FAQs on Andaman
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 for tourists to a period of six months. 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 special permission from a competent authority, known as a RAP or Restricted Area Permit . 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 the next 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 upon applying to 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 holiday 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 testimony 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. You can see one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in Port Blair.
13. Can I make international calls and access the Internet?
International dialing is available from most major hotels and ISTD booths in the markets. To make an international call, dial 00 followed by the country code followed by the country code followed by the country code. Services are reliable. Internet is available, although not widely in many other tourist areas and the connection is reputed to be very slow, but hopefully things will improve in the next season. Roaming mobile signal is available in Port Blair but may be erratic on other islands. If you are planning to buy a new SIM card, we suggest that you opt for BSNL as it has the best connectivity on the islands.
14. What festival do locals celebrate?
Given the fact that Andaman has a mixture of different religions, almost all festivals celebrated in mainland India include, but are not limited to, Christmas, New Year, Diwali, Eid and Easter. However, the biggest festival here is 'Durga Puja', as there are number of Bengalis on the islands.
15. What kind of behavior and etiquette can I expect from the locals on the main island?
Andaman Island is a very relaxing place, so the rules are also simple. Work with respect and decorum, dress appropriately (especially away from the beach), and anywhere, always seek permission before taking photographs of the local population. A beach destination does not mean that locals are used to seeing women in revealing places A beach destination does not mean that the locals are used to disclose swimwear. Please be sensitive to the traditions of the local people and cover the areas when the areas where the jetty area and village markets are present. Having said that, we would like to emphasize that Andaman is a remote place and although people are casual, one should not expect the kind of comfort or level of service expected from a hotel / resort in mainland India. is.
16. What is the electricity supply in the Andaman Islands? There are standard 220 volts with mixed sockets between 3 round pins all over India. While some sockets also carry two round pin plugs, to avoid confusion or frustration, we suggest guests bring at least one travel adapter.
17. What is the religious attitude in Andaman?
India has a very mixed religious history and a reputation for religious tolerance. Hinduism is by far the most popular religion in the islands, after the islands and then Islam. Other religions that make up the clan include Sikh and Buddhism. The Andaman Islands also have a fairly large mix, and while Hindu festivals are most celebrated, around Christmas time you will see small processions with Santa Claus and followers.
18. What should I do? General personal effects with clothes.
Make sure you have personal accessories suited to the appropriate voltage. It is 220V in India. Carry out medicines and eyeglass prescriptions. If you want to drive, make sure you have an International Driver's License. Move enough local currency equal to $ 100 at all times to pay for local services. Make sure that your documents are safe including cash, passport and credit card and tickets and keep a copy with you at all times.
19. How should I take the money?
Preferably travelers checks and cash carry up to $ 100 to pay for local services in Indian cities. Credit cards like MasterCard, Visa, Amex are also widely accepted in Andaman.
20. Are credit cards safe and useful?
Yes. Use of credit card to withdraw cash is available at few places in Andaman.
21. What is the situation regarding the use of drugs in Andaman? Drugs are completely illegal in Andaman and with heavy fines if caught within a minute's possession.
22. At what time zone is the Andaman Islands located?
The whole of India falls under the same time zone, so the local time is GMT + 5 under hours throughout the country throughout the year. Andaman is much closer to Thailand than India, meaning that life in the island takes place a little earlier in the day, to use daylight hours.
23. What is the postal service?
Indian postal services, in general, have a very good reputation domestically and internationally. However, in the Andaman Islands, the postal service is not reliable and there are many examples of parcels and letters not reaching their destination. Therefore, it is advisable to use postal services on mainland India instead of postal services on the island.
24. What can I do in Port Blair?
Port Blair is the capital city of Andaman and is of immense historical importance. There are many sights that are to be seen here and most do not require you to hire a guide. You can view a list of the places here (do in Port Blair). The ones we recommend have been marked.
25. Is there any nightlife in Andaman?
Although many hotels in Port Blair and other developed Islands have hotels and resorts that offer a bar, the night life concept has not really caught on in these islands. You will not encounter loud music, disco lights or parties here on a regular basis. Nights are usually quiet and most people get to bed soon to wake early and make maximum use of the day light hours.
An exception however is during Christmas and New Year on popular tourist islands like Havelock and Neil where you will find parties going late into the night, loud music and a lot of dancing.
26. Is imported alcohol available on the Islands?
Although alcohol is available on the islands, availability of imported alcohol is extremely limited. Except for a few IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor) bottles, the alcohol availability is restricted to mostly Indian brands. Black Label, Black & White, Bacardi, Smirnoff and Kingfisher beer are some of the brands that are available easily.
27. How expensive are meals in Andaman?
The price of a meal depends entirely on where you eat and what you order. A nice quaint restaurant will cost you between Rs.300 to Rs.500 per person depending on what is ordered. Eating at the local village market will be much cheaper and most islands have a number of small eateries run by locals that work out easy on the pocket.
Sea food is more expensive in the Andamans compared to the mainland due to heavy demand and less supply.
28. What do I do in case of a medical emergency?
Most Islands have a Primary Health Centre (PHC); However, services here can be limited and poor. It is advisable to go to the nearest PHC first for immediate assistance and as soon as possible, move to the G.B Pant hospital in Port Blair which is better equipped.
However at this hospital too, the treatment facilities are not what can be expected in mainland India and for any condition that could be serious, life threatening or needing special care, it is advised to fly to mainland India.
29. Are there any dangerous animals in the Andamans?
As such there are no dangerous predatory animals in the forests of Andaman. So do not come here expecting to see tigers or lions. The forests here are inhabited by animals like wild boar, spotted deer, civet cat as well as numerous species of birds and butterflies. The vast forest canopy provides home to many different species of reptiles as well. Snakes both poisonous and harmless can be seen in the Andamans.