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10 visa-friendly South-East Asian destinations

Have you ever wanted to jump on a plane last minute, but were stopped in your tracks due to visa issues? We know the feeling! But, fear not, you can actually explore Asia visa free! There are tonnes of destinations just a short flight away that offer visa on arrival to Indian travellers, while some don’t even require that. Skyscanner highlights some:

Visa on arrival countries in Asia for Indian passport holders

1. Thailand

Whether you want to party from dusk to dawn, shop till you drop or just laze on the beach and gaze at turquoise waters, Thailand won’t disappoint. Yes, it’s touristy and can get crowded, but it’s got some of the world’s most breath taking beaches and the most beautifully sculpted statues of Buddha. And yes, the exhilarating Thai spa experiences that leave you feeling utterly rejuvenated. All the beach bums can head to Krabi or Koh Samui for a calm and relaxed stay, and for culture vultures, make a trip north to Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle. So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets and hotels today, and the Thailand visa for Indians will take care of itself!

Additional information: Additional information: Thailand offers visa on arrival for Indians at a cost of 1000 Baht (Pay in cash only, and in Baht). For a complete and updated list of requirements, please refer to the Embassy’s website.

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2. Laos

As one of Southeast Asia’s untouched and beautiful countries, Laos is catching up with the travel scene rapidly. The capital city of Vientiane is refreshingly friendly, and laidback with a lot to see and explore. Luang Prabhang is a royal city and is a must visit for every history lover. The natural beauty of Northern Laos will floor you. Make sure you experience the real Laos by spending time in a local homestay.

Additional information: Laos has visa on arrival for Indian visitors for a stay up to a maximum of 30 days, and it costs USD 30. You can obtain the visa at one of the international airports, at Vientiane or Luang Prabhang.

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3. Vietnam

Steeped in rich culture and with the weight of history on its shoulders, Vietnam beckons you to explore its treasures. The capital Ho Chi Minh City is high on energy, while the laidback Hoi An is a laidback, quaint town with beautiful architecture. Explore the limestone isles of Halong Bay, a designated World Heritage site, on a boat. Vietnam is a food lover’s paradise, and make sure you Indulge in traditional Vietnamese fare when you’re there.

Additional information: Vietnam has visa on arrival for Indian travellers, provided online approval has been obtained in advance through a travel agency. There are many reputed agencies that handle this including myvietnamvisa and vietnam-visa. Refer to the individual sites for the price charged by these agencies. You will receive an approval letter in 2-3 days, and once you land in one of Vietnam’s international airports, you can get your visa for USD 45 for a single entry (one month or three months).

The verdant rice terraces of Sapa, Vietnam

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4. Cambodia

A lot of travellers have the magnificent Angkor Wat on their bucket lists. And what’s really cool is that Cambodia has so many other amazing places that you should visit. Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are modern cities bustling with activity. Travel to the rural parts of the country, with their rice paddies and sugar palms to get away from the rush of the big cities. Spend time at the tropical beaches of Cambodia’s South Coast.

Additional information: Cambodia visa for Indian travellers can be obtained in three ways – 1. Apply at the Embassy. 2. Obtain an e-visa online. 3. Visa on arrival at one of Cambodia’s international airports, or land entry points.The visa on arrival costs USD 20 (paid in cash)

The elaborate carvings of Angkor Wat

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5. Maldives

White sand, cyan waters, and world-class diving sites – the Maldives are the perfect option for a getaway from all things mundane. The variety of seal life in this part of the Indian Ocean is truly stunning, and you will be reeling from the visual treat that these coral walls and fish in a myriad of colours have in store for you. Some of the best resorts are located in the Maldives. So go ahead and pamper yourself with a surreal holiday.

Additional information: Indian travellers can get a visa on arrival free of cost, for a stay of up to 30 days.

A beautiful overwater bungalow in the Maldives

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Visa-Free Travel for Indian Passport Holders

If you don’t want to bother with a visa on arrival, these places are just the perfect options for you:

1. Indonesia

The country of Kopi Luwak, active volcanoes and stunning beaches, Indonesia is a place where you can spend not just days, but months and still not want to leave. Get your cultural fix in Yogyakarta and Bali, climb the breath-taking Mount Agung and enjoy the natural beauty of Komodo. See, we told you. You’re going to love Indonesia, one of the most popular visa free countries in Asia.

Additional information: Indian passport-holders can now travel to Indonesia without a visa and get their passports stamped on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. You can find for more details here. Flights to Indonesia from Indian cities can be quite cheap with a little planning.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Bali

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2. Hong Kong

The city that’s always buzzing, Hong Kong is a traveller’s delight. At the top of the list of countries in Asia with no visa required Hong Kong has a lot to offer. Visit Victoria’s Peak, take a walk on Tsim Sha Tsui East promenade for fabulous views of the skyline and visit a night market when you’re in Hong Kong.

Additional information: For a period of up to fourteen days, Indian travellers don’t need a visa for Hong Kong, but you do need to complete a pre-arrival registration online. Check Hong Kong Immigration website for more details before you travel.

A beautiful view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak

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3. Macau

If you thought all there was in Macau was a Vegas-like atmosphere, you will be surprised by what’s in store for you. The Portuguese influence blends harmoniously with the Chinese alleys and temples. And yes, gambling is legal in Macau. Ferries operate round the clock from Hong Kong to Macau.

Additional information: Indian visitors don’t need a visa to enter Macau, if the stay doesn’t exceed 30 days. Nothing sounds more thrilling than an impromptu trip to a foreign land.

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These South-East Asian countries, with their visa-friendly policies for Indians, will ensure that you always have someplace to go without queing up at embassies. Looking for more visa-friendly destinations around the world?

Multiple-Entry Visas


Have you always wanted to see pretty cherry blossoms in full bloom, or an enthralling Geisha dance in Kyoto? It’s time to plan a trip to Japan – a perfect blend of culture and modernisation, the new and the old. The Government of Japan has announced that they will issue multiple entry visas for short stays to Indian tourists. These visas will be issued at all Japanese embassies and Consulate Generals in India and abroad to cater to Indian citizens living in other countries.

The beautiful Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan

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eVisa for Indian travellers


From the skyscraping Petronas Towers to the verdant Taman Negara, Malaysia has a fine mixture of diversions and delights to offer to Indian travellers. What’s more, it’s a pretty affordable place to visit, with ritzy accommodations that won’t cost you a fortune. As a matter of fact, its capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to some of the cheapest 5-star hotels in the world.

Additional information: In an attempt to draw more travellers from India, the Malaysian Government has just introduced e-visa (Electronic Travel Authorization Visa), for short visits to Malaysia. As of now, the e-visa facility is only available to Indians residing in India, and is valid for a single trip stay for a maximum of 30 days in Malaysia, for leisure and tourism purposes.

The Malaysia e-visa fees costs Rs 2,710, and can be acquired within 24 to 48 hours, with a validity of 3 months. You can apply for this visa at Immigration Department of Malaysia.

The steep and breathtaking Petronas Towers

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