At the outset, let me clarify before you assume fantastic facts about without VISA . There are basically three categories under the ‘without VISA’ entry into a nation.
Travel Document may not be required by some countries. This means you just walk in by showing your passport.
It means you apply VISA online without producing yourself in an Embassy.
VISA on arrival
It is simple; as you disembark on a foreign airport, you go to the immigration counter, fill up a VISA application form and you get your passport stamped with the ‘ENTRY’’ VISA.
Do you know the prime reason why many people are not interested in planning a trip abroad? It is not the money; we are all fully loaded with it. You get the passport within a week. Flight tickets are available easily because of the competition.
It is the VISA procedure that restrains our interest, especially about obtaining a U.S. or U.K. We have heard stories of standing in a long queue for several hours in front of the Embassy or consulate from the veterans.
In addition, you have to tolerate the stare and the suspicious look of the VISA issuing officer at the Consulate.
To be frank, I am yet to visit the U.S. mainly because of the VISA hassles and the stories I heard from others including my mother. I am a free bird and I believe the world was created for us to roam freely across the globe. I hate the elaborate travel document procedure.
Good NEWS to Indians.
There are more than 50 countries for Indians to visit with easy VISA obtaining procedure such as eVISA and VISA on arrival. Some of the 50 plus countries do not insist on a travel document at all for Indians!
Before looking at the list of countries that are friendly to the Indians, familiarize yourself about the eVISA and the VISA on arrival categories.
What is an eVisa?
An eVisa is an official document issued online by the immigration department of a country that allows a foreigner to enter.
There is no paper work involved in this though the travel document issued may be a paper or a plastic card that reveals all about you in the magnetic codes. You apply for a eVisa through the official website of the country. Of course, we have to pay the fee online through CREDIT card or online bank transfer. The eVisa will be issued after the submitted information has been perused and found to meet the requirements.
In some cases, you may need to send your passport and any other travel related documents to the Consulate after you have applied online. In some cases, even that won’t be necessary.
When your eVisa application has been approved, you will get an intimation to download the travel document and print it. You then, make your trip worry free and just present the printed travel document along with your passport at the immigration counter.
You are then waved in by the smiling immigration officer.
Isn’t that cool?
Here is the list of countries to travel on eVISA.
São Tomé and Príncipe
What is meant by VISA on arrival?
As you walk up to the immigration counter at the foreign airport, you will pick up the VISA application form, fill it up and submit to the authorities along with the VISA fees.
There are two ways to get a VISA on arrival. One is the above mentioned simple procedure. The other method is to apply beforehand online or via the embassy, get a confirmation of your application and produce the confirmation slip on arrival.
Here is the list of countries to travel on VISA on arrival basis.
Ah, this is really cool. You just walk in after producing the passport just before the barrier. No questions asked. As an Indian, I would certainly visit the countries below first.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Most of the African nations and the Windies are friendly to the Indians. Good! We all should thank them.