Indian nationals can now visit 52 countries visa-free or visa-on-arrival
The broadest range of visa-free travel in the world is enjoyed by British citizens. A British National can visit 173 countries with just a passport and Indians can avail the visa-on-arrival or visa-free access in 52 nations.
According to the Visa Restriction Index of Henley & Partners, for visa-free access, the UK citizens are at par with citizens of Sweden and Finland.
The first 9 countries of the Index lists countries from the European Union (EU) and standing on the 10th position is the United States.
India stands at 74 on the list while Afghanistan rounds off the table at the bottom with visa-free access for only 28 countries available. Holders of Iraqi passport can visit 31 nations while Somalia and Pakistan are tied at the bottom 3rd position with access to 32 countries.
According to IATA’s (International Air Transport Association) passport information, Indian passport holders have visa-on-arrival or visa-free access to 52 countries and territories.
Out of these, visa-free access is available to 28 countries and territories.
However, even with the permission of visa-free access, the admission into a country is not a right and may be at the border enforcement officers’ discretion. Visitors who wish to engage in activities other than tourism, like unpaid work, may need a work permit or visa.
Holders of Indian passport do not require a visa to visit and work in Bhutan or Nepal. While visiting some countries, the country of residence plays a major role in determining the visa requirements for Indian citizens.
For example, an Indian citizen living in the United States holding a Green Card (Permanent Resident permit) does not need a visa to travel to Mexico, Canada and many countries and territories in the Caribbean.
Indian citizens residing in Japan and holding a valid Alien Registration Card can visit South Korea for short business trips and tourism.