If you’re reading this article then you’re probably planning an expedition to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. We are here to quell your curiosity and let you know all the things you need to know about this magic ethereal island.
Q1: Do we need a passport to go to Andaman?
Depends. If you’re a resident of India, you don’t need a visa/passport. However, for foreigners, passport with India Visa is mandatory. A Restricted Area Permit (RAP), issued for 30 days and expandable for 15 more days is also requisite.
Q2: What is RAP?
Any foreigner sans citizen of Bhutan who wants to visit a restricted area, has to obtain a RAP from the authority. It is obtained after arriving at Port Blair and the whole process is a matter of 15 minutes and costs nothing.
Q3: How to extend the VISA?
Foreigners are officially permitted a 30 days VISA that can be extended to 15 at most by seeking permission from 3 days before. The Havelock Police Station or Immigration Office in Port Blair is where you need to go if you desire to extend your holiday.
Q4: How long does it take to reach the archipelago?
Ships take about 3-4 days to reach whereas, a flight from Kolkata or Chennai takes just 2 hours and 5 hours from Delhi.
Q5: Do we have access to all the islands?
Tourists have access to only 32 selected islands.
Q6: Can we use Indian currency there?
Of course, it is an Indian union territory.
Q7: What are the stuffs is need to carry with myself?
Clothes, medicines, driver license (if you wish to), important documents, enough cash and your cards.
Credit card is accepted in quite a lot of places.
Q8: Is there a prevalent nightlife?
Usually, nights are tranquil and calm. No disco music and lightings, however, during New Year and Christmas you’ll get to see a lot of lively parties.
Q9: Do we get imported alcohol in Andaman?
Imported alcohol is scarcely available, though alcohol is available in Andaman. Black Label, Black & White, Smirnoff, Bacardi and Kingfisher beer are available.
Q10: Is very food expensive there? Do we get vegetarian food?
Depends on what you eat and how much you eat. Decent restaurants range from INR400-INR 600, however, local eateries run by locals serve at a lesser rate and do not burn a whole in the pocket.
Owing to the high demand, sea food costs comparatively higher.
Yes, vegetarian foods are easily available. So, no worries!