Qatar now offers visa free entry to Indian passport holders

Qatar today announced that it is waiving visa requirements from citizens of 80 countries effective immediately. As per the press release, Citizens of those countries wishing to visit Qatar will not need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry waiver will be issued free-of-charge at the port of entry, upon presentation of a valid…

Update: Global Entry apps need you to be physically present in India

Well the idiocy continues and unfortunately reigns supreme. Per this thread on Medium, the final word is that one needs to be present in India and show up to a interview at a local office in order to move ahead in the application process. Please note that you have to complete the India side verification…

Thailand now requiring proof of funds before admitting into country

Likely of relevance since Thailand is a very popular holiday destination for Indians and also because Thailand is now providing free visas for Indians. Via Live and Let’s Fly, Folks are facing potential issues clearing immigration if you are unable to show a minimum of THB 20,000/person or equivalent in hand if asked. Note that there is no…

US CBP now issuing refunds for Indian Global Entry Applications

Man….that was a nice 180 in a matter of a week. Now that the US CBP website has been updated with instructions for Indian passport holders, the US CBP is issuing refunds to folks who applied before July 6th. Disappointing since it likely means the stupidity behind the passport verification will probably be in effect….

Indian passport holders can apply online for E-visas to Ethiopia now

As of today (July 7th, 2017), Indian passport holders (along with 38 other countries) are eligible to apply online for e-visas to Ethiopia. Website to apply at: https://www.evisa.gov.et/#/home Requirements: e-Visa application fees are not refundable Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter Ethiopia. A passport size…

Indian passport eligibility to Global Entry is now live!

Update 2: It appears that this whole cluelessness is being tracked here: Indian Passport Process for GOES Update 1: It appears that every one is getting an email from the Indian Passport service about passport verification which also involves a physical trip to a Passport office located in India! Hoping this is an oversight. What’s even…

Finally! Indian Passport Holders Will Soon Have Access To Global Entry

With Indian Prime Minister Modi and US President Trump having met this week in the US, it looks like there is finally some progress happening on this. The Indian Express reports that Trump formally welcomed India into the International Expedited Traveler Initiative, which should see Indian citizens being eligible for Global Entry. Applauding the entrepreneurship…

Free Thailand visa for India and 17 other countries

Visa on arrival to Thailand used to cost 1000 Baht not too long ago, equaling about INR 1900/USD 30. Last year, in August, the country decided to double the price of the Visa on Arrival to 2000 Baht or INR 3800/USD 60, something I was caught off guard with during my trip there in November….

No departure cards for Indians flying abroad from July 1

From July 1, Indians flying abroad from India will not be required to fill departure cards. However, those going out of the country via rail, seaport and land immigration check posts will have to fill the embarkation card. “It has been decided to discontinue the practice of filling up of the departure card by Indians…

Jordan offers Visa on Arrival for Indians

There is a lot of conflicting information regarding visas for Jordan. The following is accurate information as of today (June 16, 2017). Things might change in the future, but till then, the following should apply. Indian passport holders are eligible for visa on arrival to Jordan provided they carry all necessary documentation. Documentation Required 1)…