Visa & Permits :
In addition to an Indian visa, foreigners must obtain
Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. The permits can be obtained
from all Indian missions, Tourism Office, New Delhi, Sikkim Tourism
Office, Calcutta and Sikkim Tourism Office, Siliguri on the strength of
an Indian Visa.
Foreigners are issued a permit for initial period of
15 days duration on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of
Passport and Visa details along with two passport photos of applicants
are made available then and there. It can be extended for further 30
days of 15 days each. The extension of permits can be obtained from
Foreigners Registration Office (FRO), Gangtok and Superintendent of
Police of North, South and West Districts.
The FRO is located at
Kazi Road, Gangtok. Phone no 223041
For those interested in going for trekking in the
interior regions of the state, you also require a Restricted Area
Permit (RAP) OR Protected Area Permit(PAP) which is obtainable in
Gangtok from the Police Check Post and Department of Tourism which is
available for certain specified area for groups consisting of 4 or more
foreigners subject to the condition that the trekking program is
arranged through a registered travel agency.