Arunachal Pradesh Inner Line Permit Guide

Over the last couple of years, more and more Indian tourists have started coming to North East India, an incredibly beautiful part of the country. North East India has something for everyone, be it the adventure loving and thrill-seeker traveller, be it someone who loves the monsoons and the clouds or be it the someone who wants to take everything slow and just laze around in the hills. However, visiting the north-eastern states, at least few of them must be approved by the authorities. One such state is Arunachal Pradesh. You must obtain an Inner Line Permit (or ILP) if you are an Indian and a Protected Area Permit (PAP) if you are a foreigner.

How To Apply Inner Line Permit (ILP) For Arunachal Pradesh

How To Apply Inner Line Permit (ILP) For Arunachal Pradesh

What is an Inner Line Permit or ILP?

As the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh puts it, “The Inner Line Permits are required by Indians other than natives of Arunachal Pradesh for entering into any place in Arunachal Pradesh. The ILPs are issued by the Issuing authorities of Government of Arunachal Pradesh with offices at Delhi, Kolkata, Tezpur, Guwahati, Shillong, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Jorhat.”

Arunachal Pradesh ILP is also available online apart from the offices listed above. This post is about how to apply Arunachal Pradesh ILP Online? So let’s start with the documents required.

What are the documents required to apply Arunachal Pradesh ILP?

  • Any govt. issued photo identity card (Voter Id card, Pan Card, Driving License, etc.)
  • A passport photo with white background.

What is the fee for Arunachal Pradesh ILP?

  • The fee, if you apply online is Rs. 100/- plus transaction charges. In total, I paid Rs.123/-. The fee, if you apply is Rs.25/- is what I have heard.

How long does it take to get the ILP?

  • If you apply online, it takes around a day or so. There are three phases that application goes through once you apply. First, the details provided by you are verified until when it remains under processing. If all is well, the application is approved and you can then pay and get your ILP immediately.
  • The offline ILP takes around four hours.

Additional Information

  • If applying online, you can apply only one district per ILP. This doesn’t really make sense to me because that’s not the case if you are applying for the ILP offline.
  • If you are travelling from one district to another inside Arunachal Pradesh and are planning to apply for the ILP online, you have no other way but to get a separate ILP for each district. Trying your luck by applying just one ILP might not be a good idea (in case you are thinking about it) because even though ILPs are not checked when you cross from one district to another, they are checked when you are exiting the state.
  • You also need to give a local reference while applying ILP online. Again, I don’t remember this requirement being there in an offline way. For a tourist who is visiting the state for the first time, this might be a problem. Mine got rejected the first time when I did not give a local reference while applying.
  • If applying offline, be sure to be at the office (Guwahati) before 2 PM.
  • Online ILP for Arunachal Pradesh can be applied here.

Got any questions about ILP for Arunachal Pradesh? Feel free to leave your questions in the comments section below.


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18 thoughts on “Arunachal Pradesh Inner Line Permit Guide

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  2. Hi there,

    Isn’t there an on arrival ILP counter at Guwahati Airport.. is it possible to know the working hours for the same?

    Ill be landing at Guwahati on Saturday (6 May ’17)at about 8pm and if I have to wait at the airport until Monday 9am then it would be really depressing..

    Please let me know what alternatives are possible? is it possible to connect with some agent and get the ILP done in advance and have it collected once am in Guwahati?

    I have applied for online ILP but have no confidence whether ill get it on time..

    • There is an on arrival ILP facility at the Guwahati airport and I don’t think the counter will be open at 8PM. Why don’t you apply for the ILP online?

      If that works for you, help of agent would not be needed.

      • Does online ILP work without any references in AP? I am skeptical about the same..have applied online now waiting for the revert ..

        The skepticism was the reason behind looking for agents.. really dont want to spend 2-3 days waiting for ILP at Guwahati..

        Anything else that you could suggest? Do i have to call anyone after applying online? I could only find processing office as “Guwahati” and the phone numbers given at the official website doesnt seem to work..

        • You can give reference of anyone at your hometown. Doesn’t have to be someone in Arunachal Pradesh. The numbers have never worked for me either. I had paid them a visit personally at their office once.

          • Update: I had done the same mistake as you — not given reference as I thought they are looking for a local reference in Arunachal Pradesh..

            Have reapplied online and now record is in “Verified” status.. Hope it goes through

            Meanwhile can you throw some light on how long it takes to move from Verified to Approved status?

              • Hi Rajiv,

                Thanks for your help.. I got all my ILPs yesterday.

                Final Update (for the benefit of others in similar situation and reading this): I got my online ILP within 3 days of applying.

                Things to keep in mind in order to avoid delay:
                1) Against “Local Reference” mention the name of ANY reference. The reference need not be staying at Arunachal Pradesh…The term “local” is misleading since it draws us to think that it should be someone local to AP. I put my fathers name.

                2) Ensure that total number of days for which permit is applied isnt more than 15. Ideally the form should validate this but it doesn’t. Your application gets rejected if you enter > 15 Days

                Good luck!

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  4. Hi Rajiv. I will be reaching Guwahati in Morning at around 10:30. Can I get the ILP at the airport or do I need to apply before hand? Also, do I need multiple ILP’s for multiple locations? I am planning for Tawang and Ziro.

    • Hi Gunjan,

      There’s a counter of Arunachal Pradesh tourism at the Guwahati airport and you can get your ILP from there. Tawang and ziro fall in separate districts so if you apply online, you will need separate ILPs. If you get the ILP at the airport, names of both the places need to be mentioned.

      How are you planning to travel in Arunachal Pradesh, the rains have started so keep that in mind. Feel free in case you have any questions regarding travel in the North East.


      • Thank you so much Rajiv. I booked the tickets day before yesterday only. Still need to figure out the travelling and accommodation. It’s an unplanned trip (hopefully adventurous too). 🙂 It’s a ten day trip. Do you think I can cover some other places too apart from Tawang and Ziro?

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