Q: Where are the Andaman & Nicobar Islands situated?

A: Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a group of 572 islands located in the Bay of Bengal. It is around 1600 km away from the Indian subcontinent down South-East.

Q: Nicobar is accessible to tourists?

A: Entry to Nicobar Islands not permitted for tourists, even people of Andaman Islands can visit Nicobar group of islands with permits issued by the Andaman & Nicobar administration with specific and valid reason.

Q: What are must doing activities while in Andaman?

A: We strongly recommend experience ‘Scuba diving’ and Snorkeling in Andamans, No swimming skills required as you perform these activities under supervision of experts.

Q: Sea Plane and Helicopter Ride

A: Sea Plane services have been stopped in the islands. However, the other option is Helicopter with capacity of only 6 seats and you need to be lucky to get a ticket. To be honest the chances are less, and the ticket opens only the day of departure. You might want to try your luck after arriving in Andamans.

Q: Is the vegetarian food easily available in Andaman Islands?

A: Although the islands are not known for their vegetarian cuisine, there won’t a shortage of veg dishes as with the influx of tourists, Andaman is now replete with vegetarian food joints.

Q: What type of food should one try while in Andaman?

A: Being an island, Andaman is famous for having scrumptious seafood. Crabs, shrimps, prawns, lobsters, and fish among others are must haves. However, the food may not be available at a cheap price.

Q: Is it permissible to photograph the indigenous tribal people of Islands?

A: The tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands cherish their peace and any kind of photography of them is strictly prohibited and even punishable.

Q: What’s the culture of Andamans? Are there any religious restrictions on the Islands?

A: Andaman Islands are very relaxed in rules. Just some simple etiquettes like dressing up properly and asking for permission before taking pictures should be kept in mind. Having said that, since Andamans is a protected area, one should not expect comfort equivalent to the level of one on mainland in India.

Q: It is an Indian territory. So do I use Indian Currency?

A: Yes. Indian Rupees is used in Andaman Islands. You can exchange currency at the airport, from the banks or currency dealers. Also, you can withdraw Indian Rupees from the ATMs there.

Q: Do I need passport/permission/visa to go to get there?

A: For Indians: No passport/visa/permission is required. They can stay in permitted areas for as long as they want.

For Foreigners: Passport is required with an Indian Visa to enter India. This is applicable to foreigners entering Andamans directly from a charter/private yachts. Additionally, a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is also required which can be availed on arrival to Port Blair from the Immigration counter at the airport or embarkation of ships at the sea-port. RAP is issued for 30 day visit in islands, and is extendable upto 15 more days and tickets can be rescheduled in Port Blair itself from the respective airline offices.