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Fall in Love With Our Top 10 Unlikely Destinations for Visa-free Travel

When things go back to normal, we expect international travel will see some changes. With people getting increasingly restless at home, we chose the best places for Indian passport-holders to visit without even a visa.

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The Indian passport is the 84th most powerful passport, according to the Henley Passport Index. It gives visa-free access to 58 countries all over the world, including countries that do not require a visa for entry and countries where you can get a visa on arrival. Here are our top 10 picks from destinations for post-Covid travel that does not require a visa for entry:

1. Serbia

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Serbia is the only European country that allows Indian passport-holders to enter or stay up to 30 days without a visa. With its museums, monasteries, old towns and fortresses, tucked between mountains and vineyards, this landlocked country is a must-visit.

Top 5 attractions:

  1. House on the Drina (Višesava)
  2. Derdap Gorge (eastern Serbia)
  3. Skull Tower (Niš)
  4. Golubac Fortress (Golubac)
  5. Uvac Canyon (Čačak)

You could stay at Zepter Hotel Drina (Bajina Bašta), Atrijum Apartments (Kladovo), Kafana Zlatna Ribica (Golubac) or Villa Uvac (Nova Varoš). The best way to travel is by bus as they are more frequent and faster than trains though more expensive. One Serbian Dinar is roughly 0.76 rupees. Although Serbian is the most common language spoken, English is also widely spoken. While visiting, make sure to try the ‘gibanica’ (egg and cheese pie) and the ‘Sopska’ salad.

From Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Bengaluru, a flight to Serbia is roughly 13 hours.

2. Samoa

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Indian passport-holders can stay up to 60 days in Samoa without a tourist visa. Known for its ocean trenches and beaches, this island country with two main islands and several smaller islands is truly breathtaking.

Top 5 attractions:

  1. Saleaula Lava Fields (Savai’i)
  2. Papapapai-tai Falls (Apia)
  3. Alofaaga Blowholes (Palauli)
  4. Papaseea Sliding Rocks (Tuamasaga)
  5. Paia Dwarves Caves (Manase)

You could stay at Savaii Lagoon Resort (Fagamalo), Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa (Matatufu), Taumeasina Island Resort (Apia), or Le Lagoto Resort & Spa (Savai’i). The brightly coloured buses in Samoa are the best way to get around. One Samoa Tala (WST) is roughly 28 rupees. Both Samoan and English are commonly spoken. Don’t forget to try the local favourite ‘palusami’ (baked coconut cream inside coconut leaves) and the ‘oka’ (fish marinated in coconut, lemon, chilli and onions).

There are no direct international flights from India to Samoa. However, there are several connecting flights to the Faleolo International Airport in Samoa.

3. Svalbard

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As part of the Svalbard treaty, Indian nationals do not need a visa to enter or stay in Svalbard. Uniquely, this Norwegian country does not have a stay-limit; you can stay as long as you want, irrespective of your nationality.

Top 5 attractions:

  1. Svalbard Museum (Longyearbyen)
  2. Magdelena Bay (Spitsbergen)
  3. Svalbard Kirke (Longyearbyen)
  4. North Pole Expedition Museum (Longyearbyen)
  5. WildPhoto Gallery (Spitsbergen)

You could stay at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel (Spitsbergen), Coal Miner’s Cabin (Longyearbyen) or Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg (Longyearbyen). Buses and taxis are the most convenient way to get around, although you could also hire bicycles. One Norwegian Krone (NOK) is roughly 8.45 rupees. The official language is Norwegian but Russian and English is widely spoken. You should definitely try out ‘lapskaus’ (Norwegian stew) when you visit.

From Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, flights to Svalbard take a day and 11 hours.

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4. Montserrat

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Montserrat allows Indians to stay up to 30 days without a tourist visa. With its beautiful hills and beaches, the ‘Emerald Isle’ is also famous for its blackened valleys caused by volcanic eruptions.

Top 5 attractions:

  1. Soufriere Hills Volcano (Fleming)
  2. Rendezvous Bay (Anguilla)
  3. Runaway Ghaut (Olveston)
  4. Centre Hills
  5. Montserrat Hiking Trails

You could stay at Vue Point Hotel (Old Town), Paradise Villa & Guesthouse (Plymouth), Olveston House (Salem), or Miles Away Villa Resort & Spa (Salem). You can get around by taxis or minibuses. One East Caribbean Dollar equals roughly 27.67 rupees. English is the most widely spoken language. You should try out “goat water”, a delicious stew made from goat meat.

There are several flights to Montserrat from Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.

5. Seychelles

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While Indians do not require a visa to enter Seychelles, they must have a travel permit. This permit is free of charge and can be applied for upon arrival and remains valid for 30 days and can be extended up to 3 months.

Top 5 attractions:

  1. Morne Seychellois National Park (Mahe)
  2. Copolia Trail (Mahe)
  3. Victoria Market (Victoria)
  4. Anse Coco Beach (La Digue Island)
  5. National Museum of History (Victoria)

You can stay at Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa (Beau Vallon), H Resort Beau Vallon Beach (Beau Vallon), Eden Bleu Hotel (Eden Island), or Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa (Mahé). You could get around by bus or bicycles, and if you’re planning to travel between islands, you could try the ferry service. One Seychellois Rupee equals roughly 4.20 rupees. French and English are most commonly spoken. You must try the famous octopus curry and grilled fish.

Flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai take around 4 hours and 30 minutes.

6. Tunisia

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Besides its rich Tunisian culture, the country is also well-known for its Roman ruins, most of which are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With its white-walled buildings, Tunisia is a bright country that you must visit. Indian passport holders can stay in Tunisia up to 3 months.

Top 5 attractions:

  1. El Jem Amphitheater (El Djem)
  2. Carthage (Tunis)
  3. Monastir Ribat (Monastir)
  4. Kairouan
  5. Sousse Medina (Sousse)

You could stay at Hotel Julius (El Jem), Carthage Thalasso (Gammarth), Hotel Delphin Ribat (Monastir), La Kasbah (Kairouan), or Sousse Palace Hotel & Spa (Sousse). Taxis and buses are the best way to get around. One Tunisian Dinar roughly equals 27.58 rupees. While Arabic and French are most commonly spoken, English is also widely common. You should try ‘couscous’ (fine grains and meat) while you’re in the country.

There are no direct flights to Tunisia. Flights from Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Surat make a quick stop in Dubai, while flights from Delhi have a layover in Italy.

7. The British Virgin Islands

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With its sprawling beaches and private islands, the British Virgin Islands or BVI is best known as a yachting destination. Indians can stay up to 30 days in the British Virgin Islands without a tourist visa.

Top 5 attractions:

  1. The Baths (Virgin Gorda)
  2. Road Town (Tortola)
  3. Anegada Island
  4. Soper’s Hole (Tortola)
  5. Rhone National Maritime Park and RMS Rhone Shipwreck Dives (Rhone)

You could stay at Leverick Bay Resort & Marina (Virgin Gorda), Sebastian’s On The Beach (Tortola), or Anegada Beach Club (Keel Point). The best way to get about is by boat; ferries are a common sight. You can also travel by car on the bigger islands. One US Dollar equals roughly 74.78 rupees. English is the official language of the British Virgin Islands. The most famous dishes include ‘callaloo’ (local stew) and Anegada lobster.

Flights from Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Mumbai, and New Delhi can take up to 2 days to reach the British Virgin Islands.

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8. Vanuatu

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Made up of roughly 80 islands, Vanuatu has to offer activities such as scuba diving at coral reefs, snorkelling, and underwater caverns to its tourists. Vanuatu tourist visa is not required for Indian passport holders for a stay up to 30 days.

Top 5 attractions:

  1. Millennium Cave (Luganville)
  2. Mele Cascades (Mele-Maat)
  3. Port Olry (Espiritu Santo)
  4. L’Houstalet (Port Vila)
  5. Mount Yasur (Tanna Island)

You could stay at Turtle Bay Lodge (Espiritu Santo), Chez Louis Bungalows (Espiritu Santo), Grand Hotel and Casino (Port Vila), or Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu (Port Vila). Vans and minibuses are the most common mode of transport. One Ni-Vanuatu Vatu (VUV) roughly equals 0.65 rupees. French and English are most commonly spoken. You should try ‘lap lap’, a baked pudding made from yam, or banana, with coconut.

There are flights from Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that roughly take 21 hours to reach Vanuatu.

9. Grenada

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Popularly known as the ‘Spice Isle’ after its numerous plantations, Grenada is also home to luxurious Georgian buildings and historic estates. Indian tourists do not need a visa to stay in Grenada for up to 90 days.

Top 5 attractions:

  1. The Carenage (St George’s)
  2. Grand Anse Beach (Morne Rouge)
  3. River Antoine Rum Distillery (St. Patrick’s)
  4. Belmont Estate & The Grenada Chocolate Company (St Patrick’s)
  5. La Sagesse Nature Center (Corinth)

You could stay at Radisson Grenada Beach Resort (St George’s), Coyaba Beach Resort (The Lime), Petite Anse Hotel (Sauteurs) or La Sagesse Hotel (St George’s). On the mainland, you can travel by taxi or bus, and ferries are a common option among the islands. One East Caribbean Dollar roughly amounts to 27.67 rupees. English is the most widely spoken language. You should definitely try “oil down” and ‘saltfish souse’.

There are several flights from numerous cities in India, including Chandigarh, Cochin, Pune, and Hyderabad. As there are no direct flights, stopovers in Doha, London, New York, or Miami are to be expected.

10. El Salvador

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Known for its waterfalls, volcanoes, and archaeological sites, El Salvador is the best choice for artisanal immersion. Indian citizens do not need a tourist visa for El Salvador for up to 90 days.

Top 5 attractions:

  1. Tazumal (Chalchuapa)
  2. Playa El Tunco (Tamanique)
  3. Suchitoto
  4. Ruta de las Flores
  5. Puerta del Diablo (Panchimalco)

You could stay at San Antonio Hotel-Boutique (Chalchuapa), Villa Napoli Bed & Breakfast (Santa Ana), Boca Olas Resort & Villas (El Tunco), Casa 1800 Suchitoto (Suchitoto), Casa Degraciela (Concepción de Ataco), or InterContinental San Salvador (San Salvador). The best way to travel is by bus or by taxi. One USD equals roughly 74.78 rupees. While Spanish is more widely spoken, French and English are quite commonly spoken. You should try the ‘pupusa’ (rice/corn flour flatbread stuffed with cheese, meat, and beans) and ‘casamiento’ (rice dish).

There are flights to El Salvador from several cities including Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Delhi, with a flight time of around 23 hours.

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