Having to apply for a travel visa is a factor that stops travelers, especially if it’s their first time, from exploring international destinations. We don’t want to line up, pay, and end up getting a rejected visa. Fortunately, there are some exciting countries that we Pinoys can go to without have to get a visa.
Below are a 10 beautiful countries that won’t ask for a visa when you visit them.
While many first time Filipino travelers would go to Hong Kong or Singapore, Myanmar is a destinations that’s easier to get in to. Myanmar opened its doors for us on January 2014, giving a visa-free access to Philippine passport holders for 14 days. In two weeks, you can soak up a lot of their history and culture, see magnificent pagodas, visit heritage towns, and relax with their many white sand beaches and picturesque landscapes. Soar to the skies and have a breathtaking view of Bagan as you ride a hot air balloon over the many temples in the area.
Although you’re required to get a tourist visa to go to China, Mongolia is an open door for the Filipino traveler. Pinoys are allowed to enter and say in the territory for up to 21 days, which is surprisingly longer compared to what neighboring countries of the Philippines would give. take this as a chance for you to explore the natural wonders of Mongolia, like the Great Bogd Mountain, Gobi Desert, Xilamuren Grassland and Khorgo-Terkh National Park. Visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the earliest surviving Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, and watch history unfold though the main temple displays.
A dream destination for pilgrims, Israel gives Filipinos a three-month visa-free stay. A visit to the country can give you a wider perspective on religion, especially on Christianity and the life of Jesus Christ and his teachings. You can also go visit the saltiest and lowest point on the planet, the Dead Sea, for a nice swim. Visiting Israel does have its cons thought. Due to political riffs between the surrounding countries, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) constantly reminds Filipino tourists to exercise extreme caution when in Israel and discourages traveling to the Gaza Strip since the situation in this area remains risky.
Areas in the Oceania seem like a tropical paradise. Visit Fiji and get a visa-free stay there for up to four months. Fiji has a good amount of tourist, mainly in the regions of Mamanuca Islands, Denarau Island, Nadi, and the Coral Coast. Relax in its pristine beaches and calm waters or go on an adveture and explore the lovely islands and rich marine life. Since it has tropical weather all year round, Fiji is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Another destination in the Oceania, Vanuatu is similar to Fiji, but with better dive spots. It’s famous for the many ship wrecks that make the reefs even more interesting, such as the troopship SS President Coolidge, which went down during World War II. The wonderful islands in this territory also offer many natural attractions, like waterfalls, that you can explore. The rich, green flora made one of the islands a choice for the hit reality television series “Survivor”. Stay more a month without a visa in this tropical escape.
Morocco is where Middle East meets Europe. The area has a rich, colorful history, being one of the main stops in the trade routes between the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Morocco is a diverse country with high mountains, rugged coastlines, sweeping deserts, and cities and towns with winding alleyways filled with spices and trinkets that will remind you of Disney’s Aladdin. The country is completely visa free for Filipinos. Go on a trip to a Souk and shop away, ride a camel in the desert, enjoy the beach, stay in one of the most luxurious hotels or sleep in a cozy backpacker’s hostel. Morocco offers anyone an adventure in the dunes.
Missed the 2014 World Cup? Don’t worry, you can still go to the 2016 Summer Olympics which will happen in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is the ultimate destination in South America, although there are a few other countries in South America that are visa-free for Filipinos. The country is known for great food, beautiful beaches and people, and their mad love for football. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by Christ the Redeemer on the top of Mt. Corcovado, Iguazu Falls, and the mighty Amazon River. You can have a 90 visa-free trip in Brazil, which is enough time to go to all the tourist spots, learn about the culture, and sample exquisite food.
Looking for a country with amazing heritage sites? Head on down to Peru. They have the majestic Machu Picchu, which was once thought of the lost city of El Dorado, found in the mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley, northwest of Cuzco. The geography of Peru is very diverse. With humid, wet rainforest and tall, snowcap peaks, you can experience a bright, sunny day by the beach or a cold adventure in the high mountains. Not to mention it’s one of the most affordable international destinations around. Filipinos can enjoy the many sights and sounds of Peru with a visa-free visit of up to 183 days.
Although many are turned off by the country’s history of crimes and drugs, Colombia is now slowly making its way to the top as a popular and tourist-friendly destination in South America. Popular turist destinations in colubia are San Andrés and Coveñas for their beaches, Amacayacu National Park, Tayrona National Natural Park, and Los Nevados National Natural Park for hiking, camping and other outdoor activities, Providencia, Bogota, Cartagena, and the Teyuna archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains. You can stay for 90 during arrival and even have it extended for another 90 days, for a total of 180 days of visa-free say.
Go island hopping, laze around on pristine beaches, and explore the mighty jungles of Ecuador. You can also go on a nature trip and see the many different species of giant tortoises, iguanas, lizards, and other exotic animals that Charles Darwin also once studied. You can say for up to 90 days in Ecuador visa-free.