Is Passport mandatory for visiting Andaman and Nicobar Islands???
Though technology has improved a lot and people are adapting to the advanced technology in a rapid phase but little info gets lagged behind from them. Many questions arise once they fix to visit Andaman & Nicobar Island: - Does Andaman belongs to India? Do we need passport to travel over there? Is it safe to travel with our loved ones?
To all your questions, you can find the answers below in detail.
First of all, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a Union Territory of India and it is run by Central Govt.
For Indians: No Passport/Visa/ Permission are required to visit the permitted tourist spot. Any valid photo ID proof will do.
For Foreigners: Passport is compulsory with an Indian visa to enter the Island. Adding to its they also need to have RAP (Restricted Area Permit) which can be availed on arrival to Port Blair from the immigration authorities at the airport or at the sea-port. RAP is issued for 30 days visit and it can extend up to 15 days more.
There are certain areas like Jollybouy, Redskin, and Cinque Island which need separate forest permit which are issued prior 3-4 days prior to the visit which is a must for both Indian citizen and foreigners too.