As Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the seven union territories of India, Indians do not need special permissions to travel here. But foreign nationals need to obtain these permissions and carry documental proofs while travelling. Indians are also required to carry the documents supporting their nationality. Being an island, Andaman is connected with India through sea and air routes only. The airport is located at Port Blair and there are direct flights from Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam. Air India, Jet Airways, Go Air and Spice Jet airlines offer their services here. Connecting flights are also available from Delhi and other cities of India to this airport. There are no direct international flights available to this place.
Nearest Airport: The airport at Andaman is named Veer Savarkar Airport, after the great Indian freedom fighter who was imprisoned at the cellular jail during India’s fight for independence from the British. The distance of airport at Port Blair, from Andaman and Nicobar Islands is 31 kms. and it takes approximately 40 minutes to cover this distance by car.
Safety Suggestion: Flight travel is usually a safe and comfortable option, for travelling to Andaman islands. However, one needs to be cautious of the schedules of flights, during monsoon. Due to heavy rains and cloudy skies, flights are delayed or cancelled.
There are ferries and ships sailing to and from Port Blair, to many other port cities of India. The main port ship services from port cities of Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam, sail to Port Blair. These ships usually take 3 days to reach Port Blair from the cities in mainland, but it is cheaper compared to flight travel. Booking tickets for the ships and ferries can be done through a single window ticket booking system. Round trip journey tickets can be booked at counters of STARS (Ship Ticket Advance Reservation System) networks. A total of 5 passenger ships sail, of which 3 ply between Kolkata- Port Blair-Vishakhapatnam and other 2 sail between Chennai and Port Blair.
Journey Suggestion: The ships that offer travel to Port Blair are ordinary ships and not luxury cruise ships. One needs to keep this in mind while taking the sea route to Andaman. The travel time of around 3 days’, causes seasickness among many travellers. So, one should carry medications accordingly.
It is not possible to reach Andaman by train
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