What’s visa on arrival?
Visa on arrival is issued at the port of entry of a country. Many countries offer visa on arrival to citizens for many nationalities. It is important to note that while you may receive your visa upon arrival at the airport/border/port of a foreign country, you have to ensure that you are eligible for the same. Some countries issue visa to travelers at the port of entry after the latter apply and pay for it while others require you to apply online to receive a confirmation.
In many cases, if you wish to get a visa on arrival, you should submit proof of your return air tickets, funds for the trip, hotel reservations and a valid passport among others. Formalities in terms of pre-arrival vary from one country to another. You should, therefore, read the regulations listed on the official website of the country you plan to visit for details. You have to pay a fee to buy a visa sticker at the airport of a country. Visa on arrival, in most cases, is given to tourists who wish to visit a country for holidaying/vacationing. Visa on arrival cannot be converted to other types of visas or permits upon arrival at the airport/sea port of a country.
Visa on arrival for Indian citizens
Indian citizens can receive visa-on-arrival in 51 countries/territories. The following table shows visa on arrival for Indian citizens
Advantages of visa on arrival
Some of the main advantages of visa on arrival are as follows:
Convenience: Most countries require you to follow detailed documentation and procedures including scheduling an in-person interview at the consulate of a country to get your visa approved. Visa on arrival, however, obviates the need for such extensive procedures
Simple Online Procedures: In many cases, countries which offer visa on arrival for tourists require you to fill out an online form and receive a confirmation by email which can be printed for receiving your visa on arrival at the destination country
Saves time and money: Owing to the aforementioned procedures, you can save both time and money
Visa on arrival requirements
Some of the requirements which need to be fulfilled for visa on arrival are listed below:
Valid passport for six months
Fees (Visa on arrival)
Blank visa page
News About Visa on Arrival for Indians
Hong Kong has withdrawn visa-free facility for Indian visitors
Indians will require furnishing a pre-arrival registration process before visiting HKSAR, an administration region in China. Earlier, Indians could visit or transit the HKSAR visa-free region without the need of a pre-approval requirements. This policy has been recently introduced which came as a disappointment to Indians who are planning to visit the HKSAR visa-free region. The individuals will require producing documents to obtain the approval of visit and transit. The pre-approval registration won't be required for Indians who are in direct transit by air and leaving the airport's transit area.
30th January 2017
Thai visa on arrival fee reduced for Indians
Thailand, a popular destination for tourists from India has gone all out to woo them, reducing the price of the visa on arrival by half for Indians. The country depends heavily on tourism, attracting people from all over the world. Given that Indians account for a large chunk of foreign tourists to the country, the cost of the visa on arrival has been slashed by half, making it 1,000 baht now. This move follows close on the heels of a hike in the visa, which was increased to 2,000 baht just two months ago.
This move is likely to attract more tourists, helping the country boost its economy. In addition to tourists from India, the new fee will be applicable to visitors from 18 other nations, including China, Bhutan, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Latvia, etc. Additionally, foreigners over the age of 50 years can apply for a 10 years visa instead of a one year visa which was previously provided. The cost for this visa will be 10,000 baht. These new moves could bode well for the country, with an increase in tourism beneficial to everyone involved.
1st December 2016
Bhutan sees Massive Increase in Travel Searches
With an increasing number of Indians opting for international travel destinations during their time off, visa-friendly destinations are growing in popularity. Bhutan is at the top of most travellers' lists and has seen a 136% increase in travel searches according to a survey by Skyscanner. The survey took into consideration queries by over 50 million monthly visitors to show the most favoured visa-friendly countries to visit for Indian passport holders. Bhutan being a close neighbour is a popular choice due to its proximity to India as well.
3rd November 2016
A Stunning Rise in E-Tourist Visa Arrivals in India
With Centre launching the system of e-tourist visas in 2014, the number of tourists flocking to India has grown considerably. Percentage figures revealed a 116% rise in foreign tourist arrivals when compared to the previous year's statistics. The total foreign tourist arrivals were reported more than 68,000 for September, with more number of visitors from UK, US and China. When India extended the e-tourist visa facility to 150 nations, the growth figures witnessed a significant change this year. Delhi has the highest number of tourist arrivals on e-tourist visa followed by Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad.
20th October 2016
India and Russia working on sealing visa free travel
Russia and India are working to create a regime for visa free entrance for various groups and Russia is expecting certain developments in the negotiations. Sergyey Korneev, the minister of Culture and Federal Agency, Russia, stated that they wish to get the agreement conduleded soon so that they can attract Indian tourists to Russia.
The discussions stand at an extremely important moment and things are being done on a priority level. Russia wishes to build up a historical connection with the Indian tourists.
5th October 2016
New Visa Rule Announced for Thai Tourists
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that India will introduce double entry e-tourist visas for Thai tourists. The joint announcement was made by the Indian PM and Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-Cha in New Delhi. This is expected to attract more tourists from Thailand who can enjoy their visits to Buddhist sites in India. The PM also added that in the next year, the Festival of India will be celebrated in Thailand, and Festival of Thailand in India, to commemorate 70 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.
19th September 2016
Workers travelling to Gulf countries on employment visas diverted through Sri Lanka
Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), stated that travel agents were increasingly routing women travelling to Gulf countries on employment visas through Sri Lanka. This is undertaken in an attempt to bypass the strict guidelines in immigration rules of India and Nepal.
Their modus operandi includes obtaining tourist visas for these women to avoid checking in at Indian airports. After reaching Colombo, they are sent on employment visas to the Gulf countries. The agents charge an amount between Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 60,000 for the arrangement.
This is a violation of the Emigration Act 1983, which mandates ECR categories of indian passport holders to obtain Emigration Clearance for travel to Gulf countries.
13th September 2016
Tourists in India to get SIM Card-on-arrival
Foreigners who visit India using e-tourist visa will most likely receive SIM Card-on-arrival from September end. Mahesh Sharma, Union Tourism Minister, said that the Home Ministry has finally agreed to provide SIM Cards to tourists when they arrive in India. This step is taken to address concerns related to safety of the travelers and also to project the country as a global tourist destination. The SIM Card will be come with a certain amount of talk-time and will be given to the tourists as part of a welcome kit, which will also contain maps, tourism related booklets that will have a list of emergency contacts, list of dos and don'ts, etc. Holders of e-tourist visa can collect their welcome kit from the BSNL country outside the airport.
1st September 2016
Senior Citizens from Bangladesh to receive multiple-entry Indian tourist visa for 5 years
The Central Government will be extending the duration of tourist visa from one year to five years with facility for multiple-entry facility for citizens from Bangladesh above the age of 65. This extension came after the External Affair Ministry's promise to Dhaka regarding the relaxation of norms for visitors below the age of 13 and above 65 during the bilateral engagement in 2014. This initiative will probably strengthen the bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and India.
The highest percent of FTAs for the sixth continuous month since February has been accounted by Bangladesh. However, this increase in population crossing the border is not very new. India has also received more than 1 lakh medical visa applications from Bangladesh. It is important to note that this spike is prevalent despite this country not being a part of the e-Tourist visa scheme in India.
24th August 2016
Tourist Visa fee to remain the same!
Dr Mahesh Sharma, the Minister for Culture and Tourism recently made a statement that made it clear that the Indian Government has no intention of scrapping fees for tourist visa.
2nd August 2016