It’s no secret that Indians have a hard time obtaining visas for travel. We have an entire section on Backpack ME dedicated to visas for Indians. Readers often come to this section to find information on how to handle the paperwork so that they can travel to their dream destinations. … more »
Visas for Indians
Ahhh… if only the world was one big country without paperwork involved!
Indian passport holders might not always find it easy to obtain tourist visas to travel abroad. But this shouldn’t keep you from going anywhere!
Check out our visa experiences below, neatly sorted by country!
UPDATE 2018 Jordan now offers visa on arrival to all Indian citizens. The period of stay usually granted is 30 days. You may be asked to show a return ticket so it is good to have one on hand. Below is the story of how I got a 14 … more »
We just spent a beautiful month in Istanbul. The arrival was pretty smooth since Turkey now extends an eVisa facility for Indian passport holders who have any valid visa from the US/UK/Ireland/Schengen states (tourist/work/residence/student/etc). If you have a valid tourist visa, residence permit, work permit, or permanent residence in any of … more »
I just arrived in Taipei and it’s been an incredible few days! Taiwan is a wonderful confluence of Taiwanese, Chinese, and Japanese culture. What’s even nicer is that Indian citizens can visit Taiwan for 30 days without any visa if they currently hold certain other visas. Taiwan operates a … more »
I applied for a visa to visit Argentina in January 2015. Since I have a residence permit for Chile, I applied for my visa in Santiago. You need to take an appointment with the consulate first to visit them. This is usually done over email. I did not have any … more »
Update (Great news): Colombia has started offering a visa exemption (yes, that also means free entry) to Indians who hold a Schengen C/D visa (should be valid for 180 additional days) or any class of US visa (except transit, same validity rules apply). You get to stay 90 days in … more »
So it’s no secret that we were in Chile for the past 4 months with me working with a company there. We took the opportunity to travel around Chile and Colombia during that time too! This post is about how I got my one year work visa for Chile in … more »
Vietnam is one of those countries that does not provide visa on arrival to anyone. Well, technically it’s a visa on arrival but you need to get prior clearance from immigration. This can be done through several travel agents online and takes 2-3 days. Please note that the pre-approved visa … more »
We visited Cambodia in October 2013. On the way in, we flew from Bangkok to Siem Reap. Cambodia provides visa on arrival to Indians and most other nationalities. You need to pay $20 on arrival to get a visa that is valid for 3 months and allows 30 days of … more »
In a previous post, I had mentioned how it was pretty hard to get a schengen visa to travel to Portugal in 2011. The issues were compounded by the fact that I had recently quit my job in Dubai to travel the world and as such, an un-employed [self employed … more »