6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now!

Tripoto
6th Oct 2017
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Being a traveller with an Indian passport is a feat in itself. The cumbersome visa process involved to visit a new country often discourages many people from travelling outside India. If you are one of those lucky ones who has successfully bagged a Schengen visa to visit Europe, I have more good news. Apart from giving you access to 26 Schengen countries, your valid Schengen visa can be used to visit several other spectacular non-EU countries as well!

Here is a list of six such fabulous countries you can head to if you have a valid Schengen visa:

The Philippines is a southeast Asian country in the western-Pacific region comprising of over 7,000 gorgeous islands. The pristine beauty of this place is comparable to none. Enjoy the welcoming friendly locals, serene untouched beaches, tropical climate, delicious Filipino cuisine and much more when you visit this paradise. Indian passport holders do not require a tourist visa provided that they hold a valid visa for any Schengen country and their travel period does not exceed 14 days.

Find more information here.

Best time to visit: 

November to April when there is relatively less rainfall and the weather is pleasant.

Where to stay: 

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences (Rs 5,079), The Bayleaf Intramuros (Rs 3,307)

For more options, check here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Boracay, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Mactan, Rizal Park, Banaue Rice Terraces, Manila Ocean Park, Manila Ocean Park, Fort Santiago, Burnham Park, Basilica del Santo Niño and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Philippines:

Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar

Colombia is located on the northern tip of the continent of South America. If you have been watching Narcos you would be very well aware of its past reputation. The country has come a long way from that and the government has taken several measures to bring peace to the nation, following which tourism has seen a boom. Enjoy the exceptional beauty of its Caribbean coastline, lush rainforest, spectacular Andes Mountain, when you visit this amazing country. Nationals of India can enter this country without a visa and stay for 90 days provided they hold a valid type C or D Schengen visa with a validity of at least 180 days from the day of arrival.

Find more information here.

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit Colombia is from December to March when this country sees plenty of sunny days which is ideal for relaxing on the beach.

Where to stay:

Biohotel Organic Suites (Rs 3,745), Nico Apartasuites (Rs 4,076)

For more options, check here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

San Andrés, Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Gold Museum, Chicamocha National Park, Las Lajas Sanctuary, Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, Arví Park, Rosario Islands, and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Colombia:

Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar

Croatia, with its long coastline on the Adriatic Sea, is one of the most beautiful spots in eastern Europe. The shooting location of many Game of Thrones scenes, Croatia is blessed with spectacular beaches, incredible national parks, magnificent mountains and quaint little villages. Holders of valid uniform short stay visas (with two or multiple entries), long stay visas or permits of residence issued by Schengen countries, do not require a visa for transit or intended stay in the territory of the Republic of Croatia that does not exceed 90 days in any period of the 180 day-period.

Find more information here.

Best time to visit:

The months of May, June, September and October is great time to visit Croatia as the weather is pleasant and sunny which is ideal for swimming in the sea and sunbathing.

Where to stay:

Anastasia Suites Zagreb (Rs 3,161), Lobagola B&B (Rs 3,084)

For more options, check here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Krka National Park, Hvar, Brač, Korčula, Diocletian's Palace, Mljet, Lokrum, Museum of Broken Relationships, Paklinski Islands and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Croatia:

Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar

Turkey is a transcontinental country spanning portions of both Europe and Asia. This culturally rich nation has influences of Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Ordinary, special and service passport holders from India with a valid Schengen members visa or residence permit will get a single entry e-visa valid for one month if they meet the eligibility criteria. You can get your e-visa to Turkey here.

Find more information here.

Best time to visit:

April to May and from September to mid November respectively, are the ideal times to visit Turkey when the temperatures are pleasant and the skies are clear.

Where to stay:

Color Homes Bomonti (Rs 3,239), Hotel Life Room (Rs 2,579)

For more options, check here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Pamukkale, Mount Nemrut, Golden Horn, Temple of Artemis, Hippodrome of Constantinople, Dolmabahçe Palace, Basilica Cistern, and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Turkey:

Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar

Romania is the largest of the Balkan countries, in the southeastern region of Europe. It is famous for well-preserved medieval towns, the Dracula Castle, fortified churches and the scenic forest of Transylvania, surrounded by Carpathian Mountains. Holders of valid uniform short stay visas (with two or multiple entries), long stay visas or permits of residence issued by Schengen countries, are allowed to enter Romania without a Romanian short stay visa.

Find more information here.

Best time to visit:

From March to June and September to October is ideal time to visit Romania according to both travel cost and weather.

Where to stay:

Christina Hotel (Rs 6,092), Grand Apartments (Rs 2,768)

For more options, check here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Bran Castle, Peleș Castle, Palace of the Parliament, Salina Turda, Corvin Castle, Poiana Brașov, Voroneț Monastery, Voroneț Monastery, Mogoșoaia Palace, National Museum of Art of Romania, Lake Vidraru and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Romania:

Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar

Georgia is a Eurasian country located in the Caucasus region. This country is home to Europe's highest village, mysterious cave cities, ancient churches, surreal museums and much more. Indians holding a visa and/or a residence permit of any country listed here may enter and stay in Georgia without a visa for 90 calendar days in any 180-day period.

Find more information here.

Best time to visit:

The best months to visit are May, June and September when there is no extremes of temperature. 

Where to stay:

Artists Residence in Tbilisi (Rs 5,712), Leather Lane (Rs 5,376)

For more options, check here.

Amazing places you shouldn't miss:

Georgia Aquarium, Rock City, World of Coca-Cola, Forsyth Park, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Stone Mountain, Providence Canyon State Park, and many more.

A glimpse of the beauty of Georgia:

Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar
Photo of 6 Outstanding Non-EU Countries You Can Visit With Your Valid Schengen Visa Now! by Shipra Shekhar

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