16 Countries provide visa-free entry to Indian passport holders: Centre tells Rajya Sabha

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There are 43 countries which provide visa-on-arrival facility and there are 36 countries which provide e-visa facility to Indian ordinary passport holders.

Further, there are 16 countries which provide visa-free entry to Indian ordinary passport holders, These 16  are including Barbados, Bhutan, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Hong Kong SAR, the Maldives, Mauritius, Montserrat, Nepal, Niue Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia and Trinidad and Tobago, provide visa-free entry to Indian ordinary passport holders, according to the information provided by the minister of Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Iran, Indonesia and Myanmar were among the 43 countries which provide visa-on-arrival facility to Indian ordinary passport holders.

Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Malaysia are among the 36 countries which provide e-visa facility to Indian ordinary passport holders, according to the information provided by the minister.

The government has been making efforts to increase the number of countries that provide visa-free travel, visa-on-arrival and e-visa facilities so as to further ease international travel for Indians, Mr. Muraleedharan said.

While the indemnity of visa and the visa-related process is the sovereign and unilateral decision of each country, the circumstances regarding easy and liberalized visa policy for the Indian nation is taken up regularly in dual meetings and forums with foreign countries, he said.

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