Where can an Indian passport take you without a visa?


Visa-free travel can boost a nations tourism industry by enticing more visitors. Source: Shutterstock.com

VISA-FREE travel is a hot topic across Asia at the moment.

Indonesians have just gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan and China is offering those with Chinese descent a five-year visa to stay in China.

Asean is also bargaining with the EU to introduce visa-free travel for its residents, and Indonesia has relaxed its visa restrictions to entice more tourists.

An Indian passport ranks in at 76 out of all Asian passports and 73 globally for the power it obtains. Those in possession of one can travel to 55 countries either entirely visa-free or by buying one on arrival.

So where can those traveling on an Indian passport go without the need to first apply for a visa?

Those with an Indian passport can travel to eight Asian countries entirely visa-free. These include Bhutan, Fiji, Indonesia, Macau, Micronesia, Mauritius, Nepal, and Vanuatu, plus 14 others outside of Asia including Ecuador, Jamaica, Senegal, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Those obtaining an Indian passport can also travel to 26 countries without having to apply for a visa before they leave India. Countries such as Laos, Maldives, Palau, and Samoa all require a visa upon arrival.

This process usually involves filling out a few forms which can be collected on arrival at the terminal. Most countries will also require you to have proof of a return flight and evidence you have enough money to support yourself for the duration of the trip.

While Singaporeans hold the most powerful passport in Asia and second most powerful in the world, India is certainly growing in strength among the Asian subcontinents.