Random Musings

The passport.

July 6, 2012

I hate my passport. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a Filipino but I just hate how restricted our passport is. Thanks to our very corrupt government who still hasn’t proven the world yet that our economy is strong enough for people not to go overseas and find jobs there. You see, I’m planning to have a quick getaway with the boyfriend for a few days. Something came up at work and I would need to use most of my days in my leave bank – and I have 32 in it. I know right? I go on vacation a lot of times but I still get to have that much. Am I great on plotting a leave or what? Anyway, I have the UK visa which I acquired very recently but with the Olympics in full swing during the time that I’m planning to go, the rates just became more expensive in an already expensive city. So no United Kingdom for me. What I have left to explore where I wouldn’t be required to get a visa are the following:


The green ones are visa-free travel while the purple ones require a visa prior departure. Not much of a choice right? Sometimes I wish I’m Japanese:

Can you see the difference? The gray ones are the only countries they require a visa prior departure while all the colored ones gives them a visa-free travel or visa upon arrival or just an online visa. Oh well! At least I’m not holding an Afghani passport which was ranked as the most restricted according to the research done by Henley & Partners. See full list below:


001. Denmark, Finland, Sweden, 173.
002. Germany, 172.
003. Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, United Kingdom (British citizen passport), 171.

004. Japan, Norway, Portugal, Spain, 170.
005. Ireland, United States, 169.
006. Austria, 168.
007. Switzerland, 167.
008. Australia, Greece, New Zealand, 166.
009. Canada, Iceland, Singapore, 164.

010. South Korea, 163.
011. Malta, 160.
012. Liechtenstein, Malaysia, 158.
013. Hungary, Slovak Republic, 157.
014. Slovenia, 156.
015. Czech Republic, 155.
016. Poland, 154.
017. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, 153.
018. Cyprus, Malta, 150.
019. Hong Kong, 149.

020. San Marino, 148.
021. Brunei, Romania, 144.
022. Andorra, Bulgaria, 143.
023. Israel, 142.
024. Argentina, Chile, 141.
025. Brazil, 140.
026. Barbados, 137.
027. Bahamas, 136.
028. St. Kitts and Nevis, 131.
029. Mexico, 129.

030. Antigua and Barbuda, 128.
031. Uruguay, 127.
032. Vatican City, 125.
033. Seychelles, Venezuela, 124.
034. Croatia, Mauritius, 122.
035. Paraguay, 121.
036. Costa Rica, 120.
037. Panama, 114.
038. El Salvador, 113.
039. Guatemala, Honduras, 112.

040. Taiwan, 111.
041. Macao, 109.
042. Nicaragua, 108.
043. Serbia, 100.
044. Macedonia, 99.
045. Montenegro, 97.
046. Trinidad and Tobago, 95.
047. South Africa, 92.
048. St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Turkey, 91.
049. Russian Federation, 89.

050. Bosnia Herzegovina, 87.
051. Grenada, 86.
052. Albania, 84.
053. Belize, 83.
054. Dominica, 82.
055. Solomon Islands, 79.
056. Samoa, 78.

057. Fiji, Maldives, Tuvalu, 76.
058. Jamaica, Peru, Vanuatu, 75.
059. Guyana, Kiribati, 74.

060. Nauru, Tonga, 73.
061. Kuwait, 71.
062. Papua New Guinea, 70.
063. Ecuador, Gambia, Marshall Islands, Ukraine, 69.
064. Botswana, 68.
065. Bolivia, United Arab Emirates, 67.
066. Micronesia, Qatar, Suriname, 66.
067. Bahrain, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Palau Islands, 65.
068. Sierra Leone, 64.
069. Swaziland, Thailand, Tunisia, Zambia, 63.

070. Ghana, Tanzania, 62.
071. Oman, 60.
072. Uganda, 59.
073. Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, 58.
074. Belarus, 57.
075. Azerbeijan, Zimbabwe, 56.
076. Cape Verde, Kyrgyzstan, 55.
077. Colombia, 54.
078. Benin, India, 53.
079. Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Guinea, Mauritania, Senegal, 52.

080. Armenia, Burkina Faso, Indonesia, Mali, Togo, 51.
081. Morocco, Tajikistan, 50.
082. Uzbekistan, 49.
083. Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, 48.
084. Algeria, Nigeria, Turkmenistan, 46.
085. São Tomé & Principe, 45.
086. Bhutan, Central African Republic, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, 44.
087. Mongolia, 43.
088. Gabon, Haiti, Laos, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, 42.
089. Chad, Egypt, 41.

090. Cambodia, China, Jordan, 40.
091. Bangladesh, Congo-Brazzaville, Rwanda, Yemen, 39.
092. Cameroon, Comore Islands, Libya, Sri Lanka, 38.
093. Equatorial Guinea, Kosovo, North Korea, Syria, 37.
094. Iran, 36.
095. Burundi, Djibouti, 35.
096. Angola, Congo-Kinshasa, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, 34.
097. Lebanon, Palestinian Territory, 33.
098. Eritrea, Sudan, 32.
099. Pakistan, 31.

100. Iraq, Somalia, 28.
101. Afghanistan, 24.

The numbers on the left is the rank of the country/ies listed while the numbers on the right are the numbers of countries they can get without a visa or requires a visa upon arrival. (eg.Denmark, Finland and Sweden rank top 1 amongst all the passports in the world as they hold the most numbers of countries they can visit without requiring a visa. Which is 173 countries in total.) Philippines ranked 73 while Japan is ranked 4th, 1 country more than a US passport can access. I wonder which country it is. 🙂

So what about you? What passport are you holding?

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  • Reply Mitzie Mee January 20, 2017 at 17:26

    My Danish passport is at the very top! Though i wonder if it’s still like that nowadays, because Denmark fell out with India, so they have changed the visa requirements for Danes.

  • Reply mojoyeah July 18, 2013 at 17:40

    the grass is always greener on the other side babe. I found your post while researching terrible passports and believe me, your passport is not so bad. It’s not on the top 10 worst passports at least. You do have a disadvantage with stereotypes though, you’re right about that. I carry a passport no one ever heard of in Asia. It’s both a blessing and a curse lol.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 18, 2013 at 23:25

      Hahaha, yeah i suppose so. Just now I finished preparing the documents for a Schengen visa and I am reminded once again how hard it is to have this passport.

      Where are you from? You got me curious there.

      • Reply mojoyeah July 18, 2013 at 23:32

        Good luck with that Schengen! You just asked me a really tough question.. I’m born and raised in Saudi Arabia but I’m not Saudi.. it’s hard to explain but you live in UAE so you should know..

        • Reply Pinay Flying High July 18, 2013 at 23:36

          LOL. Well ok, I’d take your word for it. Funny how I always forget that this part of the world is also Asia. :p

    • Reply mojoyeah July 18, 2013 at 23:53

      haha.. read my latest post, i think you’ll relate.

  • Reply gallegoara May 17, 2013 at 03:01

    Spanish!!! Ranked same as Japan.

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  • Reply julianooselame March 14, 2013 at 20:01

    I hold a brazilian passport, which is pretty good for travel the world (number 25 on the list) we need a visa to travel to the US and Canada, but we have Visa Free access to Europe + Russia, Oceania, South East Asia, South and Central Americas and some African Countries, I would say that’s not bad at all…

    I wasn’t aware of the how restricted the Fiipino Passport was. But look at the good side, since Philippines grants us brazilians Visa Free entry, Brazil reciprocates and welcome all Philippines Citizens!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 14, 2013 at 20:09

      Yes I know, Brazil is one of my dream destinations. The only thing stopping me is the long flight. I was supposed to go there last year with an American friend and it’s really funny because for the first time, he needed a visa and not me. He didn’t have enough time for the visa so we were not able to go. 🙁

  • Reply Juliano March 14, 2013 at 20:00

    I hold a brazilian passport, which is pretty good for travel the world (number 25 on the list) we need a visa to travel to the US and Canada, but we have Visa Free access to Europe + Russia, Oceania, South East Asia, South and Central Americas and some African Countries, I would say that’s not bad at all…

    I wasn’t aware of the how restricted the Fiipino Passport was. But look at the good side, since Philippines grants us brazilians Visa Free entry, Brazil reciprocates and welcome all Philippines Citizens!

  • Reply August N. March 3, 2013 at 02:07

    I’m sorry but this is wrong ;/ For a Thai Citizen you can visit 88 countries free of visa / visa on arrival, Not 63. 88!! Wikipedia says it!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 3, 2013 at 07:35

      Well hello there August, thank you for pointing that out. However, if you notice on my blog I didn’t do the research. I simply reposted the study done by Henley and Partners – a consulting firm for exclusive private residence offshore solutions and international tax planning. So don’t shoot the messenger, maybe shoot them if u think wikipedia (a website with information updated by just about anyone) is much more reliable than them (a consulting firm whose business plainly relies on these kinds of things). Capeesh. 😉

  • Reply Sarah February 11, 2013 at 22:29

    My dear friend
    At least ur Passport is much better than mine, I’m holding Iranian passport and according to our government policy almost all countries are our enemies!!! Every countries wants to ruin our revolution and according to other countries we might attack them with out weapons at any time!! So !!! We don’t have USA , Britain and Canada embassy !!!!so thanks GOD from now on that u are filipino!:)))
    I really enjoyed what u wrote especially ur amazing topic!!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 11, 2013 at 22:37

      Hello there Sarah, I’ve heard so much about you. Nada is missing you a lot.

      Well I guess I still am lucky then and don’t fret too much, at least you’re not holding an Afghani or Pakistani passport. 🙂

  • Reply nadamohammed February 11, 2013 at 15:40

    Wonderful post about a very significant topic! the passport a person holds basically dictates your entire life path, standard of living and lifestyle you can have. Ironically, many people I have met from the top countries didn’t even know about the restrictions that less fortunate folks had! I am sharing this post with everyone I know 🙂

    Oh and it turned out we are on the same level 😀 the lucky number 73 :p

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 11, 2013 at 15:52

      Sadly, in Dubai, it also dictates one’s social status. Yes, we’re both 73. We might be the best partners to explore the world together. :p

  • Reply Misty July 7, 2012 at 01:39

    i totally get what you mean with the visa crisis. I’m holding a dutch passport, ranked in top 3 of your list, but the most frequent country that i visit is China… which needs pre-arrival visa lol and to apply for one is like 6 pages of work. On top of that i’m also a travel agent and help people to get their stuff straight before applying for a visa.
    Your posts are so funny cus its so familiar!!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 7, 2012 at 07:15

      I would change passports with you. I get visa upon arrival for China but only if we enter thru Shenzhen. Come on!! What d’ya think? 🙂

      Thanks for reading the post. 😉

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