The Indian passport ranked a lowly 81th on the Global Passport Power index. This index takes into account the number of countries a country’s passport holder can travel to visa free or visa with minimal processing (Click here to read the index page). What it means is that you have to apply for a pre-approved visa for most countries with few others offering a visa on arrival and fewer offering a visa free travel. That’s one of the main roadblocks when Indians plan to travel abroad. The most powerful passports belonged to Germany and Singapore. They can travel with a free Visa to a whopping 158 countries. That’s pretty unfortunate for us Indians.

When you plan on traveling, you need to check the eligibility of the kind of Visa that you need, sort out the documents, submit at the embassy/travel agent, pay the not so cheap fee and then wait.. and wait some more. That’s been the story far for me as well. Anyway, let me simplify the visa process country wise and make it simpler for you. You will see here a list of countries sorted by the visa eligibility for an Indian passport holder.

Countries offering free Visa for Indian passport holders:

  1. Armenia (Website)
  2. Bhutan (Don’t even need a passport)
  3. Dominica
  4. Ecuador
  5. El Salvador
  6. Fuji
  7. Grenada
  8. Haiti
  9. Indonesia (Website)
  10. Jamaica
  11. Macao
  12. Macedonia
  13. Mauritius (Link)
  14. Micronesia
  15. Nepal (Don’t even need a passport)
  16. Palestine
  17. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  18. Senegal
  19. St Vincent & the Grenadines
  20. Trinidad and Tobago
  21. Vanuatu

Countries offering Visa on Arrival (VOA) for Indian passport holders:

  1. Bolivia
  2. Cambodia (eVisa link)
  3. Cape Verde
  4. Comoros
  5. Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (eVisa also)
  6. Ethiopia
  7. Guinea-Bissau
  8. Jordan
  9. Kenya (eVisa also)
  10. Laos
  11. Madagascar
  12. Maldives
  13. Marshall Islands
  14. Mauritania
  15. Mozambique
  16. Palau
  17. St Lucia
  18. Samoa
  19. Seychelles (Visitor’s permit)
  20. Suriname
  21. Tanzania
  22. Thailand (2000THB) (Link)
  23. Timor-Leste
  24. Togo
  25. Tuvalu
  26. Uganda
  27. Ukraine
  28. Vietnam (Get a pre-approved VOA, 40USD) (Link)
  29. Qatar (Link)

Countries offering eVisa for Indian passport holders:

Definitely easier than a pre-applied Visa. Also, find the links to the eVisa websites suffixed against the country.

  1. Antigua & Barbuda (Website)
  2. Azerbaijan (Website)
  3. Bahrain (Website)
  4. Cambodia (Website)
  5. Colombia (Website)
  6. Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (Website)
  7. Gabon (Website)
  8. Georgia (Website)
  9. Kenya (Website)
  10. Lesotho (Website)
  11. Moldova (Website)
  12. Myanmar (Burma) (Website)
  13. Sao Tome & Principe (Website)
  14. Sri Lanka (Website)
  15. UAE (Website) Easier if you fly Air India
  16. Zambia (Website)
  17. Zimbabwe (Website)

All other countries require a cumbersome pre-approved Visa. These requirements, however, keep changing frequently. You need to check well ahead before you travel. If you have a valid USA, Schengen, Japanese or Australian Visa on your passport, more countries open up to you and you may be eligible for a VOA or even a free visa.

But when you got to travel, you got to travel!

Don’t let the Visa come in your way!

So just pack & travel away! err… of course sort out the Visa first 🙂

Here is a simple guide to Visa for other countries that I have visited.

  1. Australia Visa for Indians: Indians need a visa to get into Australia. I applied through VFS Global. It was pretty straightforward.
  2. Schengen Visa for Indians: The following countries fall under the Schengen visa agreement. You can apply through VFS global or any travel agent. Usually takes 1-2 weeks to get processed. Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
  3. Japan Visa for Indians: One of the most professional and traveler friendly embassies that I have come across. They respond to every call and email diligently. Do check their website for the visa process. Should take 5 days to process. (Embassy Site)
  4. South Korea visa for Indians: You have to go through VFS for their visa officially. (Website link). Has a turn around time of about a week.
  5. Taiwan visa for Indians: For a super-developed country like Taiwan, their visa process is surely confusing and at times silly. They do let you do an online travel authorization certificate if you have a Schengen or some valid country’s visa on your passport or else you need to apply for a regular visa. Read their website for more confusion. I applied through a travel agent.
  6. Egypt Visa for Indians: Indias need a pre-approved visa and their embassy in India is not very helpful nor are their websites. I did mine through a travel agent and it cost me INR 4500 and 10 days time.
  7. South Africa Visa for Indians: Though the visa is free, the embassy has outsourced them to VFS global. It works out to just over 2000 INR for a visa. Its pretty simple though. One tip though: Always carry birth certificates of kids when on tour!
  8. Jordan Visa for Indians: Its officially a visa on arrival for Indians. But more info is hard to find. I had taken a tour with Classic Wadi Rum Tours and they sorted my visa on arrival. Their representative met us at the arrival visa counter and it was pretty smooth. You can also call their embassy in Delhi at 011 2649 7032 for more info.
  9. Thailand Visa for Indians: Thailand allows Visa on Arrival to Indians and many other countries for tourism purposes. There is a 2000 Baht fee and you need to fill up a form at the counter. (Embassy Link)

55 thoughts on “Visa for Indians

  1. This is one great post I have come across after a long time regarding visa information… almost all the visa information for India Passport holders in one page. Brilliant! I have bookmarked this and will surely need this on and off!


  2. Ugggh, the entry requirements and restrictions are so annoying! This is great information for travelers. My US Passport allows for more freedom than India, but I still need to submit for my Indian VISA so that I can finally come visit India!


  3. Thats a very interesting article. I had no idea about the Indian passport ranking and which country you are able to see with which restrictions. But what impresses me is to see how many countries you already visited, that is quite a long and cool list. eVisa sounds actually like a very good idea, I need to read more about that since this should be somehow standard in our new digitalized world with so many opportunities to travel.


  4. This is great information. I had no idea that it could be so difficult to travel. That is mainly because I have never been anywhere that required a VISA to travel. This really opened my eyes to things that I had never thought of. Thank you for sharing,.


  5. This is such a wonderful source of information, and I think it’s pretty eye opening for anyone who owns a passport from a country higher on the Global Passport Power index. I can’t imagine how this can impact any of those notions of traveling spontaneously.


  6. This a great list to have as an Indian. I will definitely keep this handy when planning for my travels. Sometimes it does get a little frustrating with the number of visas that we need to apply for and the fact that we can’t really get up and go somewhere. Need to plan in advance. This list definitely makes planning easier.


  7. What a comprehensive list of information, well done on all the research. It will most definitely assist one and all Indian travelers in planning and executing their journey.


  8. Sreekar thanks for this list. A friend mentioned about the new countries who have added visa on arrival. This list narrows it down. It is good India has got these extra visa on arrival as it makes the process of travel easier for us.


  9. A great post that is very informative! I know many Indians will appreciate this kind of information, you made it easy to understand.


  10. Very helpful post for Indian nationals. I was looking at your country list and I found out you don’t even need a passport to visit Bhutan. Oh wow. That is one of my dream destinations. However, the last time I checked, I found out that they are not open to tourists? Is that true? I would want to see the monasteries there and the unique landscape.


  11. I’m always surprised at the number of people who forget to consider what visas they’ll need for their trip. Of course, I woke up with a start shortly before my Australia trip myself, having forgotten to get one! Fortunately it was a quick online application. Great tips for travelers!


  12. This is very good information! I had no idea about all the restrictions that were needed. I guess I haven’t really been to a place that requires a Visa though. Now I know!


  13. Thanks for sharing useful information about list of countries for Indian Passport. I would love to visit countries which do not require anything to be done before as traveling becomes very easy. I have visited Georgia, Ukraine, Sri Lanka from this list and from my experience everything was super easy.


  14. I didn’t realize there were so many Visa programs which were out there. I will have to look into them when I am doing my travels. Very cool the different ways to procure a Visa and how they work depending on which other Visas you may have.


  15. Very informative information here. I really don’t know anything about visa or traveling outside my country as I’ve never done that. I didn’t know there were so many visa programs and restrictions…


  16. Wow! I haven’t done a lot of travel myself, so I am pretty ignorant on the Visa issues. I had no idea though, about how Visas are ranked and such, and how restricted an Indian passport is. There is a lot of great information here, and I am sure a lot of people are going to find this really helpful.


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