Govt withdraws restriction on foreign tourists going to NE
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Jan 27: To boost tourism in the northeast, the government has withdrawn restrictions imposed on foreign tourists travelling to the picturesque region.
The Home Ministry has allowed free movement of foreign tourists to the three northeastern states of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland by suspending a decades-old rule under which foreign nationals had to take mandatory permission from authorities for visits.
However, citizens of Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and Myanmar will not enjoy the benefit of the latest order, which would initially be applicable for a year, a Home Ministry official said.
Under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order 1958, all areas in Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim and parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand are declared "protected areas" and foreign nationals need permission to visit these areas.
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