Planning a vacation to a foreign land is both enticing and exciting, but many of us lose heart thinking of the visa paperwork. But as Lao Tzu said, “A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving,” as there are countries you can visit without a visa. To help you get started, here’s our list of top countries you can travel to without a visa
Lying on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, lies the happiest country in the world, Bhutan. Indian nationals do not need a visa to visit Bhutan, just a valid ID that can be your passport valid up to 6 months or Voter Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India.
When in Bhutan, visit the picturesque monasteries, admire the original Bhutanese architecture of Ringpung Dzong, enjoy views of the Chele La Pass, discover spiritual awakening at Tango Buddhist Institute and visit iconic sites like the Buddha Dordenma Statue, Tiger’s Nest, Drukgyel Dzong Ruins, Motithang Takin Preserve, and the Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang Temple.
2) Hong Kong
Hong Kong is another popular destination for Indians that is visa-free, filled with markets, restaurants, pubs and oodles of entertainment. All you need to do to visit Hong Kong is fill an online form before your visit and enjoy the 14-day visa-free stay.
In Hong Kong, there’s a lot to explore. For shopaholics, the Temple Street Market and Ladies’ Market are the best sites while Lantau Island is a major relief from the fast-paced city life.
Macau has become popular in India thanks to the many award functions by the Bollywood and TV industry hosted there. You can enter the Las Vegas of Asia with a valid Indian passport and no visa for a stay up to a month.
A paradise for bettors and gamblers, Macau has offers for explorers too. Chinese and Portuguese inspired buildings make for a wonderful experience, while a visit to the Taipa Village gives you insight into the Portuguese influence on local culture. Don’t forget to try the Portuguese egg tart when in Macau.
Unquestionably most Indians’ go-to tourist spot for something ‘exotic’, Nepal is so familiar to us that we sometimes forget that it is a foreign nation. You can reach Nepal by road or air without requiring a visa. All you need is either a valid passport (when travelling by flight) or the Election Commission Card.
Nepal is recognized across the globe for its exotic Himalayan beauty and of course, Mount Everest. You will be appropriately awed by the Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal and UNESCO World Heritage Site Boudhanath stupa. And adventure junkies will have plenty to enjoy here.
As an Indian citizen, you can stay up to 90 days in Grenada visa-free with a valid passport and national authority issued ID.
Part of the Americas, the nation of Grenada is a treasure trove of beaches, colorful houses, green forests, and underwater coral treasures. The smell of the nutmeg in the air rightfully earns the country its title of’ Spice Island’. Traveller can hike through rainforests, stroll on the Grand Anse beach, explore the ocean like at Moliniere Bay and go turtle spotting at Anse La Roche.
This Caribbean island nation is on the bucket list of many Indians who want to explore its reef-lined beaches. You do not need a visa to stay in the country for up to 14 days, provided you have a valid passport with up to 6 months’ validity and blank visa pages.
There’s a lot to enjoy an impromptu vacation in the country. Enjoy a splendid hike up the hills at the Mountains National Park that’s also known for its coffee. If you are feeling particularly adventurous then climb the Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios.
A country rich in culture as much as its natural beauty, Haiti is a location where you get closest to the Caribbean roots of African culture. You can enter the country with a valid Indian passport with an expiry of more than 6 months. Also, you will have to pay a tourist fee of $10 at the airport.
When in Haiti, do not limit yourself to only the pretty beaches but go deeper and explore the past visiting the mountain fortress, the Citadelle la Ferrière, and the ruins of Sans-Souci Palace. For museums, heritage buildings and a 19th-century cathedral, visit the capital city of Port-au-Prince.
8) El Salvador
Indian travellers are exempted from a visa to visit El Salvador for a stay maximum of 90 days. All you need when you land in the Caribbean nation is a valid passport or a national ID card.
El Salvador is a pretty underrated tourist location which makes it an even more offbeat attraction. For action, the capital city of San Salvador is the best, but to nurture your soul, you will have to venture outside the cities into secluded dark-hued beaches, expansive coffee plantations, old villages with colonial flavor, and national parks.
Ecuador offers visa on arrival for Indian citizens for a maximum stay up to 90 days, provided you have a valid passport, air tickets, accommodation proof and proof of financial means to support yourself for the entire stay.
Ecuador is a destination you want to visit for the experience of many vacations rolled into one. There is an abundance of activities to enjoy.
Wildlife watching in Amazon rainforest, plenty of beach time, ancient stone cobbled streets of its old villages, monasteries, and churches all make for a delight. The Galapagos Islands is a must-visit for its volcanic mountains and wildlife.
An exotic visa-free foreign land for Indians to hop to, Bolivia has a diverse natural made up that consists of mountains, deserts, and rainforests. Jungles bustling with wildlife, indigenous people and colorful parades make Bolivia an uninitiated travel destination for Indians. National parks, salt flats, ancient pyramids, and crystal-clear lakes give memories for life.
11) Cook Island
The Cook Islands is another paradise in the South Pacific that welcomes Indians with open arms and no requirement for a visa. A group of 15 islands scattered over the south pacific, the country is best for water sports lovers who like scuba diving and snorkeling. For an exceptional beach experience, you can visit the Aitutaki Lagoon, experience the vibrancy of the Muri Night Market and conclude your tour at the popular One Foot Island.
Strategically located near Australia and New Zealand, Fiji is another paradise for Indian travellers to visit without a visa. You are issued a visa on arrival provided you have a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity, a valid return or onward air ticket, hotel booking confirmation, sufficient funds and original bank statement for 3 months.
Tucked away in the South Pacific, Fiji is a compilation of 333 islands. Your trip to this quintessential island paradise is not complete without visiting the Kula Eco Park that is home to exotic Fiji flora and fauna. Don’t forget to jet ski and snorkel when visiting the gorgeous Denarau Island.
Indonesia has a visa on arrival policy for Indian passport holders. You will require a passport with 6 months validity and at least two blank pages and valid return tickets to procure a visa on arrival.
The sprawling islands of Indonesia are known for their beaches and old temples. When in Indonesia, a visit to Bali, the favorite honeymoon destination is a must. Borobudur, the orangutans of Borneo and Gill islands are a must-visit too.
A valid Indian passport and a national ID card are all you need to enter into the Caribbean city of Samoa. You will be allotted a permit on arrival with no visa requirement.
You can snorkel at the Lalomanu Beach, dive into the famous Togitogiga Waterfall or witness the raising of infant turtles by the locals at the Satoalepai Turtle Sanctuary.
The surreal beaches and splendid holiday resorts of Mauritius are not restricted by a visa. Indian nationals can receive a visa on arrival, provided they have valid documents that include your passport with an expiry beyond the period of stay, valid return ticket, booking confirmation and sufficient funds for the stay.
In Mauritius, other than exploring the beaches, lagoons, and reefs, you can visit Chamarel where the uneven volcanic surface has been coloured with rainbow hues. The L’Aventure Du Sucre will appeal to people with a sweet tooth. It’s a popular sugar museum with its sugar fields!
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