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Entry Formalities for Foreigners

Foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. These can be obtained from all Indian Missions, Sikkim Tourism Offices at New Delhi, Kolkata, District Magistrates Office of Darjeeling, Siliguri, and Rangpo on the strength of an Indian Visa. The 30 days duration Permit is issued on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of the passport and visa along with two pass port photos of the applicants are made available. The permissible duration of the stay for foreign tourists is 30 days initially.

The State Government is authorized to extend the same by a further period of 30 days. The extension of the permit can be obtained from FRO at Gangtok and office of Superintendent of Police of the North, West and South Districts.

For those interested in going for trekking in the interior region of the state, the Tourism and Civil Aviation issues Protected Area Permit (PAP) at Gangtok which is available for certain specified area for groups consisting of two or more foreigners subject to condition that the trekking programme is arranged through a registered travel agency.

Foreigners are advised to travel in a group of two or more in restricted areas of Sikkim. Foreigners are not allowed to travel single.

Entry Formalities for Domestic Tourist

Wishing to visit Gurudogmar Lake, Yumthang, Tsongo, Babamandir from Check Post Office, Police Department where as Nathula permit is issued by Tourism & Civil Aviation Department through registered Travel Agents of Sikkim. They must carry photo identity proof along with passport size photos. Voter ID, Passport, Driving Licence, Pan Card or any government issued identity card.

Protected Area Permit (PAP) for various places in Sikkim are issued as follows: -

East District:-
1. Tsongo - Baba Mandir-permit are issued by Police Check Post for Domestic Tourist. For foreign tourist, permit is issued by Tourism & Civil Aviation Department and Police check post.

2. Nathula Pass - Permit is issued by Tourism Department and Police Check Post for domestic tourist.

West District:-
1. Dzongri Trek - Permit is issued by Adventure Cell of Tourism & Civil Aviation Department, Govt. of Sikkim

2. Singalila Trek - Permit is issued by Adventure cell of Tourism & Civil Aviation Department, Govt. of Sikkim

North District:-
1. Yumthang - Permit is issued by Police check post for Domestic Tourist and for foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department and Police Check Post

2. Yumesamdong - Permit is issued by Police check post for Domestic Tourist and for foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department and Police Check Post

3. Thangu-Chopta Valley - Permit is issued by Police Check post for Domestic Tourist and for Foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department and Police check post. Foreigners must apply through a Sikkim Tourism registered Travel Agent in groups of two people or more for visiting these areas.

4. Gurudongmar - Permit is issued by Police check post for domestic tourist and for foreigners permit is issued by Tourism Department till Thangu.

5. Green Lake Trekking Permit is issued by Tourism Department after obtaining a valid permit from Ministry of Home Department, New Delhi.

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