Want a Visa on arrival? List of countries that every Indian passport holder who loves to travel should know!

Travelling at a whim has always been easy, only you probably didn’t give it some serious consideration before! Let ignorance be gone and make it a point to know that there are over 50 countries that offer Indian passport holders with Visa on arrival. So, no need to wait for the cumbersome process (which unlike Americans and Europeans, we Indians are forced to go through, making Indian passport rank at number 76 in the world of passports) of obtaining visa, just pick up a place, book a ticket, and fly!

We have found some amazing ‘Must go’ places that you should pack up your bags and leave for, as soon as you are in a need for a change in scenery and a break from routine, that too without giving any thought to the visa hurdles and time lags that follow!

Here’s your mini travel guide to the listed destinations that you can opt for whenever you want

#1 Thailand

Thailand has to be the best break any one can want with plenty of options like Phuket, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Krabi, Pattaya, Hua Hin and many more!

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival) – Maximum of 30 days

Currency exchange rate-1.00 Thai Baht= 1.87 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Bangkok will approximately cost Rs.15,000 if booked on time

#2 Laos

Exotic destination on your mind? You need not look further than this country that is a neighbour to Thailand, China, Vietnam and even Cambodia! The stunning scenery, Bolavean plateau, cheap transportation, and the not to miss  Si Phan Don ( 4000 islands) are few of the best things in Laos!

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival) – Maximum of 30 days

Currency exchange rate– 1.00 Lao Kip= .00756 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Laos will approximately cost Rs. 32,000 if booked on time

#3 Maldives

Looking for serenity, a time-out just to soak in the sun, to live life by the beach, to watch sun rises and sun sets? All while you sip on a green coconut with your hat on or your choice of bubbly to taste the stars? Simply book a resort that suits your fancy and budget, and just watch life pass by in slow motion while you appreciate the beauty of nature all around you! What’s even more fascinating is that most of these resorts are an island in themselves. Maldives has been my dream destination for quite some time now!

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival) – Maximum of 30 days

Currency exchange rate– 1.00 Maldivian Rufiyaa=3.997

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Maldives will approximately cost Rs. 30,000 if booked on time

#4 Hong Kong

If it’s commercialization, development , concrete, observation decks, towers, that fixate you then Hong Kong is where you must go to fill in yourself with the views of amazing skylines, in fact it is even rated in top skylines of the world, beating even the New York skyline as per CNN! What’s more is that it’s a perfect place for a family vacation where children and adults alike get to enjoy, especially at places like Hong Kong Disneyland!

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival) – Maximum of 14 days

Currency exchange rate-1.00 Hong Kong Dollar= 7.925 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Hong Kong will approximately cost Rs. 34,000 if booked on time

#5 Nepal

If you are an Indian you may know lots about Nepal, but what you may not know is that this India’s neighbor is actually an adventurer’s paradise in the truest sense! Thrill your inner spirit and take up an adventure or two to marvel nature, trek the Annapurna circuit, Gokyo Lakes,  Langtang or all three! I would opt to reach the Everest Base Camp (at least) if not the summit of the tallest peak in the world!

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival)No visa required

Currency exchange rate– 1.00 Nepalese Rupee= 0.6240 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Nepal will approximately cost Rs. 8,000 if booked on time

#6 Sri Lanka

Wildlife safari destination, glorious beaches, world heritage sites, whale spotting, spicy curries and a paradise to shop till you drop, pretty much sums up this island country which is located right below India!

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival) – Maximum of 30 days

Currency exchange rate– 1.00 Sri Lankan Rupee=0.4671 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Sri Lanka will approximately cost Rs. 20,000 if booked on time

#7 Macau

Make some money at the casinos that light up to tease you and go casino hopping to get rich quick. Also what no one will tell you but we tell you is that don’t forget to visit the bridges here which are amazing to look at during night time! This is a place to look out for museum enthusiasts and church spotting.

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival) – Maximum of 30 days

Currency exchange rate– 1.00 Macanese Pataca= 7.69 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Macau will approximately cost Rs. 38,000 if booked on time

#8 Cambodia

There are two alternative ways that we suggest for reaching Cambodia, one is reaching Bangkok and then making way to Cambodia or reaching Cambodia directly. Angkor Wat is a phenomenal place that captivates archaeologists worldwide! This ruined city is amongst the most popular destinations in the world. It is worth mentioning that the Angelina Jolie starrer Tomb Raider has also been shot here. In fact the temple Ta Prohm is now informally called as the Tomb Raider temple. If you are a Temple run addict (or have been rehabilitated) you would almost end up finding similarities between the layout of Temple in the Temple run and Ta Prohm. Ta da!

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival) – Maximum of 30 days

Currency exchange rate– 1.00 Cambodian Riel= 0.0151 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Cambodia will approximately cost Rs. 34,000 if booked on time

#9 Seychelles

Hit the beach mate and just relax! White sand beaches, tropical paradise, sparkling waters, a piece of heaven on earth. Ideal for destination weddings, and now what seems like, for honeymoon too (Note: don’t miss out on any destination weddings that you get invited to on this pretty island, I say this because I missed one and I am full of regrets now…oh Kate Middleton and Prince William went here for their honeymoon if you recall!). This is the locale that provides the best scenic backdrop to almost every picture, very much like it has been magically touched by fingerprints of god.

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival)No visa required

Currency exchange rate– 1.00 Seychellelois Rupee= 4.3771 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Seychelles will approximately cost Rs. 36,000 if booked on time

#10 Fiji

Thinking of family run resorts, friendly happy faces, and palm fringed beaches will make you want to book a ticket to Fiji right away! Fiji population is full of the descendants of Indians and Bengalis who came to work under the British and never left. Soak in the delights that the topography of Fiji presents and don’t forget to take up various cruises that take you through the true blue sea. Better still just dive in or snorkel away your time here.

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival)No visa required

Currency exchange rate– 1.00 Fijian Dollar= 30.3850 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Seychelles will approximately cost Rs. 94,000 if booked on time

#11 Mauritius

Ok fine! We all know it as a tax haven but that’s not the point, we need to look beyond that and seriously consider this as a haven for tourists too! Get lost in a tea plantation or two, if that doesn’t suit your fancy there’s sugarcane fields too! (Hey, that rhymes!) The Indian Ocean here is set to be discovered by you, go ahead with scuba diving, sailing a yacht and underwater walk here! Giant tortoises and crocodiles are also a part of the deal where you can get up close and personal with them.

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival)No visa required

Currency exchange rate– 1.00 Mauritian Rupee= 1.88 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Mauritius will approximately cost Rs. 44,000 if booked on time

#12 Jamaica

Jamaican food and Jamaican music should be enough reason to make you want to get there but there’s more to Jamaica than this! Jerk chicken, Blue mountain coffee offered here in Jamaica is something that you won’t find anywhere else. Forget vineyards, and think Appleton Estate Rum tour that produces Jamaica Rum in wide varieties that are aged for over 30 years! If you are not a Rum person, then are you a coffee person? Yes? You will be treated to amazing coffee and Pineapple plantations near Montego Bay, Jamiaca! Dolphins, Sharks and Stingrays can also be found in the Dolphin cove where you can merrily swim with the Dolphins after you are done with relaxing on the beach!

TBOR Tips

Purpose of travel – Tourism

Number of days visa is issued for (Visa on arrival)No visa required

Currency exchange rate– 1.00 Jamaican Dollar= 0.533 Indian Rupee

Air Ticket (Roundtrip) – New Delhi to Mauritius will approximately cost Rs. 93,000 if booked on time

 

Special Mentions

Jordan, Egypt (after Ebola eradication), El Salvador and Bolivia can also be considered.

TBOR Special Mention

Bow down to Antarctica if you are not one of the faint hearted. Since Antarctica is not a part of any country, no visa is required but some permits are required that can be easily attained if you are willing to shell out more than just a few pennies!

Destinations where Indians can feel rich given the currency advantage from the above list

Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Laos. Start with these if you are on a budget.

Visa checklist overview

Return flight tickets

Proof of hotel reservations

Evidence of sufficient funds to cover the stay

Passport sized photographs (please carry a glue stick as well, I can’t even tell you about the ordeal I went through when I was trying to get my Visa on arrival in Bangkok and didn’t have a glue stick.)

Validity of passport

Empty pages in passport for Visa

Money for fee

(Please refer to respective country visa websites for more details as the above visa checklist is only indicative)

Copyright The blog of Ruchi
Copyright The blog of Ruchi

Your truly Indian faffer,

Ruchi

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  1. Awesome post 🙂 For sure, I am making plans 🙂

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