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    Permits

    by illumina Written Dec 9, 2010

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    Non-Indians require a Restricted Area Permit in order to visit the Andaman Islands; this is now issued at Port Blair Airport or Ferry Terminal when you arrive. The permit is issued for 30 days, if you have your return ticket, or 15 days without (it can be extended on presentation of outward-bound ticket). The permit must be shown on arrival at most islands, when checking into hotels and booking ferry ticket, and must be surrendered on leaving the islands - so don't lose it!

    The permit allows overnight stays in the following locations: South Andaman Island, Middle Andaman Island and Little Andaman Island (except tribal reserves), Neil Island, Havelock Island, Long Island, Diglipur, Baratang, North Passage and islands in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park (excluding Boat Hobday Island, Twin Island, Tarmugli Island, Malay Island and Pluto Island). Overnight stays in the Park are with permission only.

    The permit allows for day-trips to: South Cinque Island, Ross Island, Narcondum Island, Interview Island, Brother Island, Sister Island and Barren Island (the latter only seen from boat, no landing possible).

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    NIGHTS IN ANDAMAN

    by kmohandas Updated May 6, 2008

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    Please don't go to the beaches during the night. There may be dangerous animals or reptiles there. Do not swim in the beaches during night. Nudity is strictly prohibited on beaches. Never visit tribal areas during night. Just enjoy the nights at your resort or hotels.

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    Watch out for Big Waves

    by janiebaxter Updated Jan 19, 2008

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    When we arrived at Havelock the sea was beautifully calm with no waves. This can lull you into a false sense of security as halfway through our stay it changed and became rougher with some very big waves, making it difficult to get in and out of the sea. I don't know how unusual this is or whether it is normal for the time of year which was December/January.
    If you are swimming be careful as these waves are very strong and knock you over. They break close to the shore so you are in shallow water, which is better. We noticed that they come in sets of 3 to 5 big ones then a calm space for a minute or two, which is the best time to try and get in and out of the sea. My husband got picked up by a big wave and thrown onto his head, causing severe whiplash! There is no lifeguard. Be very careful if you have small children.

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    Be prepared for Rain

    by janiebaxter Written Jan 13, 2008

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    Being rainforest it is expected that there will be rain. We got caught out at the furthest point of beach number 7 in the rain and it took us 30 minutes to get back to our hotel. Even if it goes cloudy, as it often does, it is difficult to tell whether it is going to rain or not. When it does rain, it is torrential and lasts from half an hour to 3 hours making everywhere very muddy. However, it is quite warm and you don't get too cold, and the mud soon dries when the sun comes out. Most lodges have umberellas for clients use around the grounds and on the beach.

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    Watch Out for Biting Ants

    by janiebaxter Written Jan 13, 2008

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    Watch out for biting ants if you are sitting under the trees on beach number 7 or Niels Cove. They are quite large and very vicious! Best check the area first before you settle down. They are also on the tree branches be careful where you hang your beach gear.

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    Lack of shade on Beaches

    by janiebaxter Written Jan 13, 2008

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    There was little shade on the beaches we visited, and you have to rely on being able to find a space under the trees which are not in full shade and vary when the sun moves. The temperature in December was 30 degrees CI and when the sun was out it was very bright. If you need shade it is a good idea to take your own large umberella or sunshade.

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    Jellyfish at Elephant Beach

    by janiebaxter Written Jan 13, 2008

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    Be careful of jellyfish at Elephant beach if you go swimming or snorkelling. They are quite small and they do sting, although if you get one sting it is painful but not so bad as to require treatment. The sting leaves a red mark for about 6 hours.

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    ENTRY FORMALITIES & RESTRICTIONS

    by kmohandas Written Dec 27, 2007

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    All foreign nationals have to obtain permit to stay in Andaman. The permit can be obtained from Indian missions abroad or on arrival at Port Blair from immigration authorities. Permission are also given by Foreigners' Registration office or immigration authorities at air ports at metro cities(Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkotta or Chennai).
    The pemission is granted for a period of 30 days maximum. It may be extended for another 15 days in exceptional cases.
    Foreign natinals are not permitted to visit Nicobar Islands. Indian nationls do not require permit to visit Andaman, but permits are required to travel to Nicobar Islands. Tourists are not permitted to visit certain notified tribal resrves also.

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  • donts Continued

    by dsantosh Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Do not take video or film without permit, wherever such permits are required. Do not take video, film or photographs inside Tribal Reserve areas or of the indigenous tribes. Do not carry sea fans and seashells unless specific permits are obtained from the Fisheries Department. Do not swim in unsafe waters during monsoon. Nudity on beaches and public places is forbidden. Do not Light fire in Protected Areas as it not only destroys forests but also damages wildlife habitat. Person who commits breach of any of the conditions of the Wildlife protections shall be punishable by law
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  • Dos & Don'ts for the Visitors

    by dsantosh Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Dos
    Contact Tourist Information Centres/Tourist Police personnel for any assistance required.
    Treat the National Parks as they are sanctum sanctorum of India's natural heritage.Obtain permits from the Chief Wildlife Warden for photography/ videography inside a sanctuary or a Marine National Park . Make use of the service of authorized tourist guides.Carry legal documents like driving licence, permit, passport etc.Consult life guards before entering the sea. Swim in safe areas only.Learn more about reefs, other marine life and tropical forest. This will make your visit more enjoyable. Take care of the coral reef.Obtain a transit pass from the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Division, Port Blair ,to transport any wild nimal/trophy/article etc. outside the islands. Foreign nationals are requested to obtain the required permit before entering /soon after landing on the islands. Avail the services of authorized scuba dive centres only.Avail the service of Scuba Dive Instructors having certification of international organizations like PADI, CMAS, NAUI, BSAC or SSI for safe diving experience.
    Dont’s
    Foreign nationals may not enter the islands without permit. Do not enter the National Parks without permission. Do not take pictures of the airport, Govt dockyard, defence establishments, naval wharf, Dhanikari Dam and Chatham Saw Mill.
    Do not collect, destroy or remove any living or dead animal/plant. Do not collect dead coral or touch/break live coral. Please do not stand on the coral reef while snorkeling/Scuba diving.

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  • Goverment of India regulations

    by dsantosh Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Entry Formalities
    Foreigners
    Foreigners require a permit to stay in the Islands, which can now easily be obtained on arrival at Port Blair (either by air or sea) from the immigration authorities for 30 days. In addition, permits can also be obtained from:- (i) Indian Mission Overseas, (ii) Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta. (iii) The immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta.

    The places covered by this permit for night halt are: South Andaman Island (except Jarwa Reserve), Middle Andaman Island (except Jarwa Reserve), Little Andaman Island (except Jarwa Reserve), Neil Island, Havelock Island, Long Island, Diglipur, Baratang, Islands in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Part (excluding Islands-Boat, Hobday, Twin, Tarmugli, Malay and Pluto) (Night halt with permission only) and North
    Passage.
    The places covered by this permit for day halt are: Ross Island, Narcondum Island, Interview Island, Brother Island, Sister Island and Barren Island.

    Indians
    Indian Nationals need no permit to visit Andaman. However, visiting tribal areas of Andaman and Nicobar Districts is prohibited and permits can be granted by the Deputy Commissioner, Andamans District, Port Blair in special cases, on receipt of application in prescribed form

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  • Goverment of India regulations

    by dsantosh Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Entry Formalities
    Foreigners
    Foreigners require a permit to stay in the Islands, which can now easily be obtained on arrival at Port Blair (either by air or sea) from the immigration authorities for 30 days. In addition, permits can also be obtained from:- (i) Indian Mission Overseas, (ii) Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta. (iii) The immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Calcutta.

    The places covered by this permit for night halt are: South Andaman Island (except Jarwa Reserve), Middle Andaman Island (except Jarwa Reserve), Little Andaman Island (except Jarwa Reserve), Neil Island, Havelock Island, Long Island, Diglipur, Baratang, Islands in the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Part (excluding Islands-Boat, Hobday, Twin, Tarmugli, Malay and Pluto) (Night halt with permission only) and North
    Passage.
    The places covered by this permit for day halt are: Ross Island, Narcondum Island, Interview Island, Brother Island, Sister Island and Barren Island.

    Indians
    Indian Nationals need no permit to visit Andaman. However, visiting tribal areas of Andaman and Nicobar Districts is prohibited and permits can be granted by the Deputy Commissioner, Andamans District, Port Blair in special cases, on receipt of application in prescribed form

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  • Apr 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    A NJ woman, Lauren Failla was tragically killed by a wayward Nile croc in Andaman waters while snorkeling in 2010 with her boyfriend, who was unharmed but dropped the video camera they were using in a frantic attempt to rescue her. Both the croc and Lauren's body were recovered in 48 hours, after rescuers had to fight the croc to release her remains. There is a common false belief that the croc's habitat is in fresh water, however Lauren was taken in salt water and scientists recently witnessed a trove of crocs that were released in Australia over 250 miles from their origination return to their origination point via swimming in the Ocean for prolonged periods of time. Beware and take care, we share these bounties of beauty with some creatures who are impervious to human life outside of its capacity to assuage hunger!

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