Permits in India
India is a
country of diversified culture where you can find many religions, communities
and languages. With varied culture throughout the country, although there is
freedom of movement, there are some places to which the Government of India
restricts the entry.
basically restricted to the Union Territories and to some places in the
North-East region of India. Preservation of culture from the external
influences of today’s modern culture being one of the main reasons these areas
are categorized as protected areas and restricted areas.
come under these protected and restricted areas are parts of Himachal Pradesh,
Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and whole of Arunachal Pradesh,
Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep and
of Travel Permit
foreigners entering any of the above mentioned areas need a travel permit
issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs or any regulatory body authorized by the
Ministry of Home Affairs. There are places to which the entry of Indian
citizens is also restricted; in such case, they need to obtain an Inner Line
is entering these areas with a valid Inner Line Permit, Protected Area Permit
(PAP) or Restricted Area Permit (RAP) should adhere to the following guidelines
issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
- Permit is
valid for group tourists with more than two persons.
- Tourists are
to travel through the specific routes and use the specific entry and exit
- Copy of
permit must be deposited at each entry and exit points
- The permit
holder shall not stay back in the protected or restricted area
- Foreigners are
allowed to travel to the above places by air only
- While traveling,
the permit holders are allowed to travel only on the National Highways unless
permitted to use other roads
also states that citizens of Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, foreign nationals of
Pakistani origin and Myanmar will not be issued permits without the approval
from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Pertaining to Specific Areas
& Nicobar Islands – Coming
under the restricted area, tourists arriving by air will be issued a permit to
stay for 30 days. If tourists are arriving by sea, permit has to be obtained in
advance to purchase the ticket. Individual tourists are permitted.
Pradesh – Protected Area
tourists are not permitted and 10-day permit is issued to tourist groups who plan
to stick to the specified route. To request permit to enter the additional
trekking route, tourists should apply for it 4 weeks in advance.
Himachal Pradesh – Partially Protected
tourists are not allowed and permit is for trekking only.
Kashmir – Restricted
tourists are not entertained, with 7-day permit, the travel groups can travel
only on the identified circuit.
Islands – Protected Area
nationals and foreigners need to obtain permit to visit Agatti island.
tourists not allowed and with 6-day permit, travelers have to travel by air
from Calcutta to Imphal.
tourists not permitted. With 6-day permit, tourists have to stay on the identified
route. Application for permit must be made 4 weeks in advance.
allowed with an entry permit for the Ministry of Home Affairs or any regulatory
body authorized by the Ministry.
entry permit issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs or the authorized
organization is required to enter the protected areas.
Partially Protected Area
tourists with valid travel permits allowed for 15 days, whereas to west Sikkim,
individual tourists are not allowed. Here, permit is only for trekking.
– Partially Protected Area
tourists are not permitted.
In any of
the above mentioned areas, tourists are expected to adhere to the rules and
regulations specified by the Ministry of Home Affairs ‑ wavering from these
rules and guidelines will be considered as crime.