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)…

Traveling to Nepal from India

Nepal has an official “Freedom of Movement” agreement with India, essentially meaning that anyone who is an Indian citizen is free to come and go from Nepal as they please and stay there for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, despite this being in place since 2000, it would appear most folks aren’t as familiar with…

Don’t do multiple stopovers in Europe

So I learned this the hard way….On an Indian passport, don’t do a double transit in Europe. I booked the following routing on a cheapie $499 round trip to Turkey out of LAX. LAX-FRA-IST and coming back IST-MUC-ZRH-LAX. That’s coming back via Munich and Zurich. Routing didn’t ring any bells on anyone’s end and it…

Puerto Rico is a domestic flight!

It is genuinely amazing how many folks think that Puerto Rico is an international destination (for those of you living in the US). But its not. You don’t need a visa and you don’t need to carry your passport. Flights beginning in the US and ending in Puerto Rico are considered domestic flights (Assuming you…

Canada visas can now be applied for online

Not entirely sure when this change happened but one can now apply for a visit visa to Canada online (assuming you live in the US). No idea why these changes are never publicized more broadly. Note that the following is still in place: Indian passport with valid US visa: Need to apply for a visit…

More Indian airports will soon have efficient hand baggage screening

While this doesn’t have much to do with an Indian passport per say, I would frequently find myself transiting multiple Indian airports many times a year. And the incredible inefficiency that is the Indian Security at airports there would put the TSA to shame. Security to enter the airport (I sort of get that…though its…

UAE grants VOA to Indians

As of March 29 2017, the UAE Cabinet has approved a decision to grant Indian passport holders with either a valid US visa or a green card a visa on arrival. Under the new move, ordinary passport holders from India who have a US visa or green card with a minimum six-month validity can enter the…

Peru waives visa requirements!

On March 6 2017, The Peruvian Foreign Affairs Ministry waived tourist and business visitor visa requirement for incoming Indian nationals. The exemption will apply to Indian citizens holding a visa for at least six months or a permanent resident status in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia or any Schengen State. The document…