Restricted Area Permits available in Assam?

#1 Aug 20th, 2012, 21:28
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Can you get Restricted Area Permits in Assam for the Northeast States?

I am traveling with someone else, so we will be applying for two permits...any advice would be great!
#2 Aug 20th, 2012, 22:23
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Mod Note
Tim,
I have moved this query into a new thread and placed it in the Other Areas forum, which covers the entire North East.
#3 Aug 20th, 2012, 22:26
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Are you an American? If so, you do not need to get a permit for Nagaland, for Mizoram, or for Manipur. (Indian Nationals still need an Inner Line Permit to visit Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur.) You do not need a permit for Assam either. Nobody needs a permit to visit Meghalaya or Tripura.

ARUNACHAL PRADESH needs a permit, whether you are an Indian National or a foreigner.

SIKKIM needs a permit, if you are a foreigner.

As a foreigner, it is better to apply from outside of India for Arunachal Pradesh permits.

Sikkim permits can be applied for within India.


Which places do you plan on visiting?
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I plan on visiting Ziro, Nagaland, and Manipur.

I was under the belief that, as an American, I need permits to access these areas, and that they permit had a 7 day validity date, in addition to needing to travel in a group of at least 2. As I am traveling with a partner, I was hoping to acquire all permits in Assam prior to entering Arunuchal due to their quick expiration.

Any guidance would be great!
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OK, so Ziro in the Apatani Plateau in Arunachal Pradesh + Nagaland + Manipur, for an American in possession of a valid Indian visa:

(1) Arunachal Pradesh issues permits valid for a maximum of thirty days. It is better to apply from outside India at the time of applying for your visa. Alternatively you can go via a travel agent. Applying within Assam will not work, since it needs approval from New Delhi. There is no longer any need to be in a group.

(2) Restricted Area Permits to Nagaland and Manipur - the necessity of obtaining these was suspended on a trial basis, from 1st January 2011, initially for the period of one year, and has been carried on throughout the current year, 2012. I don't know what will happen in 2013. It is part of an effort to boost tourism to the North East.

Hope this helps!
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By the way, don't pay too much attention to official state tourism sites, as they have not all been updated.
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Thank you very much for all of your responses, I really appreciate it. I will obtain the necessary permit then for those places in Delhi before I leave. As I will be traveling up the east coast of India to Calcutta, then to Assam/Darjeeling, I had hoped to obtain a permit there. However, Delhi is no problem, I will just take a train.

Best!
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Protected Area Permit

Relaxation of Protected Area Regime in Arunachal Pradesh

Foreign tourists can now visit in a group of two or more persons as against the earlier requirement of four or more persons. The stay permit for foreign visitors has also been extended to 30 days from the earlier permit of 10 days.

Foreign Tourists intending to visit Arunachal Pradesh require a Restricted Area Permit. The foreign tourists can obtain the Protected Area Permit from:

All India Missions abroad,
All Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRROs) at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata
Chief Immigration Officers, Chennai
Home Ministry, Govt. of India
Home Commissioner, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar

The permit can be obtained for a period of 30 (thirty) days for a group consisting of two or more persons.

The application giving the details like Name, passport number, its issuing authority and the expiry date, place of birth, profession, proposed duration of stay and the purpose of visit should be made to the following address:

Home Commissioner
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh
Itanagar
Phone: +91 - 360-2212339

or

Ministry of Home Affairs
Govt. of India, New Delhi-110001

Foreign Tourists visiting Arunachal Pradesh will have to pay US$ 50 per head to Government of Arunachal Pradesh and application for RAP should be applied through Local approved tour operator.
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Are you Indian citizen? If yes, no permit fees are required for visiting Bhutan. If you are not Indian citizen, I am not sure, but I think you have to take the services of registered Bhutan-based Travel Agents for your trip. I am not too sure about the charges.
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