Visa Exemption for Filipinos

Visa Free for Pinoys

If you’re a Filipino and a holder of Philippine passport who likes traveling and exploring the beauty of the world, but hates the visa requirement to some countries, frown no more for you can still go to wonderful places without hassle-visa-appointments.

The list of countries below doesn’t require a visa for Filipinos prior to arrival. All you need are passport, plane tickets / itinerary, and some money for your tour.

No Visa Required for Filipinos in the Following Countries…

Asia

ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)

  • Brunei Darussalam – 14 days
  • Cambodia – 21 days
  • Indonesia – 30 days
  • Laos – 30 days
  • Malaysia – 30 days
  • Singapore – 30 days
  • Thailand – 30 days
  • Vietnam – 21 days

Non- ASEAN

  • Azerbaijan – 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$100
  • Bangladesh – 90-days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Republic of China (Taiwan) – 30 days if holding a vaild visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, United Kingdom or United States
  • Georgia – 90 days visa issued on arrival for US$10 ~ US$200
  • Hong Kong – 14 days
  • Iran – 15 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Israel – 90 days
  • South Korea (Jeju Island only) – 30 days
  • Macau – 30 days
  • Maldives – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Mongolia – 21 days
  • Nepal – 15/30/90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25/40/100
  • Sri Lanka – 30 days
  • Timor-Leste – 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$30

Europe

  • Kosovo – 90 days

Oceania

  • Cook Islands – 31 days
  • Fiji – 120 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Marshall Islands – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Federated States of Micronesia – 30 days
  • Niue – 30 days
  • Palau – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Samoa – 60 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Tuvalu – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Vanuatu – 30 days

North America

  • Bermuda – 31 days before but since May, they now require visas for Philippine passport holders
  • Costa Rica – 120 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Dominica – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Haiti – 30 days
  • Nicaragua – 30 days
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Saint Lucia – 60 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 30 days visa issued upon arrival (free of charge)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands – 30 days

South America

  • Bolivia – 59 days
  • Brazil – 90 days
  • Colombia – 90 days
  • Ecuador – 90 days
  • Peru – 90 days
  • Suriname – 120 days

Africa

  • Burundi – visa issued upon arrival
  • Cape Verde – visa issued upon arrival
  • Comoros – A free 24 hour transit visa issued upon arrival at the airport. Within 24 hours this must be converted into a full visa at the immigration office in Moroni (fee payable)
  • Djibouti – 10 days visa issued upon arrival for DJF3,000; 30 days visa issued upon arrival for DJF5,000
  • Gambia – At port of entry passport 24-72 hour transit pass is issued. This must be converted into a full visa valid up to 1 month at the immigration department in Banjul (fee payable)
  • Kenya – 90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Madagascar – 90 days visa issued upon arrival for MGA140,000
  • Morocco – 90 days
  • Mozambique – 30 days visa issued upon arrival for US$25
  • Saint Helena – visa issued upon arrival
  • Seychelles – 30 days
  • Tanzania – visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Togo – 7 days visa issued upon arrival
  • Uganda – 180 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50
  • Zambia – 90 days visa issued upon arrival for US$50

**Details may change due to new law updates so double-check the immigration rules of the country you’re planning to visit

**Transit visa may be required when you’re not on a direct flight

** ABOVE INFORMATION MAY BE CHANGED, PLEASE REFER TO THIS SITE OR CLICK Visa Policies towards Filipino Nationals”  TO VERIFY UPDATED INFORMATION.

New Philippine envoy will meet FilCom leaders quarterly to discuss OFW issues and concerns

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia:  The new Philippine envoy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Ambassador Ezzedin Tago reiterated his commitment to meet with Filipino Community leaders  every three months to discuss issues and concerns affecting overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom. He made the statement during the acquaintance meeting with the Filipino Community leaders in Philippine Embassy along with the embassy staff and POLO/OWWA officials last Thursday, 15 of September 2011 at the Philippine Embassy grounds.

It was recalled that Ambassador Tago  just recently presented his credentials to HRH Prince Saud Al Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia.  Tago is now officially and formally designated as Philippine Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen.

In the meeting, Ambassador Tago announced some changes to improve the embassy’s services to its nationals. Working hours from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and no lunch break and Thursday’s is open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

The Consular Section also introduced an appointment system for passport renewal. “With the new appointment system, applicants will be able to request for a specific date and hour during regular working days” he added. The applicants in this new system will no longer have to wait in long lines at window 1 for processing and directly proceed to the encoding area.

Ambassador Tago reminded the community to directly transact business with Philippine embassy staffs and officials and urging Filipinos doing business in the Embassy not to deal with fixers and those individuals claiming as Embassy employees. He also ordered the member of the diplomatic corps to wear the official embassy ID’s all the time.

POLO Labor Attaché Albert Valenciano when asked what are the implementing guidelines of the host country for those workers whose categories belong to Red and Yellow who wishes to transfer to Green and Excellent Zones, “as of this time, the host country and the Ministry of Labor website has yet to announce the specific implementing guidelines for this purpose” he said. Labor Attaché Valenciano advised OFWs to keep visiting the Embassy website for any fresh developments about Nitaqat.

Welfare Officer Atty. Cesar Chavez pointed out that OFWs should not be worried about the new Saudization law, “OFWs are still bound to continue working till the employment contract is finally over” he said.  Even if the worker is belong to Red and Yellow categories, expatriate workers are still oblige to continue working until their contract expires” he further explained. Chavez however, reminded that pre-termination of employment due to Nitaqat should be reported to POLO. Termination due to the implementation of Nitaqat is a violation of Saudi Labor Law. Chavez also said that the new Nationalization law may not affect OFWs presently working in Saudi Arabia but to those future OFWs who wants to work in Saudi Arabia.

Overseas absentee voting registration was among the agenda discussed during the open forum. The Embassy will write a formal letter to the host country asking permission that mobile OAV registration will be conducted in Batha area in Riyadh and Philippine schools in the Kingdom. OAV registration starts October 31, 2011 to October 31, 2012. -end-

New CoM, First Order of Business

First Order of Business

9/12/2011, RIYADH:  Just recently H.E. Ambassador Ezzedin Tago presented his credentials as new Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom to His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia. Upon formally assumed office as the new Chief of Mission (COM) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Ambassador Ezzedin Tago’s first order of business is to bring the Embassy closer to its nationals.

The Filipino Community in Riyadh received an invitation coming from POLO Labor Attaché Albert Q. Valenciano, inviting the Filipino Community organizations to participate in a meeting on Thursday, 15 September 2011 at the Embassy Chancery.

H.E. Ezzedin Tago, Ambassador and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen will  discuss with the Filipino Community leaders the following agendas: New Saudization Policy of the Kingdom, Government Repatriation Program, the Absentee Voting and other relevant concerns.

The Saudi government started yesterday, September 11, 2011 the implementation of the Nitaqat restrictions to those companies who failed to comply with the Saudization targets. The sanction for non-complying companies will be the non-renewal of work permits of foreign workers. However, companies categorized in Red categories may still have time to comply up to December 11, 2011 while those in Yellow categories are given up to March 11, 2012 to improve the compliance.

The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah advised OFWs in the Kingdom to check from time to time the Embassy ( http://www.philembassy-riyadh.org ) and  Consulate ( http://www.pcgjeddah.org ) websites respectively,  for new developments.

In an advisory released last month by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) stated that the Embassy, through the POLO officers, will provide the necessary assistance to affected OFWs.

Other important matter to discuss is how to improve the present program of the Government in assisting the repatriation of  Filipinos who overstayed in the Kingdom and to make sure that the shelter where our kababayan stay inside the Hajj Terminal are in good condition and comfortable while awaiting for their scheduled repatriation.

It may recalled that the used of Hajj terminal is a special arrangement made by the Philippine Government represented by the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah with Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the approval of the Office of the Emir of Makkah to address the cases of Filipinos staying under the Sitteen Khandara overpass.

Among issues to be discussed are the plight of OFWs in distressed or OFW runaways housed at Filipino Workers Resource Centers and those in the Saudi Welfare Administration facility run by the Saudi government where female expatriates runaways in various nationalities are housed pending the required exit clearance from their sponsors to be deported.

In the upcoming meeting of  the FilCom and Embassy/POLO/Riyadh includes; the continuing Overseas Absentee Voting registration. The one year OAV continuing registration will start from October 31, 2011 to October 31, 2012.

In the last two absentee voting exercises, Filipino community participation were among seen as one of the contributing factors of the low turnout of voters registration and voters turnout during 2007 and 2010 elections. The new Philippine Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia, H.E. Ambassador Ezzedin Tago will see to it that the Filipino community organizations must be involved this time.

The Philippine Overseas Absentee Voting mechanism was implemented in 2003, 2007 and 2010 Philippine elections to provide an opportunity for Filipinos abroad to exercise their right in electing the President, Vice President, Senators and one Party-list Representative. –end- BongA

Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago Presents Credentials to HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal

Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Ezzedin H. Tago and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal at his office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jeddah

September 8, 2011, RIYADH: Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Ezzedin H. Tago, was received by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal at his office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jeddah on 7 September 2011.

Ambassador Tago presented a copy of his credentials to HRH Prince Saud Al-Faisal. During the call, Ambassador Tago reiterated the Philippine Government’s desire to enhance bilateral relations and elevate them to higher levels, particularly in areas that mutually benefit both countries and peoples.

Prince Saud Al-Faisal welcomed Ambassador Tago to the Kingdom, and expressed the Ministry’s full support to further develop relations between the two countries.

The presentation of  his credentials is a diplomatic process  in which an ambassador is certified as one country’s official representative to another. Diplomatic accreditation occurs when a new ambassador presents “letters of credence“, or credentials, to the host country’s head of state. Letters of credence, which are signed by the ambassador’s own head of state, confirm that the ambassador is authorized to represent his/her country, and ask that the host country respect this fact.

The diplomatic accreditation of  the then Charge D’ Affaires  Consul General Ezzedin Tago, as  the new Philippine Chief of
 Mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now officially confirmed. Ambassador Tago’s diplomatic expertise in Foreign Service and as a career diplomat could promote friendly relations between the two nations as well as promoting our very own government foreign policies.

Ambassador Tago is the youngest Ambassador appointed by the Philippine government to head a foreign mission. – BongA

A Call for Participation by Overseas Filipinos “PARA sa BAYAN!”

The Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora
September 27, 28 & 29, 2011
Philippine International Convention Center, Manila

A CALL FOR PARTICIPATION BY OVERSEAS FILIPINOS “PARA sa BAYAN!”

THEME: FROM DIASPORA TO DEVELOPMENT (D2D)

- To map out partnerships in doable, replicable and sustainable development initiatives in ten (10) areas of involvement:

ARTS & CULTURE EXCHANGE
• ALAY DUNONG SA BAYAN
• BALIK – TURO
• BUSINESS ADVISORY CIRCLE
• DIASPORA INVESTMENTS
• DIASPORA PHILANTHROPY
• GLOBAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE & ADVOCACY
• MEDICAL MISSION
• RETURN & REINTEGRATION
• TOURISM INITIATIVES

- To collaborate with and engage fellow overseas Filipinos, government leaders and civil society partners — across generations and beyond borders – in transfer-technology and resource exchange ventures

- To share experiences, expertise and insights gained overseas and maintain connectedness with contemporary trends, issues and concerns of the home-country

- To cooperate in the realization of the vision of a well-respected and proudly competitive transnational Filipino citizenry with a global perspective and a deeply rooted cultural identity

- To empower the Filipino youth abroad to become agents of change and to assist in local and national efforts that address the socio-economic needs of underserved communities

- To support development goals that will move the Philippines forward in the 21st century and beyond

CONVENORS:
Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NAFFAA)
US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG)
YouLeaD (Youth Leaders in the Diaspora)

For further information and registration details, visit  the Convenors  website by clicking the banner “Global Summit”  in our sidebar or simply click “Register Now” or visit  CFO websites: http://www.cfo.gov.ph  and www.d2dglobalsummit.cfo.gov.ph 

CONTACT:
Ms. Golda Roma, CFO Global Summit Secretariat
Tel: (632) 552-4760
Email: groma@cfo.gov.ph

Mr. Edwin Pajares, CFO Global Summit Secretariat
Tel: (632) 552-4764
Email: epajares@cfo.gov.ph

COMMISSION ON FILIPINOS OVERSEAS
Secretary Imelda M. Nicolas
Chairperson

Undersecretary Mary Grace Ampil-Tirona
Executive Director
Citigold Center
1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue corner
South Superhighway, Manila, Philippines

Name Hire System of Employment in Canada

To: Our fellow OFWs bound for Canada who wrote to  OFWempowerment blog about  “Name Hire System of Employment  in Canada”,  please read below important Instructions from Philippine Consular (Labor) Office in Canada. OFW bound for Canada under name hire system should inform their employers regarding the below procedure for proper guidance.

From: OFWEmpowerment Blog

INSTRUCTIONS TO WORKERS BOUND FOR CANADA

1. Caregivers and other Filipino workers hired under the name hire system bound for B.C., Alberta, Yukon and Northwest Territories, Canada without verified employment contracts are required to ask their employers to have their employment contracts verified by the Philippine Consulate General (Labour Office) and authenticated by the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver,
Canada at the following address/contact numbers:

ATTY. BERNARDINO B. JULVE
Consular Officer-in-Charge of Labour
Philippine Consulate General
(Labour Office) Vancouver
410 – 675 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6B 1N2
Tel. No.: 604-682 5770
Fax.: No.: 604-692-0887
E-mail address: vancouverpolo@yahoo.ca

Those bound for the Central and Eastern Provinces should contact the PCG (Labour Office) in Toronto.

For Employer: 

2. The employer has to conform by his/her signature to the attached addendum to the employment contract which shall be an additional page to the employment contract.

3. The employer shall send to the PCG (Labour Office), (3) copies of the signed addendum, (3) copies of the contract and (3) copies of the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) for each worker for verification and authentication by the Philippine Consulate General enclosing a pre-paid return Xpresspost envelope. The PCG (Labour Office) requires the original signature of the employer on the
documents for verification.

If this is your first time as an employer, you will need to also have your corporate identity verified and authenticated, whereby the employer shall send in (3) photo copies of his/hers I.D. (i.e. driver’s license, citizenship card, passport etc.) and (3) copies of the business/commercial registration (i.e. business license, certificate of incorporation, etc.).

4. Payments in money order or bank certified cheque (demand draft) per contract are as follows:

a. Verification fee of US $10.00 or equivalent in local currency payable to the Philippine Overseas Labour Office.

b. Authentication fee of CAN $28.75 payable to the Philippine Consulate General.

If this is your first time as an employer, payments in money order of bank certified cheque (demand draft) per corporate entity are as follows:

  1. Verification fee of US $10.00 or equivalent in local currency payable to the Philippine Overseas Labour Office.
  2. Authentication fee of CAN $28.75 payable to the Philippine Consulate General.

5. The Philippine Consulate General sends back the verified and authenticated documents to the employer in the return envelope provided, who shall in turn send the documents over to the prospective worker for submission to the Canadian Embassy (if no visa issued yet) or the POEA (if visa has been issued) for processing and participation in the mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation
Seminar (PDOS) and issuance of the overseas employment certificate (OEC) or exit clearance.

6. The PCG (Labour Office) has requested that all employers provide notification of their workers arrival in Canada. Please fax the PCG (Labour Office) at 1-604-692-0887 with your company name, the worker’s names and their date of arrival in Canada.

** Note –  Non-compliance of the above-mentioned requirements and/or non-payment of the correct fees will result in the return of the documents without action. **

Info taken from: http://www.albertabeekeepers.org/