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)
- British Virgin Islands
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka
- Ireland — special case — only if you have a valid UK tourist/business (short term) visa.
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!
Target Country: Thailand
Passport: Indian Passport
Visa Purpose: Tourist Visa
Processing Consulate/Embassy: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
- Onwards tickets (electronic itinerary was acceptable).
- Address in Thailand.
- Baht 1000 fee (cash was OK).
- Filled application form (available at Bangkok Airport)
- 1 passport-sized photos
- Valid passport
Too easy! You just turn up at Bangkok Airport (or most other ports of entry in Thailand) and you apply for the visa at a dedicated desk before the immigrations area. There was no queues.
Time frame: 15 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on how many flights arrive at the same time.
NEW!!! Update as of July 2016: Our flight arrived in Suvarnabhumi airport at the same time as a number of flights from India, China and other Visa-on-Arrival countries. As a result the visa queue was at least 1.5 hours long. Luckily we had filled in the online visa form before traveling – this helped us jump the queue. The visa processing still took 20 minutes. The online visa form is available here. Don’t worry about the security warning about an invalid certificate. This is the genuine form.