10 beautiful visa-friendly countries for Indians

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A whole lot of countries can be visited by Indian passport holders without a prior visa (i.e. either no visa required or one is issued on arrival). In fact, holders of Indian passports have visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to more than 50 countries and territories around the world. Here are some of the most beautiful countries that Indians can travel without the hassle of visa applications.

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand has the full package – in buzzing Bangkok, indulge in mouth-watering food, visit nightclubs and explore street markets; in the north, meet hilltribes, see elephants and explore ancient temples; and in the south, relax on beaches, discover underwater worlds and hangout in jungles.

Indian citizens are eligible for Visa On Arrival in Thailand. 

Hong-Kong

Hong Kong

This enigmatic city of skyscrapers, ancient traditions and heavenly food will fascinate, whether it’s your first visit or your 50th. Beyond the glass and steel of Hong Kong’s commercial persona, the city also boasts a vibrant cultural scene that features the eclectic influences of its Chinese roots, colonial connections and a wondrous pool of homegrown talent.

Indian passport holders are eligible for 14 days Visa On Arrival. 

Macau

Macau

Macau is a city of fortresses, churches and the culinary traditions of its former Portuguese colonial masters. On the other hand, Macau is known as the the ‘Vegas of the East’, the only place in China where gambling is legal.

Indian passport holders are eligible for 30 days entry without any fee. 

Mauritius

Mauritius

This little postcard in the Indian Ocean is hardly off anyone’s radar in India, and although pimped as a honeymooning paradise, it packs enough within its coastlines for all kinds of holiday makers. The sugarcane fields in its interiors change color from green to brown to red through the year, while the waters by its shores change shades of blue all day. Whether to experiment with your adventurous side, take your photographic lens on a spin or to indulge in the unique French-Indian culture and cuisine of the island, Mauritius has no dearth of excuses to visit.

Indian passport holders are granted visa on arrival in Mauritius.

Nepal

Nepal

Just across the border, the Nepalese Himalayas lie in wait for the mountain lover; mighty snow-capped Himalayas, Himalayas encased in ancient legend and folklore, Himalayas home to mountain villages similar to those in their Indian half, and yet different in their way of life,  their customs and their cuisine. The enchanting wilderness culminates in the tallest peak in the world, and with the advances of the aviation sector, you don’t need to be a climbing junkie or a pro-mountaineer to get up-close with it.

Single entry visa on arrival is granted to Indian citizens for upto 150 days in Nepal. 

Madagascar

Madagascar

Hundreds of rare, indigenous species of animals, birds and plants have prompted people to refer to Madagascar as the eighth continent. Visit the Ankarana and the Montagne d’Ambre National Parks for their caves, canyons, rainforests, volcanoes and waterfalls. Constance Tsarabanjina, in the Nosy Be Archipelago, offers unspoiled beaches and superb diving.

Indian passport holders can obtain a thirty-day visa free of charge on arrival at Madagascar.

Laos

Laos

The reclusive Laos, just emerging from its strife-torn past, is a little-known wonder that Indians have begun discovering. Explore the largely untouched Bolaven Plateau on motorcycle, walk the streets of Vientiane’s Chinatown, or take a boat cruise up the Laos section of the Mekong River.

Indian passport holders are eligible for Visa On Arrival.

Indonesia

Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast country and sprawls across two time zones. It is home to ancient tribes, thick tropical forests and some stunning islands. Thrill-seekers can walk up the Gunung Bromo volcano. You will need all the time you can get to explore this beautiful country.

Indian passport holders can obtain a thirty-day visa on arrival at Indonesia.

Jamaica

Jamaica

This third largest island in the West Indies is easily the most famous of them all. Home to Bob Marley, music is a part of Jamaica, as much as the beaches, rum and jerk chicken. It’s not just reggae; calypso, ska and African tribal music also dominate the scene. Bars, clubs and just a sing-song on the beach are Jamaica’s favourite pastimes.

Indian passport holders can obtain a fourteen-day visa on arrival at Jamaica.

Bhutan

Bhutan

Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is a Himalayan kingdom with a reputation for mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments. The Bhutanese pride themselves on a sustainable approach to tourism in line with the philosophy of Gross National Happiness.

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Indian citizens do not require a visa and may also use their Voter ID instead of Passport to obtain entry into Bhutan.

Conditions

  • Many of these countries require that you show proof of fund, return tickets and hotel reservations during the stay.
  • Your passport needs to be valid for at least six months and should have two or more unused pages.
  • Permission to enter a country is granted subject to the decision of border and immigration officers.
  • Visa policies may change from time to time. So please check with the concerned missions before you travel.
  • Visiting for reasons other than tourism may require a pre-issued visa.

A full list of countries with their visa requirements for Indians are available on this Wikipedia Link.

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