All you need to know about the Andamans.
1. Do I need a passport / visa to visit Andaman?
For Indians: Passport / Visa / Permission not required. They can stay in permitted areas for as long as they want. For Foreigners: Passport with Indian visa is required to enter India. This also applies to foreigners entering the Andaman and Nicobar Islands who come directly by charter / private boats. Additionally, a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is also required, which can be availed on arrival from the immigration counter at the airport or by the arrival of ships at the sea-port. The RAP is issued for a 30-day trip to the islands, and can be extended for up to 15 days. Tickets can be rescheduled from the respective airline offices in Port Blair itself.
2. How can I get a visa in Andaman?
Andaman is a part of India. Thus, a visa to India is also valid for Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is required for most foreign nationals. Visas are obtainable in Indian Missions, Consulates and High Commissions abroad. They are valid for the period issued and range from a period of 15 days to a period of six months for tourists. They are valid from the date of issue and it is wise to start the journey as soon as the visa is received to take advantage of the full duration of the visa's validity. Once obtained, the visa in India can be extended.
3. What is RAP?
Under the Foreigners (Restricted) Areas Order, 1963, the entire union territory of Andaman and Nicobar has been declared as 'Restricted Area'. Every foreigner, except a citizen of Bhutan who wishes to enter and live in a protected or restricted area, is required to obtain a special permit from a competent officer, known as RAP or Restricted Area Permit is. On reaching Port Blair. The process usually takes 15 minutes, is free and available to all foreign nationals. It has recently been brought to our notice that some of the Indian visas issued have a stamp saying that "entry into restricted areas is not allowed". Should your visa impose such a stamp, please contact the embassy and re-issue the visa as you will not be allowed to enter the Andaman Islands.
4. How do I extend my visa in Andaman?
Most foreigners arriving in Port Blair are granted a 30-day permit. Near the expiration time (about 3 days ahead) this permit can be extended for another 15 days. This extension can be done at the immigration office in Port Blair or at their police station, and you will need to show a confirmed return ticket (for travel within the next 15 days) to receive this extension. Please note that it may not always be possible to get this extension in a few hours and if you are applying in Port Blair you may need to stay overnight to get the extension. It is rare that tourists are granted less than 30 days on permit. However this happens for some and it is recommended that you check the expiry of the RAP when it is officially given to you only for a few days. Only two days are not given. Get between a week and 15 days.
5. Where are Andaman and Nicobar Islands?
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of 572 islands located in the Bay of Bengal. It is about 1000 miles southeast of the Indian subcontinent.
6. How can I visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands?
There are two ways - either from Kolkata, Chennai or Delhi or take one.
7. How long does it take to reach Andaman?
A flight from Kolkata / Chennai takes two hours, while a flight from Delhi takes about five hours. Ships take 50 hours (approximately 3-4 days).
8. What is the best time to vacation in Andaman Islands?
We believe that holidays in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands can occur throughout the year - in summers / monsoons (there is no winter season). However, tourist arrivals are maximum during October to May. More information on.
9. Can I visit any island of my choice?
There are only 32 inhabited islands out of a total of 572 islands. Tourists are only allowed in a list of islands. You can see the list.
10. It is an Indian territory.
So do I use Indian currency? Yes. Indian Rupee is used in Andaman Islands. You can exchange currency with banks or currency dealers at the airport. Also, you can withdraw Indian Rupees from the ATM there.
11. Is it safe to travel to Andaman and Nicobar Islands?
The amount of tourist arrivals to the islands is a testament to how safe the tourists feel in the islands. These islands are one of the safest places to live / travel in the country.
12. Will I get vegetarian food in Andaman?
Andaman is not known for its vegetarian food, but with the influx of tourists, vegetarian food has become readily available. So yes, if you are a vegetarian visiting the island, you do not have to worry. In fact, there are some vegetarian restaurants that we recommend