Certain areas in India have been declared to be Restricted Areas or Protected Areas by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Foreigners proposing to visit these areas need to have Restricted Area Permit (RAP) or Protected Area Permit (PAP) even if they are holding a valid visa to visit India. Currently, the following areas fall under the Protected/Restricted Areas:
(1) Whole of the State of Arunachal Pradesh
(2) Parts of the State of Himachal Pradesh
(3) Parts of the State of Jammu & Kashmir
(4) Whole of the State of Manipur
(5) Whole of the State of Mizoram
(6) Whole of the State of Nagaland
(7) Parts of the State of Rajasthan
(8) Whole of the State of Sikkim
(9) Parts of the State of Uttarakhand
(10) Whole of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Foreigners are not normally allowed to visit a Protected / Restricted Area. However, some areas falling within these areas can be visited by foreign tourists after obtaining the necessary permits from the relevant authorities who are authorized to issue such permits.
For further details, please contact the Consular Section of the High Commission.