News report | | 20-03-2019 | ±3 minutes reading time

Do you want to pay a visit to the regions Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram or Nagaland?Then a visa alone is not enough. For stays in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh an additional Inner Line Permit is required. For a stay in Manipur, Mizoram or Nagaland this has to be reported at the “Foreigner Registration Office”. On this page you can read how this works.

New rules since 1 April 2018

Per 1 April 2018 the rules surrounding visiting Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland have changed. These rules were loosened in 2017, but new rules also apply; those who do not observe them are in violation and risk a fine or deportation.

What has changed:

  • The ILP and PAP permits for Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh can be acquired (slightly) easier
  • For a visit to Manipur, Mizoram or Nagaland an ILP, PAP or RAP is no longer required *

* Each traveller does need to report at the FRRO within 24 hours after arrival.

For a visit to Manipur, Mizoram or Nagaland

Travellers that are using an e-visa India to travel to Manipur, Mizoram or Nagaland need to report within 24 hours at the “Foreigner Regional Registration Office”, also known as FRRO. There, their passport information, date of arrival and planned date of departure will be registered.

For a trip to Sikkim

For a trip to Sikkim an Inner Line Permit (ILP) is required. This is valid for 30 days, is given out freely and is virtually never rejected.

Take note: even with an ILP not all parts of Sikkim can be visited. For a visit to the northern and central part of Sikkim a Protected Area Permit (PAP) or a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is required. These permits can only be acquired through tour operators that are registered with the Sikkim Tourism Department of the Indian government. Applying takes about a day and is only possible in groups of at least two people.

Applying for an ILP for Sikkim with an e-visa

Travellers with an Indian e-visa can receive their Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Sikkim Straight at the border post of Sikkim, in Rangpo. To do this, a colour copy of their passport, an extra copy of the e-visa and two official passport photos need to be provided.

Applying for an ILP for Sikkim with a physical visa

Travellers with a physical Indian visa can apply for their Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Sikkim before departure at the Indian embassy in London. It is necessary to make an appointment for that.

Embassy of India
India House, Aldwych, London
WC2B 4NA
Tel: 2086295950

For a trip to Arunachal Pradesh

For a visit to Arunachal Pradesh a Protected Area Permit (PAP) is required. These are valid for 30 days and can be acquired in two ways.

Applying for a PAP with an e-visa

Travellers with an Indian e-visa can apply for their Protected Area Permit (PAP) for Arunachal Pradesh on arrival in India, at the following office:

Deputy Resident Commissioner Office of Arunachal Pradesh
R.G. Baruah Road, 781021
Guwahati (in the state Assam)
Tel: +91 361 222 9506

Take note: the office is only opened on workdays and processing an application for a PAP generally takes about two days. A PAP can also only be applied for in groups (minimum 2 persons).

Applying for a PAP with a physical visa

Travellers with a physical Indian visa can apply for their Protected Area Permit (PAP) for Arunachal Pradesh before departure to India at the embassy. An appointment needs to be made for that.

Embassy of India
India House, Aldwych, London
WC2B 4NA
Tel: 2086295950