Airports: Veer Savarkar Airport, Port Blair
Distances: 1255kms from Kolkata, 1190kms from Chennai, 1200kms from Vishakhapatnam
Currency: Indian Rupees
Altitude: Varies from sea level to 732 meters
Highest peak: Saddle peak - 732 meters
Climate: Tropical climate throughout the year with average minimum temperature at 23°C and maximum at 32°C.
Humidity: Relatively high - 70% to 90%, with a gentle breeze blowing all the time. The weather is generally pleasant with average annual rainfall of 3000 mm in Port Blair.
Population: 3,80,000 approx
Forest cover: 92% protected forest; 86% reserve forest
Clothing: Cottons throughout the year
Internet Access: Good in Port Blair, but very poor dial up connections on extremely slow speeds in most other important islands like Havelock and Neil. Satellite internet is available in Havelock although expensive. Data cards (of a few companies) work in Port Blair, however do not work at all on other Islands. Most of the islands do not have internet access at all.
Mobile & Telephone Access: Mobile providers include BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone functioning currently only in Port Blair with excellent connectivity. As you travel away from the city of Port Blair to outer city limits or other islands, connectivity may become weak.
ISD code: +91-3192, STD Code:03192
Indian Nationals: Indian nationals need no permit to visit Andaman. However, permits are required to visit Nicobar Islands and other tribal areas, which are given in exceptional cases only. Application on a prescribed form may be addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District, Port Blair.
Foreigners: All foreigners need to specify that they intend to visit the Andaman while obtaining the visa to India. Foreigners arriving in Port Blair with a stamp reading "Entry to restricted areas not allowed" (or similar stamps) will not be allowed to enter the Andaman Islands. Do note that there is a line in fine print in all Visas stating that 'entry to restricted areas not allowed' and that is to be ignored, only if there is a separate rubber stamp then kindly check with your issuing authorities urgently!
With a valid India Visa, foreigners can arrive in Port Blair. However a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is required to enter the Andaman which can be easily obtained on arrival at Port Blair from the immigration authorities. The permit is free of cost.
In addition, permits can also be obtained from Indian Missions Overseas, Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and the Immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
The Restricted Area Permit allows foreign nationals to stay on the islands for 30 days. This can be extended by an additional 15 days at the immigration office in Port Blair. Getting the extension depends on your reason for extension and luck.
- Foreigners, especially to ensure to and fro confirmed air tickets and accommodation in advance before proceeding to the Andaman Island to avoid immigration problems.
- Foreign nationals should obtain the required permit from the immigration authorities soon after landing on the island at Airport/Harbour.
- Visit only the permitted areas.
- Make use of the services of authorized tourist guides.
- While driving, follow the traffic rules, keep left. Carry legal documents like driving license, permit passport etc.
- Consult life guards before entering sea.
- Swim in safe areas only.
- Keep the beaches and the environment clean.
- Dispose of the garbage at proper places/dustbins and avoid plastic.
- Observe decency and decorum in dress.
- Avail the service of Scuba Dive instructors having certification of international/professional organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC and SSI for safe diving experience.
- Drive the vehicles in accordance to convoy system. Same day return by ATR is not permissible according to Jarawa Policy.
- On beach, parents are requested to keep an eye on your kids.
- Please inform your location to the life guard.
- Please pick up your bags and bottle while leaving the visiting spot.
- Foreign nationals should not enter the islands without required permit.
- Do not enter into restricted/tribal areas.
- Do not take video, film or photographs inside Tribal Reserve areas of the indigenous tribes.
- Do not carry sea fans and seashells unless specific permits are obtained from Fisheries Department.
- Do not light fire in forest areas.
- Do not stay on the beaches or forest during nights by putting up down tents/hammocks.
- Nudity on beaches and public places is forbidden.
- Do not enter the National Parks without permission.