Govt looks to open up Arunachal to foreign tourists

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Govt looks to open up Arunachal to foreign tourists

All the Foreign tourists will be soon allowed to visit the Far-flung and remote areas of Arunachal Pradesh as the Centre is moving to ease entry rules under the “Protected Area permit regime.” Arunachal Pradesh will be the first beneficiary of the more relaxed norms, followed by Sikkim and Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir will also be opened up for the people. Thus, Govt looks to open up Arunachal to foreign tourists.

Recently in one of the meetings of the inter-ministerial coordination committee on the tourism sector, the government has defined that tourists visiting Arunachal Pradesh will be now able to get inner-line and protected area permits for the span of next 5 years, instead of the two-years permits which were declared earlier.

The Union ministry of tourism is looking to allow tourist to visit Arunachal’s Tawang valley, Ziro, and Bomdila, which are the most beautiful parts of the state. More areas in border states will be gradually available to the tourists once the Union home ministry handles stock of concerns regarding the movement of foreigners in sensitive areas.

Welcoming MHA’s moves to relax norms, tourism minister K J Alphons said, “We wrote to MHA two years ago asking for easier norms to allow more tourists to visit Arunachal Pradesh. Easing these norms will facilitate tourism and allow more people to be able to see far-flung places”.

Rashmi Verma, tourism secretary said, “The effort is being made to open up Arunachal Pradesh to more tourists. While Tawang is among the most popular destinations in Arunachal due to its Buddhist connect, the ministry is also in the process of exploring eco-tourism potential of the Dibang valley in eastern Arunachal.”

The home minister is sympathetic to the new initiative and will soon get details from border states concerned on various another alternative mechanisms as they have been in mind to track incoming
International tourist traffic and other secure issues.

Recently, Chief Minister Pema Khedu shared some of the awesome pictures of Shungetser lake and other destinations in the Tawang valley.

Junior home ministry, Kiren Rijiju said, ” I took a review meeting on Friday to discuss the demand of several border states as well as ministry of tourism that the PAP regime be eased and certain areas of tourist interest be opened up to attract more foreign travellers. The home ministry is agreeable to easing PAP rules by either making it easier for foreigners to obtain the PAP or do away with it altogether for certain border areas, provided any security concerns are taken care of by the state”

Later on, he added, “The states will be asked how they plan to register foreigners who enter the state to access these border areas…whether it will an online process? Also, how the movement of foreign citizens will be tracked and their exit from the state recorded.”

Thus, Govt looks to open up Arunachal to foreign tourists. Hence, a lot of people will be able to enjoy all the new areas in the state.

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