Indians Can Explore Thailand Visa-Free: Discover the Details and Top 5 Visa-Free Destinations
The excellent news is here from Thailand! Thai Tourism has announced that Indian nationals will be able to enter Thailand without a visa starting on November 10th, 2023, and continuing until May 2024. If you are considering a trip to Thailand, now is the perfect moment since there’s a perfect opportunity for Indian passport holders to enter the nation without a visa.
Thailand Tourism has expanded the offer to allow visitors to stay in the nation for up to 30 days.
India is the 4th largest source market for tourists in Thailand
With around 1.2 million visitors so far this year, India has ranked as Thailand’s fourth-largest source market for tourists, behind Malaysia, China, and South Korea. Inbound travel from India showed hints of an increase as more airlines and hotel chains targeted the market.
Thailand’s new government hopes the travel industry can make up for the country’s persistently low exports, which have hampered economic growth, and the country is targeting roughly 28 million visitors in 2023.
It should be mentioned that 12 lakh visitors have arrived in Thailand so far this year, all from India, making it the country’s fourth-largest source of tourism. India ranks second in terms of passenger numbers to Thailand, behind Malaysia, China, and South Korea.
Before the pandemic, China was the top travel destination in Bangkok, accounting for 11 million of the total 39 million arrivals in 2019.
According to the most recent government figures, around 22 million tourists traveled to Thailand between January and October 29, spending 927.5 billion baht ($25.67 billion). To attract more tourists, particularly in light of the blow it suffered during COVID-19, Thai Tourism also opened its facilities to visitors from China. Indians are happy with the move, which follows Sri Lanka’s announcement that Indian tourists would no longer need a visa to enter the country.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, October 24, on social media site X by the nation’s minister of foreign affairs, Ali Sabry. “As a pilot project, the Cabinet approves the immediate issuance of free visas to India, China, Russia, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand through March 31st,” he stated.
A List Of Top 5 Places To Visit Visa-Free
According to Henley and Partners’ most recent Passport Index (2023), Indian passport holders can enter up to 57 countries without a visa. This list comprises nations that offer services like electronic travel authorization (ETA), visa-free travel, and visa-on-arrival. If you’re thinking about taking a holiday trip overseas, here is a list of the fabulous top five places Indians can now visit without the hassle of having a visa.
Cook Islands: The Cook Islands are a stunning island nation in the Pacific Ocean that is ruled by New Zealand. It has lovely beaches, pleasant weather, and a welcoming culture. A 30-day stay without a visa is permitted for visitors. Although a visa is not required, tourists must make sure their passport has a page open for a visa stamp and is valid for at least six months after the date of departure.
Mauritius: Well-known for its brilliant coral reefs, gorgeous lagoons, and immaculate white sand beaches. India and more than 100 other countries’ passport holders can enter Mauritius for a 90-day stay without a need for a visa.
Bhutan: A visa is not needed for stays in Bhutan of seven days or less. All you need is a current passport or other acceptable form of identification.
Hong Kong: Indian passport holders are permitted entry into Hong Kong for a stay of up to 14 days without a visa.
Barbados: Known as the ‘Jewel of the Caribbean,’ Barbados is renowned for its gorgeous beaches. For visits lasting no more than ninety days, Indian nationals visiting Barbados do not require a tourist visa.
There is a trend showing that boards of various overseas places and tourism bodies are pursuing Indian travelers more and more. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, Singapore, Thailand, UK, Qatar, Kuwait, Canada, and Oman are the top destinations for Indians visiting overseas, according to statistics released by Indian authorities.