How amazing is it that you’ve finally decided on a wondrous escapade to the Andaman Islands! You can soon witness white sand beaches, colourful corals, thriving marine life, tropical forests and so much more. But before you embark on this memorable adventure, take a look at this step-by-step guide to getting all your travel needs and arrangements in order.
Since you are visiting a pristine environment in the heart of nature, you will need to prepare and pack accordingly. And despite the Andaman Islands being a part of India, certain local cultural norms must be respected. These travel tips put together by the experts at SOTC, are to help you take care of all these requirements and necessities.
Two Weeks Prior
Let’s begin with some of the probable questions you may have before taking this trip to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
What are the important documents required for this journey?
Since this isn’t an international journey, you do not need a passport or visa documentation for Indian nationals.
But you will still need:
What should you pack?
What is the maximum luggage allowed by airlines?
For domestic flights, your luggage should generally weigh not more than:
However, various carriers could have different baggage allowance rules so it’s best you check on their website to be sure.
Two To Three Days Before The Trip
You do not need any foreign exchange as the Indian Rupee is the local currency.
Power Banks and Adapters
Most plugs should work in the available sockets around the Andaman Islands, but it is always better to carry an adapter just in case. Even though there is electricity across the islands, it is still advisable to carry a power bank to charge your electronics in an emergency or while on the move.
Make a compact travel first-aid kit with the following:
The Day Of Travel
If you wish to carry some light snacks or ready-to-eat stuff for the flight, you may do so. Not everyone has the appetite for airline food, so homemade is always a healthier and safer option.
Valid photo ID proof to enter the airport and check into the hotel
A printed copy of your tickets
Photocopies of important documents including travel, sightseeing arrangements, bookings etc.
Scanned soft copies of all the above documents that can always be accessible
Travel insurance is key when it comes to staying protected in the case of unwanted circumstances interrupting or cutting short your trip, once the bookings have been made. It allows you to recover some of your money as well as provides medical assistance and cover during the journey. Choose any of the top travel insurance companies or ask SOTC for assistance.
Always keep handy the telephone numbers for the local Consulate, police and other emergency services as well as travel agents you have consulted.
Confirm your hotel bookings and insist on a receipt before you leave for your destination. Check if your hotel provides pick-up and drop-off services or ask SOTC to organise it as part of your package.
Cash / Card
Credit and debit cards are used across the islands, though it is always good to carry some amount of cash when you’re out and about. Cards can be used to withdraw money at any available ATM.
During The Trip
With tourism the main local industry, English and Hindi are widely spoken across the Andaman Islands, while Bengali, Tamil and Malayalam are prominent too. You should have no trouble in communicating or getting around during your stay.
Tips For Travelling In Andaman Islands
An island destination is the very definition of nature meets adventure, so prep yourself accordingly.
When to visit: