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QUESTION NO.1648 VISA-ON-ARRIVAL AND VISA-FREE ENTRY FOR INDIANS

March 05, 2020

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1648
TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.03.2020

VISA-ON-ARRIVAL AND VISA-FREE ENTRY FOR INDIANS

1648. SHRI ELAMARAM KAREEM:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) the countries in the world which are allowing visa-on-arrival and visa-free entry to Indian passport holders;

(b) the details of increase or decrease in the number of such countries in last five years and the reasons therefor;

(c) the country with maximum visa-free entry into other countries, India’s position in this regard;

(d) the position at which Indian passport is placed among other countries in the world in terms of safety; and

(e) which are the countries that are allowed visa-free entry into India?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) As on date, 16 countries provide visa-free entry and 39 countries provide visa-on-arrival facility to Indian citizens holding ordinary Passports. (list of countries is given at Annexure-I & Annexure-II).

(b) The number of such countries has gradually increased over the years. The increase is due to our own visa liberalization measures including e-Visa as well as our overall bilateral relations with such countries.

(c) There is no official information available on this. However, as per data compiled by Henley & Partners on their website www.henleyglobal.com (popularly known as Henley’s Passport Index), Japan ranks No. 1 in 2020 with 191 countries providing visa-free entry to Japanese nationals. India’s position is at No. 84 in this index.

(d) There is no index/ parameter to rank Indian passport in terms of safety. However, some of the measures that have been put in place by the Ministry to prevent usage of fake passports are given below:

(i) Issuance of machine-readable passports with improved security features and in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) guidelines issued from time to time. Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) has been included in the passports. Details available in MRZ are proving instrumental in detection of forgery in passports.

(ii) Changing the design of Indian Passports with reverse stitching and non-tearable papers to make it more secure.

(iii) Installation of Passport Reading Machines (PRMs) and Questionable Document Examiner (QDX) machines at International Check Posts for verifying the genuineness of the passports and detection of sophisticated forgeries in the travel documents.

(iv) Installation of Immigration Control System (ICS) software which verifies the passport details of passengers to prevent impersonation.

(v) Introduction of Supplementary Letter Screen Image (LSI) in passports to prevent any forgery in data pages.

(vi) The passport database of Ministry of External Affairs has been integrated with Immigration Control System of Bureau of Immigration, which helps in detecting fake/ forged Indian passports at the Immigration Counters on real time basis and strict legal action as per law is taken against persons found involved in forgery of passports.

(e) Citizens of 3 countries (Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives) are granted visa-free access and citizens of 3 countries (Japan, South Korea and UAE) are granted visa-on-arrival by the Government of India.

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