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How to reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 2022 – Indians and Foreign Nationals

The Andaman Islands are located in the Bay of Bengal, about 1300 km from the mainland of India. Between India and the southern coast of Indonesia, even though the islands are close to Indonesia for 150 km, it is accessible only through Indian ships and cargo.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands can be reached by air and sea. These are the only two routes to reach the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Port Blair). There are flights and ships available from various points in mainland India. Port Blair is the only entry point of Andaman Islands, there is no other place in Andaman that you can enter it will be through Port Blair only.

The Major Airlines that operate flights to the Andaman Islands

  1. Goair        – Check Now
  2. GoIndigo  – Check Now
  3. Air India   – Check Now
  4. Vistara     – Check Now
  5. Spicejet    – Check Now

How to Reach Andaman By Ship:-

The Andaman Islands can also be reached by sea. Some ships are available to visit the islands. Ships are the oldest way of getting into Andaman from the mainland. The major ports of ships visiting Andaman are Kolkata, Vizag, and Chennai. Shiva of this is not convenient to come to Andaman from any place. These are the government-run ship services that can be availed. Tickets for ships can be booked through the Shipping Directorate/Shipping Corporation of the respective ports. It usually takes 2.5-3 days to reach the Andaman Islands when the weather is clear. The frequency of commuting from Kolkata is usually once or twice a month, in Chennai and Vizag, it is just one sailing per month. If the weather is bad, there can be trouble in sailing, that is why most of the ships are postponed if the weather is bad.

How to Reach Andaman By Flight:-

There are many flights from the mainland to the islands for the transfer of passengers and essential goods in the Andaman Islands. Direct flights to Andaman are operated from Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi, and Ahmedabad. Please note that the schedule may change depending on the payload. We recommend that you visit the airline’s website to find out about the latest flight times to Port Blair. The distance from mainland India to the island by air is approximately 1300 km, which is covered in a maximum of 2.5 hours in a non-stop flight. It may take 3 to 4 hours from Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore to Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Ahmedabad.

At present, there is only one commercial airport in Andaman whose name is Veer Savarkar International Airport.

Flight from International in Andaman does not come to fruition yet because the work of International Airport is going on. Very soon flights from international will also start coming. Recently news came that by June or August, we will hand over to the airport authority, after that international flights will also start running. The airport in Andaman is still small, only one flight can be landing at a time, so all the tourists who come to travel in Andaman are requested to reach the airport before 2 hours so that you do not face any problem.

We look forward to the construction of a new vessel for the Andaman Islands by Mumbai Shipyard from 2020. The capacity of this ship will be about 1000 people. This vessel will facilitate those who are planning to visit the Andaman Islands by ship

We look forward to the construction of a new vessel for the Andaman Islands by Mumbai Shipyard from 2020. The capacity of this ship will be about 1000 people. This vessel will facilitate those who are planning to visit the Andaman Islands by ship

Hado Jetty, the only major port in Andaman, is located at Port Blair. Many people expect that the ships going to Andaman are cruise, however, these ships are passenger as well as cargo ships. This is not the luxury cruise we usually see in pictures. if you want to get more information related to this, then click on this link to get information. Please ensure yourself that you are aware of such differences while planning to reach Andaman by sea.

We always recommend tourists to fly to the Andaman Islands because it is time-saving and convenient. Ships can also be taken to other islands of islands. If tourists are coming on a long holiday then it will be a different experience, we usually do not suggest ship travel due to long journey and weather conditions as it takes 3 to 4 days to reach Andaman from Mainland. Come by ship which can become an issue during the journey.

Foreigners Visiting Andaman Islands

Foreign travelers visiting the Andaman Islands must have a valid visa. As per the recent update by the Andaman Administration, the restricted area permit has been canceled and most of the islands are open to both Indians and foreigners. However, upon arrival at the airport, you will have to go through immigration which is a normal process like any other place. More Details

Foreigners planning a trip to Andaman will first be mainland India – England, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc. From where you can join the Andaman Islands, as you can take a plane. Direct flight from your country to Port Blair is not available till 2022.

Passport & Visa For Indian Citizens

A passport or visa is not required for Indian citizens. However, if you are going to Jolly Boy Island, Redskin Island, and Cink Island, you will need a permit. You do not need any permit to visit Havelock, Neel, and Baratang. In some cases, Andaman Experience will be able to assist you with the necessary permits to see the various places of interest in Andaman.

Can we travel to Andaman by train?

You cannot reach the Andaman Islands by train from anywhere in the world. In the middle is an ocean that has to be crossed by an aircraft or ship. You can take a train to the city station from where you will take your onward flight to Port Blair, there is no train facility for Andaman.

Can we reach Andaman By Bus?

There is no bus service available to the Andaman Islands. You have to cross the Bay of Bengal Sea either by plane or by ship. The best part is that you can take a bus to the nearest bus stand, from where you can reach the airport for your onward flight to Port Blair.

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