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Procedure for a foreign National to obtain an amateur radio licence in India


India does not have any reciprocal arrangements with any country whereby the holder of an amateur radio licence issued by another country can operate in India temporarily on his own licence.

However India’s regulator – The Wireless Planning and Co-ordination Wing (WPC) of the Ministry of Tele-communications & IT does issue an Indian licence based on an application made by a foreign national who is going to be resident in India for any length of time.

A licence is issued only after clearances given by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs.


The requirements for application are:


The address of WPC to which the application should be sent is:

The Assistant Wireless Advisor

Wireless Planning Commission (WPC)

6th floor, Sanchar Bhawan

20 Ashoka Road

New Delhi – 110 001

Fax No: 011 23372141/ 23716111

If a new licence has to be applied for then a test has to be taken at any of the Monitoring stations of WPC which are in several towns in India. Details are available from their webpage.