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Long weekend getaways: 5 countries that offer visa-on-arrival

  • Highlights

  • The year 2019 has 11 potentially long weekends lined up

  • Which makes it a great time to plan your weekend getaways

  • Check out 5 great holiday destinations that offer minimal paperwork and can be visited at a moment’s notice

Did you know, 2019 has 11 potentially long weekends lined up. This means you have the option to plan multiple mini-vacations to the most exotic destinations.

Take the Holi weekend for instance. With the most colorful festival of the year being celebrated on Thursday, 21st March, you only need to take Friday off to make it an extended weekend! And with plenty of options to choose from, you can easily sneak in an impromptu international trip.

Check out our list of five countries that offer visa-on-arrival and make for a great getaway, especially at a moment’s notice.

1. Indonesia

Known for its cultural diversity and vibrancy, Indonesia is a perfect weekend getaway. You can enjoy various activities ranging from sightseeing to water sports in Bali, Java, Sumatra, and Jakarta. Take a day to relax on the beautiful beaches or get therapeutic massages that the country is famous for. Don’t miss out the underwater temple at Pemuteran Bay or spelunking at Goa Peteng in Bali to add a little action to your vacation. Flight tickets for a round-trip journey can range from Rs.18,000 to Rs.28,000 depending on the dates you choose and the number of layovers. As you will stay here for less than 30 days, you won’t need a visa, and you can experience this beautiful country with a budget of Rs.70,000 to Rs.1 lakh.

2. Hong Kong

Offering a stay of up to 14 days without a visa, Hong Kong has a lot in store for you and the whole family. You can experience everything from shopping at Temple Street Night market to enjoying rides at Disneyland or Ocean Park to fine dining at top restaurants here. Explore the ghost town of Ma Wan Village or enjoy the unusual activity of smashing things up at the Ikari Area in Hong Kong! With a budget of Rs.80,000 or more you can enjoy the night life at SoHo, Victoria Harbour, and Lan Kwai Fong. Flight tickets for a return journey can cost you between approximately Rs.25,000 and Rs. 31,000 or more depending on when you book you tickets.

3. Jamaica

Are you looking for a relaxing vacation in the Caribbean? If so, Jamaica may be the perfect destination for you. Stay in Negril, Montego Bay, Kingston, and Falmouth for up to 30 days without a visa. Explore the Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth and enjoy a unique dining experience at Floyd’s Pelican Bar, that is located 400 metres from Negril’s coast, amidst the sea. With a budget of Rs.90,000, you can enjoy places such as the Bob Marley Mausoleum, the Dolphin Cove, and the Blue Mountains or relax on the shore of Winnifred. Book a round trip by flight for an approximate cost of Rs.93,000 to Rs, 1,30,000.

4. Kenya

For just Rs.3500, you can get a visa on arrival to explore the beauty of this country that is abundant in wildlife and rolling landscapes. Take a wildlife safari, visit the Giraffe Centre, and experience the culture of the country with a budget of Rs.70,000 or more. You can also visit the Malindi Museum and enjoy the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve. Don’t miss out on thrift shopping in Nairobi, where you can find shoes, bags, and handicrafts at a bargain. On your return trip, you can also visit Maasai Mara, Nairobi, and Tsavo Ngong Hills.

5. Thailand

From shopping in Bangkok to leisure activities in Krabi islands, Thailand may just be the destination you need to de-stress from hustle and bustle of your life. Enjoy the breath-taking view at Phi-Phi islands and Phang Nga Bay or visit the Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park to truly experience the beauty of nature. You can request for a visa on arrival that allows you a stay of 15 days and enjoy this mini vacation with a pocket-friendly budget of Rs.70,000. Round-trip flight tickets for Thailand can cost you between Rs.16,000 to Rs.20,000 depending on when you finalise your booking.

Finance an action-packed itinerary for the long weekend by availing a personal loan for travel from Bajaj Finserv. With loans up to Rs.25 lakh on offer at nominal interest rates, you can cover all the expenses of your holiday, from travel tickets to accommodation and even your shopping! Get approval instantly and have the money in your bank within just 24 hours. Check your pre-approved offer and enjoy instant hassle-free financing.

DISCLAIMER: The personal loan features mentioned in this article are subject to change, based on policy revisions. For the updated product details, please visit the Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan page here.


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