If you are planning to take that dreamy international trip this year, we are sure you have too much going on your mind regarding all the planning around it. However, we would suggest you prioritise acquiring your visa and checking your visa validity to avoid any major roadblocks. Imagine having everything else including flight and hotel bookings in place but having to cancel the whole trip due to unavailability of visas! That would surely be a heartbreaker. We, at Skyscanner, have collated all the popular international destinations Indians travel to and how you can get visas for them and check your visa validity. Read on.
According to a report by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), 50 million Indians will travel abroad in 2020. Whoa! That’s a huge number. This means many of us are researching about how to plan international trips and lay our hands on the required visas. We have picked destinations Indians love travelling to abroad and given details on how to get visas to visit them.
Singapore’s sunny skies, lively malls, lush green gardens and pulsating pubs attract tourists from around the world. If you plan to visit this energetic island, where there is never a dull moment, you would be happy to know that getting a Singaporean visa is pretty simple. You can apply for a Singapore tourist visa that will allow you a stay for a maximum period of 30 days with a validity of two years. For the visa application, you will require a passport with a validity of at least six months from the date of entry to Singapore along with a completed and signed visa application. You will also need to carry two photographs, a few other important documents, a confirmed return ticket and proof that you will be able to pay for your trip and stay in Singapore. For more details, click here.
2. The UAE
UAE’s diversity never ceases to pleasantly surprise its travellers. We Indians love to visit Dubai and Abu Dhabi primarily for their top-class theme parks, unique shopping experiences, unmatchable infrastructure and itineraries that appeal the entire family. If you plan to enter and exit from the Dubai Airport, you can apply for the apply for the 30-day Short Term Visit Single Entry – Tourist which allows you to travel to any part of the UAE once you enter Dubai. This visa is valid for 58 days from the date of issue and is extendable twice for 30 days each. For more details, click here.
Canada with its emerald landscapes, snow-clad peaks and sparkling lakes lures many Indians travellers each year. To visit Canada for a holiday, you will need to apply for a Canada Tourist Visa or a Canada Visitor Visa. It can be a single-entry that is valid for six months or a multiple-entry visa that can be valid for a decade or one month before the traveller’s passport expires, whichever is earlier. To know more about how to apply for a Canadian visa, click here.
Whether you are planning to witness some unforgettable beach sunsets, exploring enormous national parks, scuba diving at probably some of the most scenic spots in the world or dining at Michelin star restaurants, Australia promises to fulfill all your desires. However, getting the Australian visa takes a long time – between 14 and 27 working days. However, there is a fast track option available. But it is the best you start planning your trip early and apply for visa on time. This Visitor ETA Visa allows you to stay in Australia for three months at max and is valid for one year from your application date or until when your passport expires – whichever is sooner. For more details on your Australian visa, click here.
5. Europe (Schengen countries)
A boon for travellers who wish to travel to multiple European countries in a single visit, the Schengen visa is one of the easiest visas to get. The best part? You can travel to almost 30 European countries at one go! However, different Schengen countries have different visa rules so check them before you apply. Our Schengen visa application guide will help you apply for the visa as well as help you choose the country you apply through carefully. Make sure you use Skyscanner’s multi-city flight search option to get the cheapest airfare.
How to check your visa validity and what are the steps if you find the visa validity issues
It is the best to check your visa validity before you plan a trip abroad and make all your bookings. If you have any doubts regarding your visa validity, ensure that you check with the appropriate visa managers such as VFS Global. They will guide you through the whole visa application process as well as answer all your queries regarding your visa validity if you already have one.
If you have already zeroed down on your vacation destination and travel dates, but need to take some more time to book those flight tickets, make sure you sign up for Skyscanner’s super helpful Price Alerts. With this tool, all you need to do is key in the exact airports and travel dates, click on the ‘Get Price Alerts’ button and enter your email id. Once you do that, we will send you an email each time your chosen flight price changes to show you the increase or decrease. Sounds, great doesn’t it?
Now that you have all the visa information you need to plan your international holiday, you should go ahead and book that trip! Book your flights, hotel or rent a car with Skyscanner today. You can do all of these on our award-winning mobile app too.