When It comes to foreign travel the first thing that horrifies Indians is, VISA. As Indian Passport is not very travel-friendly and most of the time it kills the dreams with a simple VISA rejection seal but there are some visa friendly countries for Indians. As per latest passport index released by Henley & Partners, Indian Passport ranked at 85 positions and it gives visa-free and visa-on-arrival access to 60 countries and territories on the earth.
I will not horrify you more, and will bring a smile on your face by giving a list of all the visa friendly countries for Indians that provide either visa-free or visa-on-arrival (VOA) entry to the country. There are lots of websites which will misguide you and confuse you, they have even listed some countries that require a valid visa in advance, We have made a deep research, and listed only officially confirmed Nations in this list. As per latest update, there are 60 countries/territories that provide such access to the Indian Passport Holders, so common let’s explore them all together.
60 Visa Friendly Countries for Indians
List of Countries who are Giving VISA Free Access to the Indians
#1. Nepal Freedom to Movement
Nepal is the most visa friendly nation for the Indians, as it gives freedom to move, work and live without any VISA throughout the country. You even don’t need a Passport, as you can visit or live in Nepal just with your Indian identity card. This is all possible just because of 1950 Indo-Nepal treaty.
#2. Bhutan Freedom to Movement
Bhutan is also a very friendly nation for Indians as Indians can visit Bhutan without any passport or any visa. Bhutan has some scenic beauty to explore likes as Buddhist temple, Paro Taktsang etc.. and it is easily accessible through airports and road via Bagdogra airport (West Bengal).
#3. Hong Kong Asia’s World City
Hong kong? yes, although most of the Indians are not aware of but they can explore the sea shores and bays in Hong Kong without any VISA. Yes, Indian Passports holders will be welcomed in Hong Kong with 14 days VISA Free access to hong kong (all four parts) for tourism and general purpose.
#4. Jeju Island (South Korea)
Yes, there is an island in South Korea that you can visit without any VISA for up to 30 days. Jeju is a part of South Korea, Normally Indians require a visa to enter South Korea, But if they wish to visit the Jeju Island (popular tourist destination in South Korea) they can enter without any visa for tourism purpose (read Jeju Island Visa Policy). You can directly fly to Jeju International Airport (2nd Largest airport in the country) and explore the hidden treasure on the Island but remember you can not visit rest of south Korea, for visiting rest of south Korea you will need a valid Tourist Visa.
Please note that if you’re planning to work in South Korea, you’ll need to apply for a work visa. If you need some help, you can check out this guide on how to obtain a South Korea visa. Before you apply, understand there’s quite a few requirements to check, including your CV, your proposed job description and the application fee.
#5. Macau Paradise for Gamblers
Macau is famous for gambling, casinos and beaches. If these attract you in Macau, a VISA will never be your barrier. Just pack your bags, pick your Passport and fly to Macau. Indians are allowed to visit Macau for up to 30 days without any VISA.
#6. Fiji Perfect Holiday Destination
Fiji, an island to explore palm-lined beaches and sea treasures. Now, Fiji offers Visa-free stay to Indians for up to 4 months (120 days). Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 beautiful islands and emerging as the very popular honeymoon destination in the world. In case you don’t aware of, more than 40% Fijians can speak Hindi.
#7. Mauritius For Romantic Stay in the Indian Ocean
Mauritius, the real honeymoon destination in the Indian Ocean is accessible by Indians without any VISA. Yes, you can travel and explore the lovely destinations in the Mauritius with your Indian Passport for up to 90 days. You will find many Indian residing in the Mauritius.
Indonesia also offering VISA free entry to Indian citizens for up to 30 days by (November 26, 2013), If it is intended for the purpose of tourism. However, you will be allowed to enter Indonesia only via some selected entry ports and airports. So make sure you are entering from right entry port.
This beautiful Caribbean island offers 6 months visa-free access to Indian citizens. Dominica is often called as the Nature Island, you can have beautiful sightseeing of mountains, sea, hot springs all here.
Ecuador offers 90 days visa-free access to Indian citizens. If you are an adventure savvy then this could be a great treasure for you, hidden in the diverse landscape, Amazon jungle, Andean highlands, and the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands.
#11. El Salvador
El Salvador is accessible by Indians without any visa for up to 90 days. However, it’s a small nation but you can enjoy the sun and sands on its pacific ocean beaches. If you love surfing and mountaineering this is an ideal tourist destination for you.
This small Caribbean country offers 3 months visa-free access to citizens of India. It is called that you can smell the nutmeg in the air Grenada. It is also a great choice for honeymoon and leisure. St. Georges is one of the most popular cities and attraction city in Grenada.
Another Caribbean country offering 3 months visa-free access to Indians. Haiti is a very beautiful country and great choice of travelers. However, it is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake. But travelers are getting back to this beautiful island, as beauty always lure us.
This beautiful Caribbean island nation offers visa-free entry (30 days) to Indian Passport holders, and you can enjoy the seashore at reef-line beaches, rainforests, and mountains. Jamaica has attractions like deep dive sites, zip-lining, snorkeling, waterfalls, marinas, scuba diving, and even you can enjoy fishing.
This is a group of 600 islands spread over pacific ocean and offers visa-free access to Indians for stay up to 30 days. It is a historical place, and you can be amazed by their cultural richness. Also, this is one of the safest nation for tourist.
#16. Saint Kitts and Nevis
This glorified dual-island nation is situated between Atlantic ocean and Caribbean sea. Saint Kitts and Nevis is famous for cloud-shrouded mountains, sandy beaches and home to a crater lake, green vervet monkeys and rainforest crisscrossed with hiking trails. You can visit Saint Kitts and Nevis for up to 3 months without any visa.
This is another beautiful Oceania country ( in the Pacific Ocean) with 30 days visa-free access. Popular attractions of this country are scuba diving at coral reefs, underwater caverns and wrecks.
#18. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
This small island nation offers Visa-free access to the Indian citizens (No stay duration limit specified, some people claimed it as 30 days). It is popular for its major sailing destinations and volcanic landscapes. If you like white sand, then this country have lots of clean and beautiful beaches to warm your eyes.
#19. Trinidad and Tobago
Distinctive Creole traditions and cuisines, both are the attractions of this Caribbean dual-islands nation. You can visit there without any VISA for up to 90 days. Trinidad and Tobago is also famous for hosting boisterous carnival featuring calypso and soca music.
#20. Pitcairn Islands
If you are an adventurous travellers seeking truly remote horizons for your next trip, then Pitcairn Island would be an ideal choice for you. Situated in the south pacific ocean and offers 14 days, visa-free access to Indian Passport holders.
#21. Cook Islands
If you want to visit the famous Cook Islands, you can do so without any hassle. As Cook Island gives you 31 days visa-free entry to the nation for the purpose of tourism. White sands, crystal clear sea water, palm-lines, enriched diversity undersea, this island has all the things to attract you.
This mountainous Caribbean island nation gives you 6 months visa-free access to enjoy black-sand beaches, coral reefs, cliffs and shoreline caves.
#23. British Virgin Islands
It is a part of a volcanic archipelago in the Caribbean sea and British overseas territory. You can have a pleasant stay up to 30 days without any visa and enjoy reef-lined beaches and yachting.
It is a historical tourist destination situated between Mediterranean sea and Jordan River. However, it is partially recognized but gives up to 30 days visa free access to Indians.
#25. Kish Island
Visitors to Kish Island do not require any visa, as so Indians. You can visit this beautiful small island (in Persian gulf) without any visa for up to 4 weeks. Underground Town of Cariz, Kish Dolphin & Crocodile Park, Giant Bird Sculpture, The Ancient Town of Harireh, Mysteries of the World Zoo, it has lots of reasons to have a visit especially if it is visa free nation.
You can visit Réunion for up to 15 days if your trip is organised by an authorized travel agency. It is known for its volcanic, rainforested interior, offshore reefs, beaches and Creole culture.
This small partially recognized state offer visa-free access ( up to 30 days) but registration is required if your visit is longer than 24 hours. It could be your historical trip to see monasteries, churches, monuments, museums if you intended to visit Transnistria.
#28. Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
It is divided between Turkey and Greece and known for its beaches, Byzantine castles and ancient ruins. Indians can travel to this country without any visa for up to 3 months.
#29. Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park
It is also known as Białowieża (situated in Belarus), it is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain and home for 900 types of plants and 250 types of rare animal species. You can visit there without any visa for up to 3 days (you just need to obtain an electronic pass). Technically, Indians Need visa to enter Belarus, but if you wish to visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, you can book your trip through a registered agency and get a pass to enter the region.
Indians don’t require any VISA to visit Senegal for up to 90 days for tourism purpose. It is located on the west coast of Africa Senegal, is popular for French colonial heritage and several natural attractions.
Countries Giving VISA-on-Arrival to Indians
Now we will explore the countries that also have friendly visa policy for Indians, and you can avail visa-on-arrival facility upon your arrival at the particular country. But always remember to be prepared with all the documents required for VOA (Visa On Arrival) application. Every country has a different rule, so before making any trip make sure you have all the required documents and you qualifies for their VISA on Arrival service.
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Indians can fly to Jorden and obtain their visa on arrival in the country. The tourist visa will be valid for 2 weeks. Also, remember every applicant should hold minimum $1000. Jordan was the base for orchestrates an evacuation of more than 1,70000 Indians in 1990 when Iraq was invaded Kuwait.
Bolivia is a friendly destination for Indians, it offers 90 days Visa on arrival facility at the country. Remember, your first entry point to the country should be La Paz Airport. Bolivia gives you three solid attractions to visit the country Andes mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest.
Burundi offers 30 days Visa on arrival to Indian citizens, however, it is a landlocked country in Africa but one can enjoy Jungle Safari, and can see beautiful lakes, rivers, also there are two national parks with biodiversity.
Cambodia is one of the must visit place in south Asia, to experience a very ancient and rich culture. There are hundreds of attractions there like as Worlds Largest Hindu Temple Angkor Wat, An ancient city Angkor Thom etc. Cambodia offers 30 days visa on arrival to the Indian citizens.
#35. Cape Verde
Cape Verde offers visa on arrival facility to Indians, however, the stay duration is not specified clearly ( on research we found it as 30 days), but surely you can obtain a visa at your first entry point in Cape Verde. It has many jumping-off points for wind sports and beautiful beaches.
Indians can obtain Visa on arrival at Comoros for up to 4 weeks as well. This small country ringed by beaches and old lava from active Mt. Karthala volcano.
Indians can obtain 30 days Visa upon their arrival in the Ethiopia. It has lots of tourist attractions like as Addis Ababa, Simien Mountains National Park, Gondar etc It is a country of ancient culture.
Indian Passport holders can get 90 days tourist visa on arrival in Guinea-Bissau. It is a tropical country in Africa and famous for nationals parks and wildlife.
Guyana offers 30 days visitor visa to Indians upon arrival, if they holding an invitation letter. Don’t get panic your hotel will provide you a letter of invitation (also called Sponsor Letter).
In Laos, Indians can get 30 days tourist visa very easily upon their arrival. It is a country enriched with traditions and culture and yet untouched by modern demands. There are lots of ancient temples and architectures. Laos has a history of 10000 years.
This African country offers 30 days Visa free of cost upon arrival to Indians. It is a great place for your vacation and adventurous trip.
Malawi is landlocked by Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It offers visa on arrival to Indian tourists for up to 90 days. Malawi has lots of attractions to attract you if you are a nature lover. Wildlife, highlands, lakes, beaches, sun and sand you can enjoy all here in Malawi.
Maldives has lots of sights to be witnessed once in a life. It is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean and made up of hundreds of islands. Maldives is world famous for its beautiful beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. It gives visa on arrival facility to Indian tourists for a visit up to 90 days.
#44. Marshall Islands
It is spread over Pacific ocean in-between Hawaii and Philippines. Here you can take a dive for world famous ship graveyard of world war II, called Bikini Atoll. The Marshall Islands allows visa on arrival to Indians for a travel up to 90 days.
It is another African country which gives facility of Visa on Arrival to Indians for the stay of up to 90 days. However, nowadays it is not a very friendly nation for tourists because of terrorist influence but it can be a great treasure for sunset and evening lovers.
Palau is an archipelago of more than 500 islands near Micronesia. It offers 30 days tourist visa on arrival. It is well known for its scuba-diving and snorkeling sites.
#47. Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia, gives 3 weeks tourist visa on arrival to Indians. You can have a great trip on its beaches and reef diving sites, as well as its rain-forested interior with waterfalls such as at Tortilla.
It is a beautiful treasure island in south Pacific, which gives visa on arrival for the stay of up to 60 days. It is really a must visit destination.
It is an archipelago of 115 beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean of East Africa side, and well known for its sandy beaches, coral reefs, diving sites, nature reserves and rare wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises. You can get a 1 Month tourist visa upon your arrival.
It is located in the horn of Africa and worlds famous for the pirates. However, the country has lots of attractions to lure tourists. Somalia gives 30 days tourist visa to Indian Tourists. Don’t forget to send your Sponsor letter to airport authority 2 days before your arrival (You can get sponsor letter/invitation letter from your booked hotel and submit it to Somali Airport Authority online).
Suriname located in South America and gives 90 days tourist visa on arrival to Indian Tourists. Please remember your first entry point should be Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport. Suriname is famous for its rainforests and melting-pot culture.
Tanzania is popularized for several reasons, one of the among them all is Kilimanjaro National Park which is well known for big five (Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo). Tanzania gives 30 days visa upon arrival to Indians for tourism purpose.
It is the first choice of Indian Tourist and famous for its white sand beaches, coral reefs, and rich culture. Its capital Bangkok is world’s most visited city in the year 2013. Indians can avail visa on arrival facility for the stay up to 15 days. If you want to stay longer than 15 days, then apply in advance at Thai embassy in India.
It is an Asian country occupying half the island of Timor, is ringed by coral reefs teeming with marine life. It gives 30 days tourist permit on arrival.
Togo gives 7 days tourist visa on arrival to visit its palm-lined beaches and hilltop villages. In some areas of Togo, you will feel the absence of technology like it is an 18 century.
It is also known as Ellice Islands and famous of beaches. You can get the 1-month visa upon your arrival in the nation.
Uganda is another landlocked African country in the list, it provides 30 days visa on arrival to Indians. Uganda is famous for diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria.
It is a self-declared state of Somalia and provides 30 days tourist visa on arrival. It has lots of beautiful beaches to have a pleasant stay. Don’t get confused with Somalia, yes it lies in Somalia, but is completely autonomous.
It gives 30 days tourist visa after arrival in the country to Indian Tourists. Niue is Pacific Island paradise like no other, one of the smallest country in the world, and famous as one of the largest raised coral atolls on earth.
It gives 30 days tourist visa on arrival to Indians. It is popularized for volcanic formations and red sea beaches. It is also well known for one the saltiest water lake in the world.
So here our list ending, and we are sure that you must be surprised with the fact that there are 30 countries that you can visit without any VISA and 30 will provide your visa upon your arrival.
Note: There are some countries that offer VISA-On-Arrival and VISA-Free Access to Indians if they holding valid Schengen visa, US visa, Canada Visa etc. In this article, we have only listed the most visa friendly countries for Indians that offer the benefits directly. I will let you know such about such countries in a different article.
Credit goes to Deepak Singh