If you hold an Indian passport and travel often, there are certain new visa rules you should be aware of. The good news is these new rules will make travel easy. From free transit visas to visa on arrival, many countries are relaxing rules for Indian passport holders. These are the new rules which you should know.
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1. If you are planning to drive into Myanmar/Burma, it’s very easy as you don't have to obtain a special land route permit to enter the country. To enter the country all you have to do is display your e-visa at the checkpoint. The e-visa can be obtained in just two days.
2. You don't need an airport transit visa if you are transiting through the international zone of any airport in France.
3. There is good news for highly-skilled professionals and investors who are willing to visit the UAE. The country is granting a 10-year long-term visa to highly-skilled professionals and investors. These visas are granted to specialists in science, medicine, and research. Visas are also granted to exceptional students.
4. Travelling from India to Uzbekistan is easy, as you can submit your e-visa application, three days before your trip and get a single-entry e-visa for a 30-day period.
5. If you are planning to travel to Oman, you can get a month-long tourist visa on arrival for 20 Omani Riyals (INR 3,700). This rule is applicable only if you reside or hold an entry visa to the US, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan or Schengen states. Visa on arrival can also be availed by your spouse and children accompanying you.
6. Israel has cut down its Visa fee for Indian passport holders from Rs 1,700 to Rs 1,100. To avail this discount, you need to apply for a visa in the B2 visa category (business, meeting, conference or tourism).
7. To promote tourism, UAE has announced some new visa rules. UAE is offering visa-free travel to dependents below 18 years, who are accompanying you on travel. This visa can be availed between July 15 and September 15 each year. So if you have kids below 18 years, they can travel with you to Dubai or Abu Dhabi without paying for the visa.
8. Saudi Arabia is issuing tourist visas to women aged 25 and above, even if they want to visit the country without being accompanied by a male. This is done to promote tourism in the country. For the first time, Saudi Arabia has relaxed visa rules regarding this.
9. Indian passport holders can travel to Japan with ease. You don't have to submit the employment certificate and explanation letter, stating the reason for your visit, if you are applying for a multiple-entry visa for a short-term stay. To apply for this visa, you only have to submit a visa application form, recent photograph, and papers which prove that you are financially capable of handling expenses. If you are traveling to Japan for business, you have to submit documents which prove your affiliation to the enterprise.
10. Now travelers from 28 countries can get a visa on arrival in Zimbabwe and India is one among them.