Need a getaway from the IDF? 10 visa-free destinations for Palestinian passport holders

Published October 24th, 2016 - 12:43 GMT

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What’s a Palestinian to do when the travel bug bites? The Palestinian Authority passport was ranked the fifth worst in the world, allowing unrestricted entry into only about 40 countries worldwide. But it’s not all bad news - it’s possible to visit everything from Inca ruins to breathtaking beaches and mountains to world class shopping, either visa-free, uncomplicated visa on arrival or e-visa. These are ten hand-picked destinations that would probably cure the wanderlust in anyone, no matter where their passport comes from.

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Bangladesh has seen a spate of extremist attacks, but this off-the-beaten-path destination with friendly locals, cultural sites, island beaches, and amazing seafood make it worth exploring. Hike among Srimangal’s tea plantations, or visit the ancient temple of Somapura Mahavihara. In Dhaka, don’t miss the UNESCO heritage site 60 Dome Mosque.
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Image 1 of 10:  1 / 10Bangladesh has seen a spate of extremist attacks, but this off-the-beaten-path destination with friendly locals, cultural sites, island beaches, and amazing seafood make it worth exploring. Hike among Srimangal’s tea plantations, or visit the ancient temple of Somapura Mahavihara. In Dhaka, don’t miss the UNESCO heritage site 60 Dome Mosque.

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Nicknamed “the rooftop of the world,” Bolivia’s capital La Paz is the world’s highest capital city. Overlooked by tourists heading to Brazil and Argentina, Bolivia is an ultimate backpacker’s destination, boasting the aptly named Valley of the Moon. Casual Santa Cruz is also worth a visit, home to welcoming locals and delicious cuisine.
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Image 2 of 10:  2 / 10Nicknamed “the rooftop of the world,” Bolivia’s capital La Paz is the world’s highest capital city. Overlooked by tourists heading to Brazil and Argentina, Bolivia is an ultimate backpacker’s destination, boasting the aptly named Valley of the Moon. Casual Santa Cruz is also worth a visit, home to welcoming locals and delicious cuisine.

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Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in southeast Asia, and the nearby tourist hub of Siem Reap has its own airport along with plenty of hotels. Eco-tours that support the environment and local community are also available.
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Image 3 of 10:  3 / 10Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in southeast Asia, and the nearby tourist hub of Siem Reap has its own airport along with plenty of hotels. Eco-tours that support the environment and local community are also available.

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Ecuador has a bit of everything given its different climate regions. Plan a weeklong trek, visit Inca ruins, hang out with alpacas. The capital city of Quito brims with riches from its colonial era. And don’t miss the famous train ride down the Nariz del Diablo, gateway to Ecuador’s highest peak.
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Image 4 of 10:  4 / 10Ecuador has a bit of everything given its different climate regions. Plan a weeklong trek, visit Inca ruins, hang out with alpacas. The capital city of Quito brims with riches from its colonial era. And don’t miss the famous train ride down the Nariz del Diablo, gateway to Ecuador’s highest peak.

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A breathtaking country in the Caucasus, Georgia has stunning natural scenery and fascinating history. The city of Bautmi lies on the lush Black sea coast, and further inland in the Rioni region, UNESCO sites and mountainous scenery abound.
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Image 5 of 10:  5 / 10A breathtaking country in the Caucasus, Georgia has stunning natural scenery and fascinating history. The city of Bautmi lies on the lush Black sea coast, and further inland in the Rioni region, UNESCO sites and mountainous scenery abound.

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Bali is by far the most popular destination with legendary beaches and unique culture, but Indonesia comprises some 6,000 inhabited islands with a wealth of natural and cultural sites. The massive temples of Prambanan are on the UNESCO list, and chaotic Jakarta offers everything from Dutch colonial buildings to Chinese restaurants.
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Image 6 of 10:  6 / 10Bali is by far the most popular destination with legendary beaches and unique culture, but Indonesia comprises some 6,000 inhabited islands with a wealth of natural and cultural sites. The massive temples of Prambanan are on the UNESCO list, and chaotic Jakarta offers everything from Dutch colonial buildings to Chinese restaurants.

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Iran is a huge, diverse country home to deserts, mountains, and forests. Head to Isfahan to see some of the most stunning mosques in the world and 17th century palaces. Or in the northwest visit Tabriz’s famed covered market and the Blue Mosque. And if you have (a lot) of money, bring home one of Tabriz’s renowned carpets.
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Image 7 of 10:  7 / 10Iran is a huge, diverse country home to deserts, mountains, and forests. Head to Isfahan to see some of the most stunning mosques in the world and 17th century palaces. Or in the northwest visit Tabriz’s famed covered market and the Blue Mosque. And if you have (a lot) of money, bring home one of Tabriz’s renowned carpets.

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In Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find ultra-modern shopping and delicious food, being at the crossroads of Indian, Chinese and Malay cuisine. Islands off the east coast of Malaysia are favorite scuba diving spots, while thrill-seekers might try white water rafting in one of Malaysia’s many national parks.
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Image 8 of 10:  8 / 10In Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find ultra-modern shopping and delicious food, being at the crossroads of Indian, Chinese and Malay cuisine. Islands off the east coast of Malaysia are favorite scuba diving spots, while thrill-seekers might try white water rafting in one of Malaysia’s many national parks.

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The Maldives is an ultimate beach vacation destination. The resort islands are pricey, but you can’t beat the turquoise waters for snorkeling. Heading to the capital Male, be aware that strict religious restrictions prevail (comparable to that of Gulf countries) but friendly residents and the colorful narrow streets make it worth a visit.
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Image 9 of 10:  9 / 10The Maldives is an ultimate beach vacation destination. The resort islands are pricey, but you can’t beat the turquoise waters for snorkeling. Heading to the capital Male, be aware that strict religious restrictions prevail (comparable to that of Gulf countries) but friendly residents and the colorful narrow streets make it worth a visit.

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The small, teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka has it all: busy city life in Colombo, famed temples in Kandy, tea plantations and waterfalls in the mountains, and postcard beaches just outside the Dutch fort of Galle. Affordable flights can be found connecting through Doha and Dubai.
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Image 10 of 10:  10 / 10The small, teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka has it all: busy city life in Colombo, famed temples in Kandy, tea plantations and waterfalls in the mountains, and postcard beaches just outside the Dutch fort of Galle. Affordable flights can be found connecting through Doha and Dubai.

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Bangladesh has seen a spate of extremist attacks, but this off-the-beaten-path destination with friendly locals, cultural sites, island beaches, and amazing seafood make it worth exploring. Hike among Srimangal’s tea plantations, or visit the ancient temple of Somapura Mahavihara. In Dhaka, don’t miss the UNESCO heritage site 60 Dome Mosque.

Image 1 of 10Bangladesh has seen a spate of extremist attacks, but this off-the-beaten-path destination with friendly locals, cultural sites, island beaches, and amazing seafood make it worth exploring. Hike among Srimangal’s tea plantations, or visit the ancient temple of Somapura Mahavihara. In Dhaka, don’t miss the UNESCO heritage site 60 Dome Mosque.

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Nicknamed “the rooftop of the world,” Bolivia’s capital La Paz is the world’s highest capital city. Overlooked by tourists heading to Brazil and Argentina, Bolivia is an ultimate backpacker’s destination, boasting the aptly named Valley of the Moon. Casual Santa Cruz is also worth a visit, home to welcoming locals and delicious cuisine.

Image 2 of 10Nicknamed “the rooftop of the world,” Bolivia’s capital La Paz is the world’s highest capital city. Overlooked by tourists heading to Brazil and Argentina, Bolivia is an ultimate backpacker’s destination, boasting the aptly named Valley of the Moon. Casual Santa Cruz is also worth a visit, home to welcoming locals and delicious cuisine.

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Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in southeast Asia, and the nearby tourist hub of Siem Reap has its own airport along with plenty of hotels. Eco-tours that support the environment and local community are also available.

Image 3 of 10Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in southeast Asia, and the nearby tourist hub of Siem Reap has its own airport along with plenty of hotels. Eco-tours that support the environment and local community are also available.

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Ecuador has a bit of everything given its different climate regions. Plan a weeklong trek, visit Inca ruins, hang out with alpacas. The capital city of Quito brims with riches from its colonial era. And don’t miss the famous train ride down the Nariz del Diablo, gateway to Ecuador’s highest peak.

Image 4 of 10Ecuador has a bit of everything given its different climate regions. Plan a weeklong trek, visit Inca ruins, hang out with alpacas. The capital city of Quito brims with riches from its colonial era. And don’t miss the famous train ride down the Nariz del Diablo, gateway to Ecuador’s highest peak.

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A breathtaking country in the Caucasus, Georgia has stunning natural scenery and fascinating history. The city of Bautmi lies on the lush Black sea coast, and further inland in the Rioni region, UNESCO sites and mountainous scenery abound.

Image 5 of 10A breathtaking country in the Caucasus, Georgia has stunning natural scenery and fascinating history. The city of Bautmi lies on the lush Black sea coast, and further inland in the Rioni region, UNESCO sites and mountainous scenery abound.

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Bali is by far the most popular destination with legendary beaches and unique culture, but Indonesia comprises some 6,000 inhabited islands with a wealth of natural and cultural sites. The massive temples of Prambanan are on the UNESCO list, and chaotic Jakarta offers everything from Dutch colonial buildings to Chinese restaurants.

Image 6 of 10Bali is by far the most popular destination with legendary beaches and unique culture, but Indonesia comprises some 6,000 inhabited islands with a wealth of natural and cultural sites. The massive temples of Prambanan are on the UNESCO list, and chaotic Jakarta offers everything from Dutch colonial buildings to Chinese restaurants.

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Iran is a huge, diverse country home to deserts, mountains, and forests. Head to Isfahan to see some of the most stunning mosques in the world and 17th century palaces. Or in the northwest visit Tabriz’s famed covered market and the Blue Mosque. And if you have (a lot) of money, bring home one of Tabriz’s renowned carpets.

Image 7 of 10Iran is a huge, diverse country home to deserts, mountains, and forests. Head to Isfahan to see some of the most stunning mosques in the world and 17th century palaces. Or in the northwest visit Tabriz’s famed covered market and the Blue Mosque. And if you have (a lot) of money, bring home one of Tabriz’s renowned carpets.

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In Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find ultra-modern shopping and delicious food, being at the crossroads of Indian, Chinese and Malay cuisine. Islands off the east coast of Malaysia are favorite scuba diving spots, while thrill-seekers might try white water rafting in one of Malaysia’s many national parks.

Image 8 of 10In Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find ultra-modern shopping and delicious food, being at the crossroads of Indian, Chinese and Malay cuisine. Islands off the east coast of Malaysia are favorite scuba diving spots, while thrill-seekers might try white water rafting in one of Malaysia’s many national parks.

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The Maldives is an ultimate beach vacation destination. The resort islands are pricey, but you can’t beat the turquoise waters for snorkeling. Heading to the capital Male, be aware that strict religious restrictions prevail (comparable to that of Gulf countries) but friendly residents and the colorful narrow streets make it worth a visit.

Image 9 of 10The Maldives is an ultimate beach vacation destination. The resort islands are pricey, but you can’t beat the turquoise waters for snorkeling. Heading to the capital Male, be aware that strict religious restrictions prevail (comparable to that of Gulf countries) but friendly residents and the colorful narrow streets make it worth a visit.

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The small, teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka has it all: busy city life in Colombo, famed temples in Kandy, tea plantations and waterfalls in the mountains, and postcard beaches just outside the Dutch fort of Galle. Affordable flights can be found connecting through Doha and Dubai.

Image 10 of 10The small, teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka has it all: busy city life in Colombo, famed temples in Kandy, tea plantations and waterfalls in the mountains, and postcard beaches just outside the Dutch fort of Galle. Affordable flights can be found connecting through Doha and Dubai.

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