Only Foreign Nationals require Protected Area Permit (PAP) for Restricted Areas in Leh, Ladakh

Indian Nationals DO NOT REQUIRE an Inner Line or  Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit Restricted Areas in Kashmir:

As per the circular released by DM in Leh, effective 1st May 2014, Indian Nationals visiting Leh, do not require a inner line or PAP permit to visit the Leh-Ladakh region.

  • Indian nationals are only required to present a valid photo ID (Driving License, Aadhar card, Pancard, Indian Passport) at the ITBP/ Army check posts.
  • Indian Nationals can visit restricted areas in Ladakh including Pangong Tso, Khardungla, Nubra Valley, Tso Moriri, Dah-Hanu villages, Merak, Man, Loma Bend, Nyoma, Digger La, Turtuk, Tyakshi and Trek to Tangyar.
  • Indian Nationals require an inner line permit to visit the restricted areas of Hanle, Tsaga, Chusul, Beyond Loma Bend, Marsimik La, Chumur and Batalik.

Foreign Nationals require a Protected Area Permit (PAP) to visit Restricted Areas in Kashmir :

PAP (Protected Area Permit) is required (in addition to the Indian Visa) for Foreign Nationals visiting protected areas of Kashmir. NRIs staying abroad for more than 6 months/ OCI or PIO card holders are also required to apply for PAP.

  • Nubra Valley: Khardung La/ Hunder/ Panasik or trekking to Sabo-Digar-Khungru/ Gampa-Tangar.
  • Nyona valley: Tso Moriri/ Tangtse/ Pangong/ Spanksik

Where to Obtain the Permit:

Online Application has been launched.

Application forms can be downloaded from the internet or obtained from nearby photostat shops.

Permits can also be obtained in 1 working day from:

  • District Magistrate Office from Leh. (Open 9 am to 5 pm. Forms are accepted till 3 pm)
  • Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Delhi

Documents and Conditions:

  1. Restricted Area Application Form (Duly filled and signed)
  2. Photocopy of valid Indian ID/ Passport (for Foreign Nationals).
  3. Photocopy of valid Indian visa for Foreign Nationals
  4. Passport size photo
  5. Duration of visit: 7 days.
  6. Individual tourists are not permitted.
  7. Minimum group size: 4-20 members. Groups are permitted to travel in the identified tour circuits only.
  8. Trekking in restricted areas must be conducted by a registered travel agent and accompanied by State Police personnel.

Download PAP Form

Keeping multiple copies of the issued permit is advisable as one may have to submit it at the various checkpoints.


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