Holders of Indian passport can visa on arrival while visiting these beautiful countries
As of 2018, the Indian passport is ranked 66th in the list of most powerful passports of the world. While 25 countries offer tourists from India visa-free travel, visa on arrival is provided in 41 and 132 countries ask them to have a pre-travel visa. Given the fall of rupee against the dollar, it is better to travel to countries that offer visa on arrival or do not require a visa. Here are a few countries that can be visited where the Indian tourist can avail visa on arrival. • Sri Lanka • Thailand • Cambodia • Jordan • Kenya
Sri Lanka, known for the breathtaking beaches is a popular destination. The island nation has its own charm and its capital is a bustling South Asian city. The visa on arrival is valid for 30 days and can be availed by paying the requisite fee of Rs.1,473.
Thailand is one of the sought after destinations for tourists. The country is home to some of the best beaches in the country. Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Rai, and Chiang Mai are some of the places can be visited. The visa which can be availed for Rs.4,452 has a validity period of 15 days.
Visa on arrival offered by Cambodia costs Rs.1,453 and is valid for 30 days. The country has some stunning temples and beautiful beaches. The capital of the country Phnom Penh has a walkable riverfront and sits at the meeting point of rivers Mekong and Tonle Sap.
The ancient rock-carved Nabatean city of Petra, the dead sea and the capital city of Amman attract tourists to Jordan. The vast expanses of the Wadi Rum is another attraction. Visa on arrival can be availed by paying Rs.4,104 which is valid for 30 days.
Kenya known for the Masai Mara Reserve is a favourite for adventurous tourists. The country’s wildlife safaris, the presence of black rhinos which is an endangered species puts the country on the bucket list of many people. The visa is valid for 3 months and can be availed by paying the fees that amount to Rs.3,705.
4 October 2018
India ranked 76th in the list of most powerful passports
According to the Henley Passport Index released in May, India has been ranked 76th in the list of most powerful passports in the world. While Japan continues to have the most powerful passport in the world, India’s ranking has seen an upward trend since the last list which was released in January. The improvement in the rankings has been accounted for the fact that now Indian passport holders have visa-free access to 59 countries. In the last list released by the Index, India’s ranking was 86th as at that time citizens of the country could travel to only 49 countries without a visa or avail a visa upon arrival. It needs to be mentioned that the Henley Passport Index is released by the residence and citizenship planning firm named Henley and Partners. The rankings are based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
7 June 2018
Japan and Singapore ranks as the world’s most powerful passports
According to the recent ranking system compiled by Henley & Partners (a reputed law firm), Singapore and Japan have topped in the list of world’s powerful passports of 2018. Both the countries have outranked Germany, which stood first in 2017.
While the rankings are decided based on several factors, the primary being a country that allows its citizens to travel to different countries without a visa. Japanese and Singaporean passport holders have ranked at number one position because they give access to a visa-free journey to 180 countries.
Germany stands second on the list allowing its citizens to travel to 179 countries without a visa. The third positions are occupied by Spain, France, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, South Korea, and Finland, who give access to 178 countries. The United Kingdom remains fourth with 177 countries and the United States on the fifth with 173 countries.
6 March 2018
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) passport to become the 32nd most dominant in the globe
The UAE passport is gaining demand. It was reported on Sunday that the UAE passport became the 32nd most dominant passport in the entire world. The 2018 Henley Passport Index will rank the nations on the basis of the number of places their residents could commute visa-free. According to the Index, the people who hold the UAE passport can commute to 134 nations. In 2017, they were allowed to travel to 121 countries.
The UAE, in 2017, had accumulated to 12 plus places. Over the last week, the list further grew to 13. Previous month, a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed by China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in order to exempt the citizens of the UAE from procuring pre-visas (30 day stays). Both countries have accorded on 16 January 2018. Over the last decade, 29 destinations have been added to the passports offered by the United Arab Emirates. This is the biggest hike of any type of passports in the entire world, according to founders of the Index.
12 February 2018