Visa Free Entry to Indians is Increasing

Rising economic might of India is increasing the importance of India in the global economy. It should be noted that the Indian economy is the fastest growing large economy in the world and is expected to become the third largest economy in the world by 2030 and probably a $5 trillion economy by the end of 2028 itself.

This simple but very important fact is forcing the countries of the world to review their overall public and economic policies in the matter of India to fit in the new reality. They are adjusting their policies at every level irrespective of the political spectrum.

Visa Free Entry is a policy which allows the citizens of a specific country to enter and live in the country for a specific duration without a Visa. This is done to attract citizens of that specific country and increase economic activities leading to better economic, political and foreign relations. In the increasing globalization environment and multilateral world, it has become imperative for nations to engage with other countries in bilateral, regional and multilateral relationships.

Over time, the number of countries that offer Visa Free Entry and Visa on Arrival to Indian citizens/passports is increasing. Higher is the number of countries offering Visa Free entry the stronger the Visa is considered. As per Henley Passport Index, 2023, 60 countries permit Visa free entry to Indian citizens to enter their territories. There are two countries where there is freedom of movement to Indian citizens.

It is expected that the number of countries allowing Indian citizens Visa Free Entry to their territories will increase significantly in the next few years as India takes charge of Global South as a responsible global leader. Also the implementation of India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor will increase economic interaction with countries leading to more openness and acceptance of Indian passports.

Dr Rajeev K Upadhyay

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