Visa on Arrival for Indians – All you need to know

Imagine dreaming of a holiday and then in the blink of an eye-getting to experience one. You take a flight, cross time zones and international borders and arrive at your destination without the hassle of getting the paperwork in order for a visa or waiting for one till that dreaded eleventh hour!

Sounds super exciting, right? And the best part is that this isn’t a dream but very much a reality. There are more than 58 countries in the world where Indians can travel with almost no time spent to get a visa processed. With more and more countries around the world now realizing the commercial potential of welcoming travellers from India, we are now being invited to explore many beautiful destinations across the globe.

Planning for a visa to a foreign country is time-consuming and requires prior planning. While visas are a thing of necessity for security reasons and depends a lot on relationships between two countries, waiting for a visa is often stressful and takes away the joy and ease of travelling at will. But then all’s not lost – there are countries offering free visa, e-visa and visa on arrival for Indians to welcome more travellers offering hassle-free vacations.

Free Visa Visa On Arrival eVisa
Indian passport holders can explore certain countries with just an entry permit. A visa is not required, hence no cost is involved. Some countries offer visa on arrival at the airport to Indian passport holders provided you have relevant documents to support the purpose of your journey. Visa on arrival is given to holidaymakers only. eVisa or an electronic visa for certain countries are obtained online by paying the required visa fee by Indian passport holders.

 

The introduction of visa on arrival for Indians has been a great step towards promoting tourism in several countries majorly placed within Asia and Africa.  From Bhutan, Hong Kong, Macau, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka in Asia to Mauritius, Seychelles, Tanzania, Kenya in Africa, there are ample of destinations you can visit with an Indian passport without going through the complex process of obtaining a visa.

Continent Country Document Required Validity Cost
Asia Armenia Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India, confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay, sufficient money for your stay. 21 days US$6
Asia Azerbaijan Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India, confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay, sufficient money for your stay. 30 days US$25
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Cambodia

 

Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India, confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay, sufficient money for your stay, photos, a visa letter issued by Cambodia booking agent. 30 days US$30

 

Asia Hong Kong Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India, confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay, sufficient money for your stay, need a pre-arrival registration arrival. 14 days Free of cost
Asia Indonesia

 

Indian passport, 02 photos, confirmed return air tickets to India and confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay, Sufficient money for your stay 30 days Free
Asia Jordan

 

Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India and confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay, must hold US$1000.

 

14 days US$ 40
Asia Laos

 

Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India and confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay.

Passport must be valid for 6 months.

30 days US$ 40/-

 

Tourist visa is extendable by paying a service fee of US$ 3/- plus tax of US$ 2.5 per day

 

Asia Maldives

 

Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India and confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay 30 days Free of cost
Asia Sri Lanka Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India and confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay 30 days Free
Asia Thailand

 

Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India, photos, confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay, sufficient money for your stay

 

A family must carry THB 20,000

15 days Free of charge till April 30, 2020.
Asia UAE Applicable for Indians holding a valid US or UK visa 14 days AED 120
Asia Vietnam Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India, confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay, sufficient money for your stay, photos, a visa letter issued by Vietnam booking agent. 30 days US$30
Africa Kenya Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India and confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay 90 days US$50
Africa Mauritius Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India and confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay 60 days Free of charge
Africa Seychelles

 

Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India and confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay, sufficient funds of USD 150 per day 30 days  
Africa Tanzania

 

Indian passport, confirmed return air tickets to India and confirmed hotel vouchers for your stay 90 days US$ 50/-

 

 

 

 

Here are details for travellers of some exotic countries offering visa on arrival for Indians, have a look:

Hong Kong

Known for its fabulous skyline, Hong Kong is a glamourous travel destination to explore. Hong Kong’s street markets have a charm of their own, so visit the busy Kowloon street markets in Mongkok and watch out for the Bird Market, Flower Market, and Goldfish Market! We recommend a ride on the 120-year old Victoria Peak Tram.

Top attractions:

Major attractions in Hong Kong are Victoria Peak, Disneyland, Ocean Park, The Peak Tram, Avenue of Stars and so on.

Must do things:

A visit to Hong Kong remains incomplete without witnessing the Symphony of Light.

For how many days you should plan your holiday?

Spend at least 5 days on your holiday in Hong Kong, however, ideally, it is suggested to plan a holiday for 7 days.

Best time to visit the place: 

The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to early December.

How long does it take to reach?

It takes 4-6 hours to reach Hong Kong depending on which Indian city you are flying from.

Which city in the destination has an international airport?

Chek Lap Kok houses the Hong Kong International Airport.

Flight connectivity:

Direct flights are available from Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.

Visa fee-free of charge:

To spend a holiday in Hong Kong you can avail visa on arrival for 14 days free of cost.  

For more information, visit  https://flyingsquirrelholidays.com/destination/hong-kong-great-cities

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Kenya

Famous for its safaris and game drives, Kenya is a country of dramatic extremes and classic contrasts. The metropolis of Nairobi and colourful tribal cultures; freshwater lakes and coral reefs are worth exploring.

The wildlife safaris have been the top tourist attractions in Kenya for decades while other activities include trekking Mount Kenya, ballooning over the Masai Mara and snorkelling in Malindi on the Indian Ocean coast.

Top attractions:

Major attractions in Kenya are Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Nairobi, Amboseli and Mount Kenya.

Must do things:

Game drives in all the popular parks, a hot air balloon safari, visit to the Masai village and a meal at Carnivore restaurant.

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For how many days you should plan your holiday?

Spend at least 7-8 days on your holiday in Kenya.

Best time to visit the place: 

The best time to visit Kenya is from July to September.

How long does it take to reach?

It takes 6-10 hours to reach Kenya depending on which Indian city you are flying from.

Which city in the destination has an international airport?

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is an international airport in Nairobi.

Flight connectivity:

Direct flights are available from Mumbai and a one-stop flight via Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.

Visa fee-free of charge:

To spend a holiday in Kenya you can avail visa on arrival for 3 months at US$50.

For more information, visit https://flyingsquirrelholidays.com/destination/kenya-wildlife-and-safari

 

Maldives

From snorkelling and island hopping to fishing and sunbathing, Maldives offers an array of activities for travellers to enjoy. Sandy white waters, luxurious villas and resorts, azure coloured waters and splendid landscape with relaxing spas make Maldives a significant holiday destination.

Top attractions:

Resorts are built on individual islands. Take your pick as per your liking and budget.

Must do things:

Water sports activities including snorkelling and scuba diving; a sunset cruise to go Dolphin watching.

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For how many days you should plan your holiday?

Spend at least 4 days on your holiday in Maldives.

Best time to visit the place: 

The best time to visit Maldives is from November and April.

How long does it take to reach?

It takes 3-7 hours to reach Maldives depending on which Indian city you are flying from.

Which city in the destination has an international airport?

Male International Airport is the main international airport in the Maldives. It is located on Hulhule Island in Male.

Flight connectivity:

Direct flights are available from Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Cochin.

Visa fee-free of charge:

Indian travellers are entitled to visa on arrival in Maldives free of cost valid for 30 days.

For more information, visit https://flyingsquirrelholidays.com/destination/maldives

 

Mauritius

Mauritius with its exotic scenic beauty is simply stunning. A perfect beach destination to spend great time with your loved ones, Mauritius offers an array of water sports, spa and wellness therapies, sunset dinner cruises, exotic seafood delicacies and more for a luxurious holiday.

Top attractions:

Major attractions in Mauritius are Port Louis, Grand Baie, Chamarel, Black River George National Park and so on.

Must do things:

Explore beach activities including snorkelling and scuba diving at its scenic beaches; go for shopping and gorge on delicacies at its local restaurants.

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For how many days you should plan your holiday?

Spend at least 5 days in Mauritius, however, a week is ideal.

Best time to visit the place: 

The best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December.

How long does it take to reach?

It takes 6-10 hours to reach Mauritius depending on which Indian city you are flying from.

Which city in the destination has an international airport?

Located in Port Louis, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the main international airport in Mauritius.

Flight connectivity:

Direct flights are available from Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Delhi.

Visa fee-free of charge:

Indian travellers can avail a free visa for a holiday in Mauritius for a maximum period of 60 days.

For more information, visit https://flyingsquirrelholidays.com/destination/mauritius

 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a land of scenic natural wonders with a rich history, mysterious ruins, surf and the sea, national parks, UNESCO world heritage sites, tempting cuisine, wellness resorts and more.

Visit the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Pinnawala Elephant, Sigiriya, Yala National Park, Adam’s Peak, Royal Botanical Gardens, Horton Plains National Park and so on.

Its towns are a melting pot of European and Asian cultures. Dine at the Ministry of Crab, a restaurant as famous as its founders Mahela Jayawardene and Kumara Sangakkara of the Lankan cricket fame.

Top attractions:

In Sri Lanka, visit the Sigiriya, Yala National Park, Adam’s Peak, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Golden Temple.

Must do things:

Surf at the Hikkaduwa, spend a day at Nuwara Eliya and Kandy sipping exotic tea and admiring the beauty of the hills.

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For how many days you should plan your holiday?

Spend at least 6 days on your holiday in Sri Lanka. However, it is ideal to plan for 9-10 days.

Best time to visit the place: 

The best months to plan your vacation in Sri Lanka are from October to March.

How long does it take to reach?

It takes 3-8 hours to reach Sri Lanka depending on which Indian city you are flying from.

Which city in the destination has an international airport?

Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.

Flight connectivity:

Direct flights are available from Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai.

Visa fee-free of charge:

Sri Lanka offers visa on arrival free of charge for 30 days to Indian passport holders.

For more details visit https://flyingsquirrelholidays.com/destination/sri-lanka-holidays-to-asia

 

Thailand

Being one of the most frequented travel destination by Indians, it’s a great advantage for travellers to avail visa on arrival. Thailand is simply amazing. From a luxurious spa holiday to a high-street shopping fiesta, you can customize your holiday according to your preferences. No wonder with so much to offer, Thailand attracts ample Indian travellers all over the year.

Top attractions:

Thailand has something for every taste and budget. Major attractions in Thailand are Phi Phi Islands, Temple of Emerald Buddha, Bangkok City, Krabi, Chiang Mai and so much more.

Must do things:

Try snorkelling and scuba diving at its scenic beaches, shop for apparels, bags and so on and explore authentic local flavours at its restaurants.

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For how many days you should plan your holiday?

Spend at least 5 days on your holiday in Thailand, however, ideally, it is suggested to plan a holiday for 8 days.

Best time to visit the place: 

The best time to visit Thailand is from November to April however it is an all-year-round holiday destination.

How long does it take to reach?

It takes 3-6 hours to reach Thailand depending on which Indian city you are flying from.

Which city in the destination has an international airport?

Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) is the best airport in Thailand to fly into. It is the biggest airport in Bangkok.

Flight connectivity:

Direct flights are available from Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Visa fee-free of charge:

Indian passport holders can avail visa on arrival in Thailand for 15 days free of charge till April 30, 2020, however, a family must carry THB 20,000 with them for the holiday period.

For more information, visit https://flyingsquirrelholidays.com/destination/thailand

 

Tanzania

Home to the famous Kilimanjaro mountains, Tanzania is a pristine holiday destination. Tanzania is world-famous for its reserve parks like Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara. A holiday to this exotic destination will fill your heart with warmth and glory. Explore its white sandy beaches at Zanzibar, go on an adventure tour or just simply sit back and relax while feasting on its regional delicacies.

Top attractions:

Major attractions in Tanzania are Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and so on.

Must do things:

Trek to Kilimanjaro, safari in Serengeti, snorkelling and scuba diving in Zanzibar and so on.

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For how many days you should plan your holiday?

Spend at least a week in Tanzania for the game drives and add a two to three days if you want to chill on the beach.

Best time to visit the place: 

The best time to visit Tanzania is from July to January.

How long does it take to reach?

It takes 7-10 hours to reach Tanzania depending on which Indian city you are flying from.

Which city in the destination has an international airport?

Tanzania’s main airport is Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) located in  Dar es Salaam.

Flight connectivity:

There are no direct flights available from India, you can travel via Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kenya or South Africa.

Visa fee-free of charge:

Visa on arrival is available for Indian travellers. 90 days single entry fee is $50/-, a transit visa for 14 days is $30 and a business visa fee is $250/- with an invitation letter from the sponsor. Available at designated entry points.

For more information, visit https://flyingsquirrelholidays.com/destination/tanzania

 

Vietnam

With serene mountains, gorgeous beaches, ancient pagodas and citadels, Vietnam attracts travellers with different preferences. Whether it’s nature that inspires you to travel or history and culture or cuisine, Vietnam has it all. Cruise in Halong Bay, shop at Ho Chi Minh City, spend leisurely time at Hoi An and more while you enjoy a refreshing holiday in Vietnam.

Top attractions:

In Vietnam, explore regions such as Halong Bay, Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City.

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Must do things:

Cruise along Hong Bay, relax at its scenic beaches, taste authentic Vietnamese cuisine and so on.

For how many days you should plan your holiday?

Spend at least 5 days on your holiday in Vietnam, however, ideally it is suggested to plan a holiday for 9 days.

Best time to visit the place: 

The best time to visit Vietnam is from February to April and August to October.

How long does it take to reach?

It takes 2-4 hours to reach Vietnam depending on which Indian city you are flying from.

Which city in the destination has an international airport?

Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) and Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh City) are the busiest international airports in Vietnam.

Flight connectivity:

Direct flights are available from Kolkata.

Visa fee-free of charge:

Vietnam offers visa on arrival for 30 days at a cost of US$30 to Indian passport holders for a hassle-free travel experience.

For more information, visit https://flyingsquirrelholidays.com/destination/mayanmar

 

UAE

A perfect portrayal of urbanization, United Arab Emirates with its 7 gorgeous countries- Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain, beckon travellers from all parts of the globe.

Top attractions:

Dubai and Abu Dhabi attract most travellers to UAE. Explore Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Jumeirah, Emirates Palace, The Dubai Fountain, Palm Islands and more.

Must do things:

Visit Ski Dubai, try sky dining, go dune bashing and more.

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For how many days you should plan your holiday?

We recommend a holiday for at least 6 nights 7 days.

Best time to visit the place:

November to April is the ideal time to visit UAE.

How long does it take to reach?

It takes at least 3 – 8 hours to reach Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

Which city in the destination has an international airport?

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah – all has international airports.

Flight connectivity:

Direct flights are available from Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Visa fee-free of charge:

Indian passport holders with a valid US or UK visa can avail visa on arrival in UAE for 14 days at a price of AED 120.

For more information,, visit https://flyingsquirrelholidays.com/destination/arabian-wonderland

Apart from the countries listed above, you can travel to Senegal, Dominica, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Belarus without a visa. These countries offer Indian passport holders visa for free. Other countries offering visa on arrival for Indians are Timor-Leste, Togo, Cape Verde, Comoros, Mozambique, Uganda, Ethiopia, Guinea-issau, Burundi, Madagascar, Somalia, Mauritania, Malawi, Guyana, Suriname and Saint Lucia.

So, if you just wish to take a break and spend a holiday at an exotic International destination you can definitely do so without going through the steps of applying for your visa, standing in the queue, waiting for the approval and so on. Just get in touch with a travel company specializing in arranging tours at short deadlines, communicate your travel plans, get your flight tickets, accommodation and other tours and transfers booked and you are all set for a great holiday.

Also, please take note that to holiday in most European countries you will need a pre-approved visa.

For customized holidays to any exotic destination across the world get in touch with our holiday specialists at connect@flyingsquirrelholidays.com