If you are among those frequent travellers who love to explore the world; for whom learning different languages is an art and visiting different locations is as same as worshipping - then you would know about the pain of getting the visa! At times it happens that even though if we plan an international trip, it’s the pain of acquiring a visa, that forces you to either postpone or cancel your trip at the extreme case.
But now, it’s time to shed all the hassled up visa-worries and plan your next visit to your desired destination! Yes, with the boom in the travel industry, now an Indian can travel across more than 50 international destinations without a prior visa. Sounds unbelievable, right?
For your information – What is an e-visa?
You will have to fill out an online form and submit it with the relevant information and the required documents. After your application is reviewed and if accepted you get a visa in email or some other electronic form. Print the e-Visa, carry it with your passport and other required documents to enter the country.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get spoiled with a selective list of choices, with countries where getting an e-visa is easier than online shopping:-
Turkey is beautiful, just Google the images and you will realize why we are saying this. You'll be enchanted by Turkey's beauty at your first visit itself. There's something for everyone in this alluring nation. The country houses, world-famous monuments and ruins are amazingly beautiful. If adventure is your thing, jump off a cliff for a thrilling experience and explore the underwater exotic marine life in scuba diving. Unwind on a cruise on the Mediterranean or take an enthralling hot air balloon ride, the choice is yours. Getting to Turkey couldn't have been easier! Just apply for an E-Visa through their government website and you're done with all the legal formalities. It's that simple.
TMC recommends - Adorned with a stunning coastline, quaint villages and a matchless cultural legacy, Turkey is one such rare gem to have all. Its beaches, shopping hubs and cruise destinations – precisely all the best places to visit in Turkey. Our spots are - Kabak Valley near Fethiye, Cappadocia, ancient city Ephesus is located in Selcuk, Akdamar Island.
Sri Lanka -
Landscapes with scenic beauty, mouth-watering delicacies, exotic wildlife and an E-visa to top that list of reasons to visit Sri Lanka. The country is known for processing visa applications at lightning speed. Culture is found in abundance here. Given its size, travelling across the country is easy. In addition to memories of breath-taking views and super tasty food, you will also remember the extremely friendly and helpful local population of Sri Lanka.
TMC recommends - Full of romantic landscapes, stirring mountains, lush green tea gardens and golden beaches, the island nation of Sri Lanka is nothing short of magnificent. The country has no shortage of beautiful awe-inspiring spots, natural, historic and cultural, each more picture-perfect than the next. Take a trip to these spots - Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Dambulla Cave Temple, Adams Peak.
Indians can obtain a Visa on Arrival for Cambodia, for a maximum stay of 30 days. The Ministry of External Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia introduced the e-Visa to simplify the visa acquisition process. The visa cost charged for a Cambodia e-Visa is US$ 40. However, the service fee could be an additional US$ 20. The documents required are a scanned copy of a valid Indian passport, a digital copy of your recent photograph and a credit card to pay the fees online. Also, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.
TMC recommends - Cambodia is a popular summer destination that is a part of every ardent traveller's travel aspirations! Whether you are a history buff or not, Angkor Wat is a must-visit. You will also get to see beautiful sculptors and carvings of Hindu God – Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu and other deities at few temples. The Cambodian ecosystem is one of a kind and should be a must-visit for all Wildlife lovers.
Given India is located only at a “stone's throw” away distance, Myanmar didn't provide an E-visa service only until recently. The country is not an underdog anymore when it comes to travelling. Golden Buddhist Pagodas placed on an isolated hill, and local fishermen canoeing in pristine and vibrant lakes form just the perfect picture in mind. Want to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city but have fewer days to spare for a trip? Head over to Myanmar.
TMC recommends - Breathtaking temples, mysterious ruins, virgin beaches, river deltas and exotic culture - Myanmar has it all! Yet, it is one of the least visited countries in South East Asia, you can explore - Watch the sunrise over the Bagan temple plain, Get lost among the thousands of Stupas at Kakku, Inle Lake, Experience the calmness of Shwedagon Pagoda at night.
Malaysia as a country welcomes thousands of visitors, despite not having an E-Visa facility, however, until 2017 the count has been increased. In fact, travel experts say, the numbers are bound to rise and why not, Malaysia has the perfect mix of the urban city and dense green scales. Spend a day or two sightseeing in the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur and head over to visit the traditional tribes and tea plantations in Cameron Highlands. Unwind at the beaches or scuba dive to explore the underwater world in Perhentian Islands on a hot sunny day.
TMC recommends - Malaysia experiences high heat and humidity all year-round, and there isn’t a lot of distinction between the seasons. The most notable difference is that the monsoon season arrives in November-December and brings on the “rainy season” until mid-February. During this time, travel is not recommended on the East coast (unless you’re happy staying indoors all afternoon!).
Our neighbouring country Nepal is one of the most reasonable and easy when it comes to stay and travel. Known as the simplest country, Nepal is known as the land of snowy peaks, incredible landscapes, and impressive mountains, Nepal is a country that has culture, adventure, and adrenaline rolled into one. Home to ten of the highest peaks in the world, it is no wonder that this place is frequented by adventure junkies from all over the world. Nepal asks for a single entry visa on arrival and Indians can stay for a maximum stay of 150 days. You must carry either of these two documents: Passport or Election Card.
TMC recommends - A heaven for Mountaineers, Nepal boasts of a rich architectural heritage and some of the nicest people in the world (a lot of tourist claim that Nepalis are very helpful). Nepal is also a shopper’s paradise and should be one of the first places you visit abroad considering its proximity to India. And yes, don’t forget to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
Known to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Maldives offers visa on arrival for a maximum of 30 days. At the time of travel, you must carry documents like a return or onward flight tickets, 2 photographs and proof of accommodation are also a must. Make a note - Travellers without a hotel reservation must carry enough funds i.e., US$ 100 plus $50 per person per day of their stay. Also, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival.
TMC recommends - the Maldives boasts of one of the world’s top diving and snorkelling experiences and is a great way to experience the fascinating underwater life filled with the vibrant denizens of the coral reef. A favourite of Indian Honeymoon couples, the beauty of exotic beaches will help you leave behind your troubles and enjoy your stay to the fullest.
It is heart-breaking when you have to cancel a long-awaited trip because your visa application wasn’t approved even after going through a painstaking procedure. Thus, it is also very important to do research and plan your trip accordingly. Post any kind of confirmation, you can start working on your itinerary. With the e-visa option, head over to these elegant and enticing countries with zero visa-related troubles. Share your recommendations with us and let us know your favourite from the above list!