Countries Indians can visit easily: The case of the Blue Passport
Various options for Foreign Travel for Indians with focus on Visa-Free, Visa on Arrival and E-Visa.
I am sure many of you have come across blog posts titled “50 places Indians can visit visa-free”, “List of countries that Indians can easily access” etc. Although the titles look promising, once you get into the details, you will soon realize that many of these are not practical options and the Blue Passport (that’s us Indians) have limitations when it comes to foreign travel. That said, things have been improving continuously.
Below is an attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff and help you make the best of your situation when it comes to foreign travel
“The Blue Passport is ranked 76th in the world in terms of access and it grants Indians Easy Access (Visa Free, Visa on Arrival and E-Visa) to about 69 countries in the world.”
Did you know that most foreigners (other than Indians) can enter Bhutan only through authorised travel agents who charge about 250 dollars (Rs. 17,000) a day. Yeah ponder that for a while. Point Desi.
Thailand for its pristine and remote beaches, Cambodia for the Ankor Wat temples, Vietnam for its amazing food, and Laos for its rugged trails. They are all a stone’s throw away from India, accessible by low cost carriers, relatively cheap and are known for very welcoming and hospitable locals.
Some countries such as Singapore and Malaysia require a detailed application/documentation, and you may be better off going through a Visa Agent. Others like Vietnam have a simple process that you can do it yourself.
4) The Schengen Visa: As you may be aware, the Schengen visa provides us access to the 28 Schengen states (European nations such as France, Italy, Spain etc.). However, this requires a detailed application to be put in physically by you at the Visa centre, and might also require an interview if the consulates decides so. That said the application process has become easier recently.