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:
- Restricted Area Application Form (Duly filled and signed)
- Photocopy of valid Indian ID/ Passport (for Foreign Nationals).
- Photocopy of valid Indian visa for Foreign Nationals
- Passport size photo
- Duration of visit: 7 days.
- Individual tourists are not permitted.
- Minimum group size: 4-20 members. Groups are permitted to travel in the identified tour circuits only.
- Trekking in restricted areas must be conducted by a registered travel agent and accompanied by State Police personnel.
Keeping multiple copies of the issued permit is advisable as one may have to submit it at the various checkpoints.