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Information About Permits for North East India

North East India Permits and Where to Get Them

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Information About Permits for North East India

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Most north east India states require tourists to obtain permits to visit them. This is due to ethnic violence, as well as the region's sensitive location bordering Bhutan, China, and Myanmar. Here's what you need to know about permits for the north east of India, and where to get them.

Note: The Indian government has relaxed permit requirements for foreigners to promote tourism to the North East. Foreigners no longer have to obtain special permits to visit Mizoram, Manipur, and Nagaland. (The requirement still remains for Arunachal Pradesh). Foreigners must, however, register themselves with the Foreigner's Registration Office (District Superintendent of Police) within 24 hours of entry to each state. In addition, the permit exemption doesn't apply to citizens of specified countries, including Pakistan and China, who continue to require prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs before their visit to these three states.

Arunachal Pradesh Permits

  • Indian tourists need an Innner Line Permit. This is available from any Government of Arunachal Pradesh office. Download application form.
  • Foreigners require a Protected Area Permit (PAP). The permit requirements were relaxed in 2008, and now only two or more people need travel together. PAPs are available for a duration of 30 days, and cost $50 per person. In reality, the best way of getting the PAP is though a travel agent. If you want to do it yourself, you can also readily obtain one from the Delhi Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (East Block-VIII, Level-II, Sector-1, R.K. Puram, New Delhi). Apparently, other recommended government offices and Indian Embassies abroad aren't particularly knowledgeable or helpful. Download application form.

Assam Permits

Entry permits aren't required for Indians or foreigners.

Manipur Permits

  • Indian tourists visiting Manipur via Dimapur/Kohima require an Inner Line Permit to pass through Nagaland. This is available from any Nagaland House, or Government of Nagaland office. Download application form.
  • Foreigners require a Protected Area Permit (PAP), and must travel in groups of four or more people, or a married couple. You'll only be allowed to stay for 10 days, and visit a limited number of places namely Imphal, Loktak Lake, Moirang INA Memorial, Keibul Lamjao Deer Sanctuary, Waithou Lake, and Khongjom War Memorial. It's best to apply for the PAP at Delhi Manipur Bhawan (2 Dardar Patel Marg, New Delhi. Ph: +91 11 6870101). If you apply at the Guwahati Manipur Bhawan, expect to wait 2-4 weeks for your application to be processed. The application fee for a permit is 10 rupees, plus an additional 1,500 rupees per person if your permit is granted. Download application form.

Meghalaya Permits

Entry permits aren't required for Indians or foreigners.

Mizoram Permits

  • Indian tourists need an Innner Line Permit. This is available from any Mizoram House. It's also available at Lenpui Airport, for tourists arriving by flight.
  • Foreigners require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP), and must travel in groups of four or more people, or a married couple. You'll only be allowed to stay for 10 days, and visit limited areas. It's best to get the RAP from Delhi Mizoram House (Circular Road, Chankyapuri, New Delhi. Ph: +91 11 3016408. +91 11 6440954).

Nagaland Permits

  • Indian tourists need an Innner Line Permit. This is available from any Nagaland House, or Government of Nagaland office. Download application form.
  • Foreigners require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP), and must travel in groups of four or more people, or a married couple. You may be advised to apply for the RAP at the Foreigner's Regional Registration Office in Kolkata. However, feedback indicates that this office is extremely inefficient in processing applications. Indian Embassies overseas, which are another potential source of RAPs, can also be challenging. Apparently, the best place to apply for the RAP is Nagaland House in Delhi (29 Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi. Ph: +91 11 23012296). The cost is nominal. It's also possible to get RAPs from travel agents, but expect to pay a substantial amount in service charges. If you can't find enough people to make up a group of four, a travel agent will often be able to get your a RAP by including fictitious names on the list. Do this at your own risk though. Download application form.

Tripura Permits

Entry permits aren't required for Indians or foreigners.

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