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11 Stunning Visa-Free Countries Outside Southeast Asia for Philippine Passport Holders

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Thanks to the Philippines’ ASEAN membership, Philippine passport holders can visit Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam visa-free. While the Philippines is far from having the most powerful passport in the world (that title goes to Japan), Philippine passport holders can still visit a total of 66 countries and territories around the world visa-free. The travel hotspots, like Europe and the U.S.A., are off the table, but there’s plenty of stunning destinations you can visit visa-free.

Here are 11 of our recommended must-visit visa-free locations for Philippine passport holders.

1| Barbados

Home of stunning beaches and resorts—and of course, Rihanna—Barbados is an underrated island paradise that Filipinos can visit visa-free.

2| Bolivia

One of the many South American countries Filipinos can visit without a visa, Bolivia boasts countless World Heritage Sites, rich biodiversity, and landscapes that look straight out of a movie.

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3| Brazil

Brazil is one of the largest countries in the world, and the vast expanse of its territory offers everything from the jungles of the Amazon to the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro.

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4| Colombia

Far from the crime nation portrayed in films, Colombia is home to rich cultures, a booming economy, and a growing health tourism industry due to the quality of its healthcare system.

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5| Israel

If you’re into ancient and religious history, Israel's thousand-year-old streets are the place for you. In Israel, you can also visit the old city of Jerusalem, which is considered holy to all Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

6| Kazakhstan

Millennials probably know Kazakhstan best as the country of Borat, but this central Asian nation has much more to offer than comedic relief. Its dramatic mountains, lakes, and deserts are a sight to behold.

7| Kenya

Fancy seeing elephants casually walking down the street? Kenya’s appeal to tourists comes from its rich eco-tourism sector that invites travelers to appreciate its grasslands, jungles, and wild animals.

8| Mongolia

Not many cultures still follow the nomadic way of life, so if you want to witness it before it disappears, it would be best to pay Mongolia a visit.

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9| Morocco

Step back in time in Morocco, where you’ll find the historic cities you read about in history books still standing in the country’s vast sand dunes, coasts, and mountains.

10| Peru

Is Machu Picchu on your bucket list? This epic site can be found in Peru, home of stunning landscapes that you can visit visa-free.

11| Samoa

Another underrated beach destination, this Polynesian country is the ideal getaway for those seeking peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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