Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Nagaland Inner Line Permit Procedure


Nagaland is one of the 3 North Eastern States that still requires tourists to obtain the Colonial Era 'Inner Line Permit.' One can get the Inner Line Permit (ILP) for Nagaland in Dimapur. We got our Inner Line Permit issued at the 'Deputy Commissioner Office' in Dimapur.

It is a fairly simple process but a little time consuming. The permit is issued for 30 days by default. The documents required are a photocopy of address proof, one passport size photo and the ILP form needs to be duly filled in block letters. Post this, a picture of yours is clicked while submitting the form. After this we had to wait for the DC to sign the ILP. The entire process took us about 3 hours and we were armed with the official permit papers to visit Nagaland.


We were charged Rs.10 per form and Rs.130 per person for the permit. However, we were not provided any receipt and upon questioning all of a sudden came the language barrier and our further questions were unanswered. After this we were pretty certain that it was not a fee but a polished way of taking bribe.

There are various Army check-posts in Nagaland that may ask for your ILPs so remember to keep them safe and handy.

If you are flying into Dimapur, ILP can be obtained at the airport.

19 comments:

  1. Nice informative post with beautiful photos. Keep them coming. :-)

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    1. Thanks a bunch Sandeepa, glad you liked the post.

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    2. Hi I'm planning to visit dhimapur a month later via air from bangalore..so ILP is available on arrival...? Or do hav to make arrangements frm here...

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    3. Ya, you should be able to get ILP in Dimapur airport.

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  2. That's quite informative for anybody traveling to Nagaland! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks Arun, glad to be of some help.

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  3. Very informative post. Had no idea about the inner line permit business. Surprising that we need permits to go to an Indian territory.

    Thanks!
    My latest post: SIP vs PPF Which is Better?

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    1. Thanks Subhodeep. Ya, quite a few territories in India that require prior permit to visit.

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  5. Can you please confirm this ? Whether ILP can be obtained at Dimapur Airport ? This is not mentioned anywhere else on the internet. Thanks.

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    1. Yeah sure you should be able to get ILP at the airport.

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  6. Do you need any permit for visiting Dimapur itself?

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    1. No Shubham, no permits required to visit Dimapur.

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  7. Hello

    I am planning to visit Kohima and Dimapur from Manipur. We reside in Mumbai and planning to fly down from Mumbai to Imphal first and then cover Nagaland in the next few days. In that case we can get our permit from Dimapur right? Where do I get the ILP form?

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    1. Yes Ranjeeta,you can get ILP from dimapur. Please check online to download the form.

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  8. Informative...Many Thanks... We Plan to visit Tawang and other locations....didnt know that any such permit was required...Thanks once again...

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    1. Glad we could help :) have a great trip

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  9. I am planning to visit dimapur. On next week I have a flight for Mizoram then I have planned to visit nagaland from Mizoram. From Mizoram I am traveling by train/bus to Nagaland but have query about ilp for nagaland. Where should I get ilp for nagaland and is there any problem for traveling to Nagaland from Mizoram by bus.

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    1. Hi Sanket, there should not be any issues in traveling by bus from Mizo to Nagaland.

      You can obtain your ilp from the DC office. Pretty simple process. Have a great trip.

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