While the inner line permit has been waived for several areas in Ladakh; Chushul permits and permits for Changthang valley are being refused this year. With China’s continuous incursions in the region; permits for Changthang and Marismik La are not given very easily. This year however with 33rd Kalachakra being held in Leh; Chushul permits are being denied completely as an added security measure. Situation may change after Kalachakra event; but wise thing would be to not keep Chushul in your Ladakh itinerary this year. Even If you somehow manage to obtain the permit, there is still a very high chance of getting sent back from one of the Army or ITBP check posts.
This will definitely be a disappointment to a lot of people traveling to Ladakh this year; and wanting to experience places like Changthang Valley and Hanle. This also means that you cannot take the direct route from Pangong Tso to Tso Moriri. If both these lakes were in your itinerary, you have no other choice but to return to Leh from Pangong; and then travel to Moriri via Chumathang.
Restriction for Inner line permits was removed earlier this year; in order to promote tourism in Ladakh and create better connectivity and people movement. This step too was a direct result of increased chinese incursions. More the people here feel connected to rest of the country; more the tourist movement we can create here; and lesser the chances of Chinese trying to take over the region. Some areas however were still kept under the restriction that are a little too close to the border. Places like Changthang Valley and Batalik sector still fall under this rule.
I hope this information was helpful. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section below or at our Community Forum and I will be glad to answer.