Getting to Sikkim:
Sikkim is well connected to Delhi / Kolkatta which are the nearest and transit airport to
reach Bagdogra Airport. Gangtok to Bagdogra Airport is again 4 to 5 hrs drive about 124
Entry Formalities to Sikkim
Sikkim, due to its contiguity to the borders of neighboring countries like Bhutan, China
and Nepal, comes under restricted area regime. And so, foreigners are required to
obtain Inner Line Permit (I.L.P) to visit this beautiful state.
Fee & Required Documents
It is free of cost and just takes less than twenty minutes if you have proper documents
like the photocopies of your passport and visa along with the original and two of your
recent passport-sized photos. Which can be procured while on your arrival enroute to
Gangtok at Rangpo ( Sikkim and West Bengal Border). Which will take 15 Minutes to
half an hour to procure it.
The validity of the permit is for 15 days which can be extended further for 30 days by
the approval of the state Government. The extension can be acquired from the F.R.O
(Foreigners' Registration Office) at Gangtok and office of Superintendent of Police at
If you have time at New Delhi, Kolkata then you can get I.L.P at Sikkim Tourism Offices
ILP Rules for Exceptional Countries
For the nationals of Pakistan, China, Myanmar & Nigeria the formalities for acquiring the
Inner Line Permit (ILP) get little more elaborate, as they have to get a written approval
from Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi before the Restricted
Area Permit can be issued.
However, national of Bangladesh can and Diplomatic Official Passport holders should
get permission from Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India New Delhi.
Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpai Guri in West Bengal and it is 114 Kms from Gangtok.