Protected Area Permit (PAP) Information and Application Process

Visitors to Tibetan settlements in India are now required by the Government of India to have a Protected Area Permit (PAP) in addition to a visa. This includes Menri Monastery in Dholanji, India.

Foreign nationals can apply for PAP directly from the Rehabilitation Section, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

Alternatively, the foreign nationals can route their application for Protected Area Permit through the Bureau of His Holiness the the Dalai Lama, New Delhi.

Documents required for applying for a PAP:
  • Copy of applicant’s passport
  • Copy of applicant’s Indian visa
  • Two (2) passport-size photographs of applicant
  • A Recommendation or a Invitation Letter from the General Secretary of Yungdrung Bon Monastic Centre Society at Menri Monastery
  1. Application through Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi

    The PAP application and supporting materials should be mailed at the following address:

    The Under Secretary

    Rehabilitation Section

    Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

    NDCC – II Building, Jai Singh Road

    New Delhi 110 001 India

    Documents can be sent by post (approximately $20 for a registered letter with return receipt from the US), or FedEx (approximately $70 from the US).

  2. Application through Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi

    All above mentioned documents are required to send to Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama either via email: or by post addressing to:

    The Secretary
    Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    10B, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV
    New Delhi 110024

    Applicants applying for more than 4 applications are requested to send the required documents by post.

PAPs can be issued for a term of up to one year. If you are unsure of your exact dates of travel, you can include a date of arrival and duration of stay that bracket your potential travel dates.

It takes about three months or more for the MHA to process the application and issue the PAP. Indian Embassies and Consulates abroad are unable to process the application.

Once issued, PAPs are mailed to the Tibetan settlement where you have applied to stay. Upon arrival you are required to register with the local authorities, including your exact dates of stay, as specified on your PAP. At Menri Monastery, this is done through the office of the Guest Master at the Menri Guest House, who submits the registration to the appropriate Foreigner Registration Office.