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How to get a visa in India

Indian passport holders can visit Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan without a visa, but they must first obtain a special permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

But it’s not as easy as it sounds, and it’s one of the challenges that India faces as it tries to maintain its relationship with Myanmar and Myanmar is a crucial security partner for India. 

According to the ministry, Myanmar has a visa-free regime.

But some people don’t think that’s possible. 

“I think it’s better to travel in Myanmar if you want to visit Bangladesh,” said Bali resident Anjum Khan, 28, who works in a tourism company in Dhaka. 

However, he added that he’s not a fan of the Myanmar visa.

“I don’t like the people who came here for business,” he said.

“They have the money and are trying to live their life here.”

The visa-less trip in Myanmar would cost around Rs 20,000, but he wouldn’t want to miss out. 

The tourist visa has an entry fee of Rs 10,000.

“It’s a bit pricey,” he added. 

A few other people, like Narsingh, a 28-year-old student from Delhi, who is also working in a travel agency, agreed.

“But we’ll go if we get a good visa, even if it’s only a tourist visa,” she said. 

What’s next?

It’s not clear whether Myanmar’s visa-exempt regime will continue in the future. 

Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar has been sealed since the end of March, and many foreigners in Bangladesh fear that their passports will be confiscated.

“Myanmar has done this for a long time.

Now it’s just happening again.

The government wants to put a ban on visas,” said Chitrang Singh, a 27-year old from Delhi.