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Did You Know Even Indians Need Permit To Visit Lakshadweep? Here’s How You Can Get Yours

Lakshadwee[ is currently in the limelight and trending on Google Search following Prime Minister's recent visit to the islands last week

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Jan 12, 2024 15:58 IST
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Lakshadweep, India’s smallest Union Territory, is currently in the limelight and trending on Google Search following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the islands last week.  Promoting tourism to the islands, the Prime Minister, upon his return from the visit, remarked, “For those seeking adventure, Lakshadweep should be on your itinerary. During my stay, I also indulged in snorkeling – what an exhilarating experience it was.”

Yet, there’s a catch to exploring tourism in Lakshadweep – Indians need to obtain a special permit before they can feast their eyes on the reefs or immerse themselves in the beauty of the islands. The official Lakshadweep Tourism website explicitly states that the requirement for prior permission is designed to protect the indigenous Scheduled Tribes, who make up around 95% of the population in the territory. Consequently, the regulations specify that anyone who is not a native of Lakshadweep must acquire a permit.

For international travelers, possessing a valid passport and an Indian visa is a mandatory requirement for entry into India, which includes Lakshadweep. As per the Laccadive, Minicoy, and Amindivi Islands (Restriction on Entry and Residence) Rules of 1967, individuals who are not native to the islands must obtain a permit in the prescribed form from the competent authority to enter and reside in Lakshadweep.

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However, government officials, armed forces personnel, and their families who are visiting or working on the islands are exempted from this requirement. Foreign travelers must possess a valid passport and an Indian visa for entry into India, which includes Lakshadweep.

To travel to the island, an individual must visit the ePermit portal (https://epermit.utl.gov.in/pages/signup), create an account, and complete the form with the necessary details.

After completing the process, the person is anticipated to receive the permit via email 15 days before the trip. In case of offline application, the person needs to download the application form from the Lakshadweep Administration website or obtain it from the District Collector’s office in Kavaratti. The application fee is Rs 50 per applicant, and there is a heritage fee of Rs 100 for children aged between 12 and 18. For individuals above 18, the heritage fee is Rs 200.

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First published on: Jan 12, 2024 03:58 PM IST

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