Travel restrictions lifted in North-east India

THE INDIAN government has waived travel requirements for foreign nationals to Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland for the first time in 52 years, in an effort to boost tourism in these North-east Indian states.

Previously, foreign visitors had to pay US$50 for a permit to enter the states, and were restricted to travelling in groups of four over a limited number of days.

“The permit system was seen as an impediment,” said resident commissioner of Manipur Bhawan Rakesh Ranjan. “Now that it has been lifted, we expect to see many tourists.”

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