Obtaining visas for your favorite holiday destinations can be pain along with being expensive with little assurance of a guaranteed grant. There are plenty of holiday destinations that provide exclusive tourist visas to Indian citizens with little or no fees, with types ranging from wildlife-rich regions to lavish resorts and beaches.
Most countries have common requirements to get a visa on arrival; a passport valid for 6 months after the visa date, some basic funds for expenditure, return or onward tickets and accommodation details.
Here are some countries that are worth visiting and also give visas on arrival to Indian citizens. These on arrival Visa countries are worth visit once in a lifetime.
Best On Arrival Visa Countries for Indians
List of countries that offer on the arival visa for Indians. You will love to explore these on arrival visa destinations if you are planning a foreign trip.
The generic holiday island of Maldives offers visas on arrival up to 30 days of stay to Indian citizens. Only the return ticket or necessary visas for the next destination is required to enter. The Maldives is a group of 80 islands whose sole attraction is for tourists and holiday-makers, with its beaches, museums, night-life and many resorts for relaxing the holidays away.
There are non-stop two-hour flights available from the Indian cities to the capital, Male. Traveling to islands other than the primary ones, such as the ones populated by inhabitants, visitors need a permit from the authorities.
For an on-arrival visa on in Seychelles, Indians must show proof of funds totaling up to at least $150 per day of their visit in Seychelles in addition to a return or forward ticket. The visa is valid for a maximum continuous stay of 30 days.
Seychelles is popular as a summer holiday destination with activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling at Saint Anne marine national or relaxing on the quiet beaches and the lush green landscapes, whatever fits your needs. Apart from being most accessible to Indian tourists, Seychelles is just 4 hours away via flights from major Indian cities.
One of the most popular holiday spots in the world, Thailand is also very accessible for Indians looking to vacation abroad. An on-arrival visa can be obtained by a small fee of 2000 Thai Baht from the Immigration services upon your arrival there. You will need to fill out an application form, with a recent photograph, proof of funds of 10,000 Baht per person or 20,000 per family and a return ticket.
If your stay is longer than 30 days, you need to preemptively apply for an extended visa, which has a longer procedure. Tourists in Thailand can visit the golden Buddha temple, visit the Chiang Dao elephant camp for elephant trekking, visit the Khao Yai National park, or just live the city-life by shopping in Bangkok and visiting the Grand Palace.
Indian citizens have the privilege of a free on-arrival visa with a validity of 90 days. Like any visa process, the visitor needs to show a valid passport, return ticket, sufficient funds and a confirmation of your stay from the hotel. A direct flight from Mumbai takes around 6 hours.
In Mauritius, one can sit and relax by the waters, enjoy the scenic spots, dance with the local dancers, or try some of its activities like skydiving. With a ton of things to do, Mauritius is fittingly a popular tourist spot, and knowing French helps too to get around more easily.
Provided entry is by air, Vietnam permits visa on arrival for Indian passport holders and it is valid up to 30 days. The fee is around $50 (USD). One requirement is that the visitor needs to apply for a visa online by filling an application; the visa will be ready to pick-up on arrival after showing the visa approval letter to the authorities. The visa process is done through private agencies, thus it is a simple and quick process.
To explore Vietnam, tourists have a lot of options such as going on an adventurous trip on a motorbike across the country, limestone islands of Ha Long Bay and the Muong Hoa valleys. The Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are cities for getting a feel of Vietnam and its markets for shopping.
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6. El Salvador
Indian citizens can get a Visa On-Arrival in El Salvador by purchasing a $10 tourist-stay card valid for a maximum of 90 days (3 months). The permit also includes countries of Guatemala and Honduras, so you can make the most of your trip by visiting them too.
El Salvador is a peaceful nation in Central America, despite its conflict among the nationals, and is home to some beautiful national parks, volcanic mountains with coffee plantations at Parque Nacional Los Volcanes and little towns carrying the colonial history of its own.
There are not many flights directly connecting Indian cities to its capital, San Salvador, but travelers can change flights at Houston from Toronto or Frankfurt making it a full 24-hour journey.
7. Cape Verde
Cape Verde is an island nation, lying in the Central Atlantic Ocean, made up of 10 archipelagos off the west coast of Africa. It is a popular winter sun destination, one of the few on the planet, offering sunny days at the beach for almost the entire year.
For a visa-on-arrival for Indians at Cape Verde, Indians need just a passport valid for another 6 months and a visa fee of 40 Euros. Cape Verde is known for its iconic white sand beaches like Praia de Santa Maria and Praia De Chaves, and the active stratovolcano of Pico do Fogo.
Hiking is popular for those who wish to climb up the volcanic landscapes for spectacular views. There are direct flights available from main airports of the UK and even Portugal.
Indian citizens get Visa-Free Entry into Jamaica for a stay of up to 30 days. The immigration services will stamp the passport upon arrival, and the stamp will act as a valid tourist visa for 30 days. One needs just a valid passport and return tickets to access the land of beaches, drinks and Bob Marley. Jamaica is a tropical fantasy with catchy beats, cultural hotspot, and friendly people, who still might con you. Reaching the Caribbean island is expensive and time-consuming, and Indians would need to change flights from London to reach the capital, Kingston, or Montego Bay.
Indians can get visa-on-arrival at the airport in Kenya for a fee of $50 (UDS), given that the passenger has confirmed plane tickets, Yellow Fever Certificate, and a valid passport, along with other Travel Documents. The visa covers a stay of maximum 90 days.
Kenya is famous for its rich wildlife and the safari in the Maasai Mara National reserve that goes in exploring it. Plus, with the Diani beach and the flamingos at Lake Nakuru, Kenya brings nature and wildlife and presents us with the best of it.
9. Sri Lanka
With a valid Indian passport (valid till 6 months from the visa date), you can get a visa-on-arrival in Sri Lanka for a stay up to 30 days. The fee is $25 (USD). Known for its tropical beaches and glimpses of ancient civilization, the island of Sri Lanka can be a mixed bag of experiences for lovers of rough natural beauty, and elephants too. One can visit Anuradhapura for relics from the ancient Sinhalese civilization or the Yala National Park for witnessing natural wildlife.
The Fiji islands are a visa-free destination for Indian citizens with stay granted up to 4 months (which can be further extended). The travelers need to show a valid passport, sufficient funds for travel, return tickets and hotel bookings along with some other basic documents.
The islands of the South Pacific are donned with pleasant beaches, a thriving marine life, seafood and an escape into a secluded paradise. Travelers from India will need to make a stop at Singapore or Hong Kong before reaching Fiji, making it a 24-hour journey.
Other Asian countries such as Laos and African countries such as Mozambique and Madagascar provide on-arrival visas to Indians, with a primary intent to boost tourism.