Andamans on an eTourist visa

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Hi all,
I'm on a 30 day eTourist visa and would like to visit Andaman Islands although it is classified as a restricted destination. https://www.indianvisa-online.org/faqs
I've seen a post that says to ignore the Restricted status and just go but am hesitant as I have been turned away at an India airport before from having the wrong visa and had to buy a very expensive, immediate flight out of the country, recently (eTourist visas are not accepted at all India international airports as I found out the hard way).

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- has anyone gone to Port Blair using an eVisa and been fine
- what's the best way to get a visa that will work for visiting the islands while in India (I'll be just outside Coimbatore)

Thanks so much for any advice on this. Really appreciate it.
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I'm in the same situation, keen to know if any got the permit at the airport on an e-visa.
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well there’s no guarantee but I think it most unlikely the nice folk at Port Blair would refuse permission (a quick formality) .. someone needs to be the first .. and report back.

doubt domestic flight airline will check visa.
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Hi,

I'm facing the same issue - does anyone have an answer to this? I'm going in two weeks and already have an e-visa but will need to arrange a standard multi entry if I can't get in to the andamans on an e-visa!

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Slightly answering my old post but I've emailed a resort on Havelock Island who have assured me that an eTV or e-Visa is fine.

Apparently that stipulation is on the normal 6 month visa also (I never noticed!) and just means you ened to get the standard permit upon arrival in Port Blair.

I will report back 100% in a few weeks once I've done it but I'm fairly confident in the resorts info.

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Came across this website which has following entries on its webpage:

"All foreigners need to specify that they intend to visit the Andamans while obtaining the visa to India. Foreigners arriving in Port Blair with a stamp reading "Entry to restricted areas not allowed" (or similar stamps) will not be allowed to enter the Andaman Islands. Do note that there is a line in fine print in all Visas stating that 'entry to restricted areas not allowed' and that is to be ignored, only if there is a separate rubber stamp then kindly check with your issuing authorities urgently!

With a valid India Visa, foreigners can arrive in Port Blair. However a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is required to enter the Andamans which can be easily obtained on arrival at Port Blair from the immigration authorities. The permit is free of cost.

In addition, permits can also be obtained from Indian Missions Overseas, Foreigners Registration Offices at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and the Immigration authorities at the airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.

The Restricted Area Permit allows foreign nationals to stay on the islands for 30 days. This can be extended by an additional 15 days at the immigration office in Port Blair. Getting the extension depends on your reason for extension and luck."
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Thanks Prakaant.

I've since has the indiavisaonline team email me back to confirm that travel to Port Blair is fine on eTV and I will just need to get the normal permit on arrival as I did previously with my full 6 month visa.

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Hi I have the same question. I have a normal Indian single entry tourist visa that says at the bottom "not valid for entry into restricted areas". Will they even let me get on the plane at Kolkata to port Blair? If they do, once I land will the port Blair immigration issue an RAP or do they start questioning that language in the visa? Would appreciate advice from anyone who has first hand experience of this!!
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Hi there - how did you contact the indiavisonline team about this question?
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Please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ (official website) for more information.
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We need to be clear about what the visa text means. An Indian visa (of any kind)allows a foreigner to enter and travel in India, EXCEPT to protected/restricted areas. But there's no bann on visiting such areas (those that are allowed) WITH THE NECESSARY ADDITIONAL PERMIT, which is issued at designated offices (even Indians need these permits sometimes, although there are fewer restrictions).

Consequently, we need only go by the text on the official website of ANI administration here:
http://www.andamans.gov.in/html/entryformality.html

I see no reason why foreigners cannot get their RAPs at Port Blair (which is a domestic airport, no immigration), but if anyone wants to play safe, then apply at one of the other offices in India. You can in fact apply on arrival itself if you're landing at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai.
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Further updates?

Hello,
My girlfriend and I are planning on doing the same thing. E Visa already sorted out, we're going to chennai to fly to port Blair. Will we get on the plane and if so be allowed to get a RAP in PB?

Thanks
George
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Hi,

There is no feedback on whether or not anyone arrived at Port Blair with an ETourist Visa and were given a permit. Would be obliged for any information. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Indiluv View Post Hi,

There is no feedback on whether or not anyone arrived at Port Blair with an ETourist Visa and were given a permit. Would be obliged for any information. Thanks.


Has been asked before and confirmed as possible .. yes is ok to go.
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I know it has been asked before thanks What I need to know, has anyone actually travelled to Port Blair on ETourist Visa? Some while back I also emailed the Etv people and got a completely different response.

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