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Andaman and Nicobar, India Travel Information

NB! Visiting Andaman and Nicobar without a required permission is an offence.

According to localcollegeexplorer, Andaman and Nicobar (English: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hindi: अंडमान और निकोबार द्वीपसमूह) is a group of islands in the Indian Ocean (Asia) that are part of India. Andaman and Nicobar consists of 572 islands (38 inhabited) which can be divided into two smaller groups of islands. The upper group of islands are called the Andaman Islands and the lower group of islands are called the Nicobar Islands. The largest islands are: North Andaman, Middle Andaman, South Andaman and Great Nicobar. The capital of Andaman and Nicobar is Port Blair. Some major cities in Andaman and NIcobar are: Campbell Bay, Indira Point, Mayabunder, Rangat, Bombooflat and Garacharma.

Andaman and Nicobar is mainly known for its flora and fauna. Large parts of the islands are inaccessible and covered with tropical rainforest and mangrove forests. In addition, there are many native animal species, including a number of special rat species. On some islands, indigenous peoples still live according to ancient rituals. To protect these peoples, some islands are off limits. The islands that are accessible to tourists offer beautiful beaches, excellent diving facilities and good accommodations. Andaman and Nicobar was hit hard during a major tsunami in 2004, as a result of which entire villages were washed away. Because of this, tourism has had a temporary break. In recent years, the islands have again been frequently visited by peace and nature lovers in particular. See weddinginfashion for economy of Middle East.

Where is Andaman and Nicobar?

Travel information of Andaman and Nicobar

Official name: Andaman and Nicobar
Islands Continent: Asia
Area: 8,250 km²
Capital: Port Blair
Country code: IN, IND
Population: 380,520 inhabitants (2012)
Form of government: Federal Republic
Highest point: 700 m (Saddle Peak)
Distance (Amsterdam – Port Blair): 8,850 km
Flight time: approximately 11 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Andaman and Nicobar that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs from Andaman and Nicobar, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Andaman and Nicobar. If you want to put together your own trip or are looking for separate travel components such as hotels, airline tickets and a rental car, please visit our travel offer page.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Andaman and Nicobar?

Weather and climate
Andaman and Nicobar has a tropical climate. The temperatures are between 20 and 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Andaman and Nicobar can be found on our extensive weather page.

Best time
January, February, March, April and May are the best months to travel to Andaman and Nicobar. In these months there is the least rainfall and the sea is not too rough.

English and Hindi are both an official language in Andaman and Nicobar. In addition, Bengali, Malayalam, Telugu, Punjabi, Tamil and Nicobarese are mainly spoken.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is still valid for 6 months upon departure from Andaman and Nicobar.
To visit Andaman and Nicobar you need permission from the Indian government.
This permission is usually obtained at Port Blair airport.
It is advisable to contact the Indian embassy first to avoid being at the airport without permission.
The necessary travel documents for India can be found on our India page.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in India:
Embassy of India in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory for Andaman and Nicobar if you have visited a yellow fever country in the seven days before you visit Andaman and Nicobar. In addition, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs in Andaman and Nicobar. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency
In Andaman and Nicobar people pay with the Indian rupee (rupee) (INR).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Andaman and Nicobar can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Andaman and Nicobar are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -64% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (79% cheaper), food (53% cheaper), imported beer in catering (39% cheaper), cigarettes (61% cheaper) and public transport (91% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Andaman and Nicobar it is customary to tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, you give a tip of approximately 5-10%.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 3.5 hours later in Andaman and Nicobar.
During our winter time it is 4.5 hours later in Andaman and Nicobar.
Andaman and Nicobar has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone of Andaman and Nicobar can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Andaman and Nicobar you have to drive on the left.
To drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Andaman and Nicobar you must have an international driver’s license. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Andamen and Nicobar.

Electricity In Andaman and Nicobar you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets in Andaman and Nicobar can be found on our electricity page (look under India).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 100
– Fire: 101
– Ambulance: 102 (bgg 100)

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Andaman and Nicobar can be found on Google news.
Online newspaper from Andaman and Nicobar: Andamansheekha.

Websites from Andaman and Nicobar end
Official websites of Andaman and Nicobar: and

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Andaman and Nicobar is 0091 or +91.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Andaman and Nicobar? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in the Andaman and Nicobar Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Andaman and Nicobar.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Andaman and Nicobar.

An overview of all public holidays in Andaman and Nicobar can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On TripAdvisor you can find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Andaman and Nicobar, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Travel reports
Are you looking for a travel report about Andaman and Nicobar?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Andaman and Nicobar. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and World Heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Andaman and Nicobar can be found on Protected Planet.
Andaman and Nicobar is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Places of interest
A number of well-known and frequently visited places of interest in Andaman and Nicobar are as follows:
– Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park
– Radhanagar Beach
– Chidiya Tapu Beach
– Barren Island
– Mount Harriet National Park
– Zonal Anthropological Museum
– Wandoor Beach

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Andaman and Nicobar? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines, money and perfume. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported from Andaman and Nicobar.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in, or to do business with, Andaman and Nicobar, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information regarding Andaman and Nicobar, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant laws and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Andaman and Nicobar.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking prohibited.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 21.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
– Photography: Taking aerial photos is prohibited without government permission.

Did you know that…
…94 islands of Andaman and Nicobar have been declared National Parks?
…Andaman and Nicobar has the longest coastline in all of India?
…Andaman and Nicobar is closer to Indonesia and Myanmar than to India?
…Andaman and Nicobar has about 150 rainy days a year?
…Only a few islands are open to tourism (with special permission)?

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