V. Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs on Tuesday said that 16 countries including Bhutan, Nepal, and Mauritius are allowed visa-free entry to Indian passport holders.
In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, V Muraleedharan said there are 43 countries that provide visa-on-arrival facility and there are 36 countries that provide an e-visa facility to Indian ordinary passport holders.
“There are 16 countries which provide visa-free entry to Indian ordinary passport holders,” he said.
According to the information provided by the MEA, the following countries provide visa-free entry to Indian ordinary passport holders.
Visa-Free Countries For Indian Passport Holders
- Hong Kong SAR
- Niue Island
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Serbia and Trinidad
Iran, Indonesia, and Myanmar were among the 43 countries which allow visa-on-arrival facility to Indian ordinary passport holders.
Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Malaysia are among the are 36 countries that allow e-visa facility to Indian ordinary passport holders, as per the information provided by the minister.
The government has been making efforts to increase the number of nations that provide visa-free travel, visa-on-arrival, and e-visa facilities so, on further ease international travel for Indians, Muraleedharan said.
While the issuance of the Visa and the visa-related process is the sovereign and unilateral decision of the respective country, the matter regarding easier and liberalized visa policy for Indian nationals is taken up regularly in bilateral meetings and forums with foreign countries, he said.