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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Countries where Indians do not need a visa

Apparently there are places we Indians can travel to without visas. There are surprisingly more than 50 of these, if we are to believe Wikipedia (click here for list of countries).

Most interesting one is Turkey. I think this is a recent change in their law. The Turkish Ministry of Foreign affairs website states that Indian passport holders with a UK/Schengen or US visa can get a 1-month visa upon arrival. I wanted to visit Turkey back in April 2010, and then I was advised by the embassy, the travel agent and the Turkey MFA website that I do need to apply for a visa, despite having a UK resident visa.

Here are some interesting excerpts from the Wikipedia list ....
  • Egypt (Sinai resorts area)
  • Seychelles
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Ecuador
  • Jamaica
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Bhutan
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Ireland -- special case -- only if you have a valid UK tourist/business (short term) visa.
  • Fiji
  • Vanuatu
All the above are fascinating tourist destinations. If they are not on your bucket-list already, put them on there. They definitely are on mine!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hiya,

Can you please share your experience on getting Visa on Arrival at turkish airport?
I have UK Post-Study Work visa. do you reckon that I can get sticker type of visa on arrival at turkey?

Anonymous said...

The description was correct; if you have a Schengen or UK visa then you don't need a Turkish visa. What is interesting is that there are plenty of countries that do need a Turkish visa (USA being one and some other European countries). However there is one seperate and I believe stringent line for people requiring visas, India and African line and then European line. Europeans clear VERY QUICKLY; Indian / African line are treated like cattle. I had a piss poor experience in IST airport; not just entering but even leaving. The staff were lazy, incompetent and inaccurate (I missed a 18 hour outgoing flight because of wrong terminal and gate). Hated every minute of it.

Anonymous said...

what is the procedure for going to pakistan from india

Anonymous said...

what is the procedure for going to pakistan from india

Vipul Swarup said...

I have migrated this blog to Wordpress. Please continue the discussion there on countries where Indians can go visa-free (click here)