Planning a trip abroad? 12 countries that are going easy on Indian passport holders – Sri Lanka

Planning a trip abroad? 12 countries that are going easy on Indian passport holders - Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is offering free visa-on-arrival for Indian passport holders. The country extended the scheme where it is offering free visa-on-arrival till April 30 for the citizens of 48 countries. The step was taken in order to revive the tourism of the country which was severely hit by the Easter Sunday bombings.

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Indians will no longer require visas to visit Brazil

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Indians will no longer require visas to visit Brazil

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said the South American nation will drop its requirement that visiting Indian tourists or business people obtain visas.

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Schengen super priority visa

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Schengen super priority visa

Need to travel to Europe on urgent basis? A Schengen super priority visa is the one for you.

A super priority visa is an optional service for citizens who need to travel to any European country in a hurry.

UK started the super priority visa service a year back and Schengen states are also aiming to reach out to more and more Indians. The SPV service is targeted at business travellers, frequent visitors and those needing to travel to Europe urgently.

Here are some other countries that have relaxed visa norms for Indian passport holders…

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Saudi Arabia
In a bid to increase tourism, Saudi Arabia is now issuing tourist visas to women who are aged 25 and above even if they are visiting the country without being accompanied by a man.

This is the first time Saudi Arabia has relaxed visa rules on this front. The new visa rules come after Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman promised a “moderate, open Islam” in the country.

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France
If you’re transiting through the international zone of any airport in France, you don’t need an airport transit visa anymore.

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Myanmar
Travelling to Myanmar will now be a cakewalk if you are planning to drive into the country. You will only need to display your e-visa at the checkpost. The e-visa can be obtained in two days.

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Zimbabwe
Indian passport holders can now get visa on arrival in Zimbabwe. India is among the 28 countries that Zimbabwe has relaxed visa rules for.

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Japan
Japan has now relatively eased travel for Indian passport holders. If you are applying for a short-term stay in Japan or a multiple-entry visa, you don’t need to show an employment certificate or explanation letter stating the reason for your visit.

You need your visa application form along with a valid and recent photograph and proof of your financial stability if you are travelling for tourism purposes. If your trip to Japan is business-related, you need documents to prove your affiliation to the enterprise.

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Israel
Israel has now cut down its visa fee for Indian passport holders from Rs 1,700 to Rs 1,100. You need to apply for a visa in the B2 visa (business, tourism or meeting or conference) category in order to avail the new price.

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UAE
UAE has announced new visa rules to promote tourism in the Emirates. Between July 15 and September 15 every year, UAE is offering visa-free travel to accompanied dependents below 18 years. This means if you are travelling to Dubai or Abu Dhabi for a family holiday and have kids below 18 years, your kids travel visa-free.

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Uzbekistan
Travelling to Uzbekistan from India is also easier now. Submit your e-visa application three days before your trip. You can get a single-entry e-visa for a 30-day period.

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Oman
In case you’re travelling to Oman, you will now be able to get a month-long tourist visa on arrival for an amount of 20 Omani Riyal (Rs 3,700).

But this rule will be applicable only if you reside or hold an entry visa to the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan or the Schengen states. Your spouse and children accompanying you can also get a visa on arrival.

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