You’ve got a destination in mind and you’re just about ready to book your tickets. Possibly the most stressful part in your dream vacation planning is obtaining a visa. You’ll be surprised to know that there are more than 50 countries where you can just land up and get a visa stamped on arrival. Read on…
For Indians, the easiest and most convenient destinations lie in Asia. From the shopping paradise of Thailand to the little-known-wonder Laos, visa on arrival is also offered in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jordan, Nepal, Maldives, Macau, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Timor Leste.
Africa’s natural history alone would make a dozen visits here worthwhile! Fall asleep to the sounds of birds and be a part of the spectacular scenery that Ethiopia and Madagascar offer. The other African countries that offer visa on arrival are the Kenya, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Cape Verde, Comoros and Togo. In Mozambique, Indians can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days at Beira, Nampula, Maputo, Pemba and Tete, provided they are holding a return/onward ticket. Visitors are also required to hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay and documents required for their next destination. In Seychelles, visitors can obtain a “Visitor’s Permit” on arrival for a maximum period of 3 months, if holding a return ticket (if not, then a return ticket must be purchased on arrival); sufficient funds (minimum of USD 150 or equivalent per day); and proof of accommodation during stay.
Music, beaches and towering forests are things to look forward to in North America. Visa-on-arrival is offered to Indians in Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, El Salvador, Saint Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia.
Head to South America and you’d be greeted with colonial towns and white sandy beaches. Only Bolivia and Guyana offer a visa on arrival for Indians.
Oceania is the region centered on the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean. Currently four island nations offer Indians a visa on arrival. These are Fiji, Samoa, Nauru and Tuvalu.
Besides the countries mentioned above, Indians can also obtain visa-on arrival in the following countries subject to them being pre-cleared before arrival in the country. Pre-trip formalities vary from country to country: please check the relevant embassy website for details. These countries are Cameroon, Congo DR, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Turkmenistan and Vietnam.
For obtaining a visa on arrival, visitors would typically need to furnish return flight tickets, proof of hotel reservations, evidence of sufficient funds to cover their stay, passport sized photographs, a passport with adequate empty pages and the money for fee if required by the country.