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Entry & Exit Points
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
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.