GETTING TO YOUR ANDAMANS DIVING INTERNSHIP - THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE ANDAMANS IS TO FLY EITHER FROM CHENNAI OR CALCUTTA TO PORT BLAIR AIRPORT IN THE ANDAMANS - Port Blair is connected to Chennai, Kolkata and lots of different cities within the country.
Jet and Air India are the most important flight operators for the Andamans. throughout the tourist seasons discounted airfares are provided by the airlines. the price of the tickets is usually cheap, particularly if reserved earlier.
TRAVEL & VISA INFORMATION...
Non-Indians need a Restricted Area Permit to visit the islands, but these are now issued on arrival at the Port Blair airport. If you plan to arrive by sea, you’ll need to arrange your permit before arrival, either in Chennai or when applying for your Indian visa. Visitors usually receive a 30 day permit, although some travellers arriving without a confirmed flight back have only received a 15 day permit. Ask for the full 30 days in your application; if you write in your return flight date, your permit will be issued to end on that date, which will cause unnecessary pain if you choose to extend your stay or, worse yet, get unexpectedly delayed by weather.
Permits can be extended by 15 days in Port Blair, for a maximum single stay of 45 days, although this extension is granted only in, to quote the local police guidelines, “deserving cases”. You must then leave the islands and can return after 72 hours. The permit is checked when arriving at most islands, checking into hotels and booking ferries, and must be surrendered when you leave the islands, so don’t lose it.
Indian nationals do not require a permit to visit the Andamans. However, permits are required to visit Nicobar Islands and other tribal areas, which are rarely given. Application on a prescribed form may be addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, Andaman District, Port Blair.
For India, a 30 day visa upon arrival is now available for nationals of many countries. To confirm visa requirements as a foreign national, please check: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/