All Foreigners Including Tibetans Must Have PAP To Visit Mundgod During Dalai Lama Teachings

What is PAP?

PAP stands for Protected Area Permit. All the Tibetan settlements established in India are classified as Protected Areas by the Government of India. Foreign nationals, who wish to visit the Tibetan settlements in India for whatever reasons are required to apply and get PAP.

Who is required to have a PAP?

Drepung and Gaden Monasteries are part of Doeguling Mundgod Tibetan Settlement, an area which is classified by the Government of India as a Protected Area. Therefore, all foreign visitors to Mundgod Tibetan Settlement are required to have a Protected Area Permit (PAP).

During the time of His Holiness’ teachings, all foreigners must have a PAP to enter Mundgod Tibetan Settlement and attend the teachings, even if your accommodation is not within Mundgod. Therefore, while in Mundgod you should keep your PAP with you at all times to show the local authorities when you are asked for it.

Indian citizens and Tibetan R.C. holders are not required to have a PAP to visit Mundgod Tibetan Settlement unless they have a foreign passport.

 When is the PAP application deadline?

You are strongly urged to apply for your PAP as soon as possible, as PAP applications can take several months to process.  The final deadline for submitting your PAP application form to the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is 15 October 2014.

How do I apply for a PAP?

Your PAP can be obtained by emailing or posting a PAP application form and supporting documents (see below) to the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi. There is no fee for obtaining this permit.  It is not necessary to already have an Indian Visa in order to apply for the PAP.

Once processed, the Bureau of His Holiness of Dalai Lama will send the PAP to you via email attachment. 

Please note: The Indian Government’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)  is the department which actually issues all PAP’s.  The Jangchup Lamrim Teaching Organizing Committee  and the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama do not issue PAP’s.  However, the Bureau of His Holiness has very kindly offered to help facilitate the PAP application process for attendees of His Holiness’ teachings.  We, the Jangchup Lamrim Teaching Organizing Committee, are not involved at all in the processing of PAP applications and we have absolutely no control over the issuance of PAP’s.  The information on this web page is meant solely to assist you in applying for your PAP through the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  More details about all the various offices involved in processing your PAP are available here.

How can I check the status of my PAP application?

After you have submitted your PAP application, you will receive an email from the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama confirming their receipt of your application documents.  Once processed, the Bureau of His Holiness of Dalai Lama will send the PAP to you via email attachment.

If you do not receive that confirmation email, or if you have any questions about your PAP processing status,  please contact the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama directly at rehab@tibetbureau.in. Regrettably, we (the Jangchup Lamrim Teaching Organizing Committee) are not able to answer these status questions because we are not involved in the processing of PAP’s.

How exactly are PAP’s issued and why does it take many months?

Please see the post about this here.

Do I need a PAP Recommendation Letter?

If you are requesting a PAP only to visit Mundgod during the time of His Holiness’ 2014 Jangchup Lamrim Teachings, you do not need to send a recommendation letter with your PAP application.

If your PAP application lists additional settlement areas (more than Mundgod), or if you are requesting extended dates beyond December 2014 – January 2015, then you must also send a recommendation letter to the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.