One of the reasons why Filipinos could hardly get out of the country or take a tour to other countries is because it is quite difficult for us to be granted a visa.
What is a visa?
A visa is a document or just a simple stamp on the passport that will allow one to enter a certain country. Documents have to be prepared and submitted. These are bank statement (how much money the applicant/s has), land titles and vehicle receipt and registration. Of course not to forget the business registration or certificate of employment. These documents will prove that the applicant has the capability to be a tourist because she/he is either rich or has a permanent job or business to get back to after the tour. In which there is no reason for this person to be the tourist on loose in their country.
To be able to apply for a tourist or business visa, an applicant has to pay some fees too. If the visa is rejected some countries refund the amount paid but most don’t.
In other words, so many troubles really with a 30:70 chance of approval not even close to 50:50 chance, isn’t it? No way! I had experienced so many visa denials aside from the financial hurt it caused my pocket, it had really affected me emotionally, too.
Then I wondered, why do I need to get a passport if I will not go out of the country? Is getting a passport worthy? As the result of my question, I searched the net and luckily I found out these information.
According to DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines), we can go to 25 countries worldwide without worrying so much about getting a visa ahead of the flight. Then I thought, why am I wasting my time, money and energy to the countries where getting visa is just like finding a diamond in the dirt when there are other exciting countries I can visit? Why not just go to the countries where I can just get visa in the airport or also called visa on arrival.
Where will our Philippine passport can take us?
1. Southeast Asian Countries:
Fortunately we can go to the Southeast Asian countries without any fear of deportation upon arrival. These countries are the following, Brunei (14 days), Cambodia (21 days), Indonesia (30 days), Laos (30 days), Malaysia (30 days), Singapore (30 days), Thailand (30 days) and Vietnam ((30 days). Other countries laying on the Asia Regions where we can go are in the South are India (30 days), Sri Lanka (30 days). In Western part of Asia located is Israe.
2. Latin America
Another amazing countries that we might consider of going are in the Latin America , Bolivia (60 days), Brazil (90 days), Columbia, Costa Rica (30 days), Ecuador (90 days), Morocco and Peru (60 days).
3. Pacific Islands
The Pacific Islands has its share of countries too. These countries start with Palau (30 days) (which I thought is a part of the Philippines), Tuvalu (30 days), and Vanuatu (30 days). These are my personal choices which I dream of seeing in the future.
4. South Africa
We can also go without any problem with the visa to South African countries. These are Zambia (90 days), and Mozambique (30 days).
5. of course the well known Hongkong which is the only Disneyland World accessible easily by Asians
Are you now excited to get out of the country? Why not, for a change, definitely you will see different places and architectures, histories, people, different beaches and yes different food to taste. It’s quite an adventure for me maybe to you, too?
The information stated above were released by Philippines Department of Affairs through Philippine News website.
Reminders before buying a flight ticket going to your dream destination:
These information are about free visa entry of each country, however, it is advised to go to the site of the country pertaining to information about accepting tourists in their country. In addition, you may want to go to the embassy of the country you wish to visit to ask for more information personally. This is very helpful to gather more information the country such as if you need to have a visa in advanced or you can just get in airport upon arrival. Personally speaking, the Southeast Asian Countries issue visa upon arrival so no big problem.
Visit the country’s tourist sites or forums so that you will be able to see if the place is really for you. Gathering information about the place, food and modes of transportation is really helpful.
Rob Sake, List of Visa Free Countries for Filipinos Released by DFA, April 23, 2014, Philippines News
Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines
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