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International Travel as a Permanent Resident
In general, you will need to present a passport from your country of citizenship or your refugee travel document to travel to a foreign country. In addition, the foreign country may have additional entry/exit requirements (such as a visa). For information on foreign entry and exit requirements, see the Department of State’s website .
If seeking to enter the United States after temporary travel abroad, you will need to present a valid, unexpired “Green Card” (Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card). When arriving at a port of entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer will review your permanent resident card and any other identity documents you present, such as a passport, foreign national I.D. card or U.S. Driver’s License, and determine if you can enter the United States. For information pertaining to entry into the United States, see U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s webpage .
Permanent residents are free to travel outside the United States, and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect your permanent resident status. If it is determined, however, that you did not intend to make the United States your permanent home, you will be found to have abandoned your permanent resident status. A general guide used is whether you have been absent from the United States for more than a year. Abandonment may be found to occur in trips of less than a year where it is believed you did not intend to make the United States your permanent residence. While brief trips abroad generally are not problematic, the officer may consider criteria such as whether your intention was to visit abroad only temporarily, whether you maintained U.S. family and community ties, maintained U.S employment, filed U.S. income taxes as a resident, or otherwise established your intention to return to the United States as your permanent home. Other factors that may be considered include whether you maintained a U.S. mailing address, kept U.S. bank accounts and a valid U.S. driver’s license, own property or run a business in the United States, or any other evidence that supports the temporary nature of your absence.
If you plan on being absent from the United States for longer than a year, it is advisable to first apply for a reentry permit on Form I-131 . Obtaining a reentry permit prior to leaving the United States allows a permanent or conditional permanent resident to apply for admission into the United States during the permit’s validity without the need to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Please note that it does not guarantee entry into the United States upon your return as you must first be determined to be admissible; however, it will assist you in establishing your intention to permanently reside in the United States. For more information, see the Travel Documents page.
If you remain outside of the United States for more than 2 years, any reentry permit granted before your departure from the United States will have expired. In this case, it is advisable to consider applying for a returning resident visa (SB-1) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. An SB-1 applicant will be required to establish eligibility for an immigrant visa and will need a medical exam. There is an exception to this process for the spouse or child of either a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or civilian employee of the U.S. Government stationed abroad on official orders. For more information on obtaining a returning resident visa, see the Department of State’s webpage on returning resident visas .
Additionally, absences from the United States of six months or more may disrupt the continuous residency required for naturalization. If your absence is one year or longer and you wish to preserve your continuous residency in the United States for naturalization purposes, you may file an Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes on Form N-470. For more information, please see the Continuous Residence and Physical Presence Requirements page.
If you lose your Green Card or reentry permit or it is stolen or destroyed while you are abroad, you may need to file a Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation) . This carrier documentation will allow an airline or other transportation carrier to board a lawful permanent resident bound for the United States without the carrier being penalized. For more information, please see the Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation) page.
- Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants (PDF, 3.57 MB)
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- How Do I Help My Relative Become a Lawful Permanent Resident? (PDF, 577.38 KB)
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How to apply for global entry:.
Citizens of India are eligible for Global Entry. Applications must be submitted through CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) website . The non-refundable application fee for a five-year Global Entry membership is $100 and applications must be made online. Once the application is approved, a CBP officer will conduct a scheduled interview with the applicant and then make a final eligibility determination.
- Apply Online with CBP: Complete a TTP online application and pay the $100 non-refundable application fee.
- After completion of step ‘1’ applicants need to submit the requisite information, along with the applicable fee of ₹500, in the Passport Seva Portal, www.passportindia.gov.in for their background check in India. In addition to this, all Indian applicants must schedule an in-person interview at the respective Passport Seva Kendra/Passport Seva Laghu Kendra (PSK/PSLK) office as per their residential jurisdiction in India (as per the address furnished online). During the interview, Indian citizens will have their fingerprints and photo captured and complete other formalities. A visit to the PSK/PSLK is based on prior appointment only.
- If the applicant is not presently living in India, it is recommended that they apply for Global Entry prior to their next trip to India so that the appointment at the PSK/PSLK office can be completed during their visit.
- Schedule an Interview in the U.S.: Once your application is reviewed, you will receive a message in your TTP account instructing you to schedule an interview at one of the Global Entry Enrollment Centers . If you are unable to schedule an in-person interview, you may opt to use the Enrollment On Arrival (EoA) option that is immediately available while entering the U.S. from an international country. No appointment is required for the EoA process. Additional information regarding EoA is available on the Enrollment on Arrival website .
- Interview Determines Your Eligibility: A U.S. Customs Border Protection officer will ask you questions, take your photo, and collect your fingerprints.
- Provide Identification: Bring your valid passport(s) and one other form of identification, such as a driver's license or ID card to the interview. If you are a lawful permanent resident, you must present your permanent resident card.
Once a citizen of India is enrolled in Global Entry, he/she will also be eligible to participate in TSA Precheck. Visit the TSA Precheck program website for more information.
All Indian Global Entry members must have a valid passport and a valid visa. Global Entry members who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. lawful permanent residents must maintain updated visa information with CBP. If a Global Entry member obtains a new visa, or obtains a new petition for a work visa, the member must notify CBP in-person at a Global Entry enrollment center. A member must visit an enrollment center to have CBP add visa and/or update visa information. If the visa information is incomplete or not properly updated with CBP, the Global Entry kiosk may incorrectly calculate the member’s class of admission and admission date. A member must visit an enrollment center in-person to add or update visa information.
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How to apply for a Schengen Visa from India?
If you’re planning a trip to one or more of the 27 countries in the Schengen zone, then you might need a Schengen visa . And this includes Indian passport holders, citizens of India who are permanent residents of the U.K., Australia, Canada, and the U.S., and Indian Green Card holders. Below is some useful info to help you apply.
- How do I apply for a Schengen Visa from India?
- How much does a Schengen Visa cost in India?
- What documents do I need to apply for a Schengen Visa from India?
- Do I need travel insurance when applying for a Schengen Visa from India?
- Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
- How do I book my Schengen Visa appointment if I live in India?
- How long does it take to process my Schengen Visa from India?
- How to apply for specific Schengen countries’ Visas from India
How do I apply for a Schengen Visa from India?
The Schengen visa application process is similar in most countries. First, you’ll need to figure out what type of Schengen Visa you need . This will depend on the purpose and length of your trip, as well as how many times you plan to visit your country (or countries) of choice.
The standard Schengen Visa — aka a short-stay visa — is issued for trips lasting up to 90 days. Longer stays will require a work or study visa. And if you plan on traveling to the Schengen Area regularly, you’ll need to be issued a multiple-entry visa.
Whichever type of Schengen Visa you choose, you must apply for it no more than six months and no fewer than 15 days before your trip. However, It’s best to give yourself at least three weeks before your date of departure — in case there are any delays in the processing of your application.
Once you know which visa you need, you’ll need to get all the necessary paperwork together (more on that below). Then you fill out and submit an application. And then you’ll need to attend an interview at the appropriate consulate, embassy , or visa application center .
How much does a Schengen Visa cost in India?
Schengen Visa costs are universal too.
A Schengen Visa from India for one adult, therefore, costs €80 — or around ₹7,080. The same rate applies to children from 12 to 18 years old.
For children from 6 to 11 years old, the rate is €40.
And for children under 6 years of age, the Schengen Visa is free.
In certain cases, the Schengen visa fee may also be waived for participants (aged 25 years or less) in seminars, conferences, sporting, cultural, or educational events, students and teachers on study or training trips, and researchers travelling for the purpose of scientific research.
Also keep in mind that — depending on where and how you apply for your particular visa — you’ll usually have to pay certain administrative fees. And these fees are typically not reimbursed in the event that your visa is refused.
What documents do I need to apply for a Schengen Visa from India?
To apply for a Schengen Visa from India, you will need the following:
- A Schengen Visa application form
- Two recently taken passport-style photos
- An Indian passport (or other travel documents) no older than 10 years and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area
- One copy of your passport’s data page (A4 size copy)
- A leave letter from your employer and/or employment contract (if employed)
- A copy of your Indian business license and company bank statement (if self-employed)
- A no-objection certificate from your school or university and proof of enrolment (if student)
- A travel and medical insurance certificate (covering you up to costs of €30,000)
- Your travel itinerary
- Proof of accommodation (for your entire stay in the Schengen area)
- Proof of your civil status (i.e., marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable, etc.)
- If employed: payslips of the past three months/employment contract
- If self-employed: Certificate of Proprietorship or other proof of ownership (proof of land title, proof of income from agriculture (sales form), etc.)
- Personal original bank statement of the past three months with sufficient funds
- Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Form 16 (Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary)
You may also need to provide proof of a pension or property income (if these are sources of income).
All documents need to be presented in the given order and in their original. Make sure you have copies of all your paperwork (A4 size) — in case you want to keep the originals.
And DO NOT staple any documents.
NOTE: We are doing our best to provide you with the most reliable and updated information possible. However, rules and regulations concerning visas may be modified at any time by the consulate of your country of choice. Consequently, we can not be held accountable for these changes. So be sure to contact the appropriate embassy or consulate to obtain the specific terms and conditions in effect at the moment of the submission of your visa application.
Do I need travel insurance when applying for a Schengen Visa from India?
Yes. In order to be approved for a Schengen Visa, you will need travel insurance. Your plan must cover you across the entire Schengen region (not only in the countries you plan to visit) and throughout the entire duration of your trip. You’ll also need a minimum coverage of at least €30,000 .
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
AXA offers three comprehensive travel insurance plans for Indian nationals travelling to the Schengen zone (and beyond).
Our Low-Cost Travel Insurance covers expenses of up to €30,000 and starts at €22 per week. Our Europe Travel plan offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000 and starts at €33/week. And our Multi-Trip insurance, starting from €328 per year, allows you multiple entries to the Schengen zone from India (or anywhere else).
All three AXA plans meet the necessary requirements for obtaining a Schengen Visa from India. And our travel insurance certificate can be instantly downloaded (and/or printed) online .
Moreover, if you are refused a visa, AXA will refund your fees in most circumstances. We’ll only ask that you provide official documentation explaining the reasons why your visa was refused by the relevant embassy, consulate, or visa application center.
How do I book my Schengen Visa appointment if I live in India?
Applicants living in India must book an appointment to be interviewed in order to obtain their Schengen visa. They must then attend the interview in person — with all the necessary documents above, as well as for biometrics collection (i.e., fingerprints and digital photography). The interview is held at a consulate, embassy, or visa application center.
Some countries use outsourced visa application centers located in most major Indian cities. For example, France and Germany use the company VFSGlobal , which has centers in over a dozen cities — including Mumbai , Pune, Puducherry, Chennai, Jalandhar, Jaipur , Hyderabad, Goa, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and others.
You can learn more about where to book an appointment for a Schengen visa in India here .
How long does it take to process my Schengen Visa from India?
Schengen embassies/consulates in India typically require you to schedule an appointment 4-6 weeks in advance. The applications usually take around two weeks to process. However, during busier periods (and depending on your particular situation) it can take up to a month or two. So it’s best to apply early. You can apply up to 6 months in advance.
Learn more here .
How to apply for specific Schengen countries’ Visas from India
Millions of Indian passport holders visit Schengen countries each year, and getting a Schengen Visa from India is generally relatively painless. Some of the easier countries to apply to are Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Greece, and Iceland. Meanwhile, Sweden, Norway, and France have among the highest rejection rates.
Below is a list of specific Schengen countries you can apply for (with step-by-step guidelines):
- Apply for Switzerland visa from India
- Apply for Spain visa from India
- Apply for Germany visa from India
- Apply for Greece visa from India
- Apply for France visa from India
- Apply for Czech Republic visa from India
- Apply for Belgium visa from India
- Apply for Italy visa from India
- Apply for Netherlands visa from India
- Apply for Portugal visa from India
- Apply for Denmark visa from India
- Apply for Iceland visa from India
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- How to apply for a Schengen Visa from Mexico
- How to apply for a Schengen Visa from Colombia
- How to apply for a Schengen Visa from the U.K
- How to apply for a Schengen Visa from the U.S.A
- How to apply for a Schengen Visa from Turkey
- How to apply for a Schengen Visa from Saudi Arabia
What should I do if my visa gets refused?
If your visa is refused you have the right to appeal to the authorities in the Schengen member state where you applied.
What if the Schengen country you intend to visit has no embassy or consulate in India?
Although most countries are represented in India - those without an embassy will be represented by another country’s consulate - which you should apply to.
Which consulate should I apply to if I am traveling to multiple countries?
You should apply to the country where you are planning to spend most of your trip - or if staying an equal amount of days in two countries - the one you plan to enter first.
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Apply for an electronic travel authorisation (ETA)
Information on who can get an ETA and how to apply before coming to the UK.
An ETA gives you permission to travel to the UK.
Who can apply
If you’re a national of qatar.
You can get an ETA if you’re travelling to the UK on or after 15 November 2023.
If you’re a national of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates
You can get an ETA if you’re travelling to the UK on or after 22 February 2024. You’ll be able to apply from 1 February 2024.
If you’re a national of another country
You do not need an ETA . More nationalities will be able to apply later.
What you can do with an ETA
You can get an ETA instead of a visa if you’re:
- coming to the UK for up to 6 months for tourism, visiting family and friends, business or short-term study
- coming to the UK for up to 3 months on the Creative Worker visa concession
- transiting through the UK – including if you’re not going through UK border control
If you’re coming to the UK for another reason, check if you need a visa instead .
Who does not need an ETA
You do not need an ETA if you have either:
- permission to live, work or study in the UK
- a British or Irish passport
You may not need an ETA if you live in Ireland .
How much it costs
It costs £10 to apply. Everyone travelling needs to get an ETA , including babies and children. You can apply for other people.
You cannot get a refund after you apply.
Before you start
- the passport you’ll travel with - not a photocopy
- access to your emails
- a credit card, debit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay
You’ll need to upload or take photos of the:
- face of the person applying
You do not need to enter your travel details.
Apply for an ETA
The fastest way to apply is using the UK ETA app.
Download on the App Store
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Help with the app
You can read the guide on using the UK ETA app .
If you cannot use the app
You can apply online .
If you’re applying for someone else who’s not with you, you should apply online.
How long it takes
You’ll usually get a decision within 3 working days, but you may get a quicker decision.
Occasionally, it may take longer than 3 working days.
If you need to travel soon
You must apply for an ETA before you travel to the UK. You can travel to the UK while waiting for a decision.
After you apply
You’ll get an email confirming you’ve got an ETA . We’ll link it to the passport you applied with.
Your ETA lasts for 2 years. You can travel to the UK as many times as you want during that time.
If you get a new passport, you’ll need to get a new ETA.
You still need to see a Border Force officer to enter the UK .
An ETA does not guarantee entry to the UK.
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Schengen Visa For US Green Card Holders And Permanent Residents
Are you planning a trip to Europe from the United States? Whether you are a US passport holder or US permanent resident or a US green card holder or have US visa, you need to know certain a requirements to apply for a Schengen visa from the United States. While there are various exemptions for US citizens, these can be quite confusing. So, this article gives you a detailed information on how to apply for a Schengen visa from the United States.
For entering the Schengen area , which comprises of 26 European countries, the US passport holders are allowed a free visitor entry for a period of 90 days. However, this exemption does not apply to the citizens of other countries such as indian passport holders residing in the US as permanent residents and green card holders or US visa holders. Nevertheless, in either case, you will need to fulfill certain visa requirements and follow certain guidelines to apply for a Schengen visa from the United States.
APPLYING FOR SCHENGEN VISA FROM THE UNITED STATES — FOR US CITIZENS
If you are a US citizen with a valid blue passport, you do not need a visa to enter any Schengen member country for a 90 days trip. However, if you are planning to stay for more than 90 days, you need to apply for a visa from the Embassy of the country you’re visiting, just like the process of applying for Schengen visa from the United States by a US resident or U.S. visa holder.
On the other hand, even if you’re planning to stay only till 90 days, in order to enter the Schengen area, you need to carry certain proofs and documents. Some of the mandatory documents are:
- A valid US passport : If you’re eligible for a visa-free entry to Schengen area, you need to have a US passport with a validity that extends to more than 6 months from the date of your return from the Schengen area.
- Covering letter : The covering letter should contain a brief description of the purpose and nature of your trip, along with all the important details, such as the dates of travelling, the flight number for the return journey, the places you’ll be visiting, the people you’re planning to meet, and the arrangement for your accommodation.
- Proof of sufficient funds : You need to show the embassy that you have sufficient funds to cover all your expense for the entire duration of your stay in the Schengen area. Along with cash, traveler’s cheque, and international credit cards, you may also be asked to provide your current bank statement for the last 6 months and Income Tax Returns Certificate for the last three years.
- Accommodation proof : The accommodation proof is simply the arrangement that you have made for your trip. You can show proofs such as a hotel reservation receipt for the entire duration of the stay or an attested invitation letter from your host in the Schengen area country you’re planning to visit.
- Specific entry requirements, depending on the particular country you’re visiting.
APPLY FOR A SCHENGEN VISA FROM THE UNITED STATES — FOR US PERMANENT RESIDENTS & GREEN CARD HOLDERS AND US VISA HOLDERS
In case you’re a foreign citizen residing in the US with a valid permanent residency permit and a green card or have a valid visa, applying for a Schengen visa from the United States is quite easy. However, choosing the consulate/embassy from where you should apply is a little tricky and depends on various factors:
- If you’re planning to stay in only one Schengen country, you need to apply for a EU visa from the consular office of the country you’re visiting.
- If you’re planning to visit multiple Schengen countries, you need to apply for a Europe visa at the consular office of the country where you’re spending more days.
- If you’re staying for an equal number of days in multiple Schengen countries, you need to apply for a EU visa at the embassy of the Schengen country you’ll be entering first.
- If you’re planning to spend more than 90 days in a Schengen country, you need to obtain a residency permit, instead of the EU visa.
Once you’ve decided the country to which you will be apply for a EU visa from the United States, you can collect the following documents and apply for the visa at the Consulate of the country you’re applying to.
1) You need to submit all the documents mentioned in the section for US Citizens (section above)
2) Visa application form : You can download the visa application form from the Embassy website of the destination country. Ensure that the application form is filled with sincerity and duly signed.
3) Passport photos : The passport-sized photos need to be recently taken, and must comply with the passport format. It should have a full-face coverage and a white/light background.
4) Round trip flight itinerary : The round trip flight itinerary, dummy flight reservation, or actual flight tickets showing the flight numbers and the dates of the two-way journey is a mandatory document. You can obtain the flight itinerary for visa or dummy flight booking from a reliable travel agency, such as Visa Reservation .
5) Travel insurance policy : The travel health insurance policy should be taken for a sum of at least 30,000 EUR and needs to be valid in all the Schengen states.
You may also need some additional documents depending on nature and purpose of your travel. They are:
If the applicant is a minor , the mandatory documents would include the birth certificate, application form signed by both the parents, court order (in case of one parent having full custody of the child), attested ID proofs of both the parents, and a notarized No Objection Letter stating that both the parents have no objection towards the minor travelling abroad.
If you’re applying for a business visa , you will need an NOC from the employer, short description of your company, proof of the existence of your business, and proof of business relationship with the company in the Schengen member state.
For a student visa application , you need to submit two fully-filled visa application forms, letter of acceptance or admission from the school/college/university in the Schengen country, proof that shows, you can financially sustain yourself during your stay period.
In order to apply for an employment visa , the documents that need to be submitted includes two visa application forms and an employment contract between you and your future company in the Schengen area.
Now, that you’ve learned how to apply for a Schengen visa from the United States for both US citizens and US permanent residents & green card holders, US passport holders, US visa holders, you can plan your visit by fulfilling these requirements and following the guidelines. Since some documents such as travel insurance, hotel reservation for visa, or dummy flight itinerary for visa are commonly requested for entering the Schengen area, you can easily obtain them from our website . Once you choose your desired package, you can also get additional support and assistance from our experts at any time of your visa application process! Get in touch with us using our contact page to know more.
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40 Visa-Free Countries for US Green Card Holders in 2023
Updated: October 13, 2023 6 Comments
A US green card not only lets you reside in the US but also offers you visa-free access to many countries and territories. As of 2023, there are about 40 visa-free countries for US green card holders.
A US green card is a pathway to a US passport. While you wait for your US passport, your US green card is already making your current passport strong . Not as strong as a US passport but quite strong. You already have visa-free access to 40 additional countries.
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Why are there VISA-FREE countries for US green card holders?
US passport (and US citizenship) is considered one of the strongest in the world. A US green card is a pathway to US citizenship. Many countries believe that someone with a US green card will not jeopardize their chances of becoming a US citizen by remaining illegally in another country.
Working towards acquiring a US green card requires remaining several years in the US or investing enormous amounts of cash or building very strong family ties with the US. It’s silly for someone to let go of years of valuable time and millions of dollars of investments just to stay illegally in another country. Therefore, countries trust US green card holders as genuine travelers and treat them almost like someone with a strong passport. So, these countries offer visa-free access to US green card holders.
How many countries can you visit with a US green card?
As of 2023, there are 40 countries and territories that you can visit with a US green card. This list of countries for US green card holders includes visa-free, visa on arrival and e-visa countries. Japan is the new addition to the list with the option to apply for e-visa without needing to go to the embassy.
Let’s look at what these countries are in detail.
Where can green card holders travel without a visa?
As of 2023, these are the 40 countries where green card holders can travel without a visa.
- Anguilla (British Territory)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bermuda (British Territory)
- Bonaire (Dutch Territory)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cayman Islands (British Territory)
- Dominican Republic
- Sint Maarten
- South Korea
- Turks and Caicos (British Territory)
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- US territories
Let’s look into the entry requirements of each of these countries in detail.
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- Eligible nationalities: All nationalities
- Entry granted: 180 days
- Entry into Canada with a US green card is only allowed if you present a valid passport from the country of nationality along with the green card.
- Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship
- Entry granted: Varies depending on the itinerary
- Green card must be valid for the entire stay in Mexico
- Passport must be valid for the entire stay in Mexico
- National Institute of Migration, Mexico
- Consulate of Mexico in Toronto, Canada
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03. United States Territories
- Includes the US territories: US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam
- Excludes the US territories: American Samoa (American Samoa has its own immigration rules and do not honor US tourist visa )
- American Samoa Visitors Bureau
- American Samoa Department of Legal Affairs
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- Entry granted: 30 days
- Embassy of Belize in Washington DC, USA
05. Costa Rica
- Green card must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
- Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington DC, USA
- Immigration and Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica
- Passport must be valid for at least 3 months from the day of arrival
- Must show proof of economic solvency for a minimum of $500 USD
- Embassy of Panama in the USA
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07. Anguilla (British Territory)
- Entry granted: 90 days
- Anguilla Tourist Board, entry requirements
- EVisa Anguilla
08. Antigua and Barbuda
- Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but green card holders are eligible to obtain a Visa ON ARRIVAL (VOA)
- VOA fee is $100 USD, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
- Department of Immigration, Antigua and Barbuda
- Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda in NYC, USA
- Visit Aruba
- Nassau Paradise Island
11. Bermuda (British Territory)
- Green card must be valid for a minimum of 45 days beyond the date of departure from Bermuda
- Bermuda Attractions
- Government of Bermuda
12. Bonaire (Dutch Territory)
- Netherlands Worldwide
- Bonaire Travel Guide
13. Cayman Islands (British Territory)
- Must arrive directly from the US
- Cayman Islands Immigration Department
15. dominican republic.
- If arriving by land or sea, must purchase a Tourist Card on arrival for $20 USD. If arriving by air, the tourist card is included in the airfare.
- Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the US
- Ministry of Tourism of Dominican Republic
16. Sint Maarten
- Government of Sint Maarten
17. Turks and Caicos (British Territory)
- Ministry of Border Control of Turks and Caicos
- Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
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- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru
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- Eligible Nationalities: All nationalities
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Albania
- Albanian Embassy in the US
- Marshall Islands
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saudi Arabia
- Solomon Islands
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Entry granted: 120 days
- Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but green card holders are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL
- VOA fee is 3,000 AMD, valid for 21 days, single-entry (OR) VOA fee is 15,000 AMD, valid for 120 days, single-entry
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia
- IATA Travel Center
22. Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Eligible nationalities: All nationalities, except Kosovo
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in India
- The total duration of consecutive stays must not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
- Government of Montenegro
- Visit Montenegro
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia
- Algeria (those aged 15-18 and 35-65)
- Equatorial Guinea
- North Korea
- Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but green card holders are eligible to apply for Turkey e-Visa online
- E-Visa fee is $43 USD, validity is 180 days, and single-entry only
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
27. United Kingdom
- Entry granted: 24 hours only (Transit Without Visa)
- Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but green card holders are eligible to request a 24-hour entry at London’s Heathrow airport
- Must be traveling to or from the US only
- Must arrive and depart by air only
- Must hold the boarding pass for the onward flight
- Onward flight must be within 24 hours (on the same day or the next day before midnight)
- Granting 24-hour entry into the UK with a green card is at the sole discretion of the immigration officer
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- Entry granted: 14 days or 30 days
- Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL or Bahrain eVisa
- Single-entry VOA fee is 5 BD, valid for 14 days, entry up to 14 days
- Single-entry eVisa fee is 9 BD, valid for 14 days, entry up to 14 days
- Multiple-entry VOA fee is 12 BD, valid for 3 months, entry up to 30 days
- Multiple-entry eVisa fee is 16 BD, valid for 3 months, entry up to 30 days
- For VOA, the green card must be valid for the entire stay in Bahrain
- For eVisa, the green card must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
- Bahrain eVisa Portal
- Burkina Faso
- Central Africa
- Congo, Dem. Rep.
- Congo, Rep.
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
- Embassy of Jordan in London, UK
- Response from Embassy of Jordan in Washington DC, US – “Kindly note that Jordan visa for Indian passport holder depends on the country where they enter to Jordan. If you will travel from the US to Jordan, Indian passport holder can obtain visa upon arrival at Amman airport.”
- El Salvador
- Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but green card holders are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL at any airport, land border or seaport
- VOA fee is 20 OMR, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
- Sultanate of Oman, Royal Oman Police
- You can enter without a visa but are encouraged to apply for A3 Visa (ETA) on the Hayya portal or mobile app for E-gate usage at the airports
- ETA fee is QAR 100, valid for 30 days, single-entry only
- Green card must be valid on the day of arrival or day of application (if applying for ETA)
- Qatar Tourist Board
- Hayya Portal
32. United Arab Emirates
- Eligible Nationalities: India passport holders only
- Entry granted: 14 days
- Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but green card holders are eligible to obtain Visa ON ARRIVAL at UAE airports
- VOA fee is 100 AED, valid for 14 days, single-entry only
- UAE Government Portal
- Embassy of UAE in Washington DC, US
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- Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but green card holders are eligible to apply for Morocco e-Visa online
- E-Visa fee is 770 MAD (about $75 USD), valid for 180 days, single-entry only
- Green card must be valid for at least 90 days from the day of arrival
- Morocco E-Visa Portal
- Morocco World News
- Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but green card holders are eligible to apply for Japan eVisa
- E-Visa fee is JPY 3,000 (about $20 USD), valid for 90 days, single-entry only
- Must show the visa issuance confirmation via the eVisa website on your phone at the immigration. Prints and PDFs are not accepted.
- Must enter Japan by flight
- Entry granted: 120 hours (5 days)
- Visa is NOT EXEMPT but green card holders are eligible to obtain Transit Without Visa (TWOA) at the VOA counter
- TWOA is free of charge, valid for 120 hours (5 days), single-entry only
- TWOA is available at Kuala Lumpur Airport (KLIA1 and KLIA2 terminals) only
- Issuing of TWOA is at the discretion of the immigration offices at Kuala Lumpur Airport
- Entry granted: 7 days for China nationals and 14 days for Indian nationals
- Green card must be valid for the entire duration of the stay
- Passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure
- Entry granted: 96 hours (4 days)
- Must be traveling to or from the country of passport. Example: Must be traveling to a third country from India via Singapore or traveling to India from a third country via Singapore. An example itinerary would be India-Singapore-Bali or Bali-Singapore-India.
- Both arriving and departing flights in Singapore must be on the same itinerary
- Green card must be valid for at least 1 month at the time of arrival
38. South Korea
- Eligible nationalities: All nationalities (except these 24 countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameron, Cuba, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan and Yemen)
- Must be traveling to go to the US or Canada, Australia, New Zealand through South Korea (OR)
- Must depart from the US or Canada, Australia, New Zealand to go to a third country through South Korea
- You can travel without a visa but you must apply for ROC Travel Authorization Certificate online before arrival
- ROC Travel Authorization Certificate is free of charge, valid for 90 days, multiple-entry
- If using an EXPIRED US green card, the green card must have expired in the last 10 years only
- Entry granted: 60 days
- Visa is NOT EXEMPT, but are eligible to apply for Thailand e-Visa online
- E-Visa fee is $40 USD, valid for 90 days or 180 days, single or multiple-entry
There are about 40 countries green card holders can travel without visa. US green card holders had to invest enormous amounts of money and time to acquire the green card, which will eventually lead to US citizenship. Therefore, countries believe that US green card holders will not jeopardize their chances of becoming US citizens by remaining illegally in another country. They consider green holders as genuine travelers and provide them with VISA-FREE access.
There you go, guys! Those are the 40 countries you can visit with a green card without a visa. If you know any country that I haven’t listed, let me know in the comments below.
WRITTEN BY THIRUMAL MOTATI
Thirumal Motati is an expert in tourist visa matters. He has been traveling the world on tourist visas for more than a decade. With his expertise, he has obtained several tourist visas, including the most strenuous ones such as the US, UK, Canada, and Schengen, some of which were granted multiple times. He has also set foot inside US consulates on numerous occasions. Mr. Motati has uncovered the secrets to successful visa applications. His guidance has enabled countless individuals to obtain their visas and fulfill their travel dreams. His statements have been mentioned in publications like Yahoo, BBC, The Hindu, and Travel Zoo.
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- The union territory of Jammu and Kashmir (except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital, Leh) due to terrorism and civil unrest .
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Yes. Travelers must enter in either on a paper visa, valid for 10 years for U.S. citizens, or an e-tourist visa.
Required for yellow fever if the traveler is arriving from an infected area; others are suggested.
The possession of satellite phones is prohibited in India; Currency in excess of USD $5,000 must be declared. Please check with the Indian Embassy in Washington if you are planning to carry a large amount of currency into India.
Check local law for reporting requirements for exiting with large quantities of foreign currency and Indian rupees.
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U.s. embassy new delhi.
Shantipath, Chanakyapuri New Delhi - 110021 India Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (11) 2419-8000 Fax: +(91) (11) 2419-0017 [email protected]
The U.S. Embassy, New Delhi serves American citizens in the Indian states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh, the union territories of Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, and the country of Bhutan.
U.S. Consulate General Mumbai (Bombay) C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra East, Mumbai 400051 India Telephone: +(91) (22) 2672-4000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(91) (22) 2672-4000 If you are calling from within India, but outside Mumbai, first dial 022. Fax: 91-(0)22-2672-4786 [email protected]
The Consulate General in Mumbai provides consular services for the states of Goa, Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, and the union territory of Diu and Daman, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
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All U.S. citizens need a valid passport as well as a valid Indian visa or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card, to enter and exit India for any purpose. Travelers without valid documents or the correct type of visa may be denied entry into India. Indian visa regulations and instructions change frequently, often with little advance notice. Travelers are urged to check the website of the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. before any travel to India to review the most current information. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in India cannot assist you if you arrive without proper documentation.
U.S. citizens seeking to enter India solely for tourist purposes for stays of less than 60 days may apply for an eVisa at least four days prior to their arrival. Please visit the Indian government's website for electronic travel authorization for additional information and to submit an application.
U.S. citizens seeking to enter India as a tourist for longer than 60 days or for any other purpose must apply for a visa from an Indian embassy or consulate. The Government of India has appointed VFS Global to assist with visa services to individuals in the United States. Applicants may apply for Indian visas through the application link https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind/apply-visa .
Diplomatic and Official visa applications are accepted directly at the Indian Embassy and Consulates. All U.S. government employees traveling on official orders, including military personnel, must obtain country clearance for travel to India. Once you have received your visa, check it carefully to ensure that the type of visa and number of entries is appropriate for your travel plans.
Keep copies of your U.S. passport data page, as well as the pages containing the Indian visa and Indian immigration stamps with you at all times. Consider downloading these documents to your mobile phone in case of emergency. If your passport is lost or stolen, copies will help you apply for a replacement passport and an exit visa from the Indian government. Replacing a lost visa, which is required in order to exit the country, may take four or five business days.
U.S. citizens of Pakistani origin or descent are subject to administrative processing and should expect additional delays when applying for Indian visas.
Foreign citizens who visit India to study, do research, work, or act as missionaries, as well as all travelers and residents planning to stay more than 180 days, are required to register their visit or residency within 14 days of arrival with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) closest to where they will be staying in addition to having the appropriate visa when they enter India. The FRRO maintains offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Lucknow, Calicut, Goa, Cochin, Trivandrum, and Amritsar. District Superintendents of Police serve as Foreigners Registration Officers (FROs) in all other places. We recommend all U.S. citizens review the entry requirements described on the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section on the Indian Bureau of Immigration website.
If you overstay your Indian visa, or otherwise violate Indian visa regulations, you may require clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs to leave the country. Generally, you will be fined and, in some cases, may be jailed for months. Visa violators seeking an exit permit must visit the Foreigners Regional Registration Office portal to submit the application and pay any levied fines. Processing of an exit permit under these circumstances can take up to 90 days and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
For the most current information on entry and exit requirements, please contact the Embassy of India at 2536 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 939-9806 or the Indian Consulates in Atlanta , Chicago , Houston , New York , or San Francisco . Outside the United States, inquiries should be made at the nearest Indian embassy or consulate.
General information regarding Indian visa and immigration rules, including the addresses and telephone numbers for the FRRO offices, can be found at the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs Bureau of Immigration website .
HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS: There are no disclosure requirements or restrictions for HIV/AIDS patients who enter India on a tourist visa. Disclosure regarding HIV/AIDS is required of anyone seeking a resident permit in India. Foreign residents found to be suffering from HIV/AIDS will be deported. Please verify this information with the Embassy of India before you travel.
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Safety and Security
U.S. citizens should always practice good personal security and situational awareness. Be aware of your surroundings (including local customs and etiquette) and keep a low profile. Monitor local news reports, vary your routes and times in carrying out daily activities, and consider the level of security present when you visit public places, including religious sites, and when choosing hotels, restaurants, and entertainment and recreation venues.
India continues to experience terrorist and insurgent activities which may affect U.S. citizens directly or indirectly. Anti-Western terrorist groups, some on the U.S. government's list of foreign terrorist organizations, are active in India, including Islamist extremist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-i-Islami, Harakat ul-Mujahidin, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba. The U.S. government occasionally receives information regarding possible terrorist attacks that could take place in India, monitors such information to determine credibility, and advises U.S. citizens accordingly. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive messages from the Embassy automatically.
Past attacks have targeted public places, including some frequented by Westerners, such as luxury and other hotels, trains, train stations, markets, cinemas, mosques, and restaurants in large urban areas. Attacks have taken place during the busy evening hours in markets and other crowded places, but could occur at any time. Alerts are usually more frequent around major holidays. The Maoists (also known as “Naxalites”) are the most active insurgent group in India. The Naxalites typically attack Indian government officials, but have also derailed trains, targeted other government buildings such as police stations, and conducted other criminal activity. In eastern India’s Bihar state, 10 security personnel were killed and five injured in a Naxalite-triggered Improvised Explosive Device blast on July 18, 2016. In the eastern state of Jharkhand, seven policemen were killed and eight others injured in a landmine blast by Naxalites on January 27, 2016.
Beyond the threat from terrorism and insurgencies, demonstrations and general strikes, or “bandh,” often cause major inconvenience and unrest. These strikes can result in the stoppage of all transportation and tourist-related services, at times for 24 hours or more. U.S. citizens caught in such a strike may find they are unable to make flight and rail connections, as local transportation can be severely limited. Local media generally give an idea of the length and geographical location of the strike. Large religious gatherings that attract hundreds of thousands of people can result in dangerous and often life-threatening stampedes. Local demonstrations can begin spontaneously and escalate with little warning, disrupting transportation systems and city services and posing risks to travelers. In response to such events, Indian authorities occasionally impose curfews and/or restrict travel. You are urged to obey such curfews and travel restrictions and to avoid demonstrations and rallies as they have the potential for violence, especially immediately preceding and following political rallies, elections, and religious festivals (particularly when Hindu and Muslim festivals coincide). Tensions between castes and religious groups can also result in disruptions and violence. In some cases, demonstrators specifically block roads near popular tourist sites and disrupt train operations in order to gain the attention of Indian authorities; occasionally vehicles transporting tourists are attacked in these incidents. India generally goes on “High Alert” status prior to major holidays or events. You should monitor local television, print media, Mission India’s American Citizens Services Facebook page, and enroll with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program for further information about the current situation in areas where you will travel.
The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai will post information about routine demonstrations on the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General websites, under the heading “Demonstration Notices.” Please monitor our websites regularly for information about protest activities in the country. Please note that the Embassy and Consulates General will issue emergency/security messages for other purposes, as necessary.
Religious violence occasionally occurs in India, especially when tensions between different religious communities are purposefully exacerbated by groups pushing religiously chauvinistic agendas. There are active "anti-conversion" laws in some Indian states, and acts of conversion sometimes elicit violent reactions from Hindu extremists. Foreigners suspected of proselytizing Hindus have been attacked and killed in conservative, rural areas in India in the past.
Swimming in India: You should exercise caution if you intend to swim in open waters along the Indian coastline, particularly during the monsoon season. Every year, several people in Goa, Mumbai, Puri (Odisha), off the Eastern Coast in the Bay of Bengal, and other areas drown due to strong undertows. It is important to heed warnings posted at beaches and to avoid swimming in the ocean during the monsoon season. Trained lifeguards are very rare along beaches.
If you visit the Andaman Islands, be aware that there have been reports of crocodile attacks in salt water resulting in fatalities. Ask local residents about dangerous sea life before swimming and keep a safe distance from animals at all times.
Wildlife safaris: India offers opportunities for observation of wildlife in its natural habitat and many tour operators and lodges advertise structured, safe excursions into parks and other wildlife viewing areas for close observation of flora and fauna. However, safety standards and training vary, and it is a good idea to ascertain whether operators are trained and licensed. Even animals marketed as “tame” should be respected as wild and extremely dangerous. Keep a safe distance from animals at all times, remaining in vehicles or other protected enclosures when venturing into game parks.
Trekking in India: Trekking expeditions should be limited to routes identified for this purpose by local authorities. Use only registered trekking agencies, porters, and guides, suspend trekking after dark, camp at designated camping places, and travel in groups rather than individually or with one or two companions. Altitudes in popular trekking spots can be as high as 25,170 feet (7,672 m); please make sure that you have had a recent medical checkup to ensure that you are fit to trek at these altitudes and carry sufficient medical insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage.
Train Travel: India has the third largest rail network in the world, and train travel in India generally is safe. Nevertheless, accidents and on-board fires are sometimes caused by aging infrastructure, poorly maintained equipment, overcrowding, and operator errors. Train accidents and fires have resulted in the death and serious injury of passengers.
Areas of Instability: Jammu & Kashmir: The Department of State strongly recommends that you avoid travel to the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir because of the potential for terrorist incidents as well as violent public unrest. A number of terrorist groups operate in the territory targeting security forces, particularly along the Line of Control (LOC) separating Indian and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, and those stationed in primary tourist destinations in the Kashmir Valley: Srinagar, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam. Since 1989, as many as 70,000 people (terrorists, security forces, and civilians) have been killed in the Kashmir conflict. Foreigners are particularly visible, vulnerable, and at risk. In the past, serious communal violence left the territory mostly paralyzed due to massive strikes and business shutdowns, and U.S. citizens have had to be evacuated by local police. The Indian government prohibits foreign tourists from visiting certain areas along the LOC (see the section on Restricted Areas, below).
India-Pakistan Border: The Department of State recommends that you avoid travel to areas within ten kilometers of the border between India and Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border. The only official India-Pakistan border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the state of Punjab between Atari, India, and Wagah, Pakistan. The border crossing is usually open, but you are advised to confirm the current status of the border crossing prior to commencing travel. A Pakistani visa is required to enter Pakistan. Only U.S. citizens residing in India may apply for a Pakistani visa in India. Otherwise you should apply for a Pakistani visa in your country of residence before traveling to India.
Both India and Pakistan claim an area of the Karakoram mountain range that includes the Siachen glacier. Travel or mountain climbing in this area is highly dangerous. The disputed area includes the following peaks: Rimo Peak; Apsarasas I, II, and III; Tegam Kangri I, II and III; Suingri Kangri; Ghiant I and II; Indira Col; and Sia Kangri. Check with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi for information on current conditions.
Northeastern states: Incidents of violence by ethnic insurgent groups, including bombings of buses, trains, rail lines, and markets, occur occasionally in the northeast. While U.S. citizens have not been specifically targeted, it is possible that you could be affected as a bystander. If you travel to the northeast, you should avoid travel by train at night, travel outside major cities at night, and crowds. U.S. government employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in India are prohibited from traveling to the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, and Manipur without permission from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata. Restricted Area Permits are required for foreigners to visit certain Northeastern states (see the section on Restricted Areas, below.) Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata for information on current conditions.
East Central and Southern India: Maoist extremist groups, or “Naxalites,” are active in East Central India primarily in rural areas. The Naxalites have a long history of conflict with state and national authorities, including frequent terrorist attacks on local police, paramilitary forces, and government officials, and are responsible for more attacks in the country than any other organization through an ongoing campaign of violence and intimidation Naxalites have not specifically targeted U.S. citizens but have attacked symbolic targets that have included Western companies and rail lines. While Naxalite violence does not normally occur in places frequented by foreigners, there is a risk that visitors could become victims of violence.
Naxalites are active in a large swath of India from eastern Maharashtra and northern Telangana through western West Bengal, particularly in rural parts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and on the borders of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Odisha. Due to the fluid nature of the threat, all U.S. government travelers to states with Naxalite activity must receive authorization from the U.S. Consulate responsible for the area to be visited. U.S. officials traveling only to the capital cities in these states do not need prior authorization.
Restricted/Protected areas: While the Indian Government has designated that travelers to “portions” of certain areas need special advance permission, actual practice has been to require a permit to enter any portion of certain states or territories. Areas requiring a permit include:
- The state of Arunachal Pradesh
- Portions of the state of Sikkim
- Portions of the state of Himachal Pradesh near the Chinese border
- Portions of the state of Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) near the Chinese border
- Portions of the state of Rajasthan near the Pakistani border
- Portions of the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir near the Line of Control with Pakistan and certain portions of the union territory of Ladakh
- The union territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands
- The union territory of the Laccadives Islands (Lakshadweep)
- Portions of the state of Manipur
- Portions of the state of Mizoram
- Portions of the state of Nagaland
More information about travel to/in restricted/protected areas can be found from India’s Bureau of Immigration .
“Restricted Area Permits" are available outside India at Indian embassies and consulates abroad, or in India from the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) at Jaisalmer House, 26 Man Singh Road, New Delhi. The states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim maintain official guesthouses in New Delhi, which can also issue Restricted Area Permits for their respective states for certain travelers. While visiting Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu, be aware the Indira Gandhi Atomic Research Center, Kalpakkam, is located just south of the site and is not clearly marked as a restricted and dangerous area.
For the latest security information, travelers should enroll in STEP to receive updated security information and regularly monitor travel information available from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi as well as the U.S. Consulates General in Mumbai (Bombay), Chennai (Madras), Hyderabad , and Kolkata (Calcutta).
CRIME: Petty crime, especially theft of personal property (including U.S. passports), is common, particularly on trains or buses, at airports, and in major tourist areas. Pickpockets can be very adept and women have reported having their bags snatched, purse-straps cut, or the bottom of their purses slit without their knowledge. If you are traveling by train, lock your sleeping compartments and take your valuables with you when leaving your berth. If you travel by air, be careful with your bags in the arrival and departure areas outside airports. Violent crime, especially directed against foreigners, has traditionally been uncommon, although in recent years there has been a modest increase. Be cautious about displaying cash or expensive items to reduce the chance of being a target for robbery or other crime, and be aware of your surroundings when you use ATMs. ATM card scams have been used to clone credit card details to withdraw money.
Sexual Assault: Travelers should be aware that there have been reported cases of sexual assault, including rape, of U.S. citizens traveling throughout India. U.S. citizens, particularly women, are cautioned not to travel alone in India. Women traveling in India are advised to respect local dress and customs. Customary everyday dress for Indian women throughout the country is conservative, and even more so in non-urban areas, with women wearing clothing that covers their legs and shoulders. Exceptions are vacation resorts catering to foreign clientele and some neighborhoods of the major cities of New Delhi and Mumbai. Western women, especially those of African descent, continue to report incidents of verbal and physical harassment by individuals and groups of men. Known locally as “Eve-teasing,” these incidents of sexual harassment can be quite frightening and can quickly cross the line from verbal to physical. Sexual harassment can occur anytime or anywhere, but most frequently has happened in crowded areas such as in market places, train stations, buses, and public streets. The harassment can range from sexually suggestive or lewd comments to catcalls to outright groping. The Government of India has focused greater attention on addressing issues of gender violence. One outcome has been greater reporting of incidences of sexual assault country-wide, and Indian authorities report rape is one of the fastest growing crimes in India. Among large cities, Delhi experienced the highest number of reported crimes against women. Although most victims have been local residents, recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas across India underline the fact that foreign women are at risk and should exercise vigilance.
Women should observe stringent security precautions, including avoiding use of public transport after dark without the company of known and trustworthy companions, restricting evening entertainment to well-known venues, and avoiding isolated areas when alone at any time of day. Keep your hotel room number confidential and make sure hotel room doors have chains, deadlocks, and peep holes. Travel with groups of friends rather than alone. In addition, only hire reliable cars and drivers and avoid traveling alone in hired taxis, especially at night. Use taxis from hotels and pre-paid taxis at airports rather than hailing them on the street. If you encounter threatening situations, call “100” for police assistance (“112” from mobile phones).
Scams: Major airports, train stations, popular restaurants, and tourist sites are often used by scam artists looking to prey on visitors, often by creating a distraction. Beware of taxi drivers and others, including train porters, who solicit travelers with "come-on" offers of cheap transportation and/or hotels. Travelers accepting such offers have frequently found themselves the victims of scams, including offers to assist with "necessary" transfers to the domestic airport, disproportionately expensive hotel rooms, unwanted "tours," unwelcome "purchases," extended cab rides, and even threats when the tourists decline to pay. There have been reports of tourists being lured, held hostage and extorted for money in the face of threats of violence against the traveler and his/her family members.
You should exercise care when hiring transportation and/or guides and use only well-known travel agents to book trips. Some scam artists have lured travelers by displaying their name on a sign when they leave the airport. Another popular scam is to drop money or to squirt something on the clothing of an unsuspecting traveler and use the distraction to rob them of their valuables. Tourists have also been given drugged drinks or tainted food to make them more vulnerable to theft, particularly at train stations. Even food or drink prepared in front of the traveler from a canteen or vendor could be tainted.
Some vendors sell carpets, jewelry, gemstones, or other expensive items that may not be of the quality promised. Deal only with reputable businesses and do not hand over your credit cards or money unless you are certain that goods being shipped are the goods you purchased. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it is best avoided. Most Indian states have official tourism bureaus set up to handle complaints.
There have been a number of other scams perpetrated against foreign travelers, particularly in Goa, Jaipur, and Agra that target younger travelers and involve suggestions that money can be made by privately transporting gems or gold (both of which can result in arrest) or by taking delivery abroad of expensive carpets, supposedly while avoiding customs duties. The scam artists describe profits that can be made upon delivery of the goods, and require the traveler to pay a "deposit" as part of the transaction.
India-based criminals use the internet to extort money from victims abroad. In a common scam, the victim develops a close romantic relationship with an alleged U.S. citizen they meet online. When the “friend” travels to India, a series of accidents occur and the victim begins to receive requests for financial assistance, sometimes through an intermediary. In fact, the U.S. citizen “friend” does not exist; they are only online personas used by criminal networks. Victims have been defrauded of thousands of dollars in these schemes. Do not send money to anyone you have not met in person and carefully read the Department of State’s advice on international financial scams .
U.S. citizens have had problems with business partners, usually involving property investments. You may wish to seek professional legal advice in reviewing any contracts for business or services offered in India. The U.S. Embassy and/or consulates are unable to provide legal advice or intervene on behalf of United States citizens with Indian courts on civil or criminal matters. A list of local attorneys is available on the Embassy and Consulates General websites .
In another common scam, family members in the United States, particularly older people, are approached for funds to help callers claiming to be grandchildren or relatives who have been arrested or are without money to return home. Do not send money without contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General to confirm the other party’s situation. You can also call our Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 888-407-4747 (from overseas: 202-501-4444). Review our information on Emergency Assistance to Americans Abroad .
See the Department of State and the FBI pages for more information on scams.
Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.
Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the local police, then inform the U.S. Embassy or local Consulate.
Report crimes to the local police by calling “100” or “112” from a mobile phone.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Please note that you should ask for a copy of the police report, known as a “First Information Report” (FIR), from local police when you report an incident. Local authorities generally are unable to take any meaningful action without the filing of a police report.
If your passport is stolen, you should immediately report the theft or loss to the police in the location where your passport was stolen. A FIR is required by the Indian government in order for you to obtain an exit visa to leave India if the lost passport contained your Indian visa. Although the Embassy or Consulate General is able to replace a stolen or lost passport, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) are responsible for approving an exit permit. This process usually takes three to four working days, but can take longer.
In cases of sexual assault or rape, the Embassy or Consulates General can provide a list of local doctors and hospitals, if needed, to determine if you have been injured and to discuss treatment and prevention options for diseases and pregnancy. You should be aware that in order for evidence of an assault to be submitted in a court case, Indian authorities require that the medical exam be completed at a government hospital. Therefore, if a victim goes to a private hospital for treatment, the hospital will refer them to a government hospital for this aspect of the medical process.
There are a number of resources in India for victims of rape and sexual assault. The specific toll-free Women’s Helpline Service number in Delhi is 1091; in Mumbai it is 103; in Kolkata, 1090; in Chennai, 1091 or 2345-2365; and in Hyderabad one can dial 1-800-425-2908 or 1098 for crimes in general.
The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in India is “100.” An additional emergency number, “112,” can be accessed from mobile phones.
Please see our information for victims of crime , including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
Tourism: The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Furthermore, some activities are crimes under U.S. law and can be prosecuted in the U.S. regardless of whether they are allowed under local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Alcohol: Each of India’s states has independent regulations concerning alcohol purchase and consumption. Legal drinking ages range from 18 to 25 and can vary by beverage type. Some states permit alcohol use for medicinal purposes only, others require you to hold a permit to buy, transport, or consume alcohol. Penalties for violation can be harsh.
Drugs: Several U.S. citizens have been arrested at Indian airports for attempting to smuggle illegal drugs from India. All claimed that they did not realize they were carrying narcotics. Never transport or mail packages that do not belong to you and maintain direct control of your luggage at all times.
Beef and Cow Hide: Several states in India impose various types of prohibition on beef. In some rural areas, cow protection vigilantes have attacked people they suspected of selling or consuming beef, or possessing items made with cow hide.
Dual nationality: India does not permit its citizens to hold dual nationality. In 2006, India launched the "Overseas Citizens of India" (OCI) program, which does not grant Indian citizenship but is similar to a U.S. "green card" in that you can travel to and from India indefinitely, work in India, study in India, and own property in India (except for certain agricultural and plantation properties). If you are a U.S. citizen and obtain an OCI card you will not become a citizen of India; you will remain a citizen of the United States. An OCI card holder does not receive an Indian passport, cannot vote in Indian elections, and is not eligible for Indian government employment. The OCI program is similar to the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card except that PIO holders must still register with Indian immigration authorities, and PIO cards are not issued for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens of Indian descent can apply for PIO or OCI cards at the Indian Embassy in Washington, or at the Indian Consulates in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Houston. Inside India, U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest FRRO office (please see “Entry/Exit Requirements” section above for more information on the FRRO). U.S. citizens are required to travel on a U.S. passport when traveling in and out of the United States.
Religious activities and faith-based travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report . If you plan to engage in religious proselytizing you are required by Indian law to have a "missionary" visa. Immigration authorities have determined that certain activities, including speaking at religious meetings to which the general public is invited, may violate immigration law if the traveler does not hold a missionary visa. Foreigners with tourist visas who engage in missionary activity are subject to deportation and possible criminal prosecution. The states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Arunachal Pradesh have legislation that regulates or places restrictions on conversion from one religious faith to another. If you intend to engage in missionary activity, you may wish to seek legal advice to determine whether the activities you intend to pursue are permitted under Indian law.
Tourists should also be mindful of restrictions and observances when planning to visit any religious establishment, whether Hindu temples, mosques, churches, or other locations considered sacred by the local population. Many individual temples and mosques do not permit non-members to enter all or parts of the facilities, and may require the removal of shoes, the covering of the head, or have other specific requirements for appropriate attire.
Customs restrictions: Before traveling to or from India, you are urged to inspect all bags and clothing thoroughly to ensure they do not inadvertently contain prohibited items. Several U.S. citizens have been arrested or detained when airport security officials discovered loose ammunition (even spent individual bullets and casings) or weapons in their luggage. If you are found to have loose ammunition or bullets (including empty bullet shells used in souvenirs) on your person or in your bags, you could be charged with violation of the Indian Arms Act, incarcerated, and/or deported from India.
In addition, U.S. citizens have been arrested for possession of satellite phones. Satellite phones, personal locator beacons, and hand-held GPS devices are illegal in India.
Indian customs authorities enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from India of such items as, antiquities, electronic equipment, currency, ivory, gold objects, and other prohibited materials. Permission from the Government of India is required to bring in restricted items, even if you are only transiting through India. If you do not comply with these regulations, you risk arrest or fine or both and confiscation of these items. If you are charged with any legal violations by Indian law enforcement, have an attorney review any document before you sign it. The Government of India requires the registration of antique items with the local police along with a photograph of the item. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of India in Washington or one of India's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements. More information is available from the Indian Central Board of Excise and Customs .
Indian customs authorities encourage the use of an ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet for the temporary admission of professional equipment, commercial samples, and/or goods for exhibitions and fair purposes. ATA Carnet Headquarters, located at the U.S. Council for International Business , 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, issues and guarantees the ATA Carnet in the United States. For additional information call (212) 354-4480, or email USCIB for details. Please see our section on Customs Information for more information.
Natural disaster threats: Parts of northern India are highly susceptible to earthquakes. Regions of highest risk, ranked 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, include areas around Srinagar, Himachal Pradesh, Rishikesh and Dehra Dun, the northern parts of Punjab, northwest Gujarat, northern Bihar, and the entire northeast. Ranked 4 (high damage risk) is an area that sweeps along the north through Jammu and Kashmir, Eastern Punjab, Haryana, Northern Uttar Pradesh, central Bihar and the northern parts of West Bengal. New Delhi is located in zone 4. Severe flooding is common in hilly and mountainous areas throughout India. Flooding in 2013 in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other areas left thousands of people presumed dead and temporarily stranded dozens of U.S. citizens.
Typhoons/cyclones and subsequent flooding are common along the Indian coasts, in particular the Eastern coastal states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal, and have at times resulted in massive loss of life. Tourists and residents in areas prone to these events should remain vigilant during severe weather, monitor local media for latest developments, and heed all municipal warnings. Residents in these areas should have contingency plans for loss of power and inavailability of goods and services, including supplies for multiple days after a severe weather event.
Accessibility: While in India, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different than what you find in the United States. Despite legislation that all public buildings and transport be accessible for disabled people, accessibility remains limited. One notable exception is the Delhi metro system, designed to be accessible to those with physical disabilities.
Women Travelers: Please review our travel tips for Women Travelers .
Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .
LGBTQI+ Travelers: Section 377 of India’s penal code makes same-sex sexual acts illegal in India. On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India declared unconstitutional the application of Section 377, barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, effectively legalizing homosexuality in India. Reports of widespread discrimination and violence against LGBTQI+ persons, particularly in rural areas, persist. See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Zika is present in India. See the Centers for Disease Control’s website for more information.
The quality of medical care in India varies considerably. Medical care in the major population centers approaches and occasionally meets Western standards, but adequate medical care is usually very limited or unavailable in rural areas.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance (our webpage) to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of India to ensure the medication is legal in India. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you are arriving in India from Sub-Saharan Africa or other yellow-fever areas, Indian health regulations require that you present evidence of vaccination against yellow fever. If you do not have such proof, you could be subjected to immediate deportation or a six-day detention in the yellow-fever quarantine center. If you transit through any part of sub-Saharan Africa, even for one day, you are advised to carry proof of yellow fever immunization.
Dogs and bats create a high risk of rabies transmission in most of India. Vaccination is recommended for all prolonged stays, especially for young children and travelers in rural areas. It is also recommended for shorter stays that involve occupational exposure, locations more than 24 hours from a reliable source of human rabies immune globulin and rabies vaccine for post-exposure treatment, adventure travelers, hikers, cave explorers, and backpackers. Monkeys also can transmit rabies and herpes B, among other diseases, to human victims. Avoid feeding monkeys. If bitten, you should immediately soak and scrub the bite for at least 15 minutes and seek urgent medical attention.
Influenza is transmitted from November to April in areas north of the Tropic of Cancer (north India), and from June through November (the rainy season) in areas south of the Tropic of Cancer (south India), with a smaller peak from February through April; off-season transmission can also occur. All travelers are at risk. Influenza vaccine is recommended for all travelers during the flu season.
Outbreaks of avian influenza (H5N1 virus) occur intermittently in eastern India, including West Bengal, Manipur, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Assam. For further information on pandemic influenza, please refer to the Department of State's 2009-H1N1, Pandemic Influenza, and H5N1 Fact Sheet .
Malaria prophylaxis depends on time of year and area the traveler is visiting. Please consult the CDC website for more information. Dengue fever presents significant risk in urban and rural areas. The highest number of cases is reported from July to December, with cases peaking from September to October. Daytime insect precautions such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and mosquito repellent are recommended by the CDC.
Tuberculosis is an increasingly serious health concern in India. For further information, please consult the CDC’s Travel Notice on TB .
Further health information:
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Air pollution is a significant problem in several major cities in India, and you should consult your doctor prior to travel and consider the impact seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you. The air quality in India varies considerably and fluctuates with the seasons. It is typically at its worst in the winter. Anyone who travels where pollution levels are high is at risk. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:
- Infants, children, and teens
- People over 65 years of age
- People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
- People with heart disease or diabetes
- People who work or are active outdoors
Current air quality data can be found on the Embassy’s Air Quality page . The data on this site are updated hourly.
Rh-negative blood may be difficult to obtain as it is not common in Asia.
For emergency services, dial 112 from a cell phone; from a land line, dial 100 for police, 102 for ambulance (108 in parts of South India), and 101 for fire. Ambulances are not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, and traffic does not yield to emergency vehicles. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance. Most hospitals require advance payment or confirmation of insurance prior to treatment. Payment practices vary and credit cards are not routinely accepted for medical care.
Medical Tourism: Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. Companies offering vacation packages bundled with medical consultations and financing options provide direct-to-consumer advertising over the internet. Such medical packages often claim to provide high quality care, but the quality of health care in India is highly variable. People seeking health care in India should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations. Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and refer to the information from the CDC . Persons traveling to India for medical purposes require the proper “medical” visa. Please check with the nearest Indian embassy or consulate for more information.
Despite reports of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals, in general travelers should not delay or avoid treatment for urgent or emergent medical situations. However, health tourists and other travelers who may be contemplating elective procedures in this country should carefully research individual hospital infection control practices.
Surrogacy: Commercial surrogacy is illegal for foreigners in India, subject to complex local regulation. For additional information, visit the Government of India’s official information on foreigner surrogacy .
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in India maintain lists of local doctors and hospitals, all of which are published on their respective websites under "U.S. Citizen Services." We cannot endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.
Travel and Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: Travel by road in India is dangerous. India leads the world in traffic-related deaths and a number of U.S. citizens have suffered fatal traffic accidents in recent years. You should exercise extreme caution when crossing streets, even in marked pedestrian areas, and try to use only cars that have seatbelts. Seatbelts are not common in three-wheel taxis (autos) and in taxis’ back seats. Helmets should always be worn on motorcycles and bicycles.Travel at night is particularly hazardous.
On Indian roads, the safest driving policy is always to assume that other drivers will not respond to a traffic situation in the same way you would in the United States. Buses and trucks often run red lights and merge directly into traffic at yield points and traffic circles. Cars, autos, bicycles, and pedestrians behave only slightly more cautiously. Use your horn or flash your headlights frequently to announce your presence. It is both customary and wise.
Inside and outside major cities, roads are often poorly maintained and congested. Even main roads frequently have only two lanes, with poor visibility and inadequate warning markers. On the few divided highways one can expect to meet local transportation traveling in the wrong direction, often without lights. Heavy traffic is the norm and includes (but is not limited to) overloaded trucks and buses, scooters, pedestrians, bullock and camel carts, horse or elephant riders en route to weddings, bicycles, and free-roaming livestock.
Public Transportation: Buses, patronized by hundreds of millions of Indians, are convenient in that they serve almost every city of any size. However, they are often driven fast, recklessly, and without consideration for the rules of the road. Accidents are quite common.
Traffic Laws: Traffic in India moves on the left. It is important to be alert while crossing streets and intersections, especially after dark as traffic is coming in the "wrong" direction. Travelers should remember to use seatbelts in both rear and front seats where available, and to ask their drivers to maintain a safe speed.
In order to drive in India, you must have either a valid Indian driver’s license or a valid international driver’s license. Because of difficult road and traffic conditions, you may wish to consider hiring a local driver.
If a driver hits a pedestrian or a cow, the vehicle and its occupants are at risk of being attacked by passersby. Such attacks pose significant risk of injury or death to the vehicle's occupants or risk of incineration of the vehicle. It could be unsafe to remain at the scene of an accident of this nature, and drivers may instead wish to seek out the nearest police station. Protestors often use road blockage as a means of publicizing their grievances, causing severe inconvenience to travelers. Visitors should monitor local news reports for any reports of road disturbances.
Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information.
Emergency Numbers: The following emergency numbers work in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata:
- Fire Brigade 101
- Ambulance 102
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of India’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of India’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page . Travelers are urged to use caution while booking private helicopters for travel, especially in the northeast.
For additional travel information
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Visa-Free Countries for Indians: Travel Without Visa In 2023
Last Updated : 23-Oct-2023
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According to the Henley&Partners, there are 52 countries visa-free countries for Indians, which includes an evisa, or visa on arrival for Indian citizens. If you have an Indian passport, there are 21 without visa countries for Indians that you can visit.
The Henley Passport Index 2023 reveals that Indian citizens can visit 27% of the 226 destinations listed without the need for a prior visa.
According to the India Passport Dashboard on Passport Index , India is ranked 64th on the passport power rank.
If you know about these places, planning your next holiday can be a fun game, not a tough job.
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Flag for Bhutan Bhutan
Flag for Dominica Dominica
Flag for El Salvador El Salvador
Flag for Gabon Gabon
Flag for Gambia Gambia
Flag for Grenada Grenada
Flag for Haiti Haiti
Flag for Jamaica Jamaica
Flag for Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Flag for Macao SAR China Macao SAR China
Flag for Mauritius Mauritius
Flag for Micronesia Micronesia
Flag for Nepal Nepal
Flag for Palestinian Territories Palestinian Territories
Flag for Senegal Senegal
Flag for Seychelles Seychelles
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Entry Requirements for Visa Free Countries from India
People with an Indian passport can visit 21 different countries without needing to get a visa first. But remember, each country might have its own rules, and the time you can stay there might be different. Check out these rules for the countries you can visit without a visa below.
If you have an Indian passport, you can visit Barbados, a beautiful place in the Caribbean, without needing a special travel permission called a visa. That means you can just pack your bags and go! Once you're there, you can usually stay for about 90 days, but the exact number of days will be decided by the person who checks your passport when you arrive.
No visa required
Duration of stay: 90 days.
Documents required: Valid passport, travel itineraries such as flights and accommodation, and proof of funds to cover your stay.
Indian nationals traveling to Bhutan do not need a visa. Instead, they will receive an 'Entry Permit' upon arrival. This permit is issued by the Department of Immigration at the Pedestrian Terminal in Phuentsholing, provided the traveler presents a valid Travel Document. Once you're there, you can usually stay for 14 days.
Duration of stay: 14 days.
Documents required: Valid passport, passport photos, travel insurance, and accommodation proof. You must stay in places to sleep that the Department of Tourism has approved for your entire trip.
Entry Permit price: ₹ 1,200 per person per night upon entering the country's borders.
If you have an Indian passport, you can enjoy a worry-free trip to the gorgeous island of Dominica because you don't need a visa. You can stay there and enjoy its beauty for up to 180 days. This is a popular visa free travel for Indians.
No visa required.
Duration of stay: 6 months.
Documents required: Valid passport, and return ticket.
El Salvador is a country Indians don’t need a visa. Indians are granted permission to enter El Salvador without a visa and are allowed to enjoy a stay of up to 90 days.
Documents required: Valid passport, proof of sufficient funds to cover your trip, and return ticket.
Indian passport holders can enjoy a hassle-free journey to Gabon, as they are not required to obtain a tourist visa for a stay up to 30 days. The process is straightforward, and the essential requirement for travel is a passport in good standing.
Duration of stay: 30 days
Documents Requirement: A passport in good standing
Indian nationals are exempt from obtaining a tourist visa for travel to Gambia in 2023. Those holding an Indian passport are allowed to stay in Gambia for a limited time, up to 90 days. This provision simplifies the travel process and helps ensure a simple and secure journey. This summary provides the necessary information for Indian travelers heading to Gambia.
Stay duration: Maximum of 90 days
Mandatory Requirement: Possession of a legitimate passport
With an Indian passport, you can embark on a worry-free journey to the enchanting island of Grenada without needing a visa. You are permitted to stay in this 'Spice Isle' of the Caribbean, renowned for its unspoiled beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture, for up to 90 days.
Duration of stay: 3 months.
Documents required: Valid passport, return ticket, proof of accommodation.
If you have an Indian passport, you can enjoy a no-stress trip to the interesting country of Haiti without needing a visa. You can spend time exploring its special culture, history, and beautiful scenery for up to 90 days.
Documents required: Valid passport, return ticket, sufficient funds to support your trip proof of accommodation.
If you have an Indian passport, you can easily travel to the lively island of Jamaica without needing a visa. You're welcome to enjoy your time in Jamaica for up to 30 days. This is one of the popular Indian passport visa-free countries 2023.
Duration of stay: 30 days.
With an Indian passport, you can travel to the exciting country of Kazakhstan, right between Europe and Asia, without needing a visa. Kazakhstan is a non visa country for India. So you can just get ready and head off! Usually, you can stay there for around 14 days, but the exact number of days will be decided by the person who looks at your passport when you get there.
If you have an Indian passport, you can visit Macao, a special place where Chinese and Portuguese cultures meet, without needing a visa. That means Macao is a without visa country. You can just get your stuff together and set off! When you arrive, you can typically stay for around 30 days.
If you have an Indian passport, you can visit Mauritius, an idyllic island paradise in the Indian Ocean, without the need for a special travel permission called a visa. So, just pack your bags and get ready for a remarkable journey! Once you arrive, you can stay for about 90 days.
With an Indian passport, you can travel to Micronesia, an amazing group of more than 600 islands in the Western Pacific Ocean, without needing a visa. So, getting ready and starting your trip is super easy! Once you reach Micronesia, you can generally stay there for up to 30 days, enjoying the peaceful beaches and abundant sea life.
If you have an Indian passport, you can go to the beautiful country of Nepal without needing a visa. That means you can just pack up your things and start your trip! Once you reach this special place in the Himalayas, you can stay for 90 days.
Documents required: Indian Passport, photograph, return flight, and sufficient funds to cover your stay.
Indian travelers planning a trip to the Palestinian Territories in 2023 do not need to obtain a tourist visa. Holders of an Indian passport are permitted to stay in the Palestinian Territories for up to 90 days. This exemption facilitates a seamless and protected journey, but travelers should make sure to acquaint themselves with any additional local requirements or regulations.
Duration of stay: 90 days
Senegal is a place that Indian travellers can visit without needing a visa. So, if you're from India, you can go to Senegal without needing a visa and enjoy the lively culture, interesting history, and beautiful nature for up to 90 days.
Documents required: Valid passport, return ticket, sufficient funds and proof of accommodation.
Indian nationals planning a trip to Seychelles in 2023 will find their travel hassle-free, as no tourist visa is required. Those possessing an Indian passport can enjoy Seychelles for a limited span (up to 90 days). Please acquaint yourself with the following information to ensure a smooth and secure voyage.
Documents required: Valid passport, return ticket, sufficient funds, and proof of accommodation.
St. Kitts and Nevis
If you have an Indian passport, you can visit the beautiful two-island country of St. Kitts and Nevis without needing a visa. This lets you enjoy the clean beaches, green rainforests, and interesting history of this Caribbean wonderland for up to 30 days.
Documents required: Valid passport.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
If you have an Indian passport, you can start a magical trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines without needing a visa. This makes it easier to explore the country's green tropical landscapes, perfect beaches, and lovely culture, and you can stay there for up to 30 days.
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago invites those with an Indian passport to visit without needing a visa. This means you can easily travel to this lively Caribbean country, famous for its fun carnivals, lovely beaches, and many different types of plants and animals, and you can stay there for up to 90 days.
If you have an Indian passport, you can take a trip to Vanuatu, a beautiful group of islands in the South Pacific, without needing a visa. This means you can easily start your journey to enjoy Vanuatu's stunning beaches, clear waters, and local culture, and you can stay there for up to 30 days.
What Is Visa-Free Travel?
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When we say "visa-free countries for Indian passports," it means countries Indians can visit without a visa. Visa-free travel makes travelling simpler and faster because you don't have to fill out any extra forms or wait for approval before you go.
Even though visa-free travel means you don't need a visa, you'll still need to meet some basic rules to enter the countries without a visa from India.
Indian citizens can travel to those countries without needing many documents. However, you must never forget to check the requirements on Atlys , as the visa requirements may change at any time.
What Should I Bring When Travelling To A Visa Free Country?
When you're travelling to Indian passport visa free countries 2023, it's still important to carry a few key items to ensure your journey goes smoothly.
While you may not need all of these items for every trip, Atlys strongly recommends that you have these documents with you to make sure your travels go smoothly. It's always better to be prepared!
Passport : Always carry your valid passport. Make sure it's not about to expire, as some countries require your passport to be valid for several months beyond your planned stay.
Passport photos : Carry two recent photos that follow the specific visa photo guidelines of the country you are visiting.
Return or Onward Ticket : Some countries want proof that you won't overstay, so carry proof of your return ticket or an onward journey.
Proof of Accommodation : Have details of where you're going to stay, like hotel bookings or an invitation from a host.
Financial Proof : You may need to prove that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay. This could be bank statements, credit cards, or even cash.
Travel Insurance : While not always required, it's a good idea to have travel insurance to cover unexpected events like illness or accidents.
Vaccination Certificates : Some countries require proof that you've been vaccinated against certain diseases.
Local Currency : Even if you plan on using your credit card, having some local currency for smaller expenses or emergencies is always a good idea.
What To Expect When I Reach Immigration?
When you reach the immigration desk in a country that doesn't need a visa, here's what you can expect:
Checking Your Passport : The immigration officer will look at your passport to make sure it's valid for at least six more months from the day you arrive.
Questions : You might be asked why you're visiting, where you're going to stay, how long you plan to be there, what your travel plans are after this visit, and if you have enough money for your stay.
Biometrics : Some countries may take things like fingerprints, a photo, or a scan of your eye.
Health Check : Depending on the country and what's happening in the world, you might need a health check to show you've had certain vaccines or a negative COVID-19 test.
Customs Declaration : You might need to fill out a form saying what valuable items you're bringing into the country.
Entry Stamp : If everything is okay, the officer will put a stamp on your passport that says when you arrived and how long you can stay.
Remember, every country does things a little differently, so this might not be exactly what happens.
Always be nice and tell the truth when you're talking to immigration officials, and be ready to show them any documents or information they ask for. Safe travels!
Knowing about visa-free countries for Indian passport holders is like having a special pass to a world filled with amazing adventures. With less paperwork and stress, your dreams of exploring the world become much easier to achieve.
So, take out your passports and get ready to turn the entire world into your own exciting playground!
For posts similar to this, check out our different travelling blogs for Indians .
All the information was gathered from the respective government websites. This blog was fact-checked and written with the help of AI.
Frequently Asked Questions
In 2023 the Indian passport ranks 154th on the VisaGuide Passport Index ranking.
The Indian passport in 2022 ranks 85th in the world, giving access to Indian passport holders to 59 travel locations visa free, with an evisa or visa on arrival for Indians.
Green Card Holders: What You Need to Know Before Traveling to India
Introduction: why you might need a visa to visit india, applying for a visa: what you’ll need, entering india: what to expect, traveling within india: tips and advice, staying safe while traveling in india, dealing with culture shock in india, india travel tips: how to save money, india travel tips: how to stay healthy, india travel tips: what to pack, conclusion: planning a successful trip to india.
If you are a green card holder, you may be wondering if you need a visa to travel to India. The answer is yes! Learn more about the requirements and process here.
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If you are a green card holder, you may travel to India without a visa for up to 180 days. However, if you plan to stay in India for longer than 180 days, you will need to apply for a visa before your trip. There are several types of visas available for green card holders and the one you need will depend on the purpose of your trip.
Visas are not required for green card holders who are traveling to India for business purposes. However, if you plan to stay in India for more than 180 days, you will need to apply for a business visa before your trip. Business visas are valid for up to one year and can be renewed multiple times.
Green card holders who are traveling to India for tourist purposes do not need a visa if they plan to stay in the country for fewer than 180 days. If you plan to stay in India for longer than 180 days, you will need to apply for a tourist visa before your trip. Tourist visas are valid for up to six months and can be renewed multiple times.
If you are a green card holder and you want to travel to India for the purpose of study, you will need to apply for a student visa before your trip. Student visas are valid for the duration of your studies, up to five years.
If you want to travel to India but don’t have a green card, you will need to apply for a visa before your trip. There are several types of visas available, and the one you need will depend on the purpose of your trip.
If you are a green card holder planning to travel to India, you will need to apply for a visa before your trip. The process is relatively simple, but there are a few things you’ll need to take care of in advance.
First, you’ll need to fill out an online application form. You’ll need to provide basic personal information, such as your name and date of birth, as well as your passport information. After submitting the form, you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to pay the visa fee.
Next, you’ll need to submit two passport-style photographs. These should be taken within the last six months and should be 2 x 2 inches in size. You’ll also need to provide a copy of your green card and a copy of your passport’s bio page.
Finally, you’ll need to schedule an appointment for an in-person interview at the nearest Indian consulate or embassy. Be sure to bring all of the required documents with you to your interview. If everything goes smoothly, you should receive your visa within a few weeks.
If you are a green card holder, also known as a permanent resident of the United States, you may be wondering if you need a visa to travel to India. The answer is yes, green card holders do need a visa to travel to India. However, the process of obtaining a visa is relatively simple and can be done entirely online.
Before beginning the visa application process, there are a few things that you will need to have in order: -A passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of your planned arrival in India -An electronic photo that meets the requirements for a passport photo -A credit or debit card for payment of the visa fee -An email address where you can receive your visa
Once you have all of these items, you are ready to begin the online application process. The first step is to fill out an online form with your personal information. Once this form is complete, you will be able to upload your photo and pay the visa fee. After your payment has been processed, you will receive an email with your visa attached. Print out this visa and bring it with you when you travel to India.
When you arrive in India, you will need to present your passport and visa at immigration. You may also be asked to provide fingerprints and have your photograph taken. Once you have cleared immigration, enjoy your trip!
If you’re a green card holder planning to travel to India, there are a few things you need to know in order to make the most of your trip. For starters, it’s important to remember that your green card is not a visa. You will need to obtain a tourist visa from an Indian embassy or consulate before you can enter the country.
When it comes to traveling within India, the best way to get around is by rail. The country has an extensive railway system that covers just about every corner of the country. If you’re planning on doing any sightseeing, there are several different types of passes available that offer discounts on rail travel.
In terms of accommodation, there are plenty of options available to suit all budgets. From cheap guesthouses and hostels to more luxurious hotels, you’ll be able to find something to suit your needs. When it comes to food, India is a paradise for curry lovers! There are endless options available, so you’ll never get bored of the cuisine.
Finally, remember that India is a huge country with a lot to see and do. It’s important to plan ahead and give yourself enough time to see everything you want to see. With careful planning and a sense of adventure, your trip to India is sure to be unforgettable!
As a green card holder, you have the right to live and work in the United States permanently. You can also travel freely in and out of the country. However, if you plan to travel to India, there are a few things you need to know before you go.
The first thing to keep in mind is that India is a large country with a lot of poverty. While there are manyfortune 500 companies headquartered in India, much of the population lives in poverty. That means that there are areas of the country that are not safe for travelers. It’s important to do your research and only visit areas that are recommended for tourists.
Secondly, India is a developing country, which means that the infrastructure is not always as developed as it is in other parts of the world. That means that things like electricity and water may not always be available, and transportation may not be as reliable. Again, it’s important to do your research and only visit areas where you feel comfortable traveling.
Lastly, it’s important to remember that India is a very different culture from the United States. There are different customs and traditions that you should be aware of before you travel For example, women should avoid wearing revealing clothing, and men should avoid wearing shorts in temples or other religious sites. It’s always polite to learn a few words in the local language, and it’s also important to be respectful of religious beliefs and practices.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your trip to India is safe and enjoyable.
Preparing for culture shock is an important part of any international move, but it’s especially critical when you’re relocating to India. Why? Because the country is so vastly different from anywhere else in the world. From the food to the climate to the language barrier, it can be hard to adjust to life in India.
Here are a few things you should know before you travel to India:
-The food is very spicy. If you’re not used to eating spicy food, you may want to gradually introduce yourself to it by trying milder dishes at first. -The climate is hot and humid. The summers can be especially brutal, so make sure you have air conditioning in your home or office. -There is a language barrier. Unless you speak Hindi or another Indian language, you’ll probably have a tough time communicating with people. It’s a good idea to learn some basic phrases before you travel. -Indians are very hospitable. Don’t be surprised if someone invites you into their home for a cup of chai or a meal. It’s just their way of being friendly. – bargaining is expected when shopping. Whether you’re buying groceries or souvenirs, don’t be afraid to haggle with the seller. It’s how things are done in India.
Dealing with culture shock can be tough, but it’s important to keep an open mind and remember that everybody goes through it when they travel to a new country. With a little patience and understanding, you’ll adjust to life in India in no time!
As a green card holder, you have the opportunity to travel the world and experience new cultures. However, it’s important to remember that your green card does not exempt you from following the rules of the country you’re visiting. In order to avoid any issues while traveling, it’s best to be prepared ahead of time.
When traveling to India, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to save money. First, it’s important to know that India is a cash-based society. This means that credit cards and traveler’s checks aren’t widely accepted, so it’s best to bring cash with you. Second, the cost of living in India is relatively low, so you won’t have to spend much money on everyday expenses such as food and lodging. However, you should be prepared for higher costs when it comes to activities such as sightseeing and shopping.
Finally, remember that bargaining is a part of everyday life in India. When shopping for souvenirs or anything else, don’t be afraid to haggle with the vendor in order to get the best price possible. With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to have a enjoyable and budget-friendly trip to India!
Whether you’re planning a trip to India for business or pleasure, it’s important to be aware of the potential health risks that come with travel to this part of the world India is home to a number of diseases that are rare in other parts of the world, and some of these diseases can be deadly if not treated properly.
Before you travel to India, make sure you are up-to-date on all of your vaccinations. This includes vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, typhoid, cholera, and yellow fever. You should also make sure you have adequate health insurance coverage, as medical care in India can be expensive.
Once you arrive in India, there are a number of things you can do to stay healthy. First, it’s important to avoid drinking tap water. Stick to bottled water or water that has been boiled for at least five minutes. It’s also a good idea to avoid raw fruits and vegetables, as they may have been washed in contaminated water. Be sure to peel all fruits and vegetables yourself before eating them.
When it comes to food, stick to cooked items that are served hot. Avoid food that has been sitting out for a long time or that is not cooked all the way through. In general, it’s best to eat food that is freshly prepared rather than food that has been sitting out. If you must eat street food, make sure it is cooked all the way through before you eat it.
It’s also important to avoid contact with animals while you are in India. Animals can carry a number of diseases that can be passed on to humans, so it’s best to steer clear of them altogether. If you must come into contact with an animal, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly afterwards.
By following these simple tips, you can help ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip to India
When traveling to India, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure you have a hassle-free trip. First, you will need to have a valid passport and green card You will also need to get a visa before arriving in India. It is recommended that you apply for a visa at least two months in advance of your trip. You can apply for a visa online or at the Indian consulate in your home country.
Once you have your passport and visa, you will need to pack for your trip. India is a hot country, so pack light, loose-fitting clothing that is comfortable to wear in the heat. Pack sensible shoes as well, as the streets can be dirty and crowded. If you are traveling during the monsoon season (July – September), be sure to pack an umbrella and raincoat.
Other items you should pack include: – sunblock – mosquito repellent – water bottle – snacks – first aid kit – map of India
If you are a green card holder planning to travel to India, there are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to have a successful trip. First, it is important to get a visa before traveling. Second, be sure to bring all the necessary documents with you, including your passport and green card. Finally, research the country thoroughly so that you know what to expect and are prepared for anything. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your trip to India will be safe and enjoyable.