There was a time when planning a holiday abroad meant first having to deal with the hassle of applying for a visa. Those dreadful queues, the never ending documents, the inquisitive questions and then that long wait for the much awaited piece of paper VISA, your license to travel. Phew! But not anymore. With many countries now offering Visa on Arrival (VOA) to Indian passport holders, travelling abroad is no longer a daunting experience. By the popularity of destinations, here are some of the must-visit destinations that offer visa-on-arrival travel:
Indians can obtain a Visa on Arrival for Cambodia, for a maximum stay of 30 days, by paying a fee of US$ 20. You must have a passport photo, sufficient funds to cover your stay in Cambodia, and travel documents like visa and confirmed flight tickets. Also, make sure your passport is valid for at least 4 months from the date of arrival.
Tip: Whether you are a history buff or not, Angkor Wat is a must visit. Marvel at the intricate carvings of Shiva, Vishnu and other Hindu deities at this majestic temple.
2) Hong Kong
Indians can obtain a visa at the Hong Kong airport, free of charge, for a stay of 14 days. They must show evidence of sufficient funds to cover their stay, along with confirmed onward or return flight tickets.
Tip: Embark on a magical experience at Disneyland and enjoy a day of fun and adventure, no matter what your age.
All it takes is US$ 25 for Indians to get a Visa on Arrival for Indonesia, for a maximum stay of 30 days! You must show evidence of sufficient funds to cover your stay in Indonesia, in addition to carrying confirmed flight tickets for the return or onward destination. Ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Indonesia.
Tip: Explore the island of Bali, known for some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Visit Ubud, the cultural hub and go to Mt. Batur, which is an active volcano.
Indians coming to Jordan can get a Visa on Arrival for 2 weeks by paying a fee of approximately US$ 30. They must carry at least US$ 1000 (or equivalent) to cover their stay and hold onward or return flight tickets for their next destination. Indians entering and exiting Jordan from Aqaba, along the Red Sea, are granted a 1 month visa for free.
Tip: Floating in the Dead Sea is definitely one of the top experiences in Jordan. Float without a life jacket as the high salt content keeps you buoyant.
Indians can obtain a Visa on Arrival for a maximum of 90 days by paying US$ 50. They must show evidence of sufficient funds to cover their stay, along with travel documents required for the next destination.
Tip: Experience the most famous wildlife safari in Masai Mara and hot air balloon safari!
Indians coming to Macau can get a Visa on Arrival for free, for a maximum stay of 30 days. Ensure that you have proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay (US$ 60), as well as all travel documents for the return or onward destination.
Tip: Macau is known for its extensive number of casinos and gambling hubs. Touted as a popular destination for duty-free shopping, it is a Mecca for shopaholics.
Indians can obtain a Visa on Arrival for a maximum of 90 days, free of charge. They must carry documents for the next destination, like return or onward flight tickets. Those passengers without a hotel reservation must carry at least $30 per person per day of their stay.
Tip: Maldives boasts of one of the worlds top diving and snorkeling experiences and is a great way to see the fascinating underwater life.
Indians can get Visa on Arrival for a maximum stay of 60 days, provided they hold a confirmed booking for accommodation in Mauritius, a sponsorship letter, a confirmed booking for return flight and sufficient funds for expenses during their stay (minimum of USD 100 per day).
Tip: Visit Chamarel in Mauritius, a small village known for its seven coloured layers of sand.
Unlike foreign citizens, Indians can simply get a Visa on Arrival in Thailand for just US$ 35! Bear in mind that your stay does not exceed 15-30 days. In addition, Indians must hold the onward or return flight tickets plus a minimum of 10,000 baht per person.
Tip: Thailand is known for its glittering temples or Wats, so be sure to include at least one of these in your trip.
Indians visiting Turkey can simply get a Visa on Arrival for US$ 20, provided they have a visa issued by the UK, US or a Schengen country.
Tip: Cappadocia in Turkey is an entire city formed out of volcanic eruptions and has up to 36 underground cities!
And There’s More! Here are some other countries that offer Visa on Arrival for Indians: Bolivia, Burundi, Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Fiji, Jamaica, Laos, Madagascar, Mongolia, St Lucia, Tanzania and Uganda.
Please note: Visa requirements keep changing for every country. At the time of publishing this post, the above listed countries provide Visa on arrival for Indians.