Who issues a Protected Area Permit?

A Protected Area Permit is issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Also known as the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order 1958, it states that a Protected Area Permit (PAP) is required for non-Indian citizens to visit certain areas in India which mainly alludes to North East India.

Normally the PAP has a duration of 10 days, with the option of extending for another 7 days. Along with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the different authorities of the concerned Indian states can also issue the PAP, and also the Indian missions abroad.

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