Want to make international travel plans for the one last time in 2023? It is not only possible but also very easy to plan a spontaneous international holiday in this short time. What if, you can do that without going through the hurdles of visa application? Also with trips that are affordable on your pockets? There are countries around the world that allow visa-free travel for Indians and the list has been growing ever since. Additionally, many of these visa-free countries for Indians also offer affordable tour packages. 

Here is a list of 10 visa-free countries for Indians for your year end travel plans!

1. Nepal

Mount Annapurna, Nepal
Prayer flags from Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal
Image Credit: Pisit Rapitpunt

If you are a fan of nature as well as adventure, the neighbouring country of Nepal offers a mix of both. From the breathtaking natural scenery of Nepal’s mountainous terrains, the adventurous tour of some of the highest peaks like Mount Everest to the cultural richness of the country at ancient temples in Kathmandu. The best time to visit Nepal is from October to January. Some unmissable attractions for your Nepal trip include Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Budha Stupa, Sagarmatha National Park, Kopan Monastery, etc. 

Owing to peace and friendship treaties between India and Nepal, the country allows visa-free travel for Indians. Since a Nepal Visa for Indians is not required as well as there are several options for cheap flight bookings to Nepal from India, many Indian tourists are lured to visit the country. 

2. Bhutan

Punakha Dzong Monastery, Bhutan
Punakha Dzong Monastery, one of the largest monastery in Asia, Punakha, Bhutan
Image Credit: Khantachai C

Another one of India’s neighbouring countries on the list of visa-free countries for Indians is the ‘Buddhist Kingdom on the Himalayas’ Eastern edge – Bhutan’. For those tourists looking for a quaint international getaway that is easy on the pocket, Bhutan is no less than a sanctuary for the soul with its monasteries and dzongs. However, on the other side, you will be thrilled to see some dramatic landscapes. For example, a Bhutan Tour Package staple, the Paro Taktsang Monastery has to hands down one surreal view. To visit Bhutan, Indians do not require a Bhutan Visa, just an entry permit is enough for a stay of up to 7 days. So pick this interestingly beautiful country for your Christmas holidays 2023. 

3. Fiji Islands

Tivua Island in Fiji
The tropical retreat of Tivua Island in Fiji
Image Credit: Ignacio Moya Coronado

For those who love the beach and water, the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific is an amazing tropical retreat for your visa-free New Year travel plans. The island country of Fiji is a paradisiacal land. Some must-try experiences on your trip to Fiji include hiking the stunning trails, diving or surfing the reefs, lazing around the white-sand beaches or learning about the Fijian culture. 

Elevate your Christmas 2023 Fiji vacation by booking your hotels online for some luxurious stays at beach resorts overlooking the South Pacific Ocean. Luckily, Indians do not require a Fiji Visa. Instead, a Fiji visa on arrival for Indians is necessary.

4. Thailand

Inthanon Mountain, Thailand
Landscape of two pagodas on the top of Inthanon Mountain, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Image Credit: Take Photo

Calling all the nature lovers, party animals as well as thrill seekers! Starting November 10, 2023, Thailand Visa has been suspended temporarily, adding the country to the list of ‘visa-free countries for Indians’, for up to May 10, 2024. So, what are you waiting for? Make an impromptu vacation plan to bring in the new year with our all-inclusive Thailand Tour Packages. From the bustling city lives of Bangkok and Pattaya to the laidback adventures of Phuket and Krabi, you will be spoilt for choices between azure blue beaches, hidden lagoons, ornate temples, crazy nightlife, Thai food, spas and shopping. 

Also Read: Thailand Trip: 15 Things Thailand Is Famous For?

5. Sri Lanka

Seema Malaka temple, Sri Lanka
Buddha statues in Seema Malaka temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Image Credit: TRphotos

Recently, even the neighbouring country of Sri Lanka has been allowing Indians to enter the country without a Sri Lanka visa up to March 31st, 2024. While the island country is known to share a lot of similarities with India, you will still be mesmerised by Sri Lanka’s natural beauty and culture. Our affordable Sri Lanka Tour Packages will give you a dive into its rich history and culture, serene landscapes, spectacular wildlife with safaris and thrilling watersports. When in Sri Lanka, you cannot miss a picturesque train journey passing through some gorgeous locations. 

Also Read: Top Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Sri Lanka!

6. Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur city skyline at dusk, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Image Credit: Patrick Foto

One of the most popular tourist destinations from India, Malaysia can be the best place to ring in the New Year 2024. Make use of your year-end holidays for a Malaysia trip for a glimpse into the multicultural Malaysian life. The country’s landscape is a perfect mix of towering skyscrapers as well as beaches, rainforests and national parks. 

Since Indians can travel without visa to Malaysia, it’s easier to explore its marvellous tourist spots like the Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, LEGOLAND Malaysia, Penang, etc. Visitors coming in for tourism purposes can stay without a Malaysia Visa for 30 days. However, Indians need to apply for MDAC  before their trip to Malaysia. The Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC) is a single entry card issued as per your travel dates. The process is 100% online and Akbartravels.com can process it in less than 2 hours for you. 

Also Read: 10 Most Popular Tourist Places In Malaysia

7. Seychelles

La Digue Seychelles
Tropical beach in Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Seychelles
Image Credit: fokke baarssen

Ditch the hassles of going through visa procedures, simply choose a Seychelles Tour Package and book your flight tickets to Seychelles from India. This country is not only a scenic masterclass but is also one of the visa-free countries for Indians. If you are someone who loves the waters, Seychelles is an excellent tourist destination for you. You will surely be overwhelmed with tranquil beaches, serene waters and the must-try Seychellois cuisine. 

8. Indonesia

Hindu temples in Bali in Indonesia
Gates to one of the Hindu temples in Bali, Indonesia
Image Credit: Nikita Shchavelev

Over the past couple of years, Indonesia’s Bali has claimed to be a popular tourist destination, especially for honeymooners. Apart from Bali, Indonesia is blessed with many beautiful locations like Ubud, Canggu, Kuta, Lombok and Gili Islands. Island hopping, surfing, trekking and exploring coral reefs and lush forests are some things to do on a trip to Indonesia, offering visa-free travel for Indians. 

Note: There has been a change in the Indonesia Visa programme. Please check Indonesia’s Embassy site before booking your trip. 

9. Kenya

Giraffes and Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya
Giraffes and Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya’s National Park
Image Credit: Volodymyr Burdiak

Kenya is blessed with some distinct flora and fauna, home to diverse landscapes like savannah, lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands and also the Big Five. From the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, Narok’s Maasai Mara Reserve to snorkelling in Mombasa, Kenya offers a packaged deal of adventures. 

Kenya is going to join the list of many African countries to welcome Indians to visit the country without a Kenya Visa from January 2024. 

Since you do not have to go through the hassle of getting a visa, your travel plans become much more easier. These are some of the best tourist destinations, also visa-free countries for Indians that are perfect for some year-end travel plans. Have you visited any of these countries or some other visa-free countries? Tell us in the comments below. 

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