Permit for Lakshadweep

Last Updated on 24 February 2024
, a group of stunning coral islands in the Arabian Sea, requires visitors to obtain a Protected Area Permit (PAP) for entry and residence. Governed by specific rules and regulations, the permit ensures the preservation of the region's delicate ecosystem. In this guide, we explore the application process, validity, associated fees, and essential details to make your visit to Lakshadweep a seamless and memorable experience.

How to Get a Permit for Lakshadweep

In accordance with the Rules of Restriction on Entry and Residence for Laccadive, Minicoy, and Amindivi Islands established in 1967, individuals who are not native to these islands are required to acquire a permit in the prescribed form from the competent authority to enter and reside there.  Lakshadweep is open to Indian visitors for all its islands. However, foreign tourists with a valid Passport and Visa for India can explore specific islands like Agatti, Kadmat, and the International Tourist Resort of Bangaram, subject to the Administrator's permission. Exceptions to this rule include government officials, armed force members, and their families who are either working or visiting these islands.

The easiest way to be granted these permits is to consult a travel agent who will thereafter take care of each of your documents and applications that have to be submitted to the Lakshadweep authorities while charging a reasonable fee.
Some of the authorised travel agents, listed down by the Lakshadweep Tourism website can be viewed via this link:
However, if you do not wish to consult a travel agent, underneath are a few steps you could follow to ensure a pleasant stay in the Lakshadweep Islands:

Apply for Lakshadweep Inner Line Permit Online: 

The form in the below link must be filled and submitted online>
Keep in mind that one will have to list down the name and other details of a sponsor from the mainland to whom the applicant is well acquainted.

Application Fee for Lakshadweep Permit

The application fee is 50 rupees for each applicant, and the heritage fee is 100 rupees for children aged 12 to 18. For individuals above 18, the heritage fee is 200 rupees.

Apply for Protected Area Permit (PAP)

To get the Protected Area Permit (PAP), apply online at the Lakshadweep Administration's e-permit portal>
Fill in basic details like your name, address, purpose of visit, travel dates, and chosen islands. Upload scanned copies of your ID proof and a passport-sized photo. The application is processed within 7 working days, and you'll receive an email notification about the permit status.

Validity and Cost of PAP

The PAP is valid for 30 days from the date of issue, with a fee of INR 300 per person, applicable to all age groups.

Additional Details

Select the islands you plan to visit during your application. Carry a printed copy of the approved PAP and a valid ID while traveling. Some islands may require extra permits for specific activities like scuba diving or wildlife photography; check with island authorities for details.

Permits and Taxes

Non-Indians must obtain a mandatory ₹300 entry permit. Additionally, a Green Tax of ₹300 per person is charged upon arrival at Agatti airport.

Other Documents to Carry

On departure, the order should be then handed over to the Administrator, in Kochi. It is also wise to carry a few documents with you :
  • An original ID proof with the concerned person’s signature
  • A self-attested ID of each traveller
  • An additional ID proof like Aadhar Card
  • 3-4 passport size photographs
However, since the rules for permits keep changing in this area, it’s advisable that one consults a travel agent before filling out the said application forms to be on the safer side.

This post was published by Alma Rosina

Share this post on social media

Comments on this post