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!

6 thoughts on “Countries where Indians do not need a visa

  1. 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.


  2. I came across the blog randomly while trying to find new destinations to visit. I just wanted to confirm that Turkey is definitely easy to visit for Indians and a recommended destination (for the food and the sights). I visited Turkey for a month in Oct-Nov 2013. I’m an Indian citizen with a valid US B1/B2 visa and I purchased my Turkish visa online for about $20 before flying into their Sabiha International Airport (SAW). You can print out the visa after the online payment and carry it with you. The process was relatively smooth – just make sure you carry a round-trip ticket to make it easier. (Personally, I only had a confirmed one-way ticket. My return portion wasn’t confirmed but I did carry a temporary booking that showed that I would be leaving within 30 days. They made me wait for about 10 minutes before they let me in. If you want to avoid this, carry a round-trip ticket). When I was leaving the country a month later, the immigration officer was very friendly, asked me if I was Indian and then said “All Is Well” and patted his chest. (If you didn’t get the reference, you probably aren’t as Indian as you think you are :P)


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