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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, Bangladesh and China, who continue to require prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs before their visit to these three states.

The following information reflects the above changes.

If you're planning a trip to the north east, also have a read of this important information to know before you go.

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 no longer require a Protected Area Permit (PAP). However they must register themselves at the local Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) of the districts they visit within 24 hours of arrival. (Previously foreign tourists were required to travel in a minimum group of four people, or a married couple, and only visit limited areas).

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 are no longer require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP). However they must register themselves at the local Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) of the districts they visit within 24 hours of arrival. (Previously foreign tourists were required to travel in a minimum group of four people, or a married couple, and only visit limited areas).

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 are no longer require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP). However they must register themselves at the local Foreigners Registration Office (FRO) of the districts they visit within 24 hours of arrival. (Previously foreign tourists were required to travel in a minimum group of four people and only visit limited areas).

Tripura Permits

Entry permits aren't required for Indians or foreigners.

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