In yet another major exemption also indicative of improving security situation, the foreign tourists would have now access to some of the north eastern states.
However, the foreign tourists would exclude those from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan.
The states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur have some of the most scenic locations across India and would now be within the bounds of foreign tourists.
The decision in this regard was taken by home ministry with respect to six-decade-old Protected Area Permit regime from Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur for five years with effect from April 1.
Under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958, all areas falling between the Inner line and the International Border of some states were declared as protected areas.
The protected areas currently include whole of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, besides parts of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
With an aim to promote tourism, the government by notification has exempted some of such restricted or protected areas from the need of special permission for foreigners to visit them.>