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 very useful information. Though there are many countries that do not require visa for Indian passport holders, wish the list could have been more. Of course as you mention we do not let the visa hassles hamper our travel plans, but forge ahead negotiating the issues.

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  2. For travelers, having a ‘powerful passport’ can really be an advantage in terms of being able to visit countries that you’d like to go. But like you said, this should never be a hindrance to anyone wishing to see the world, powerful passport or not. 🙂

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  3. Good list. I was not aware of the possibilities in some of the countries.

    Very tempted to make a quick visit to some of the countries which doesn’t require visa. 🙂

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  4. I had no idea that a Global Passport Power index even exists. It really sucks that Indian is so low. I wonder why that is, how it’s calculated and how to improve. Naturally, I checked my country and Canada is #5 which is great. This is very interesting stuff…

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  5. Oh yes, I came across a lot of such hurdles for my trip to Cambodia that eventually had to be cancelled because of Visa issues or mishap. This is super useful for me though, I did not know we could go to 20 countries without visa! Thanks for sharing this information!

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  6. This is really disappointing that India have Global Passport Power Index😢 ur article is just a complete reference for Indian travellers…thanks for such a detailed research…keep sharing so we can travel without tension….

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  7. This is really disappointing that India have Low Global Passport Power Index😢 ur article is just a complete reference for Indian travellers…thanks for such a detailed research…keep sharing so we can travel without tension….

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  8. Not a country, but Hong Kong offers free Visa to Indians. That is one reason, I loved visiting Hong Kong – least hassle-free entry through a simple online form – just carry the printout and you are done They even had a separate queue at the immigration for Indians traveling with this document. This PAR permits multiple entries for 6 months.

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  9. Thanks for compiling this info. I have it for easy reference now. I hate the cumbersome process of applying for a visa (especialy Schengen) and many times, we just want to plan trips at the last minute, like a relaxation vacation. This is good for those times, thanks for sharing!

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  10. I have a British passport, which is a pretty useful one when it comes to travelling the world. I’m extremely sad about the imminent withdrawal from Europe, but that’s a whole separate issue. I know for all my relatives in India that visa applications can be more complex as it can be harder to enter some places for them than for me!

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  11. I love visa posts like these since it’s very informative for each country’s citizens. After all, I’m the kind of person who will be even more encouraged to visit a country if it’s visa free! 🙂

    Being born in the Philippines, I totally feel you — there aren’t as many visa free countries we can visit. (Thank God India is eVisa eligible for us.) Sucks that third-world citizens like us just can’t pack our things and go on a drop of a hat, we have to go through the a lot of documentation & the whole visa process.But as you say, when you got to travel, you got to travel!! Wish you all well and keep on traveling 🙂 ❤

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  12. I think the best way, for me, holding a Philippine Passport, is to travel to as many visa-free countries as you can! Then it will be easier for your visa to be approved in like, G8 countries.

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  13. Wow… thanks for all the hard work…
    I wish some more other countries had free visa or VoA for Indians…
    But there were a few surprises too. I did not expect Bolivia to be on the list for example… and Macedonia too!
    I wish Mongolia was on the list! 😦

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  14. It must be infuriating when a visa stands between a traveller and their dreams. My mate has been living here in England for the last few years and his VISA just ran out, so he has had to leave and was in tears for weeks.

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  15. Thanks for such an informative post, I have copied this list and stored in my MAC for first hand reference wrt VIsa’s when we start planning our trip. Hope you don’t mind storing this up:)

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  16. I’m always grateful for my U.S. passport as I know I can travel pretty much anywhere…and even for places that require visas, it’s not cumbersome for us.


  17. I am not an Indian myself but my girlfriend is and we travel a lot. This article will be very useful when deciding where to travel next. Thank you for sharing 🙂


  18. I hadn’t really thought about how it can be more complicated for those holding different passports to get their visas for international travel. I have a British passport but most of my family are from / in India and have Indian passports so they would find this useful, will pass it along!


  19. This is a really helpful post. Getting a Visa is first and most important thing one needs to get done before even planning the whole abroad trip. Thanks for sharing.


  20. This post is such a resourceful guide detailing countries offering free Indian visas and the procedures for obtaining one in various countries. Also, your featured cover photo on your page is absolutely beautiful and inspiring! I love the gorgeous travel photos and landmarks you included.


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