Cheap Flight Routes from Manila to South America
The origin of salsa, samba, tango, and Andean folk music, fascinating indigenous cultural treasures, canoe along the green tones of the Amazon rain forest, sail through the melting pot’ of marine species in the Galapagos Islands, only few of the great, exciting, bustling activities South America has to offer.
The very first step to set foot in the 4th largest continent in the planet – live life from reverie to reality, as we guide you through your journey to South America with different cheapest possible ways.
Along with your valid Philippine passport, the following are the requisites and info: (Here’s Kach’s personal visa experiences)
- Argentina – you need a pre-approved visa, $50
- Bolivia – up to 60 days visa-free
- Brazil – up to 90 days visa-free
- Chile – you need a pre-approved visa, $60 for 90 days (Here’s how I got my Chile visa while in Peru)
- Colombia – up to 90 days visa-free
- Ecuador – up to 90 days visa-free
- Paraguay – you need a pre-approved visa, $100
- Peru – up to 183 days visa-free
- Suriname – up to 60 days visa-free
- Uruguay – you need a pre-approved visa, $45
- Venezuela – you need a pre-approved visa, $100
SOME POINTS TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO SOUTH AMERICA:
Jonathan and Kach traveled and lived in South America for 18 months and below is their tips for you!
- YOU NEED TO SHOW A RETURN FLIGHT TICKET FOR THE PHILIPPINES IMMIGRATION – Here’s our tips and things to remember at the Philippines immigration.
- Here’s the list of CHEAP Backpackers Hostels in South America (starting from $4/ night!)
- Yes, once you’re in South America you can easily cross the border and travel by land – you can read my experience here (Peru-Bolivia-Chile).
- You will need a TRAVEL INSURANCE! Believe me, you don’t want to be sick and spend a lot of money!
- Read our cheap backpacking guides in South America here.
Route 1: Manila to South America via USA – applicable if you have US Visa
A transit (C-1) visa in necessary as you embark on your South America journey via US route. In case you already have a valid B-1/B-2 visa, you no longer need a special transit visa to transit through the United States. Note however that US visa holder other than B-1/B-2 or C-1 will in most cases not be admitted by U.S. immigration officials and may be returned to the country of origin at your own expense.
Procedures on how to apply for the US visa include application fee payment, submitting required documents, schedule interview, interview attendance, and issuance of Visa. Further info necessary for US visa application guide and tips can be found thru our guide here.
Route 2: Manila to South America via Middle East or Istanbul, Turkey
If Dubai route is your choice, a Visit Visa is necessary to begin your trip. It allows a maximum stay of 30 days and the visit visa can be renewed or extended at the immigration office in the UAE.
Visit visas for immediate family members can be obtained by residents (called sponsors), whose monthly salary is not less than AED 4000 or AED 3000 + accommodation.
Note of the 90 days visa exemption upon entry to Colombia or Brazil!
Another option is with Qatar Airways. Visa application is also necessary before you enter Qatar. Basically, Qatar Visa Requirements for Tourist Visa includes the following:
- Accomplished Application form
- Passport at least 6 months valid
- Authenticated Birth Certificate
- Authenticated Marriage Certificate (if married)
- NBI Clearance
- Bank Statement in the recent 3 months of proof of financial support
- 2X2 passport size photos with white background
- Processing fee
Route 3: Manila to South America via Hong Kong, Singapore or Malaysia
You can also start off your South America journey via our neighboring ASEAN countries, Malaysia, Singapore or the not so distant 2 hrs. flight to Hong Kong. This is definitely a great idea since they’re all visa free – Hong Kong for 14 days, Singapore for 30 days and Malaysia for 30 days.
From Manila, it’s only 3 and a half hours flight going to Malaysia and from Malaysia, long journey awaits as you fly to Sao Paulo for around 20hr and 19min, whilst 19hr and 58min approximately to Rio de Janeiro.
The average flight time from Manila to Singapore Changi is 3h 25min, approximately 20h 23min from Singapore to Sau Paulo, 23h 50 mins heading Rio de Janeiro, and 23h 48 min to Porto Alegre.
2h flight from Manila to Hong Kong is quick but Hong Kong to Brazil might take a while, 22h 56min to Sao Paulo, 27h 4min to Campinas and 22h 30min going to Rio de Janeiro.
If you decide to go on a layover to these countries:
- Here’s the best and cheap hostels in Hongkong
- Here’s the best and cheap hostels in Singapore
- Here’s the best and cheap hostels in Malaysia
Route 4: Manila to South America via Australia
A tourist visa will be required if you’ll take the Australia route. Completion of application form 1419 is necessary to get the visa. Further info re Visitor Visa – Tourist Stream and other requirements can be found thru this link: Application Checklist
Etihad Airways usually flies from Australia to Brazil. If heading to Sao Paulo, estimated flight time would be 17hr 7min whilst going to Rio de Janeiro, 17hr 19min. You may also access South America thru Direct Qantas flight, which flies off to Santiago, Chile. Note of the pre-approved visa in Chile, $60 for 90 days.
Route 5 : Manila to South America via Europe
A Schengen visa will be required if you are planning to stay in Netherlands. But the good thing is if you are transiting in Europe for less than 10 hours, then it’s visa free! It takes approximately 13hr and 16min flying from Manila to Amsterdam. Flight from Amsterdam to Sao Paulo is possible thru KLM, Lufthansa or Delta planes. To Sao Paulo, it usually takes around 12hr 39 mins whilst via Rio de Janeiro, 12hr 22mins.
Another route could be Manila – Spain – South America. Spain is also included in the twenty-six (26) Schengen countries , so a Schengen visa would be necessary too on your travel. Madrid to Lima flight usually takes around 12hr 19min whilst Madrid to Rio de Janeiro takes 10hr 35min. If you plan to travel via Barcelona to Bogota, Colombia, fly with Avianca airline. Flight time would take around 11hr 6min whilst from Barcelona to Sao Paulo, there’s Singapore Airlines or Alitalia, approximately 11hr 24 min travel time.
Route 6 : Other International Flights
One of the Cheapest International Flights to South America as per fare compare website is the route from London to Rio de Janeiro. However, starting off with Manila to UK could be a bit pricy. Hence, we tried to find the possible and cheapest way for this route. Visa application for your London route could be filed either personally or by post. Necessary form has to be completed upon application. Further info re UK visa application based on Kach experience is here.
From Manila, there’s quite a lot of available flights that you can choose from, PAL, Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways. Average flight time is 13 hrs. 51min. London to Rio De Janeiro is 5,775 miles with average flight time of 11h 30min.
Most of our local airlines (PAL and Cebu Pac) set engines to fly off to New Zealand not later than end of the year. That said, we could add this route in future plans, or if ready, book your flights now with Jet star as they now provide flights to NZ.
A visitor visa is necessary for a temporary stay in New Zealand. Necessary requirements are needed including funds, health and character. Further info re the application can be found thru this link: Visiting New Zealand
From New Zealand, airlines like LAN, offers flights to countries within South America such as Chile, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil.
Route 7: Free route
If in any case, you’re still hesitant of whether to take that flight to SA, worry no more because there’s a free route. Yes, FREE! It’s via the Pacific. You can either sail across the ocean or if more of an adrenaline junkie, swim against the gigantic waves of the Pacific! No, we’re just kidding! But if you’d love to take this route, then why not – might as well do a record-breaking travel adventure and be a Guinness World Record holder for conquering the Pacific Ocean!
13 thoughts on “Cheap Flight Routes from Manila to South America”
A friend of mine is going to Lima as her final destination from Manila. She is taking the Europe route after being denied a US tourist visa (she initially intended to go through the US and make a brief stopover to visit family). Anyway, she booked her flights which have layovers in Korea, Germany and Portugal. My question is, does she still need a transit visa going through Germany and Portugal even if her final destination is Lima? She did not apply for any transiy visa or any Shengen visa for that matter. She has never been to Europe obviously and the only visa she applied for was a Korean visa. Thank you in advance 🙂
My sister flew via Barcelona and transit visa was not required but she booked it with the same airlines. Please tell your friend to book if with the same airlines and maybe only less than 3 hours transit would be good.
Thank you will tell her that. I hope that everything is not final insofar as booking is concerned. She may have booked with multiple airlines.
I plan to drop by in Turkey for a 30 days via KL, then Istanbul to Rio with Turkish Airline. Has anyone here tried the on-line Turkish Visa application? How was it?
Mar, you can only apply for the online Turkish visa i think if you have a valid Schengen visa.. do you have one?
a valid visa from any OECD countries, it says. I have Japan & Korea. I might do 3 month europe after turkey, then off to South America but it will all depend on how much money I’ve got come May 2017. If I have enough by then, I will apply for a Schengen.
WOW!! We’re not updated, i was in Turkey in 2012.. Thanks for the info Mar! <3
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Hi Kach! Thanks for the very helpful post! Do I need to get a tourist visa for stops such as the ones in Middle East or Europe if I’m not going to leave the airport? (I’m planning to take a few connecting flights to Rio and not really exploring the cities on the way.) A friend told me there’s no need, but I’m not quite sure.
Miranda, if it’s a transit and you have a sure connecting flight then they wont require you a visa. Same as what happened with me in Amsterdam and Frankfurt, I didnt have a Schengen visa. – oops this is Kach!
Hi Kach! No limitation on time? Lay over time? I hope 16 hours waiting time in the airport is fine
As far as I know, if you book it with the airlines then no issue kasi it’s their route and as long as you wont leave the airport.. We had a connection in Saudi Arabia and got stuck there for 20 hours, they didnt require a transit visa because we were just at the airport.. Maybe different case if western countries.. have to be check and be updated though, we’;ve been in Latin America for a while now.
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