The entire State of Sikkim is under the restricted/protected area regime under the Foreigners (Restricted Areas) Order, 1963 and Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958. Under these two Orders issued under the Foreigners Act, 1946 no foreigner can enter or stay in the State of Sikkim without obtaining permits from the designated authorities. These permits, officially termed Restricted Area permits/Protected Area Permits, are popularly known as Inner Line Permits.

There are numerous authorities from which to obtain inner line permits. If one plans in advance it is best to take an endorsement on the visa itself for permission to visit Sikkim from Indian Missions when applying for Visa to visit India. Once in India, it could be most convenient to approach Government of Sikkim authorities at Delhi, Kolkata and Siliguri.

Normally the Inner Line Permits are issued off-the-counter without any delay. The permits would however be available only on government working days. One requires to produce the passport and visa in original to the competent authority.

The 15 days duration permit is issued on the spot without any delay provided photo copies of passport and visa details along with two passport photos of the applicants are made available then & there. The permissible duration of stay by foreign tourists would be 15 days initially with the state Government authorised to extend the same by a further period of 30 days of 15 days each. The extension of permits can be obtained from FRO Namchi, Superintendent of Police of the North. West and South Districts.

Foreign Visitors will have to apply for extension of ILPs to the Home Department, Government of Sikkim.

Regd with Tourism Deptt.
Govt of Sikkim
Regn No. : 250/TD/E/11/TA


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