India's most visa friendly/unfriendly neighbors!

This post is a quick compilation of India's neighboring countries and the ease of visit w.r.t. visa friendliness. If you're keen to explore neighboring countries first instead of going to far away places, here's how easy or difficult it is.
#
Country
Visa Process
Visa Friendly Rank
1
Nepal
Free, On Arrival, Not even passport is needed
1
2
Bhutan
Free, on arrival
No visa needed for border town
2
3
Maldives
Free, on arrival
2
4
Srilanka
ETA in 5 mins, 20 USD
Update: Free Visa on Arrival from Aug 2019
3
5
Myanmar
eVisa, 50 USD, 2-3 days
[details] [Border village in Moreh free to visit]
4

6
Bangladesh
Free to apply, physical submission needed (DEL/BOM/Kolkata or Agrathala) or use an agent- 7 to 10 days [Details]
5
7
Afghanistan
Free to apply, physical submission needed- only in Delhi or Mumbai
5
8
China
Need to apply in person or via Agency, 1 week, around 7000 Rs [Details]
6
9
Pakistan
Visa issuance very unlikely with rare exceptions (religious events or family ties)
Indians have no intention to tour Pakistan either due to enemy notion
7
10
Indonesia
Free Visa On Arrival only at select airports- Jakartha, Bali etc. 
2
Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar can be visited via Land Borders. Other countries need to be visited via flight only. No practical ferry service yet between India and Srilanka/Maldivies, but is expected soon.
In terms of flight cost, Srilanka, Nepal and Bangladesh will be cheapest to visit- with return tickets often available for under INR 10000 from nearest big cities like Chennai/Delhi/Kolkata.

Indonesia is added as one of its locations- Bandah Aceh is about 100 kms from India's south most post- Indira Point

Except Afghanistan and Pakistan I have visited all other neighbors. Afghanistan shares a small border with India which is now Pak Occupied Kashmir- so there's no real/practical border with India so practically it is not a neighbor though technically is. Pakistan we can't visit- very unlikely to get visa, no flights are operating between India and Pakistan right now either.

6 comments:

  1. #2 - No VISA needed if entering by road. All border towns with India have free access (remember our road-trip to Samdrup Jonkhar?) ;-)

    #9 - A lot of Indians in fact do wish to visit Pakistan :)

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  2. Please update Bangladesh visa information by adding Guwahati. Free to apply, physical submission needed (DEL/BOM/Kolkata or Agrathala or Guwahati). Bangladesh has a High Commission in Guwahati too. You can apply for any kind of visa there also.

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