Do I need any permits to visit Turtuk?

Inner Line Permit or Restricted Area Permit/ Protected Area Permit is an official travel document that is issued and stamped by the Indian Authorities to allow the tourists to visit the protected areas of Ladakh.

The Ladakh administration in August 2021 removed the need for an inner line permit (ILP) for all Indian nationals, including domestic tourists, to visit Turtuk and many places. Tourists use to need these permits in Ladakh to visit the inner line places like Nubra Valley, Khardung La, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Dah Hanu Villages, Man, Merak, Nyoma, Loma Bend, Turtuk, Tyakshi, Chushul, Hanle, Digger La, Tangyar (for trekking only)

Instead of inner line permit (ILP) Foreigners still are required to have the Protected Area Permits (PAP) to visit Turtuk .The PAP are available online from the official website of Leh administration or it can be applied through a registered travel agent. However, the permits for Hanle and direct route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri from Chusul could only be applied manually or in-person at the Leh DC office.But citizen of countries like Pakistan ,China ,Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Myanmars have to get their Permits Issued from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Delhi.

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