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Entry formalities for Sikkim

  • Entry formalities - Foreign nationals need to obtain Inner Line permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. This is issued by
    • All Indian Missions abroad
    • Tourism offices - New Delhi, Sikkim Tourism Office, Kolkata
    • Sikkim Tourist Office, Siliguri or Bagdogra on the basis of an Indian visa.
    • Entry Check Posts at Rangpo East Sikkim and Melli in South Sikkim.
  • This permit can be arranged in advance and the following documents are required
    • Photocopies of passport
    • Indian visa
    • 03 copies of passport photos
  • If you are a national of Pakistan, China, Myanmar or Nigeria, then it gets a little more difficult to enter Sikkim. You must get a written approval from Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi before the Restricted Area Permit can be issued.
  • There are other restrictions for all including Indians for few specific places in Sikkim. Certain areas like Tsomgo Lake, Dzongri, Nathula, Baba Mandir, Lachung, Lachen etc are defined as Protected Areas and have special army deployment. Both foreigners and Indians require a separate permit known as Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit such places.
  • Few protected border areas like Nathula in East Sikkim & Gurudongmar in North Sikkim are not accessible to foreigners at all, while Indians can still visit with the Protected Area Permit.
  • All foreigners should travel in a group of two or more in protected areas wherever allowed. Solo foreigners are not permitted in such areas. Additionally foreigners should apply through tour operators who are registered with Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation, Government of Sikkim.
  • You will need to carry a Photo ID proof like passport, voter's ID card, driving license etc. Note that PAN card is not accepted.

Mountaineering in Sikkim

  • Five peaks are open for mountaineering in Sikkim namely Frey’s Peak (5830 mtr), Lama Angden (5868 mtr), Brumkhangse (5635 mtr), Mt. Tinchenkang (6100 mtrs) and Mt. Joponu (6002 mtrs)
  • The following royalty shall be levied for the expedition
    • For foreign expedition team: US $350 per team of up to four members, US $500 per team of up to eight members and US $75 for every additional member.
    • For domestic expedition team: Rs. 15,000/- per team of up to eight members and Rs. 1,500/- for every additional member.
    • For local expedition team: Rs. 3,000/- per team of up to eight members and Rs. 300/- for every additional member.
  • The permit for these Alpine Expeditions is issued by the Home Department. The has to be paid to Forest, Environment and Wildlife Management Department, while the Department of Tourism, Government of Sikkim oversees the expeditions.

Entry formalities for Arunachal Pradesh

  • As Arunachal Pradesh falls under restricted area, official permission is required to enter the state. There are two kinds of official permits prescribed by Government for entering into any area within Arunachal Pradesh. They are,
    • Inner Line Permit (ILP)
    • Protected Area Permit (PAP)
  • The Inner Line Permits are required by Indians other than natives of Arunachal Pradesh for entering into any place in Arunachal Pradesh. The ILPs are issued by the Issuing authorities of Government of Arunachal Pradesh with offices at Delhi, Kolkata, Tezpur, Guwahati, Shillong, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Jorhat.
  • The Inner Line permit can be applied through an authorized Tour Operator or can be applied online on Government of Arunachal Pradesh official website.
  • All foreign nationals are required have the Protection Area Permit or PAP for entering into Arunachal Pradesh. They can obtain the Protected Area Permit from
    • All Indian Missions abroad
    • All Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO) at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata
    • Chief Immigration Officer, Chennai
    • Home Ministry, Govt. of India
    • Home Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar
  • Indian as well as foreign nationals have to specify the entry point as well as exit point along the tourist circuit which they intent to take.

Entry formalities for Nagaland

  • All Indian Nationals require Inner Line Permit to visit Nagaland & Mizoram. To procure ILP permit the required documents are Address Proof, Identity proof issued by Govt. of India (PAN card is not acceptable), child birth certificate or School Identity card and 03 copies of Passport size photographs of every person. It takes 03-04 official days to process the permit; all photocopy documents need to self attested.
  • All Indian Nationals intending to visit Nagaland should obtain the Inner Line permit issued by the following authorities :
    • Deputy Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House, New Delhi
    • Deputy Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House, Kolkata
    • Assistant Resident Commissioner in Guwahati and Shillong
    • Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Kohima and Mokokchung
  • Foreign nationals no longer require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) / Protected Area Permit (PAP) to enter Nagaland. Previously, foreign tourists were required to travel in a minimum group of four people. They were allowed to visit all 11 district headquarters and specified places with this permit, valid for 10 days, with an option to extend for up to a month. The new rules only require foreigners to register themselves at the local Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the district they visit within 24 hours of their arrival.

Entry formalities Manipur

  • Indian tourists visiting Manipur by Road and passing through Nagaland would require an Inner line permit for Nagaland only. This is available from any Nagaland House or Government of Nagaland Offices.
  • Foreign nationals no longer requiring a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to enter Mizoram. However, they must register themselves at the local Foreigner Registration Office (FRO) of the districts they visit within 24 hours of arrival.

Entry formalities for Mizoram

  • All Indian Nationals visiting Mizoram need an Inner Line Permit. This is available from any Mizoram House. It's also available at Lenpui Airport, for tourists arriving by flight.
  • Foreign Nationals no longer requiring a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to enter Mizoram. However, they must register themselves at the local Foreigner 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).
  • RAP/PAP is still a requirement for Pakistan and Chinese nationals.

Entry Formalities for Bhutan

    Indian, Bangladeshis & Maldivian Travelers in Bhutan

  • Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivian nationals can obtain a permit at the city of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity (Indian nationals may also use their Voters Identity Card (VIC)). 
  • An Online Regional Permit System for tourists from Bangladesh, India and Maldives has been launched by the Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs and the Tourism Council of Bhutan. The system facilitates the online processing of permits for regional tourists through registered Bhutanese tour operators and TCB certified hotels. The facility is offered as an optional channel to process permits for visitors from the region and is applicable for entry from Paro and Phuentsholing.
  • Indian nationals are also allowed to travel on their own in Bhutan, with or without the services of a tour operator.
  • Indians nationals don't require a visa to enter Bhutan, and are given a seven-day entry-cum-stay permit at the immigration offices upon presentation of a passport or government-issued ID such as a voter's registration card. This permit can be obtained from the Immigration office of Royal Government of Bhutan at Phuentsholing, or Paro Airport. The permit issued is free of cost allows one to travel only within Phuentsholing, Thimphu and Paro, and can be extended at the Immigration Office in Thimphu for successive periods of three weeks each. One can also request a route permit here to travel beyond the three above-mentioned towns.
  • If you are driving yourself, you will need a route permit from the Royal Safety Transport Authority (RSTA) at the bus station at Phuentsholing. Require submitting the following documents - Registration certificate – two photocopies, Insurance Paper - two photocopies, Pollution Under Control Certificate, Your Driving license if you do not wish to hire a local driver, your immigration paper. A fee of Rs 100.00 to 200.00 depending on the model and make of the vehicle.
  • Indians Nationals without stay permits can wander freely in Phuentsholing and go five kilometers into Bhutan during the day, but must return to India before 10pm. You are allowed to ply your vehicle in Phuentsoling without permit during the daytime.
  • All of Bhutan outside of the Paro and Thimphu valleys is classified as a restricted area. Tour operators obtain a 'road permit' for the places on your itinerary, and this permit is checked and endorsed by the police at immigration checkpoints strategically located at important road junctions.
  • The tour operator must return the permit to the government at the completion of the tour, and it is scrutinized for major deviations from the authorized program. In general you won't be aware that any of this is going on in the background.
  • There are immigration checkpoints in Hongtsho (east of Thimphu), Chhukha (between Thimphu and Phuentsholing), Rinchending (above Phuentsholing), Wangdue Phodrang, Chazam (near Trashigang), Wamrong (between Trashigang and Samdrup Jongkhar) and in Samdrup Jongkhar. All are open from 5am to 9pm daily.

  • Foreign Nationals in Bhutan

  • With the exception of visitors from India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other visitors to Bhutan need a visa.
  • Foreign nationals are not allowed to travel on their own in Bhutan, or without the services of a tour operator.
  • The minimum daily package for tourists travelling in a group of 3 persons or more is as follows:
    • USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December.
    • USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.
  • All other tourists must obtain a visa clearance prior to travel to Bhutan. Visas are processed through an online system by your licensed Bhutanese tour operator, directly or through a foreign travel agent.
  • You are required to send the photo copy of your passport to your tour operator who will then apply for your visa. The visa will be processed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment of your holiday (including a USD $40 visa fee) has been wire transferred and received in the TCB bank account. Once received the visa clearance will be processed within 72 working hours.
  • The minimum daily package covers the following services.
    • A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).
    • All meals
    • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay
    • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
    • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
    • All internal taxes and charges
    • A sustainable development fee of $65. This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.
    • Permits to Enter Monasteries / Temples in Bhutan

  • Visiting Dzongs & Lakhangs

  • During times when there aren't festivals, tourists are allowed to visit the courtyards of dzongs and, where feasible, the tshokhang (assembly hall) and one designated lhakhang (prayer hall) in each dzong, but only when accompanied by a licensed Bhutanese guide. This provision is subject to certain restrictions, including visiting hours, dress standards and other rules that vary by district.
  • The Tourism Council of Bhutan has a small list of places tourists cannot visit, with the assumption that all other places can be visited. You can generally visit any lhakhang (prayer hall)that is private or village run. Dzongs are open to all during the time of a tsechu (religious festival), when you may visit the courtyard, but not the lhakhangs. Your tour company will deal with all the necessary paperwork, so let them know in advance if there are specific goembas or monasteries you wish to visit.
  • If you are a practicing Buddhist, you may apply for a permit to visit certain dzongs and religious institutions usually off-limits. The credibility of your application will be enhanced if you include a letter of reference from a recognized Buddhist organization in your home country.

Entry Formalities for Nepal

  • Indian nationals visiting Nepal do not require a VISA, however while travelling between India and Nepal by air or over land would have to keep in his possession any of the following documents to establish his/her identity as an Indian citizen.
    • Valid Indian passport or,
    • Voter ID issued by the Government of India.
    • Emergency certificate issued by the Embassy of India in Nepal.
  • Nationals from SAARC countries other than India will be issued gratis visa (Free of Charge) for up to 30 days for the first time in a year.
  • Nationals of other countries can apply for visa at any of the Nepalese missions abroad. Visa can also be acquired from the points of entry into Nepal.
  • Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival.
  • If you have obtained visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, then you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter into Nepal.
  • Nationals of designated countries are requested to acquire Visa prior their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.
  • Procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival at the airport (TIA)
    • Fill in Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form (you can fill it up prior to your arrival visiting our official website Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport). If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after. If so, you will have to fill it up again.
    • Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days)
    • Get the receipt, while you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.
  • On Arrival Visa Fee
    • 15 Days – 25 USD
    • 30 Days – 40 USD
    • 90 Days – 100 USD
  • Hand in your documents to immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.
  • Visas of all kinds including ‘Gratis’ issued at the Airport are Tourist Visas.
  • Tourist Visa extension can be done from Immigration Office, Pokhara too. Non tourist visa extension can be done only at Department of Immigration (if eligible) for a period of maximum one year (except business visa).

  • Trekking Permits in Nepal

  • Trekkers in Nepal are allowed to trek as FIT (Free Individual Trekker) or in a group of various sizes. However, there are certain trekking regions known as 'Restricted Areas' that are highly regulated by the Government of Nepal and hence FITs are strictly forbidden.
  • Interested trekkers should contact the authorized trekking agencies who then can apply for permits (on behalf of trekkers) at the Department of Immigration fulfilling all the necessary formalities. Trekkers should be trekking in a group (of minimum two persons) accompanied by licensed trekking guide. Individual trekker cannot apply for the permit.
  • There are different rates (trekking Permit fees) applicable for different routes to acquire the Permits. Permit fees are quoted in US dollars but payable in Nepali Rupees. Trekking permit is not issued beyond visa expiration date. Hence, trekkers must have valid visa for sufficient number of days covering their trekking schedule.
  • Conditions to be followed by Trekkers
    • Trekkers should respect local customs and traditions and must not indulge in any activity that goes against the established norms and culture of the society.
    • Individual trekking in Restricted Areas is strictly forbidden. There should be minimum two trekkers.
    • Daily remuneration, safety gears and appropriate clothes, Personal Accident insurance must be provided to Nepali citizen accompanying travel group as guide/porter/any other supporting roles.
    • Trekkers should trek only in the specified or designated route as per the Trekking Permit. They are not allowed to change route. Or concerned trekking agency/trekking guide accompanying the group must not let trekkers change the route.
    • Trekkers should comply with instructions given by authorized Officials in trekking zone (Restricted Area).
    • Mountaineers with expedition permit should get trekking permit as well if they have to pass through Restricted Areas to climb peaks. In this case, they do not need to pay fees for (Trekking) Permit.
  • Authorized agencies can apply for trekking permits along with following documents
    • Online application form (trekkers) Link to Trekking Permit Application
    • Copy of Passport
    • Copy of valid Visa sufficient to cover trekking days
    • Name lists of trekkers
    • Program Schedule of trekking
    • Guarantee letter of Agency
    • Agreement with Agency
    • Tax clearance Certificate of Trekking Agency
    • Documents relating to insurance of the trekkers (foreign nationals) and Nepalese staff accompanying the trekkers
    • License issued by The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation to operate trekking business
    • License issued by Nepal Rastra Bank allowing exchanging of foreign currencies
    • Program schedule of trekking
    • Registration Certificate of Permanent Account Number
    • Voucher of Bank payment (fees) for permits

  • Trekking areas and fees:

  • DOLPA DISTRICT - Areas of Upper Dolpa For the first 10 days US$ 500 per person and after 10 days US$ 50 per day person or equivalent foreign currency. Areas of Lower Dolpo Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • MUSTANG DISTRICT - Areas of Upper Mustang For the first 10 days US$ 500 per person and after 10 days US$ 50 per day per person, or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • GORKHA DISTRICT - Manaslu Region from September to November US$ 70 per week per person and after 7 days US$ 10 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. From December to August US$ 50 per week per person and after 7 days US$ 7 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. Areas of Chhekampar and Chunchet VDC (Sirdibas-Lokpa-Chumling-Chhekampar -Nile-Chhule Area) From September to November, per person US$ 35 for first 8 days and from December to August per person US$ 25 for first 8 days or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • MUGU DISTRICT - Areas of Mugu, Dolpu, Pulu and Bhangri For the first 7 days US$90 per person and after 7 days US$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • MANANG DISTRICT Areas of Nar and Phu From September to November, US$ 90 per week per person and December to August US$ 75 per week per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • DOLAKHA DISTRICT - Gaurishankar and Lamabagar Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • RASUWA DISTRICT - Thuman and Timure Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • HUMLA DISTRICT - Simikot and Yari (Areas of Limi and Muchu village Development Committee, and area way to Tibet via Tangekhola of Darma Village Development committee) For the first 7 days US$ 50 per person and after 7 days US$7 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • SANKHUWASABHA - Areas of Kimathanka, Chepuwa,Hatiya and Pawakhola VDCs) For the first four weeks, US$ 10 per person per week and After four weeks, US$20 per person per week or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • TAPLEJUNG DISTRICT -Kanchanjanga Region (Areas of Olangchung Gola, Lelep, Papung and Yamphudin VDCs) Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • BAJHANG DISTRICT - (Areas of Kanda, Saipal and Dhuli) For the first 7 days, US$ 90 per person and After seven days US$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
  • DARCHULA DISTRICT - (Areas of Byas VDC) For the first 7 days, US$ 90 per person and after 7 days US$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
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