The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco reminds all Filipinos in the United States, including green card holders, to secure appropriate country visas when traveling to Europe and other countries.
It was reported that last month two Philippine passport holders residing in the United States tried to enter Germany through Frankfurt and Munich without a German or Schengen visa and were subsequently sent back to their points of origin.
Schengen visa allows entry to a Schengen country and travel freely throughout the Schengen zone which includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. It can be obtained at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is the first point of entry.
The Philippine has an agreement on the abolition of entry visa for holders of regular or ordinary passports for purposes of business or pleasure only with Brazil (90 days), Gibraltar (59 days), Israel (3 months), and Mongolia (21 days).
Although ASEAN member-countries have agreed to allow visa-free travel within the region for two weeks, the agreement will take effect once it is ratified by all 10-member countries. Currently the following ASEAN countries provide visa-free facility to Filipino citizens who are holders of diplomatic, official and ordinary passports for short or temporary visits: Brunei Darussalam (14 days), Cambodia (21 days), Indonesia (30 days), Malaysia (30 days), Singapore (30 days), Thailand (30 days), and Vietnam (21 days).
A wider range of other countries allows free visa entry only to holders of Philippine diplomatic or official passport.