Lakshadweep, formerly (1956–73) Laccadive, Minicoy, and Amindivi Islands, union territory of India. It is a group of some three dozen islands scattered over some 78,000 square kms of the Arabian Sea off the southwestern coast of India. The principal islands in the territory are Minicoy and those in the Amindivi group. The easternmost island lies about 300 kms from the coast of the state of Kerala. Ten of the islands are inhabited. The administrative centre is Kavaratti. The name Lakshadweep means “Hundred Thousand Islands” in the Malayalam language and also in Sanskrit. Area 32 square kms.

Visiting Lakshadweep is an experience unlike any other you have had till now. One has to keep a lot on his mind before traveling to these 36 coral islands hanging midway in sea between Indian mainland and unending stretches of shimmering blue water visible till the horizons.

The basic needs of a human being are drinking water or resources of food, which are limited here. As a result the entry for the outsiders to these islands is strictly restricted.

It doesn’t matter whether you are an Indian national or a foreigner, you need permit to travel to Lakshadweep as tourists. All you need to provide for the permit is proper information like name, address, date and place of birth. In case of foreign nationals, passport and visa details are also required to be given to the resort staying in. Indians are permitted to travel to Agatti, Bangaram, Kadmat, Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy. However, foreigners are only allowed to visit Agatti, Bangaram, and Kadmat.

As per the Rules no person who is not a native of the island shall enter or reside in or attempt to enter or reside in the island except under and in accordance with a permit issued by a competent authority.

These rules may be called the Laccadive Minicoy Islands (Restrictions on Entry and Residence)

Rule, 1967 They extend to the whole of the Union Territory of the Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands. Organized tourism is of recent origin to Lakshadweep.

These islands are basically restricted areas but those who avail the package tours being conducted by SPORTS (Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism & Sports in Lakshadweep) or Authorized Private Resort Groups are exempted from entry restriction.

At present 3 inhabited islands – Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy have been opened for domestic tourists only and Kadmat, Agatti and Bangaram, are open for both domestic and international tourists.

How To Obtain PCC (POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE)

Police Clearance Certificate: Online Form Submission

❏ Register through the Passport Seva Online Portal. Click on “Register Now” link on the Home Page.

❏ Login to the Passport Seva Online Portal with your Login ID.

❏ Click “Apply for Police Clearance Certificate” link.

❏ Fill in the required details in the form and submit.

❏ Click the “Pay and Schedule Appointment” link on the “View Saved/Submitted Applications” screen to schedule an appointment.

❏ Online Payment has been made mandatory for booking appointments at all Passport Seva Kendras/Passport Offices.

Online Payment can be made using any one of the following modes:

  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Internet Banking
  • SBI Bank Challan

❏ Click the “Print Application Receipt” link to print the application receipt containing Application Reference Number (ARN)/Appointment Number.

Note: Carrying printout of Application Receipt is no longer required. An SMS with your appointment details is also accepted as proof of appointment during your visit to Passport Office.

❏ Visit the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK)/Regional Passport Office (RPO) where appointment has been booked, along with original documents.

Police Clearance Certificate for Various Cities

1. BANGALORE

❏ Visit the commissioner office. ADDRESS: No.1, Infantry Road, Bangalore – 560001, Opposite Sparsh Hospital

❏ Go to the pcc counter there, take a pcc form and fill it.

❏ Along with the pcc form, you will need, current address proof, and a permanent address proof and 2 passport size photographs.

❏ Submit all these documents at the next counter and pay a fee of 450/- (Fees are subject to change with time and other various reasons.)

❏ The office will verify the documents and provide you with an acknowledgement receipt.

❏ You will get a message once it’s ready, which usually takes around 21–25 days. You have to submit the acknowledgement to get your pcc on the day you collect it, so make sure you keep it safe.

❏ Make sure you are aware of the local police station you fall under. You must fill the details about your local police station in your pcc form. After you submit the form, police from that station will come for the field verification. When that’s done, you’ll get a message regarding your PCC. You have to visit the commissioner office to collect it.

2. DELHI

❏ Go to www.delhipolice.nic.in and click on the Register under the Police Clearance Certificate.

❏ Select User Type (Individual or Organisation) and fill the required information.

❏ Fill the details required in the form and attach the required files.

❏ Verify your data and Click on the Pay Now button. Once the payment is made, the application will be submitted.

❏ The applicant would also require to have Letter of Agency / Organisation for Which the Police Clearance Certificate is needed.

❏ Time Limit for Issuance of Police Clearance Certificate: 7 Working Days.

3. MUMBAI/PUNE

❏ Go to pcs.mahaonline.gov.in and click on the Register under the Police Clearance Certificate.

❏ Select User Type and fill the required information.

❏ Fill the details required in the form and attach the required files.

❏ Verify your data and Click on the Pay Now button. Once the payment is made, the application will be submitted.

❏ Time Limit for Issuance of Police Clearance Certificate: 7-21 Working Days.

4. HYDERABAD

❏ Go to hyderabadpolice.gov.in and click on the Register under the Police Clearance Certificate.

❏ Fill your particulars in the application form and personal particular form and take a print out of the same.

❏ The applicant should visit the office in person to submit the required documents after 24 hrs of applying online.The verification process will start only after submitting the required documents.

❏ The applicant would also require to have No objection certificate from the Head of the Department/Employer, if the applicant is an employee. Study certificate (if the applicant is a student).

❏ Challan should be paid at any e-seva for an amount of Rs.500. Challan receipt in duplicate should be brought during the collection of PCC.

5. KOLKATA

❏ Go to pcc.kolkatapolice.org and click on the Register under the Police Clearance Certificate.

❏ Select User Type and fill the required information, Register using your mobile number.

❏ Fill the details required in the form and attach the required files.

❏ Verify your data and Click on the Pay Now button. Once the payment is made, the application will be submitted.

❏ Time Limit for Issuance of Police Clearance Certificate: 7-21 Working Days.

Also checkout our blog on Top 10 things to do in Lakshadweep.

Aditya Chauhan

Bonjour! I'm Aditya Chauhan, a poet, a content writer, a basketball player, an author of two novels, a nanotechnology research scientist, and a passionate environment enthusiast. Observable fact: I haven't missed a single NBA match since the last 10 years. I can speak and write in two different foreign languages, French and German. I love reading books in my spare time, I've read many more books than you. It doesn't matter how many you've read. I've read more. Believe me. I don't know what I shall do. I just want to go away and look at people and think and write. Take me to the ocean, and I'll tell you about the moon and the stars!

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