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…