As per the entry restrictions, Sikkim is divided into
three areas. Some part of the state requires Inner Line Permit, some parts
require Protected Area Permit and some other part require Restricted Area
Permit. The entire state of Sikkim falls under one of the three categories.
Commonly the permits required are referred to as Inner Line Permit. Indian
Tourists can visit major tourist destinations of Sikkim without permits.
Visitors from Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar can be given inner
line permits only after approval from Ministry of Home Affairs, government
of India at New Delh
In addition to an Indian visa, foreigners must obtain
these Inner Line Permit from the Home Ministry, New Delhi and it can be
obtained from all Indian missions, Tourism Office, New Delhi, Sikkim Tourism
Office, Calcutta and Sikkim Tourism Office, Siliguri on the strength of
an Indian Visa. They should provide photocopies of Passport and Visa details
along with two passport photos of applicants to obtain these permits.
Foreigners can avail only 15 days permit to visit Sikkim which can be
extended for a further period of 30 days in two spells of 15 days each.
For those interested in going for trekking in the interior
regions of the state, there requires a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) Or
Protected Area Permit (PAP) which can be obtained in Gangtok from the
Police Check Post and Department of Tourism which is available for certain
specified area for groups consisting of 4 or more foreigners subject to
the condition that the trekking program is arranged through a registered