Indian nationals need no permit to visit the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. However, visiting tribal areas in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is prohibited.
All foreign nationals require a permit to visit the Andaman Nicobar Islands, which is easily available on arrival at Port Blair by flight or ship from the Immigration Authorities for 30 days. This is extendable for another 15 days with permission. The delegated authority to extend permission is the Superintendent of Police, Andaman District-Port Blair. The Restricted Area Permit can also be obtained from the Indian Missions overseas and also from the Foreigners Registration offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata and from the Immigration Authorities at the Airports of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
Places covered under Restricted Area Permit:
For day & night visits:
- Entire Island of Middle Andaman, excluding tribal reserve.
- All islands of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park except Boat, Hobday, Twin Islands, Tarmugli, Malay & Pluto. (Night halt in these island are subject to special permission from Administration)
- Entire Island of South Andaman, excluding tribal reserve.
- Baratang Island.
- North Passage Island.
- Little Andaman Islands, excluding the tribal reserve.
For day visit only:
- Ross Island
- Naracondam Island
- Interview Island
- Brother Island
- Sister Island
- Barren Island (Live Volcano) – restricted to visit on-board vessels only, with no landing ashore.