9 Visa-Free Countries Philippine Passport Holders Should Visit This 2020

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The start of the year is the best time to come up with the travel bucket list. Early on, you already see the long weekends ahead, making it easy to plot the perfect promo fare booking game plan. But while the schedule and the budget are set, there’s one thing that perhaps spoils all the fun in travel planning: visa application. It’s overwhelming in every aspect, for the heart and for the pocket.

The good news is, you can do away with all that grueling process and live your vacation dreams, still. How exactly? Visa-free countries. Go to destinations where a Philippine passport is all you need. Believe it or not, there are many. Here are some you can include in your bucket list for 2020:

ASIA

Taiwan

Allowed maximum length of stay: 14 days

If you’re the kind of traveler who loves to visit historical sites, the National Palace Museum in Taipei will surely be a treat for you. The place holds one of the largest collections of Chinese imperial artifacts, including items during the cultural revolution. But if you’re the type to explore nature in your travels, you can go to Yushan National Park and discover the country’s tallest mountain. Get your camera ready for the Instagrammable peak views after your trek.

Singapore

Allowed maximum length of stay: 30 days

You’ve probably visited the Lion City a couple of times. You may have seen everything already. But trust us, you can’t fully exhaust exploring this tiny country because it has a lot to offer. Here’s what you can do differently during your stay in Singapore this year: skip the urban places. Believe it or not, this modern city has places void of skyscrapers and neon lights. Case in point: Pulau Ubin. It’s an island that cradles one of the last traditional villages in Singapore. Rent a bike and go around the area to meet locals. The peace and quiet of the island might just convince you to invest in a property in the Lion City.

Israel

Allowed maximum length of stay: 90 days

If one of your resolutions this 2020 is to be more in touch with your spirituality, a trip to one of the most sacred places in the world may be what you need. Drop by the Western Wall and join other tourists who pray fervently. Go to Mount Olives, the mountain where Jesus stood when He wept over Jerusalem. And don’t forget the Sea of Galilee. This is a place that witnessed much of Jesus’ ministry, from the calling of the disciples to the Sermon on the Mount. Book this destination during Holy Week to make the most of your Philippine holiday travel.

AMERICA

Brazil

Allowed maximum length of stay: 90 days

When in Brazil, you’re after the sun, sand, and sea. Discover the awesome beaches in this beautiful country — but go for the hidden gems to maximize your experience. Prainha in Rio de Janeiro should be first in your bucket list. Away from the tall buildings and instead fastened to a mountain, this beach offers just the perfect sanctuary for those who crave for a quiet retreat. Lopes Mendes is also a must-visit destination. It’s a beach that has remained untouched for years, so you get to enjoy the sheer beauty of nature. Perhaps a visit might inspire you to invest in a beach lot back home.

Colombia

Allowed maximum length of stay: 90 days

The Gateway to South America is popular for its beaches and natural wonders, but to experience Colombian culture, you need to see how they make their famous coffee. Learn it from bean to cup in the Colombian Coffee Triangle, also known as the Coffee Belt. The region is composed of three departments, namely, Caldas, Risaralda, and Quindio. There are various tours available in these locations, taking you to farms, plantations, and local cafes. The guides are passionate coffee lovers themselves, so you’ll surely learn valuable insights on coffee culture from them.

Peru

Allowed maximum length of stay: 183 days

Machu Picchu is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this South American country. But know that there are lots of sceneries to discover here beyond the ancient citadel sitting on the mountain. If you’re really keen on getting a glimpse of Inca customs, you can go to Salkantay, a sacred mountain revered by ancient people. You’ll appreciate the views of and from this mountain while trekking. Do note though that you need to be fit before taking on this climbing journey.

AFRICA

Morocco

Allowed maximum length of stay: 90 days

History buffs will surely have a wonderful time in this African country. Its rich heritage is reflected everywhere you look, in building architecture, natural landscapes, and even shopping places. You will find artisans making leather at the tanneries in Marrakech for the oldest craft there is in Morocco. In Rabat, you will see Kasbah, the old military camp that houses the first palaces constructed by the Alaouite Dynasty. And everywhere, you can find souks, traditional marketplaces where you can haggle on antique lamps, tea sets, and shisha pipes, perfect for designing your home.

Rwanda

Allowed maximum length of stay: 90 days

This country is teeming with natural wonders. There’s the Virunga Mountain Range, where you can find peace and quiet in the tranquil greenery, but also amusement with the hundreds of gorillas living freely there. There’s also Lake Kivu, where you can kayak in its peaceful streams and hike and bike along the shores. If you’re feeling more adventurous, climb Mt. Sabinyo. Literally referring to “old man’s teeth,” the mountain’s name is used to describe its pointed edges. But surely, you’ll find the challenging hike worth it when you see the incredible view at the top.

The Ivory Coast

Allowed maximum length of stay: 90 days

Grand Bassam, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a place you shouldn’t miss in The Ivory Coast. This former French colonial city boasts of infrastructures that culture and history lovers would be fascinated with. Monument aux Morts, built in 1914, served as a memorial for victims of yellow fever. Musée National du Costume features an exhibit of clothing styles of different ethnic groups in the country and a photo gallery of the time of colonial France’s reign. If you’re the type of traveler who likes things of the past, The Ivory Coast should be on top of your bucket list this year.

Visa application doesn’t have to take the fun out of your travel bucket list planning. Go to visa-free countries, where you only need your passport and the eagerness to explore.

This article was first published at Lamudi.com.ph

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