Travel & Tourism

India gives visa-free visits to many countries.

Visa is derived from a Latin word “Charta visa” meaning ‘paper that has to be seen’. It is an official grant given by the authorities – immigration officials to a foreigner to enter the territory, remain within the territory or to leave its territory. It includes the limit on duration of their stay, areas within the country they may enter, and dates they may enter, number of permitted visits, whether the individual has the ability to work in the country. In recent years, a visa is just a sticker or a stamp in the passport and all the other details will be present online, visitors have to take a printout of it before they visit. Visa will be granted for different durations for its specific reason to visit. Visa can be applied in different manner too – Visa on arrival, e-Visa, Visa and there also Visa-free entry.

When it comes to Indians visiting other countries, the Indian Government has allowed almost 59 countries since 2006 where Indians can visit for a short duration without a visa. With this the Indian passport has been made stronger and as a result Henley Passport Index ranks the Indian Passport to the 84th position.

Henley Passport Index is the original, authoritative ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without prior visa. The index is based on the exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – the largest and the most accurate travel information database.

The list of countries which are added to visa-free entry for Indian to visit are –

OCEANIA

1. Cook Islands

2. Fiji

3. Marshall Islands

4. Micronesia

5. Niue

6. Palau Islands

7. Samoa

8. Tuvalu

9. Vanuatu

MIDDLE EAST

10. Iran

11. Jordan

12. Oman

13. Qatar

EUROPE

14. Albania

15. Serbia

CARIBBEAN

16. Barbados

17. British Virgin Islands

18. Dominica

19. Grenada

20. Haiti

21. Jamaica

22. Montserrat

23. St. Kitts and Nevis

24. St. Lucia

25. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

26. Trinidad and Tobago

ASIA

27. Bhutan

28. Cambodia

29. Indonesia

30. Laos

31. Macao (SAR China)

32. Maldives

33. Myanmar

34. Nepal

35. Sri Lanka

36. Thailand

37. Timor – Leste

AMERICAS

38. Botswana

39. Cape Verde Islands

40. Comoro Islands

41. Ethiopia

42. Gabon

43. Guinea-Bissau

44. Madagascar

45. Mauritius

46. Mozambique

47. Rwanda

48. Senegal

49. Seychelles

50. Sierra Leone

51. Somalia

52. Tanzania

53. Togo

54. Tunisia

55. Uganda

56. Zimbabwe

57. El Salvador

58. Gambia

It is also important for the visitors to have a check of the maximum period available for them to stay in the particular country without a visa. The maximum period of stay is different for each of the countries mentioned above.

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