Hold an Indian passport and love wandering? Well, it is going to get more easy from now on to get a visa.
If you are a regular international flyer, then you might have a full passport imprinted with visas from all over the world. And while some visas are a breeze, others incline to make our lives very difficult undeniably.
According to the news channel, around 59 countries offer ‘visa on arrival’ or ‘visa-free’ travel to Indian passport holders. Though, there are some places in Europe and the Americas, where Indians still need to plan and apply in advance. The important part of all this is, of sequence, to see the rules and protocols before landing in the host airport – least you end up spending the next some hours stuck in an airport. So, read on to know what has altered for Indian passport holders and their visas.
Ten new visa rules that you should know:
- Travellers transitioning through any French airport’s global zone, do not require an airport transit visa any longer.
- If you exist in or hold an entry visa to the USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan or Schengen states, and if you plan on travelling Oman, you can get a 30-day tourist visa on arrival, by paying 20 Omani Riyal or Rs 3,700. Your significant other and kids can also get a visa on arrival.
- Drive without concern into Myanmar, as all you must do is show at the check-post is an e-visa that takes two days to acquire.
- Experts in medicine, science and research, exceptional students and investors – UAE will give you a 10-year long-term visa if you want to visit the country.
- In a small win for women, Saudi Arabia will give tourist visas to women aged 25 and above, even if they visit the country without being escorted by a man. This is thanks to Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, who desires a ‘moderate, open Islam’ system in his country.
- Are you a potential tourist to Israel, either in the business travel, meeting or conference categories? The visa fee for Indian passport holders has reduced from Rs 1,700 to Rs 1,100.
- If you want to travel to Uzbekistan from India, all you must do is submit an e-visa application three days before the trip. For a 30-day period, you can also get a single-entry visa.
- For encouraging tourism, the UAE has new rules. Between July 15th and September 15th each year, children under the age of 18 can get free visas.
- Those who wish to travel Japan can now apply for a short-term stay or a multiple-entry visa without the need to provide an employment certificate or clarification letter for the purpose of visit. Gather your visa application form, a new photo and proof of economic stability, if you want a tourist visa. If you have business-related needs, show the authorities documents proving your connection to the enterprise.
- Those who want a taste of African wilderness can get a visa on arrival at Zimbabwe. India now joins 28 other nations that Zimbabwe has relatively relaxed visa rules for.