Foreign tourists visiting Mizoram increases

The number of foreigners visiting the picturesque state of Mizoram has increased but by a small margin from the previous year, with a larger number of US citizens than other foreigners stopping over in this state that borders Myanmar and Bangladesh, officials said.

“Around 745 foreigners visited Mizoram last year, 87 more than the previous year (2011),” an official at the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) told reporters.

“Most of the foreigners prefer to visit the state in the month of January because of its chilly climate. But there are also tourist who like to enjoy the not-so-hot climate of months between June and July. We usually register less foreign tourist in the month of April and May,” said one employee at the Foreigner Registration office in Aizawl yesterday.

During January this year, 71 tourist had visited the state which consist of 48 male and 23 female.

Protected Area Permit (PAP), a permit required by every foreigner who wish to visit certain northeastern states, including Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland was lifted by Ministry of Home Affairs on January 2011 and has been extended till December 31, 2013.

Now any foreigner can visit the relaxed states without obtaining the permit. But officials at Foreigner Registration office said that although the mandatory permit has been lifted by the central govt. there is no much increase in the inflow of foreign tourist in Mizoram.

Officials further informed media that maximum foreigners who visit Mizoram were for church related tour.

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