Month: October 2019

Passport / Visa and Visa-Free countries

Undeniably, you need a Passport and Visa to travel to International countries.

A Passport is a document issued by a country to its citizens as proof of citizenship and thus allowed you to travel abroad.

A Visa is an endorsement in your Passport or in Electronic form, issued by the immigration authorities of a country to show that it has granted you permission to enter the country for a temporary stay within a specified period.

Did you ever get a feeling that Non-Immigrant Visa process will dishearten you visiting your dream country? Can a Visa rejection affect your dream vacation plans?

We have come across many travellers getting discouraged with rigid Visa processing. Most desired travellers experience stress and anxiety with specific documents, eligibility requirements, and procedures.

Visa rules for visitors vary from one country to another. If you have never travelled out of the country or applied for a visa, then you should know that citizens from developing countries have to submit proof of documents including – pre-arranged travel (flight tickets, hotel accommodation reservations, tour itinerary), bank statements for at least 6 months, and 3-Year Income tax returns. Besides this, few countries enroll Biometric information, which includes a digital photograph and a digital scan of your fingerprints for which you must attend at a visa application center with a prior appointment. The reasoning behind this is that embassies want to make sure, before they grant you a visa, that you will not become an illegal economic migrant in their country.

For those travellers, do you need the inspiration to assist you to plan your last moment Vacation to another country, precisely a Visa-Free country? We have put together a quick list to tell you the 18 Visa-Free countries that we propose for Indian passport holders. After all, “To travel, is to live”.

When traveling to visa-free countries, you just have to check in with your passport in the immigration counter of the airport. The immigration officer may ask for a copy of your hotel booking and/or return ticket.

List of Visa-Free countries for Indian Passport holders:

Country Visa requirement Remarks
Bhutan Visa not required Indian Nationals have to register themselves at the time of visit to Bhutan
Cambodia Tourist visa on arrival Approximately visa fee USD$35 to be paid.
Egypt Visa is required to visit Egypt. Group Tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival. For tourist groups from India, local authorized tour operators can arrange Visa on Arrival. The process takes a week to 10 working days.
Fiji Visa not required 4 months
Hong Kong Visa not required Pre-arrival registration before visiting Hong Kong
Indonesia Visa on arrival Visa on arrival for tourism purpose for 30 days. Select ports of entry.
Jordan Visa on arrival 2 weeks, must hold US$1000
Macau Visa not required 30 days
Madagascar Visa on arrival 30 days free of charge
Maldives Visa on arrival 90 days
Mauritius Visa not required Maximum 60 days subject to furnishing return air ticket.
Mexico Indian passport holder, who posses valid US visa, are allowed visa free entry upto 180 days
Mozambique Visa on arrival
Nepal Freedom of movement Indian citizens may live and work freely in Nepal under the terms of the1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship.
Seychelles Visitor’s Permit on arrival 1 month. Passport valid for 6 months; return/onward ticket; sufficient funds for period of stay and Hotel accommodation necessary.
Tanzania Visa on arrival Visa on arrival facility is available except for work visas. 90 days single entry fee $ 50/-. Business visa fee $ 250/- with invitation letter from sponsor. Transit visa for 14 days $ 30. Available at designated entry points.
Thailand Visa on arrival 15 days. Visa fee of 1000 Thai Baht* needs to be paid in Thai currency. Visa on Arrival has to be obtained at First point of Entry/Landing not the Final Destination.
UAE Visa on arrival Visa on arrival facility for Indians holding a valid US visa valid for 6months.

Note: The list of visa-free countries suggested for Indian passport holders changes every year. Some countries may discontinue accepting Indian tourists without a visa, while other countries that used to require a visa may allow visa-free entry in the future. Please check with us.