Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, launched a scheme under which a person can apply for passport from anywhere in India regardless of where he actually belongs to. One can choose the Regional Passport Office (RPO) and the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) or Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) to submit the application. She has also taken several steps to simplify the process of applying passport.
Still, Indian passport holders travelling often have to face various issues related to visa. There are 59 countries that either offer visa on arrival or allow enjoying visa-free journeys to the Indian passport holders. However, you still need the stamp of visa to travel across the countries from Europe and America. To give little relief to the Indian passport holders, some new visa rules have been introduced to them. These set of newly updated Visa rules are going to make traveling a lot easier for you.
1. If you are transiting through the international zone of any airport in France, no longer any transit visa is required now.
2. You can easily drive to Myanmar with taking any special permit for the entry. All that you require is to show your e-visa at the check post, which can be obtained within 2 days.
3. Oman grants one-month tourist on arrival visa to the Indian passport holders at an amount of 20 Omani Riyal (Rs 3,700). However, this rule is only applicable if you reside or hold an entry visa to the United States, Canada, Australia, and United Kingdom, Japan or Schengen states. Your spouse and children coming with you may also get a visa on arrival.
4. A transit visa of 72 hours for Kazakhstan is free if you are travelling to any other country through an airline of Kazakhstan.
5. UAE offers a long term visa of 10 years to the investors and highly-skilled professionals. Specialists of science, medicine and research and extraordinary students are provided with such visas.6.
To promote tourism in the Emirates, UAE is offering visa-free travel to the dependents below 18 years accompanying adults from 15th July and 15th September every year. So, it will not be difficult for you to travel across Dubai or Abu Dhabi for a family holiday with kids below 18 years.
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7. Saudi Arabia is now going to issue tourist visa to the women aged 25 years and above even if they are not accompanying any male. This has happened for the first time when moderate Islam has been promised in the country.
8. Visa fee has been reduced to visit Israel for Indian passport holders from Rs 1,700 to Rs 1,100. You can apply for B2 visa category (business, tourism or meeting or conference) to avail this reduced price.
9. Indian passport holders can easily travel to Uzbekistan now by just submitting an e-visa application three days prior to the trip. They can avail a single-entry visa for 30 days.
10. Visa rules to visit Japan were probably as crucial as for US or European countries. However, there is little ease in visa rules of Japan for Indian passport holders. To apply for a short-term stay in Japan or a multiple-entry visa, there is no need of showing an employment certificate or letter of explanation for your visit. You only require your visa application form with a recently clicked photograph and financial proof when you are visiting country for tourism. For your business trip to Japan, submit your documents to show your association with the business entity.
11. Zimbabwe now allows Indian passport holders to get visa on arrival. However, this visa rule for Zimbabwe has been simplified for