The Indian passport ranked a lowly 75th 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:
- El Salvador
- Indonesia (Website)
- Mauritius (Link)
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- St Vincent & the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
Countries offering Visa on Arrival (VOA) for Indian passport holders:
- Cambodia (eVisa link)
- Cape Verde
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (eVisa also)
- Kenya (eVisa also)
- Marshall Islands
- St Lucia
- Seychelles (Visitor’s permit)
- Thailand (2000THB) (Link)
- Vietnam (45USD)
- 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.
- Antigua & Barbuda (Website)
- Azerbaijan (Website)
- Bahrain (Website)
- Cambodia (Website)
- Colombia (Website)
- Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (Website)
- Gabon (Website)
- Georgia (Website)
- Kenya (Website)
- Lesotho (Website)
- Moldova (Website)
- Myanmar (Burma) (Website)
- Sao Tome & Principe (Website)
- Sri Lanka (Website)
- UAE (Website) Easier if you fly Air India
- Zambia (Website)
- 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 🙂