• The Immigration work at Port Blair is being carried out by the A&N Police.
  • The Unit mainly deals with the Immigration of foreign tourists, who visits A&N Islands.
  • A foreigner is permitted to stay in A&N Islands only for a period of 30 days at once on arrival and extendable for further 15 days after approval from the FRO A&N Islands.
  • Online Form ‘C’ Module under Immigration Visa Foreigner Registration & Tracking (IVFRT) project has been implemented. Systems have been installed at Immigration office for receiving Form ‘C’ online. Also foreigners can also make online request for VISA extension, Registration and other Immigration work under IVFRT project.
  • Unit also deals with the immigration clearance of foreign tourists Vessels and Yacht.
  • Small vessels and yachts arriving the Andaman and Nicobar Islands either with or without prior intimation are permitted to anchor in the inner harbour near Chatham.
  • Port Management Board report arrival of such vessels to Customs and Immigration Officer.
  • Customs clearance and Immigration checks are done respectively. Forms, namely “Particulars of foreigners visiting Port Blair” and “Disembarkation Card” are required to be filled up by the tourists.
  • Checking of the original documents like Passport, Visa and ship particulars etc. is done and if all documents are found correct, ‘Restricted Area Permit’ initially for the period of 30 days is issued to such tourists and extended for maximum period of 15 days after approval by the FRO, A&N Islands in genuine cases. The conditions/restrictions are mentioned in all permit itself. Which are to be obeyed ?.
  • At the time of departure of the vessel, Embarkation Card is issued, after confirmation that no unauthorized person on-board the yacht.

What is RAP?

RAP is Restricted Area Permit which authorize a foreign national to visit certain areas of A&N Islands. Under A&N Foreigners (Restricted Area) order 1963 entire Union Territory have been declared as Restricted Area.

General Condition of RAP

  • To visit and stay overnight in Municipal area of Port Blair, Havelock, Long Island entire Island of South Andaman & Middle Andaman excluding Tribal Reserved Area (5 KM away from Constance Bay to Luis Inlet Bay- Western Coast Tribal Reverse), Baratang, Rangat, Myabunder, Diglipur, North Passage Island, Little Andaman excluding Tribal Reserve and all Islands in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park expect Boat, Hobday, Twins Island, Tarmugli, Malay and Pluto Island He/She can also visit Jolly Bouy, South Cinqiue Island, Red Skin, Mount Harriet, Madhuban, Ross Island, Narcondum, Interview, Brother, Sister and Barren Island during Day timer. (Visit of Barren Island is restricted on board the vessels with no landing ashore).
  • As regards the two volcanic Islands, Barren Island and Narcondum Island foreign tourists may be allowed to visit Barren Island on board vessels but no landing ashore is allowed. UT Administration would to provide escort to the tourists visiting the Island. For Narcondum Island it has been decided that may be opened to foreign tourists for diving and unescorted day visits.
  • No Burmese national will be allowed to visit Mayabunder and Diglipur without prior permission of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

General Conditions of Restricted Area Permit for the tourists arriving by Yachts

    • To visit and stay over night in municipal area of Port Blair, Havelock, Long Island entire Island of South Andaman & Middle Andaman excluding Tribal Reserved Area ( 5 KM away from Constance Bay to Luis Inlet Bay- Western Coast Tribal Reverse), Baratang, Rangat, Myabunder, Diglipur, North Passage Island, Little Andaman excluding Tribal Reserve and all Islands in Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park expect Boat, Hobday, Twins Island, Tarmugli, Malay and Pluto Island He/She can also visit Jolly Bouy, South Clinque Island, Red Skin, Mount Harriet, Madhuban, Ross Island, Narcondum, Interview, Brother, Sister and Barren Island during Day timer. (Visit of Barren Island is restricted on board the vessels with no landing ashore).

    • Foreign Nationals are prohibited to visit following areas:-
      • Entire area of Nicobar group of Islands.
      • Tribal reserve, areas of south and Middle Andaman extending from Constance Bay to Luis Inlet Bay between East longitude 920 34' 03” and North latitude 110 39' 52” to East longitude 920 47' 02” and North latitude 120 43' 02” upto coastal water a distance of 05 km in high tide line.
      • Tribal reserve areas of Strait Island & Harminder Bay & Dugong creek Little Andaman.
      • Boat, Hob day, Twin Island, Tarmugli, Malay & Pluto, Island of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park.

    • The permit is valid subject to the following conditions:
      • Burmese Nationals are not allowed to visit Mayabunder and Diglipur without prior permission of the Ministry of Home Affair. Foreign tourists may ensure that Burmese Nationals are not present aboard their vessel during visit to these areas.
      • Srilankan, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Iranian, Afghanistan, Somalian, Nigerian, Ethopian and Algerian Nationals are not to be issued RAPs. Foreign vessel should ensure that persons of these Nationalities are not present on-board.
      • Immigration clearance will be given at Port Blair only on arrival/departure.
      • The vessel shall have to state its location twice a day (every 12 hours) to PMB Control Room by VHF communication.
      • Clearance from the Customs and Port Control Management boar is necessary before arrival/departure.
      • Entry to all Defence Establishment/areas is prohibited.
    • How to apply and obtain Restricted Area Permit
      • The Andaman & Nicobar Islands Entire Union Territory has been declared as `Restricted’ Areas under the Foreigners (Restricted) Areas Order, 1963.
      • Immigration formalities are carried out by A&N Police for issue of Restricted Area Permit (RAP) on arrival of foreign National at Air Port/Seaport of this Island after filling the particulars and usual checks of valid travel document.
      • It is mandatory that every foreign National must be in possession of a valid Passport and valid Indian Visa.
      • The RAP is issued free of cost.
      • A foreign National on a single visit can stay in the A&N Islands for a maximum period of 30 days at a stretch.
      • The Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO), Andaman & Nicobar Islands can, however, be requested to extend the stay of the foreign National for a period of 15 additional days.
      • Foreign National may submit an application addressed to the Foreigners Registration Officer, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Port Blair, main office located in the ground floor of the office of Supdt. of Police (South Andaman District) Citing the reason for extension and the period required. Application Forms for extension of RAP are available at Immigration & Foreigners Branch and all Police Stations free of cost. Phone No. 03192-239247, 237793 (Fax) and 234472 extensions 358 & 374.
    • In any emergency, please contact the concerned Police Station of the area. The telephone numbers are :-
S.No Police Stations / PCRs Contact No.
1. Police Control Room (for Port Blair Area) 100
2. Havelock Police Station 03192-282405
3. Neil Island Out Post 03192-282602
4. Baratang Police Station 03192-279503
5. Kadamtala Police Station 03192-267005
6. Long Island Out Post 03192-278611
7. Rangat Police Station 03192-274239
8. Betapur Out Post 03192-270111
9. Mayabunder 03192-273203
10. Diglipur 03192-272223

Do’s & Don'ts

Do’s

  • Foreign nationals must obtain the required permit from Immigration authorities just after landing.
  • RAP will be issued on arrived only on production of valid travel documents ie, passport and visa.
  • Visit will be only in permitted areas in the islands.
  • Follow Traffic rules while driving.
  • Keep left, carry legal documents like driving license, permit, Passport etc.

Don’ts

  • Foreign nationals should not enter the islands without required permit.
  • Do not enter into Restricted/Tribal areas.
  • Do not take video, film or photographs inside tribal reserve areas or of the indigenous tribes.
  • Do not interact with tribal.
  • Do not carry sea fans and sea shells unless specific permits are obtained from the fisheries department.
  • Do not enter the national parks without permission.
  • No foreigner are allowed to board any Vessel/ Boat/ Yacht and stay overnight without the permission of the FRO. Expect on Govt. Ferry Going North Andaman (Rangat & Mayabunder).

Details of Foreign Tourists Visited A&N Islands

Year No. of Tourists arrived by Liner/Yachts No. of Tourists arrived by Flight / Ship No. of Tourists arrived by Non Schedule/Chartered Flights Total No. of Tourists arrived
2012 3720 13802 20 17542
2013 2724 13777 07 16508
2014 4419 12769 52 17240
2015 3181 11466 27 14674
2016 2639 12822 06 15467
Upto 01st January, 2017 02 36 00 38

Details of Foreign Tourists Vessel/Yacht Visited A&N Islands

Year No. of Luxury/Liner Tourists Vessel No. of Tourists Yachts No. of Non Schedule/Chartered Flights Total
2012 09 68 05 82
2013 05 62 04 71
2014 07 63 15 85
2015 06 44 08 58
2016 08 37 04 49
Upto 01st January, 2017 00 01 00 01
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