The top 5 destination countries for Indian Nationals are as follows

  • Saudi Arabia

Indians in Saudi Arabia are the largest community of expatriates in Saudi Arabia. More than 1.5 lakh Muslims travel for Hajj.

  • United States of America

In 2018, there were nearly 13.8 lakh overseas visitors from India to the United States. Most of the Indians visit US for business purpose. It also includes travel by around 2 lakh Indian students in US. The Indians students make around 18% of all international students in US.

  • Kuwait

There are around 12 lakh overseas visitors from India to Kuwait.  The Indian community in Kuwait mostly hails from Southern states of India like Kerala and Tamil Nadu.  Indians in Kuwait are the largest community of expatriates.

  • Singapore

In 2018, 13.2 lakh Indians visited Singapore.  In terms of the number of tourists to Singapore, India ranks 3 ( after China and Indonesia). Singapore is very well connected to many Indian cities. There is a good mix of leisure travel and corporate trips. They also offer a 96 hour visa free transit facility. Read here

  • Thailand

India is ranked 6th in terms of tourist arrivals in Thailand. Around 15 lakh Indians travel to Thailand each year and this number is growing exponentially owing to the cheaper flights and better connectivity from India.

Some of the other notable mentions for Top 5 destination list are

  1. Malayasia
  2. Bhutan
  3. United Kingdom
  4. United Arab Emirates

The top 5 airports for International departures are Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai and Hyderabad.



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