Visa formalities can be such a dampener on last-minute overseas getaways. But things are going to be so much easier with a number of countries that offer visa on arrival (or no visa at all) for Indian travelers. To top it, most of these countries are in Southeast Asia so all those dreamy vacations you've been planning, are just a plane ride away.
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Indonesia gives Indian passport-holders visa on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. The country of active volcanoes and picturesque beaches, Indonesia is a place where you can spend months and still not want to leave. For a cultural fix, you can head to Yogyakarta or climb the breathtaking Mount Agung and enjoy the natural beauty of Komodo. If you're looking for an evening of shopping and drinks, Bali is the perfect destination topped with a dose of culture. All this and more for a minimal visa on arrival fee.
Vietnam offers visa on arrival for Indians, provided online approval has been obtained in advance through a travel agency. With its rich culture and history, Vietnam beckons you to explore its treasures. Its capital Ho Chi Minh City is high on energy, while Hoi An is a laidback, quaint town with beautiful architecture.
White sand, cyan waters, and world-class diving sites, the Maldivian islands are perfect for a getaway from your mundane life. The variety of sea life in this part of the Indian Ocean is a visual treat with coral walls and fish in a myriad of colors. Some of the best resorts are located in the Maldives. So go ahead and pamper yourself with a surreal holiday. And to top it, Indian travelers can get a visa on arrival free of cost, for a stay of up to 30 days.
4. Hong Kong
The city that's always buzzing, Hong Kong is a traveler's delight. Visit Victoria's Peak or take a walk on Tsim Sha Tsui East promenade for fabulous views of the skyline. If you are in the mood to splurge, visit a night market when you're here. For a period of up to 14 days, Indian travelers don't need a visa for Hong Kong. Your passport is stamped on entry and as long as you leave Hong Kong within fourteen days, you can be visa-free. So eat, party, and shop until you drop in Hong Kong.
Indian visitors don't need a visa to enter Macau, if the stay doesn't exceed 30 days. So if you're looking for an impromptu legal gambling experience, Macau will cater to your needs. However, if you thought all there was in Macau was a Vegas-like atmosphere, you will be surprised. With a harmonious blend of the Portuguese influence and Chinese alleys and temples, Macau has rich architecture and culture too. You can also hop onto ferries that operate round the clock from Hong Kong to Macau.
These Southeast Asian countries, with their visa-friendly policies for Indians, will ensure that you always have someplace to go without queuing up at embassies. So are you excited about your upcoming trip?