The Most Off-Beat, Visa-Free Countries To Visit In 2018
No visa? No hassle! If you want to travel to a brand new place this coming year—something that’s not Hong Kong or Singapore—spare yourself from the stress and the costs of visa applications by booking a flight to these countries.
Filipinos can enter and stay in Brunei for 14 days without having to apply for a visa. Four days in Brunei gives you enough time to explore the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, where key tourist destinations such as the breathtaking Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and the Royal Regalia Museum are located. Just like the Philippines, it can get hot in Brunei so try to travel during the colder months of January and February.
Philippine passport holders can enter and stay in Mongolia for at least three weeks. A nation bordered by China and Russia, Mongolia is home to vast and rugged destinations, national parks, and lakes. The country is also one of the few places where nomadic culture is still very much abundant. So why not visit a nomadic family and share a glass of milk tea with them? And don’t forget to shop and bring home cashmere made from camel hair—it’s the softest, like you can’t imagine!
The beautiful beaches and blue lagoons of Maldives welcome Filipino tourists for as long as 30 days. A visa is issued at the Maldives airport upon arrival, and requires you to present hotel vouchers and pocket money to prove that you have the capacity to stay in the country. Try snorkeling, scuba diving, and swimming with the hammer and whale shark to get the most out of Maldives.
For hikers and nature enthusiasts, Nepal will be the destination of your dreams. Nepal issues visa on arrival upon presenting a roundtrip ticket and proof of sufficient funds, and the price for the visa varies depending on how long you intend to stay on the country. Nepal allows up to 90 days for as much as $100. For shorter travels, the cheapest visa at $25 for a 15-day stay would give you enough time to conquer the climb to the Everest Base Camp. Or you can always take the Everest helicopter if trekking is not your strongest suit.
Traveling to Costa Rica via countries that do not require transit visas could be quite tricky but there’s a workaround for the willing. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines offers a pretty complicated but transit visa-free way through Taiwan, Amsterdam, and Panama, before arriving in Costa Rica. Once in Costa Rica, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and naturescape in tourist destinations such as the Manuel Antonio National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for 90 days without a visa fee.
Morocco is a perfect extra destination when traveling through Europe but those who are not fortunate enough to be granted a Schengen visa could still make their way to Morocco with no problems. Flights from Manila to Casablanca, Morocco will be very long so prefer comfortable airlines such as Qatar Airways, which only has one stop at Doha. Once in Morocco, Filipinos can stay up to 90 days without a visa. Since you most probably will be camel trekking at the Sahara desert or surfing in Agadir, it’s best to travel to Morocco from November to March during Spring-Autumn to steer clear of extremely hot weathers and sandstorms.