5 Visa Updates That Indian Travellers Should Know About

Indian travellers looking to explore the globe in the second half of the year have a lot to look forward to. Here are all the countries rolling out major changes to their visa system this year!
Visa Updates Indians Should Know About

Visa Updates Indians Should Know About

As the summer holidays roll around, it’s a time for travel and joy. For those of us looking for a vacation close to heart and close to home, there’s a lot of good news for Indian tourists planning international travel this year.

Here are a few quick updates on visa regulations and changes that will be rolling out this year:

Sri Lanka's Visa Extension

Sri Lanka’s hospitality towards the Indian subcontinent has long been known, For the spontaneous travellers, a getaway to the island nation may be just what you need. The latest development has allowed Indian travellers to enter the country without needing a visa for the perfect 30-day stay. The nation has extended this offer till May 31. However, you do have to remember to apply for an e-visa through the website before you start the journey.
Thailand Image Credit - Unsplash
Thailand, Image Credit - Unsplash

Thailand's Visa Free Entry For Indians

In a similar vein, Thailand’s visa-free entry programme has also been a source of excitement for Indian tourists. The Tourism Authority of Thailand initially opened the doors to visa-free entry till May 10. Since then, they’ve extended this programme by six more months, allowing travellers to stay till November 10. Much like Sri Lanka, this extension allows a traveller to stay for 30 days, doubling the previous stay allowance.

Multiple-Entry Schengen Visa

The European Commission recently established a new Schengen visa rule for Indian travellers, that people with prior visits to Schengen countries might find useful. The new rule now allows Indians to apply for a long-term Schengen visa that allows multiple entries to Schengen countries for two years. It’s a result of the new visa ‘cascade’ regime, which has been in effect since Apri 18.

Japan Starts E-Visas For Indians

Even Japan recently implemented an eVisa system that has completely streamlined the process for Indian tourists looking to travel to one of the most important cultural powerhouses of the world. The system allows foreign nationals to apply for an eVisa in a simple, straightforward manner. The visas are issued digitally and allow tourists to enter the country once, with a stay of up to 90 days.
Dubai Credit Canva
Dubai. Credit: Canva

5-year Multiple-entry Visa For Dubai

Lastly, Dubai’s new visa initiative launched in February now allows Indian travellers to present a visa that lasts for five years, allows multiple visits and enables visitors to stay for up to 90 days. What’s remarkable is that the visa allows for unlimited entries and exits during the five-year period, which offers a really strong incentive for Indians wanting to visit their families.
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