Foreign tourists, who thought twice before putting Arunachal Pradesh in their itinerary owing to strict ‘entry formalities’ has a reason to reconsider their itinerary now; for PAP (Protected Area Permit) has been relaxed by the Central government. Now, the restriction of minimum of four persons in a group has been relaxed to two (wherein the two may or may not be a married couple) and the maximum number of days of stay in the state has been upped from 10 to 30. This relaxation also applies to a foreigner who has been married to an Arunachalee and visiting the state on tourist visa.
Also, the Union Government has approved opening up of four new tourist circuits and extension of one existing circuit. With this approval, the state has now total of 11 tourist circuits (see below) and for the first time tourists have been given access to the remote border towns like Tuting and Mechuka.
1. Aalo-Mechuka -New Circuit
2. Daporijo-Nacho via Taliha and Sayum -New Circuit
3. Ziro-Palin-Nyapin-Sangram-Koloriang -New Circuit
4. Doimukh-Sagalee-Pakke Kesang-Seppa-New Circuit
5. Tezpur-Bhalukpong-Bomdila-Tawang-Exisitng Circuit
6. Tinsukia-Tezu-Parasuramkund-Existing Circuit
7. Margherita-Miao-Namdapha-Existing Circuit
8. Itanagar-Ziro-Daporijo-Along-Pasighat-Existing Circuit
9. Roing-Mayudia-Anini-Exisiting Circuit
10. Pasighat-Jengging-Yingkiong ( Extended upto Tuting)-Extension to existing Circuit
11. Tezpur-Seijosa (Pakhui)-Bhalukpong-Tipi-Existing Circuit