While it may not seem this way, the Indian passport actually does afford quite a bit of flexibility for Indian travelers who want to go abroad without going through all the messy business of applying for all kinds of visas and paying all those high fees. There are places all over the world that are happy to have Indian tourists show up and enjoy their shores for a couple of weeks up to three months.
Officials and Diplomats
Indian officials and diplomats have much more leeway with visa-free travel than a normal citizen. Their passports allow visa-free travel to many more countries such as Brazil, Japan, Mexico and Russia.
Visa Requirements in North America and the Caribbean
Most countries in this area require a visa of Indian citizens. However, the countries of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands allow passage for times ranging from 2 weeks to 3 months visa-free.
Visa Requirements in South America
Almost all of South America requires a visa for entry of holders of regular Indian passports. The only exception is Ecuador, which allows entry for 30 days.
Visa Requirements in Europe
No country in Europe allows a holder of a regular Indian passport entry without a visa.
Visa Requirements in Africa
Most of Africa will not allow the entry of holders of normal Indian passports. However, the exceptions include countries along Africa's east coast such as Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia, which offer visas on entry into the country.
Visa Requirements in Asia
Many places in Asia will allow entry for Indian passport holders visa-free or with an on-the-spot visa. These places include Bhutan, Hong Kong, Iran, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.
Vincent Runyon is a writer working out of Portland, Ore. His work has been featured in "The Oregon Voice" and "Portland Monthly." Runyon received two bachelor's degrees from the University of Oregon. His greatest passions are traveling to new and different places and enjoying a good basketball game. Usually the two are mutually exclusive.