Indonesia now offers visa exemption to Indian passport holders

Yep, no more visa on arrival for Indian passport holders. You get to now skip having to pay the $35 for the visa on arrival along with the added aggravation of having to wait in line to procure one after landing. Instead, you get a free visa stamp to enter the country for 30 days…

Australia now offers online visa applications for Indians

I seemed to have missed this and it’s been on offer since July 2017. Not as good as a VOA but much better than having to physically apply for a visa. The Australian High Commission and Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection are pleased to announce that all Indian nationals will be able to…

Rwanda now offers visa on arrival from Jan 1, 2018

Source Rwanda has announced a new visa regime that allows travelers from across the world to be issued a 30-day visa on arrival in Kigali, beginning January 1, 2018. Also to take immediate effect is the visa waiver for holders of diplomatic and service passports from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, India, Israel, Morocco and Turkey. The…

Vietnam will now issue e-visas to Indians

Woohoo! Yet another country makes it easier for us to visit. Earlier this year, Vietnam started a new program where they would issue e-visas directly to visitors from about 40 countries. A couple of days ago, they added 6 more countries to that list and India is one of them! The entire list of all…

Oman now issuing Visa on Arrival to Indians

Oman has eased its visa requirements for tourists from India, China and Russia following a similar strategy its Gulf neighbors have implemented to attract travelers from the global market. India, China and Russia passport holders will now get a visa on arrival to Oman, subject to the following conditions: You need to hold an entry…

A Night Tour of Chichen Itza

Figured I would put this down here because despite Chichen Itza being one of the 7 wonders of the world and a massively visited site, its remarkably hard to find information on hours to visit the site. While this really has nothing to do with having an Indian passport, note that Indian passport holders can…

Indian passport holders can apply for e-visa to Tajikistan

NOTE: Indian passport holders are not eligible to apply for Visa on Arrival. You MUST apply for an E-visa prior. There are two easy ways to obtain a visa to Tajikistan. The first (which applies to Indian passport holders) is to apply via the Republic of Tajikistan’s e-Visa website. The application is pretty easy and…

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….