Visa-free Countries for Indians with Indian Passports
Who doesn’t like an international holiday? The thought of exploring the world is certainly enticing but the never-ending visa procedures and formalities tend to be a dampener when it comes to flying overseas. However, did you know that there are many countries where Indians require no visa at all? Yes, you read that right! Not even an e-visa or visa on arrival – just your passport, a few important documents and in some cases, return tickets and tourist fees – and you are good to go! Read on to know where you can go visa-free.
Known for its scenic mountains and peaceful monasteries, the neighbouring country of Bhutan shares a cordial relationship with India thanks to which, Indian nationals require no visa to visit Bhutan provided they have valid Indian passports or voter ID cards issued by the Election Commission of India. Children below 18 years (without a passport) need their birth certificate, properly reflecting the name of the child and name of the parent (in English only) along with the child’s school ID Card.
Places to see: Buddha Dordenma Statue and The Buddhist site of Paro Taktsang
Hotels to stay: Taj Tashi https://www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-tashi/
Lemon Tree Hotels Thimpu - https://www.lemontreehotels.com/lemon-tree-hotel/thimphu/hotel-thimphu.aspx
Situated in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Nepal makes for a perfect holiday for Indians as it doesn’t take too long to reach and all one needs is a valid Indian passport or Election Card (issued by the Election Commission) to enter Nepal.
Places to see: Durbar Square in Kathmandu and Phewa Taal in Pokhara
Hotels to stay: Kathmandu Marriot https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/ktmmc-kathmandu-marriott-hotel/overview/
Basera Boutique Hotel https://www.baseraboutiquehotel.com.np/about-us
From the buzzing city of Jakarta to the pristine beaches of Bali, Indonesia is a potpourri of cultures sprinkled with a variety of beaches, mountains, and ancient structures. Indian passport holders can hike to the different volcanoes of this beautiful country or savour a cup of Sumatra Mandheling, an exotic Indonesian coffee, visa-free for 30 days.
Places to see: Lake Toba and Borobudur
Hotels to stay: Jumeirah Bali https://www.jumeirah.com/en/stay/bali/jumeirah-bali
Grand Darmo Suite by Amithya, Java https://www.granddarmosuite.com/
Hong Kong (Asia)
Spectacular skylines, cosmopolitan culture and dazzling Disneyland – plus Indians with a valid passport can stay in Hong Kong for 14 days without any visa restrictions, making it the go-to vacation spot for many Indians. All Indian citizens need to do is complete the pre-arrival registration procedure online. https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/pre-arrival_registration_for_indian_nationals.html
Places to see: Hong Kong Disneyland and Tian Tan Buddha or The Big Buddha Statue
Hotels to stay: Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/hkgmsgi-hilton-garden-inn-hong-kong-mongkok/
Rambler Oasis Hotel https://www.ramblerhotels.com/oasis/en/
Macao/Macau - SAR China (Asia)
The equivalent of Las Vegas in Asia and also known as ‘Monte Carlo of the East’, Macau is the perfect blend of old and new. A busy city dotted with centuries-old temples and Portuguese colonial architecture, Macau is thronging with travellers from all over the world who come here to enjoy its culture, food and of course, the casinos. Indian citizens are exempt from visas for a period of 30 days.
Places to see: The Ruins of St Paul’s and Senado Square
Hotels to stay: The Ritz-Carlton Macau https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/macau
Hotel Lisboa https://hotelisboa.com/?lang=en
Located in the heart of the Balkans in South and Central Europe, Serbia is a breathtaking mountainous area with a rich cultural heritage. Known for its unique fortress, palaces, and natural wonders, Serbia’s untouched beauty can be enjoyed by Indians without a visa for visits of up to 30 days.
Places to visit: Danube River and Lazar’s Canyon
Hotels to stay: Belgrade City Hotel http://bgcityhotel.com/
Hyatt Regency Belgrade https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/serbia/hyatt-regency-belgrade/belgr?&src=bbm_sem_bbm_search_google_eame_rooms_brand_eng_Serbia_Belgrade_Hyatt_Regency_BELGR_Hyatt_Regency_Belgrade_hyatt%20regency%20belgrade&mckv=s-dc_pcrid_633119836268_mtid_5297kx13790&gclid=Cj0KCQiAsdKbBhDHARIsANJ6-jcKPIZpmX432G8O3ciHnVEUktz88PkscsoMQdqpoxP_ME7AR6VB3XwaAtn5EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Qatar (Middle East)
Soak up some sun in the sandy dunes of Qatar as you take in its spectacular skyline and pristine blue seas without any hassles of visa. Indians can stay in Qatar for 30 days without a visa as part of Qatar’s visa waiver programme with India. Indian visitors must hold passports valid for at least three months from the date of arrival and can extend their stay for up to 60 days. However, a visa is required if the stay is extended to more than 60 days.
Places to see: Museum of Islamic Art and The Old Palace
Hotels to stay: Mondrian Doha https://www.sbe.com/hotels/mondrian/doha
Movenpick Hotel https://www.movenpick.com/en/middle-east/qatar/doha/hotel-doha.html
El Salvador (America)
Located in Central America, El Salvador is known for its rich natural landscapes, lush green forests, and endless shorelines. Indian citizens can enjoy all this and more as they can enter the country with valid passports for up to 90 days. However, they must obtain a tourist card upon arrival, which costs USD 12.
Places to see: El Tunco, the surf village and Mayan Ruins
Hotels to stay: Royal Decameron Salinitas https://www.decameron.com/es/ceca-destinos/el-salvador/acajutla/royal-decameron-salinitas
Hotel Villa Serena Escalon https://www.hotelvillaserena.com.sv/
If you wish to experience Africa’s vibrant culture, sky-blue oceans, and abundant wildlife at their best, Senegal is the place to be. For Indians, Senegal is completely visa-free for a maximum of 90 days with a valid passport.
Places to see: African Renaissance Monument and House of Slaves
Hotels to stay: Le Mantin Beach Resort & Spa, https://www.lelamantin.com/en/
Pullman Dakar Teranga https://all.accor.com/hotel/0563/index.en.shtml
The exotic flora and fauna of Seychelles are appealing and add to this the fact that Seychelles is visa-free for Indians and you have no reason to not visit. Even the permit issued by the country to Indians is free of cost and allows tourists to stay for up to three months.
Places to see: Mahe Island and Saint-Anne Marine National Park
Hotels to stay: Kempinski Seychelles Resort https://www.kempinski.com/en/seychelles-resort
Acajou Beach Resort https://www.acajouseychelles.com/
The Cook Islands (Oceania)
Popular for its scuba-diving and snorkelling sites, The Cook Islands is a hidden gem in the South Pacific Ocean replete with lagoons and coral reefs. Indian tourists can stay for 30 days without a visa at this beautiful island and extend their stay to up to six months.
Places to see: Aitutaki Lagoon and Te Vara Nui Village Tour & Cultural Show, Rarotonga
Hotels to stay: Little Polynesian Resort https://www.pacificresort.com/little-polynesian/
The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium https://www.therarotongan.com/
The palm-fringed coastline of Fiji is home to a range of scenic waterfalls and sparkling blue lagoons. Indians can stay in Fiji for a maximum of four months with a visitor’s permit and extend their stay for two more months.
Places to see: Bouma National Heritage Park, Taveuni Island and Denarau Island
Hotels to stay: Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort - https://www.outrigger.com/hotels-resorts/fiji/viti-levu/outrigger-fiji-beach-resort
Mantaray Island Resort - https://mantarayisland.com/
Whether you want to dig into some splendid seafood or dive into the history of World War II, Micronesia offers something for travellers of all kinds. Indian citizens can stay in Micronesia for 30 days without a visa and extend for an additional 60 days.
Places to see: Relive WWII underwater in Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon, Dive into a lake full of jellyfish in Palau
Hotels to stay: Kosrae Nautilus Resort http://kosraenautilus.com/
7 Stars Inn Pohnpei http://www.7starsinn.fm/
A small island in Oceania away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Niue offers its visitors the idyllic charm of the old world with its crystal-clear waters and silver sands. Indians can stay for up to 30 days free of visa with the option to extend their stay.
Places to see: Swimming with humpback whales, Limu Pools
Hotels: Scenic Matavai Resort https://www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz/niue/scenic-matavai-resort-niue/
Taloa Heights https://taloaheights.nu/
With over 100 languages spoken, this tiny island nation is one of the most linguistically diverse countries on the planet. Vanuatu with its rich culture and gorgeous coasts charms all the tourists who come here and Indians with a valid passport can easily travel to the country visa-free for a stay of 30 days.
Places to see: Mount Yasur Volcano and Mele Cascade Waterfalls
Hotels to stay: Aquana Beach Resort https://www.aquana.com.au/
Aore Islands Resort http://aoreislandresorts.com/
The British Virgin Islands (Caribbean Islands)
Indians can get captivated by this Caribbean beauty with merely an entry stamp on arrival and stay visa-free for a month. Further permission to stay for a month longer is possible and the stay can even be extended to six months with the Chief Immigration Officer's permission. Do note that there is a departure tax.
Places to see: The Baths National Park and Smuggler’s Cover Beach, Tortola
Hotels to stay: Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, Autograph Collection https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/eisak-scrub-island-resort-spa-and-marina-autograph-collection/overview/
Wyndham Tortola BVI Lambert Beach Resort https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham/east-end-british-virgin-island/wyndham-tortola-bvi-lambert-beach-resort/overview
Dominica (Caribbean Islands)
Peppered with tropical rainforests and hot springs, Dominica is a spot loved by all travellers. Indians can stay for up to six months without a visa, with a valid passport and return flight ticket.
Places to see: Boiling Lake & Valley of Desolation, Emerald Pool
Hotels to stay: Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski https://www.kempinski.com/en/cabrits-resort-kempinski-dominica
The Champs https://www.hotelthechamps.com/
Grenada (Caribbean Islands)
Brimming with extraordinary dive spots, Georgian buildings, rum distilleries and of course, white sands, Grenada is a lesser-known hidden gem of the Caribbean Islands. Indian citizens can visit Grenada and stay for three months without a visa. They can even extend their stay by getting permission from the Immigration Authorities Office in the island nation.
Places to see: Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park and Fort Matthew
Hotels to stay: Silver Sands Grenada https://www.silversandsgrenada.com/
Radisson Grenada Beach Resort https://www.radissonhotelsamericas.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-resort-grenada-beach
Haiti (Caribbean Islands)
Nestled in the Caribbean Islands between the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Haiti stands out with its age-old architecture, scenic mountains, crystal-clear beaches, and vast expanses of greenery. Indians are exempt from visas and can enjoy Haiti’s beauty with valid passports and a tourist fee of $10 on arrival.
Places to see: Citadelle Laferrière and National Pantheon Museum
Hotels to stay: Moulin Sur Mer Beach Resort https://moulinsurmer.com/
NH Haiti El Rancho https://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-haiti-el-rancho
Jamaica (Caribbean Islands)
A vacationer’s paradise where tourists come from all over the world to soak up some sun, Jamaica welcomes Indians coming for tourism and business purpose to stay for a month without a visa. The immigration stamp serves as a visa for all Indian travellers.
Places to see: Dunn's River Falls & Park
Hotels to stay: Ocean Cliff Hotel Negril - https://oceancliffhotel.com/
Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa https://www.jewelgrande.com/
St Kitts and Nevis (Caribbean Islands)
This adventurous spot with its fair share of water and land activities and remarkable natural beauty is also visa-free for Indians. With a valid passport, all Indians can stay in St Kitts and Nevis for three months.
Places to see: Botanical Gardens of Nevis and Cottle Church
Hotels to stay: Royal St Kitts Hotel https://royalstkittshotel.com/
Sugar Bay Club https://www.sugarbayclub.com/
St Vincent and the Grenadines (Caribbean Islands)
With panoramic beaches and volcano-filled topography, St Vincent and the Grenadines is a vacationer’s paradise. Indians with a valid passport can stay here for 30 days without a visa and even extend their stay.
Places to see: La Soufriere Cross Country Trail and Fort Duvernette
Hotels to stay: Young Island Resort https://youngisland.com/
Paradise Beach Hotel https://www.paradisesvg.com/
Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean Islands)
Dig into curried crabs and dumplings with a view of infinite blue skies and waters and enjoy the terrific terrains of Trinidad and Tobago. Indian travellers enjoy visa-free travel and can stay here for a period of 90 days.
Places to see: Maracas Bay and Asa Wright Nature Centre & Lodge
Hotels to stay: Courtyard by Marriott Port of Spain https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/poscy-courtyard-port-of-spain/overview/
Airport Suites Hotel https://www.airportsuitestt.com/