Do not assume that if you hold an Indian Passport, international travel is too restricted for you. You may not be able to visit all the countries without a visa, but it’s not true that you need a visa every time you travel to a foreign country. I am going to list down some of the countries / special administrative zones that allow Indian Nationals to travel visa free!
The list is not that long and is not in any particular order:
- Nepal: One of India’s closest neighbors – the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal allows Indians to enter its territory without a visa. In fact you can enter Nepal if you have any of the these documents – Passport / Driving License with photo / Photo Identity card issued by a Government Agency / Ration Card with Photo /Election Commission Card with Photo / Identity Card issued by Embassy of India in Kathmandu / Identity Card with Photo issued by Sub- Divisional Magistrate or any other officials above his rank. For more info: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/
- Bhutan: No Visa is required for Indian citizens to visit the Kingdom of Bhutan. Indians can visit the country with an Entry Permit that can be procured by presenting a valid Travel Document from the Immigration Office of Royal Government of Bhutan at Phuentsholing or at the Paro International Airport. You need to carry any of the two valid Travel Documents: one being the Indian Passport with a validity of minimum 6 months; and/or a Voter Identity Card (issued by the Election Commission of India). For more info: http://www.mfa.gov.bt/visa
- Maldives: A popular honeymoon destination, Indian Citizens can visit Maldives without a Visa and can stay up to 30 days. You need an Indian Passport that is valid for at least 6 months as well as other basic travel documents such as a return/ onward ticket, a hotel/ accommodation reservation for the length of your stay. For more info: http://www.immigration.gov.mv/
- Seychelles: It is a popular beach holiday destination, where Indian Passport Holders do not need a Visa. You only need to carry your Passport (with validity of 6 months), return / onward ticket, a proof of hotel reservation. You also need to have a minimum amount of cash (USD 150.00 per day or the equivalent) for the length of your stay in Seychelles. For more info: http://www.mfa.gov.sc/static.php?content_id=1
- Hong Kong: You can visit the glitzy shopping destination of world – Hong Kong for 14 days without a visa if you are an Indian National! All you need is your valid Passport (minimum 6 months validity and at least two blank pages), original confirmed return air ticket showing exit from Hong Kong within 14 days and foreign exchange which is duly endorsed on the passport/ a valid international credit card. For more info: http://www.immd.gov.hk/en/services/hk-visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html
- Macau: You can experience life in the gambling capital of the world – Macau visa-free! As an Indian national you can enter visa free into Macau and stay for a maximum period of 30 days. A Valid Passport (at least 6 months validity on the date of entry to Macau) is all you need. For more info: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/macau.htm
- Madagascar: Madagascar may have split from India (well geographically) millions of years ago. But you can pay a visit to this island on the Indian Ocean without anyone asking you – where is your visa? Indian Passport holders can obtain a 30 day visa, free of charge when you arrive here. You can get it upon your arrival at the Antananarivo airport. You need a Passport with a validity of at least 6 months for the VOA. For more info: http://www.madagascar-consulate.org/visainfo.html
- Mauritius: You also do not need a visa to travel to Mauritius if you are an Indian citizen. Find out more: http://passport.gov.mu/English/Passport%20and%20Visa%20Requirement%20in%20Mauritius/Pages/Visa-Requirements-in-Mauritius.aspx
So check the validity of your passport and plan out your trip to one of these destinations soon.
Disclaimer: This article is put together on the basis of my own travel to some of these countries as well as my research; please ensure you get all information for Visa free entry at the respective embassy website or relevant authority before you travel to these countries and special administrative zones. The visa rules tend to change from time to time.