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Indian Citizens Can Travel To These Countries Without Visa

Here’s what you need to know before planning your next international vacation.

Shraddha Varma

The results are out, and India has ranked 87th on the 2022 Henley Passport Index from Henley & Partners—an authoritative ranking of the world’s passports. They use exclusive data from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) on how many destinations a particular passport can provide access to without a prior visa, which means visa-on-arrival. And then rank the ‘strongest’ and ‘weakest’ of the 199 passports from across the globe.  

Henley Passport Index 2022 

On this year’s Henley Passport Index, Japan has ranked number one on the list and bagged the title of the world’s most powerful passport. This provides the citizens of Japan hassle-free access to approximately 193 countries. Japan is followed by Singapore and South Korea, whose passport holders have access to 192 countries.  

Germany, Spain, Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Ireland, Portugal, and United Kingdom are a few of the other countries in the top 10 of the 2022 Henley Passport Index. Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s passport has been ranked as the least useful, offering visa-free access to only 27 countries. For the uninitiated, this passport index also defines the strength of a particular country’s diplomatic relations with other countries. The more ease of access your country enjoys, the better and higher it ranks on the index. 

Countries that provide visa-free access to Indian passport

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India, being on the 87th position, allows visa-free access to 60 countries—including Barbados, Iran, Jamaica, Thailand, Nepal, Madagascar, and Tanzania—to its passport holders. Our country has moved up three positions, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2021. In October 2021, India ranked 90th among the 116 countries included in the index. This is when the Indian passport had visa-free access (visa-on-arrival) to 58 destinations. Here’s a list of a few countries that you can consider for your next international trip. 

1. Thailand

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One of the most preferred and frequented countries by Indian tourists, Thailand is perfect for those who love solitude and serenity. Breathtaking beaches, adventure activities, majestic temples, and lip-smacking street food are a few of the highlights here. Phuket, Pattaya, and Bangkok are some of the most popular destinations in Thailand. 

2. Indonesia

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Vaccinated travellers from India can apply for a visa on arrival in Indonesia and explore the country’s mesmerising landscapes. The country is gifted with pristine beaches, vibrant tribal culture, active volcanic sites, and interesting wildlife. Bali, Ubud, Gili Islands, Bandung, and Jakarta are a few of the destinations you can explore in Indonesia.  

3. Maldives

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A popular destination among Indian honeymooners and couples, Maldives is blessed with beautiful beaches, magnificent reefs, and an interesting array of water sports. The best time to visit Maldives is from December to April. When in the country, you must live in a water villa to experience the luxurious hospitality and mesmerising views offered by this destination. Know more on Maldives here

4. Qatar

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Qatar is popular for its luxurious hospitality and rich culture, but with time, it has become one of the go-to international destinations for adventure lovers. Some of the top tourist attractions in Qatar include Msheireb Museums, Katara Cultural Village, The Mystery Village of Qatar, the Museum of Islamic Art, and Falcon Souq. Among the many destinations in the country, Doha has been the most popular of late—thanks to its awe-inspiring art, lip-smacking food, and adrenaline-pumping desert adventures.

5. Mauritius

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Another favourite destination among Indian honeymooners, Mauritius has something for everyone. Adventure junkies can go mountain hiking at Le Pouce Mountain, go snorkelling at Blue Bay Marine Park, or take an underwater sub-scooter ride. Beach lovers can go island hopping in the south of Mauritius, and those who want to just sit back and chill, can opt for the North Coast Cruise.   

6. Ethiopia 

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Incredible natural beauty and wildlife, diverse culture, and delicious cuisine await you in Ethiopia. This destination is perfect for all kinds of travellers - budget or luxury - and has an array of offbeat natural and man-made attractions including Danakil Depression, the Semien Mountains National Park, Lake Tana monasteries, Sof Omar caves, and Axum obelisks.   

7. Fiji 

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Fiji has aquamarine waters, sandy beaches, and exciting watersports to add that extra bit of thrill to your holiday. When in Fiji, you can go snorkelling with the manta rays at Yasawas, gaze at the beautiful orchids at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, and party at the Mamanuca Islands. 

8. Oman

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Head to Oman for its natural beauty - pristine beaches, grand world heritage sites, and amazing wildlife, but stay there are a few days extra for the ultimate shopping experience. The country is home to several old-time souks (Arab markets) that are popular for their sales of traditional Omani handicrafts, leather goods, gold and silver jewellery, and incense. 

9. Jordan 

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When visiting Jordan, which is known as the jewel of the Middle East, it is advised to stay there for at least a couple of weeks, so you can discover the different facets of the destination. Explore the ancient city of Petra and Siq al Barid (aka Little Petra), take a dip (or two) in the Dead Sea, and take a trip to the Wadi Mujib Canyon or Wadi Rum, which is an incredible desert. 

10. Macau 

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Look at Macau beyond its casinos, the country has a rich history, culture, and street food scene. It is also home to several record-breaking attractions including the world's largest water show and highest bungee jump. Lastly, pastry lovers must try the country's famous custard tart featuring a flaky pastry crust, a creamy egg custard centre, and a crispy creme brulee top.  

Now that you have checked out this list of countries where Indians can get visas on arrival, don't forget to bookmark the story and plan your international trip soon.  

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