More often than not, in today’s day and age, we find ourselves squealing, ‘I need a break!’ We have the money, piled up paid leaves, most certainly the will, and company who feel the same. So what are you waiting for? Tourism today has become easy. Gone are the days when you needed to plan vacay months in advance. The best boon of current times is the ‘Visa on Arrival’. Tempted to take the plunge? Check out these 11 beautiful destinations that offer visa on arrival.
Providing you enter this country by air, your visa on arrival is a sure thing. With a valid visa of 30 days, you can choose to explore this beautiful island country. Luscious paddy fields, live volcanoes, hidden beaches, verdant rainforests and warm hospitality await your arrival. With a good blend of adventurous as well as leisure activities, this is your perfect exotic escapade you have long been planning. Revere the beautiful architecture of the capital city, Hanoi with influences of the French, Chinese and South Asian. Other must visits in Vietnam are Ho Chi Minh City for its beautiful botanical gardens, and the Nha Trang, a coastal resort city. Don’t leave without seeing the Halong Bay.
The archipelago of Indonesia is built up several beautiful small islands, each unique in its own way. With distinctive cultures throughout the nation, spirituality and panoramic views, this is a must visit if you seek closeness to the nature. Borobudur Temple, Raja Ampat Islands, Prambanan Temples, Ijen Crater are some of the must-visits here.
You can get your visa on arrival here; in case you are capable of showing that you have funds summing up to at least USD 150 per day of your stay in Seychelles and a return or onward ticket. Once that is sorted, sit back and enjoy the pristine blue waters and untouched white sand beaches in Mahe. The Bicentennial monument and the Aride island are good places to explore too.
With a booming tourism industry, Thailand has visa on arrival for most nationals. A good mélange of vivacity and serenity, this country won’t cease to entertain you. Vivacious cities of Bangkok, Pattaya and the island of Koh Samui serve as the perfect party destinations. For those seeking tranquility, the quieter islands of Koh Tao, Koh Pha Nagn and Krabi are ideal.
You can obtain a visa for Cambodia at border checkpoints and the two airports of this nation – Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, by paying a sum of USD 35 as visa fee. If required, you might even have to convince the Visa official that you are capable enough to pay for your accommodation expenses while in the country. Home to quite a few heritage sites, Cambodia is rustically exotic. The Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, and the Koh Rong offer great Cambodian experiences.
Closer home is Bhutan. Essentially a Buddhist kingdom, Bhutan offer rich spiritual and sensory experiences in the form of some great activities. In a nutshell, this nation is all things holistic. Nestled in the lap of Himalayas, Bhutan paints a picture of rugged mountains, towering monasteries reaching the blue skies. Taktsang Palphug Monastery, Punakha Dzong, Dochula Pass, Buddha Dordenma are some of the top listed things to do of Bhutan.
A USD 50 fee and proof that you can fund yourself accommodation and other travel expenses, Kenya will provide you your visa on arrival. Given the rich wildlife of the nation, the most obvious thing to do here, would ideally be taking a safari in the in the Maasai Mara National reserve. Follow this by camping on the rive Mara, game viewing at the Tsavo National Park East and the Diani Beach for a leisurely day.
Paying a visa fee of USD 25, any Indian passport holder can get a 30 day visa on arrival in Sri Lanka. A city tour of the capital Colombo, wil provide you a good insight into the history of this place, an evening at one of the tropical beaches will leave you satisfied. Being a small island nation, you can actually cover the entire in a day’s time. The Pinnawala elephant orphanage will humble you! The Yala national park, is a delight of the wildlife lover.
A 30 day on arrival visa can be obtained at a visa fee of USD 40, to an Indian passport holder. A tropical heaven, Laos is beautiful set amidst mountains, rivers, monasteries and temples. Having similar characteristics of its neighboring countries- Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand, Laos is a rich blend of history, culture and cuisine. Having something for everyone, do not miss the Kuang Si Falls, The Living Land Company, Old Quarter Luang Prabang and the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park.
This landlocked gem will surprise you with the opportunities it will give you. With tourism tagline – ‘Once is not enough’, this country will certainly have you going back. In fact, you don’t even need a passport to go to Nepal! The capital Kathmandu will have you amazed with its thriving culture. On your visit here don’t miss out on Swayambhunath Temple, Kopan Monastery, Garden of Dreams and the many camping, h8iking, rafting opportunities.
The only condition to get a visa on arrival here is a passport that has a validity of 6 month at least from your date of arrival here, and a visa fee of USD 45. An island nation, Cape Verde has a plethora of beaches, volcanoes and great hikes providing spectacular views. A beautiful balance of the old and the new, Cape Verde has some of Africa’s most educated and rich people. Praia de Santa Maria, Praia de Chaves, Buracona – Olho Azul, Buracona – Olho Azul and the Buracona – Olho Azul are some of the top attractions of the this nation.