come to Hong Kong every year. I love it there. It’s the one of the easiest places to go to and to be alone in just like Singapore. But Hong Kong is unique in its own way. It’s the epitome of what a busy metropolitan city is. I haven’t been to New York or London so Hong Kong is the closest place I can go to for me to experience real city neon lights.

Hong Kong is not as orderly as Singapore. But it is as diverse as a city can be. friendliness and warmth isn’t something that Hong Kong is known for but it’s noisy streets can be charming at times. But what Hong Kong can boast is its charming cityscape and its flea markets!

Here are the places to visit when in Hong Kong.

Victoria Harbour is at it’s best during the holidays because you can watch the Symphony of lights in the middle of the sea. The cruise is about 2 hours long for HK$60.

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The Peak – Hong Kong’s most popular attraction, The Peak offers spectacular views over the city, harbour and mountains beyond. We came there at around 6pm and the weather is about 8 degrees and I was wearing a see-through blouse! It was so cold I actually froze! If you want a better view and to experience the hype of going up the mountain top, take the Peak Tram.
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Hong Kong Disneyland is a wonderland for children! I didn’t enjoy much coz I’m an extreme ride freak but it was fine. It was a magical place so if you’re an adrenaline junkie, then this is not the place for you.

Ladies’ Market in Tung Choi Street is the place for bags, accessories and inexpensive women’s clothing. Men’s and children’s clothing and toys are also on sale. It starts at around 11am so if you’re an early bird, better check out the mall first before heading out to the flea market.

Temple Street Night Market is of course a night market. It starts at around 4pm so after shopping in the Ladies’ you can continue shopping here.

Food is great too! I love Chinese food so I definitely loved Hong Kong delicacies.

FOOD FOOD FOOD!!!

Lin Heung Tea House near Sheun Wan MTR Station has always been my favorite restaurant to go to everytime I go to Hong Kong. The food here is super good and very traditional. The experience of eating here is worth traveling for. I love this place. Food here is cheap, just check out its FoodPanda profile.

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Avenue of the Stars – It’s like the walk of fame in Las Vegas. You can see hand prints of famous Chinese stars such as Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee (just the star, no handprint).

Ocean Park Hong Kong is probably my 2nd favorite touristy place in Hong Kong. The rides here are so fun and the view from the cable car is amazing. I fuck’n love this place! I’ll go back when I can! And yeah they have pandas in there too!!! What’s not to love!!!

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12465765_10154000523444767_8939776758537183417_o.jpgTian Tan Buddha – Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. You can ride a skytrain to see the whole place up in the air. It’s quite cool

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Ngong Ping 360 is a cable care ride and is the best mode of transport to see the whole Lantau island from the sky. I truly enjoyed this ride so I’m sure everyone who are not afraid of heights will enjoy it. It is a 25-minute scenic ride that connects Ngong Ping plateau with the town of Tung Chung.

12440347_10154000521714767_215026834733777143_o.jpgMTR trains are of course better than the ones in the Philippines but not as sophisticated as the Singapore’s MRT. And as always, people here are quiet and barely smiles. 🙂

Buses in Hong Kong are pretty much like every other British Colonized country, they have 2-storey buses. I like their buses. Buses there are quite colorful.

Hong Kong Buses

Hong Kong is always a good place to go to take a break, unwind. Hong Kong breaks are like walkathons, you can walk around the city, no problem. It’s definitely one of the places that every Asian should go to.

Gone for Safari

5 Reasons You Should Visit The Philippines

Philippines is not a usual go-to vacation destination for most people. Aside from the complicated spelling, which makes it forgettable to write in travel lists, this country is also suffering from so much adverse media. From corruption to terrorism, Philippines had it all. So I’m writing this blog now to list down the 5 reason why you should visit the Philippines.

#1 AWESOME BEACHES – DIVING! SNORKELLING! SURFING!

The Philippines is an archipelago made up of 7,107 islands! It’s hard to describe how awesome the beaches are so just look these up in Google for a sneak preview 😉 BORACAY, CALAGUAS, MALCAPUYA, CORON, MALAPASCUA, EL NIDO, OSLOB and many more! The best part is, all these are just an hour away from Manila!


#2 SUPER CHEAP LIQUOR AND BEER!

A bucket of 6 San Miguel Beer (local beer) is less than 10 dollars (SGD/USD/AUD) in almost all bars. A bottle of local beer in 7/11 won’t cost you more then 50 cents. A 1L bottle of local gin or rum costs around 2 dollars!

1L of local vodka or tequila costs about 5-10 dollars! Drinking and clubbing age in the Philippines is 18 years old.

#3 GOOD FOOD

Filipino food is quite different from other Southeast Asian food. Filipinos are meat lovers so almost everything has either pork or chicken. Rice is staple food. Even McDonald’s serve rice with some of their value meals. Try adobo, caldereta, pansit, sinigang, menudo, halo-halo and many more. My personal favorite is the Filipino sweet spaghetti but it’s more of an acquired taste.

PS. Philippine is not a good place for vegetarians and vegans so if you are one, better be ready.

#4 SHOPPING!!!

There’s probably a shopping mall every 4 kilometer radius in Metro Manila! According to Wikipedia, out of the 20 largest shopping malls in the world, 4 of them are in Metro Manila! From local shops to high-end boutiques, you’ll surely find shops that you’ll love!

#5 EVERYBODY SPEAKS ENGLISH!

Philippines is an English-speaking country so if you’re lost you can ask anybody for direction and Filipinos are friendly so they’ll be happy to help you!

Visit the Philippines! 🙂

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam: The Land of Pho

I went to Saigon about 5 years ago. And I loved it! It has this laid-back feel that will just make you want to just chill. It felt like Manila but a bit greener.

Ho Chi Minh City, more popularly known as Saigon, is the largest city in the country of Vietnam. Vietnam, and in particular Ho Chi Minh City, is full of historical sites which is very interesting. Some of the more famous sites include the Reunification Palace and War Remnants Museum. Both of which have great meaning in regards to the Vietnam War.

Saigon, Vietnam

This is the temple near Mekong Delta. I forgot the name but this is Vietnam’s largest Buddhist Temple.

We ate so much food…Pho, spring rolls, fish and so much more! I loved everything! It was amazing! BUT, just a caveat…don’t buy fresh coconut from street vendors because they usually sell it double or even triple of its actual price. There are a lot of small stores in the streets, you can save by buying from there.

The main mode of transportation are scooters/motorcycles. I almost died just trying to cross the road coz of all the motorcycles but yeah it’s definitely charged to experience. It is a young city with so much potential. I consider this as one of my more cultural travels.

What I like best about Vietnam is that the people are very nice and very accommodating. They are friendly. And they love their culture. When you go on the tours. You’ll see that they still wear they’re national dress. And people still wear their traditional inverted cone-shaped hats. Which I think is very effective in blocking sunlight. That’s why people there are fair-skinned amidst the very hot weather.

We went to various tourist spots in Saigon. We went to Chuchi tunnel, an underground shelter, where the Vietcongs (Vietnamese warriors) hid themselves for over 20 years during the Vietnam War. We also went to the Mekong River and rode the kayak-like boats. It was so much fun! But It was also sad because we saw the remnants of the past war. It was devastating.

Remnants of the Vietnam War. So sad!

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I miss Pho! 🙂