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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…