Indian citizens are free to arrive on Andaman without any authoritative permit, while visiting Nicobar and other tribal islands needs a valid permit issued by the Deputy Commissioner of the Union Territory.
For Non-Indian visitors, there needs to be a legal permit for arriving into Andaman as well. This is called ‘Restricted Area Permit’ and is a necessary document to be furnished before checking in to any hotel or a ferry. The normal validity period is 30 days, which can easily be extended for 15 more days if you happen to stay more on islands, on specifying the reason for extension in your application.
The Commutation Modes:
You may reach Andaman either by Sea or by Air.
There are ship rides from Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam ports to Port Blair. However, the one-sided journey takes about 4 days to complete. Tourists usually find it fascinating. Many love travelling in water more than anything else in the world, and specifically opt for this long ship ride from Indian mainland to Port Blair.
If travelling by Sea, the Restricted Area Permit needs to be arranged before your arrival to Port Blair.
Andaman’s only airport is in Port Blair, called ‘Vir Savarkar International Airport’. There are regular flights by many domestic operators originating from Kolkata, Chennai and all major metro cities. Foreign tourists find it easier reaching one of these main cities and proceed to Port Blair, due to frequent connections available. The flights fill up too easily during peak seasons, so you are recommended to plan your return travel much ahead.
If travelling by air, the Restricted Area Permit is issued after your entry to Port Blair.