Inner Line Permit (ILP) – Sikkim
Foreigners need an Inner Line Permit (ILP) to enter Sikkim, but to apply you need 2-4 passport size photographs and a photocopy of your passport and a valid India Visa on arrival (show the original), which is also mandatory. You can usually apply on the spot at entry checkpoints. Rangpo Checkpost (East Sikkim) – Open from 8 AM to 8 PM. Malli Checkpost for West Sikkim Peling – Yuksom- Released from 8 AM to 8 PM. Note: If you are a citizen of Pakistan, China or Myanmar, entering Sikkim is a bit difficult. Before issuing a Restricted Area Permit you must obtain written approval from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. Or you can apply through a more complicated two-step process in Darjeeling which involves first going to the FRO (Foreigner Registration Office with a copy of your passport) and then to the DCO (District Commissioner’s Office) across the city. You can apply for a 15-day Sikkim permit at Indian embassies abroad when you apply for your Indian visa.
Validity of Sikkim Permit:
Permits are usually issued for special purposes of tourism for a period of fifteen (15) days. Once in Sikkim these permits can be extended for 30 days in two spells of 15 days each. These extensions are provided only in Gangtok by the State Home Department.