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There is a no bigger pain in the world when it comes to travel life than holding a passport that doesn’t allow you to get anywhere without million documents and showing some planning. I just can’t close my eyes, see a country that I desire to see and head there. 

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Things are changing for Indians now. Although most countries offer only a few days of visit ranging from 48 to 96 hours. However, I can land there if I need to. 

We have Qatar, Malaysia, the Philippines who offer visa-free stay. Even Singapore joined them while Russia changed the policy too. Same with Ukraine.

It looks like almost entire former Soviet Union and Middle East is warming up to India. We have Oman and UAE who enabled visa on arrival for Indians.  The latest bloomers are 2 countries from the Soviet era.

  1. Armenia

    On Nov. 22, 2017, Armenia became the easiest country for Indian nationals to visit in Europe. Indians can now get a visa online (e-visa) before their arrival to Armenia. Alternatively, they can simply buy tickets, come to Armenia and get a visa on arrival at the airport or other crossing points at the borders with Georgia or Iran.

    These changes make Armenia the most attractive country in Europe for Indians, at least from the immigration point of view.

  2. Serbia

    The Government of the Republic of Serbia has adopted the decision on visa exemption for the Indian nationals, holding ordinary passports. The decision entered into force on September 2, 2017. The government believes that this decision will greatly facilitate travel to Serbia.

    Under the same, Indian nationals can enter, transit through and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia without a visa, during a period not exceeding 30 days from the date of entry, within a period of one year,

  3. Belarus


Although Belarus didn’t just warm up to India all of sudden. It is just that they like other countries just decided that they wanted to welcome tourist to their country. They opened borders for 80 countries who could go there 

Starting from 12 February 2017 foreign citizens of 80 countries* can entry Belarus for up to 5 days and exit from the territory of Belarus without a visa. Only through the State border checkpoint of the Republic of Belarus “Minsk National Airport”.

The given order of visa-free movement through the airport does not extend to persons coming to Belarus by plane from the Russian Federation, as well as to those who intend to fly to the airports of the Russian Federation (such flights are considered as internal ones and do not have border control).

To enter the Republic of Belarus in the visa-free regime via the checkpoint “Minsk National Airport”, foreign nationals must have the following documents:

 — a valid passport or another substituting document for traveling abroad;

 — financial means: at least 25 Euro (or equal amount in dollars or Belarusian rubles) for each day of stay;

 — medical insurance with coverage for at least 10,000 Euros that covers the territory of Belarus.The insurance policy can be purchased on arrival at the “Minsk National Airport”.

For citizens of Vietnam, Haiti, Gambia, Honduras, India, China, Lebanon, Namibia, Samoa a valid multiple visa of the EU member states or Schengen zone with a mark in passport on crossing the border of these states and tickets with confirmation of departure from  “Minsk National Airport” within 5 days from the date of entry is a compulsory additional requirement.

Of course, not the best way to put forward. However, as long as you have Schengen Visa, you can travel there. It is a far departure from previous invitation based visa requirement. 

 

  Status Max. Stay Fee Other Requirements
Armenia E-Visa or Visa on Arrival 120 days, extendable $6-31 None
Ukraine Visa on Arrival 15 days $65 Insurance; Invitation: Proof of Financial Means
Serbia No Visa 30 days in a year None Proof of Financial Means

 

 

 

 

 

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Cody is a native of city Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He acquired a degree in Engineering (IT) from Rajeev Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal. He had a keen interest in the field of networking and network security and took various courses such as OWASP, EC Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) Routing and Switching. After finishing his education, he joined up corporates to establish his career as IT Tester and Auditor. He moved up to become IT consultant and shared his expertise with IT industries. Cody loves traveling and socializing. He has traveled over 30 countries in the past two years. He enjoys flying business class and staying in 5-star hotels. He has been featured in multiple publications such as Times of India, Dainik Bhaskar, magazines such as Men’s Health. He was invited to inspire people on a platform such as TEDx.

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