Don’t you miss the early flights, exploring and getting lost in a city you’ve never been in, and tasting foreign food? I think we collectively miss traveling and immersing ourselves in other cultures. With the Clark International Airport Terminal 2 opening soon, travel will be more in demand more than ever. All we can do now is plan for the time we’ll be permitted to travel again, no matter when that time may be. Visa-free countries for Filipino citizens are usually countries that are near the Philippine archipelago such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) but in this listicle, we’ve selected a few other countries outside those nearby countries.
Traveling post-COVID-19 will be tricky in the sense that there might be stricter standards for travel including making sure you are fully vaccinated and can present your vaccination card. Other than that, another obstacle we need to surpass before traveling is applying for a visa. In this article, we give you a list of countries you didn’t expect you can travel to visa-free if you are holding a Philippine-issued passport!
Barbados is a country in the Caribbean and is known to be the home of many surreal beaches. | Photo from Pexels
The first country on our list where Filipinos can enter visa-free is Barbados. Philippine passport holders can stay in the country for 90 days. Barbados is known for its beaches but there are a lot more activities you can do during your stay. First, you might want to check their best beaches. A highly recommended beach is the Rockley beach, which is the biggest beach in the area.
Another must-visit in Barbados is Speightstown, which is the 2nd biggest town established in Barbados. It will charm you with its old colonial charm, being previously called “Little Bristol.” The town derived its nickname from its maritime past and commercial trading with Bristol in the United Kingdom.
Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is a must-visit place in the country and one of the famous tourist destinations in the city is none other than the Christ the Redeemer statue. | Photo from Pexels
The second country on our list where Philippine passport holders can enter visa-free is Brazil. Just like in Barbados, Filipinos can enter and stay in Brazil for 90 days without applying for a visa. A true bucket-list destination, it’s a win for Filipinos to travel to Brazil. Though the round trip ticket fare may almost cost you a new luxury condo, it’s still going to be a bang for your buck.
Brazil is the biggest country by landmass in South America so it’s safe to say there are many places you can visit. Before anything, you must include Rio de Janeiro in your itinerary. Visiting Rio de Janeiro will be hitting three birds with one stone because three of the most famous tourist spots in Brazil are located in this very city.
The 38-meter tall Christ the Redeemer statue erected on the top of Mount Corcovado and the two famed beaches Ipanema and Copacobana, all found in Rio. Seems to be a bang for your buck to plan a trip to this seaside city.
Peru is rich in culture, history, and civilization that is so well-preserved that we can still appreciate its beauty to this day. | Photo from Pexels
The third country on our list which permits Filipinos to enter visa-free is another South American country which is Peru. Filipinos can stay in Peru for travel or business purposes visa-free for 183 days. Peru is rich in history and ancient civilizations as it is the home of the Incas. One of the most famous destinations in Peru is a section of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, which is an ancient city of the Incas located in the mountains of Andes.
Machu Pichu is known for its picturesque innateness but more than that, it is also a historical and monumental citadel that is part of the new 7 Wonders of the World. It is also considered an “architectural gem” because most of the structures built by the civilization were destroyed during the Spanish Inquisition.
Since Machu Pichu is hidden and located 7,000 feet above sea level, it was not found and destroyed.
Fiji is a group of islands located in the continent of Oceania. | Photo from Pexels
Moving halfway across the South American continent, the fourth country on our list is located in Oceania and allows Filipinos to enter visa-free is Fiji. Filipinos can stay visa-free in their territories for up to 4 months. Similar to the Philippines, Fiji is also an archipelago that consists of up to 300 islands. Two of the major islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
One of the most highly recommended places to go to when in Fiji is the Coral Coast. Located in Viti Levu, It is famous for its palm-lined and family-friendly beaches. You can spend your days swimming, surfing, or snorkeling in the clear waters of the Coral Coast.
Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the world’s largest religious temple in the world. | Photo from Pexels
Venturing to the Southeast Asian territories, the fifth country on our list is Cambodia. The Kingdom of Cambodia permits Filipinos to stay in their country visa-free for 30 days. Angkor Wat, also known as the Angkor Archaeological Park is a must-visit in the town of Siem Reap. The temple of Angkor Wat is considered the largest religious building in the world and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Originally built to be a Hindu temple, it was later converted into Buddhist.
Of course, you must also stroll around the country’s capital, Phnom Penh. Immerse yourself in the Cambodian culture by exploring the hustle and bustle of the capital city. Make sure to visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek to get educated about the dark history of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Mongolia is the country landlocked in between China and Russia. | Photo from Pexels
Traveling north Cambodia, we go to the next country on our list of countries allowing Filipinos to enter visa-free, Mongolia. The nomadic country allows Filipinos to enter visa-free for up to 21 days. The capital city, Ulaanbaatar is a popular tourist destination because of the mix of modern and traditional culture. In Ulaanbaatar, you will see many shopping malls, hotels, and also museums that will showcase the history and culture of Mongolians.
Mongolians are also known to be nomadic people. It would be a waste to not experience living in a Yurt or Ger. There are nomadic families who allow tourists to stay over with their families to experience living like a nomad. This will give you the ultimate experience as you will be fully immersed in their way of living.
Morocco is located in the northwestern part of Africa. | Photo from Pexels
Going to the African continent, the last country in our list of countries that allow Filipinos to enter visa-free for up to 90 days is none other than the Kingdom of Morocco. Casablanca in Morocco is the commercial hub of the country and where the primary international airport is located. The Hassan II Mosque is situated in this city and it is the second-largest mosque in the world. Covering over 2 hectares and can accommodate approximately 105,000 worshippers.
Another highly recommended place to visit in Morocco is the Chefchaouen. Located in the Rif mountains, the Chefchaouen is famous for its picturesque view, with the striking blue buildings snug to each other.
Celebration to being Filipino
Even though being a Filipino can be challenging during these times, it’s important that we don’t forget to look at the bright side. Travel may be a challenge for many of us right now because of the current health crisis but once we get back on our feet, we will be able to continue and enjoy what we were accustomed to, pre-COVID times.
While waiting for the world to “re-open” once again, we should do everything we can to manage ourselves. To those who already have a strong wanderlust, you can plan your next travel as early as now so when the time comes, you’ll only have to worry about getting yourself on that plane to your dream destination.
Save yourself some time by considering traveling to these countries that allow Filipinos to enter their country visa-free for days to months. We’ve previously tackled 7 territories and at the end of the day, you can visit them visa-free mainly because you are Filipino.
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