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Old Oct 16, 03, 12:17 pm   #1
 
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Visa requirements for Indian passport

Hi,

Does anyone know which countries/regions do not require a visa for Indian passport holders or offer a visa-on-arrival? I'm trying to make my travel easier

Thanks!

So far I've compiled the following list:

No visa required for short tourist trips:
1. Hong Kong
2. Macau
3. Maldives
4. Sri Lanka

Visa on arrival:
1. Thailand
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Old Oct 16, 03, 1:50 pm   #2
 
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No Visa:
Nepal
Kiribati
Samoa (Western)
Bermuda
Cayman Islands
Jamaica
Netherlands Antilles
Haiti
Vanuatu
Cook Islands
Grenada
Dominica
St. Lucia
Seychelles
Maldives

Visa On Arrival:
Fiji
Laos
Kampuchea
Tanzania
Mozambique

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Old Oct 16, 03, 3:35 pm   #3
 
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There are so many variables in play here that its virtually impossible to give an accurate list.

For example, Korea theoretically requires a visa but I've been to Korea twice this year on an Indian passport without one (as I am a resident of Canada traveling to/from Canada). Similarly with the Netherlands who will permit you (at their discretion) to obtain a visa on arrival at AMS Schiphol. Singapore will also grant a 72-hour visa on arrival to Indians who hold a foreign residence permit.
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Old Oct 17, 03, 12:05 am   #4
 
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Aren't Indian nationals exempt from visa requirements for Bhutan?
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<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by Factotum:
Aren't Indian nationals exempt from visa requirements for Bhutan?</font>
Yes.
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Old Apr 10, 10, 5:19 pm   #6
 
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There are so many variables in play here that its virtually impossible to give an accurate list.

For example, Korea theoretically requires a visa but I've been to Korea twice this year on an Indian passport without one (as I am a resident of Canada traveling to/from Canada). Similarly with the Netherlands who will permit you (at their discretion) to obtain a visa on arrival at AMS Schiphol. Singapore will also grant a 72-hour visa on arrival to Indians who hold a foreign residence permit.
Bumping up a very old thread.

I have an Indian passport (one of the worst in the world for travelling BTW) and was thinking of going to S. Korea on my way from India to the US (with a valid F-1 visa) and vice versa. As per this page, am I correct in understanding that I will not need a tourist visa and that my onward ticket within 30 days will suffice? Also, am I right that this transit visa actually lets you landside? (It would be very foolish if they intended to leave you airside if your departure was within 30 days.) Would the airline give me trouble? I was thinking of going for about 15 days.

Of course, I will also confirm with the consulate, but I find it interesting that this is not mentioned on any of the official consular websites.

EDIT: The IATA visa database suggests this is only for Jeju island but the hi korea page is very explicit about transit tourists.

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Old Apr 10, 10, 5:44 pm   #7
 
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Am I correct in understanding that I will not need a tourist visa and that my onward ticket within 30 days will suffice? Also, am I right that this transit visa actually lets you landside? Would the airline give me trouble?
My personal experience at Incheon was that this is absolutely seamless - you go up to the immigration counter, the guy asks if you are in transit, checks your ticket for eligibility and stamps you into the country for 30 days. I have personally found most of the world very easy to deal with on an Indian passport in recent years (in sharp contrast to about 10 years ago).
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Old Apr 28, 10, 8:17 pm   #8
 
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My personal experience at Incheon was that this is absolutely seamless - you go up to the immigration counter, the guy asks if you are in transit, checks your ticket for eligibility and stamps you into the country for 30 days. I have personally found most of the world very easy to deal with on an Indian passport in recent years (in sharp contrast to about 10 years ago).
So after confirming that I can transit without a visa on the phone, I wrote to the Korean consulate in SF to get the same in writing. They respond saying I need a visa despite me telling them I am an Indian citizen living in the US on a F-1 visa and will be in transit on my way to India. But of course, the visa application form they attach also says:

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Originally Posted by Korean Consulate
"Tourists could stay in Korea for less than 30 days without visa with proof of onward transportation and expenses of stay with a valid passport if you have valid USA visa or valid USA alien card (except Cuba, Macedonia, Pakistan, Afghanistan)."
Anyway, so I respond to them (still awaiting reply) and decided to go to the visa section on staralliance.com and it says that I need a visa even for (airside) transit.

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Originally Posted by *A.com
Korea (Democratic People's Republic of) (KP)


Visa required.

Additional Information:

- Visitors must hold tickets and documents required for their

next destination and sufficient funds to cover their stay.
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Similarly with the Netherlands who will permit you (at their discretion) to obtain a visa on arrival at AMS Schiphol.
BTW, I am curious how did you get Visa On Arrival at AMS? Irrops while in transit?

I wish they'd offer 5 yr Schengen visas - believe they best they do is 1yr. I had a 2yr German residence permit expire recently and so have avoided Europe since then. I would hate to get stuck airside at FRA because of irrops. Happened to me last year but fortunately I had a residence permit (which they had previously denied me entry on, FWIW. Gave me a police escort and everything to left luggage. Damn Germans. ). Some other Indians on the flight tried to get transit visas so they could stay at the LH provided hotel. No luck, obviously. "Fuer die Indischen ist ein Transitvisum ueberhaupt nicht moeglich!"

BTW, I forget which country exactly, Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand, used to grant a VoA to Indians and stopped because of all the f****** fraud.

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Old Apr 28, 10, 8:29 pm   #9
 
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To contribute to the original thread, the *A site also says this about Indian passport holders traveling to Mexico:

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Visa required, except for A stay of max. 180 days:
- for alien residents of the U.S.A. holding proof of
residence;
- for alien residents of the U.S.A. holding a valid U.S.
Immigrant Visa.
- Effective from May 1, 2010 holders of a valid visa for the
U.S.A. will be visa exempt for a max. stay of 180 days.
I might actually go to Mexico now and see the pyramids at Teotihuacan.

Unfortunately, I do not see this backed up by an official Mexican government site.

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Old Apr 28, 10, 8:38 pm   #10
 
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Assume people have seen this.

It seems ridiculous to me that we are not even allowed visa free entry in places like Colombia, Egypt, etc. Heck, if the BRIC countries want to do anything meaningful to justify their moniker, I say they start by relaxing visa and travel restrictions.

Ok, I will now go back to other threads and stop threadcrapping.
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Visa-exempt entry to Taiwan

Indian passport holders are eliglble for visa-exempt entry to Taiwan:

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Passport holders of India, Thailand, Philippines, Viet Nam, Indonesia, who also possess a valid visa or permanent residence certificate issued by U.S.A., Canada, Japan, U.K., Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand. Travelers meeting the above qualifications and having never been employed in Taiwan as blue-collar workers, have to first register information concerning their documents and personal data into the “Advance Online Registration System for the Visitors of Nationals from Five Southeast Asian Countries to Taiwan”. Upon completion, the printed confirmation is used to validate the traveler during the boarding and the immigration check. During the immigration check, travelers who can not show a valid visa or permanent resident visa issued by one of the aforementioned developed countries will not be admitted into the country.
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Old Apr 28, 10, 11:45 pm   #12
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Indian passport holders are eliglble for visa-exempt entry to Taiwan:
According to your quote and linked web site, those Indian passport holders also have to "possess a valid visa or permanent residence certificate issued by U.S.A., Canada, Japan, U.K., Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand" to be eligible for not needing a visa to enter Taiwan.
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BTW, I am curious how did you get Visa On Arrival at AMS? Irrops while in transit?
No need for IROPS. Just go to the Marrechausse office next to immigration and ask them. If you seem legit, they will give you one. Very much at their discretion however.
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It seems ridiculous to me that we are not even allowed visa free entry in places like Colombia, Egypt, etc.
Virtually everyone has to pay the Tourist Tax - sorry Visa - on entry to the likes of Egypt. It's not specific to certain nationalities
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According to your quote and linked web site, those Indian passport holders also have to "possess a valid visa or permanent residence certificate issued by U.S.A., Canada, Japan, U.K., Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand" to be eligible for not needing a visa to enter Taiwan.
Exactly. That's why I said Indian passport holders were "eligible", and provided the link and complete quote from the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Taiwan.
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